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Updated Website - Critique

Discussion in 'Website Design Critique:' started by hubgraphics, May 12, 2014.

  1. hubgraphics

    hubgraphics New Member

    Hi, I have recently updated my website, would really appreciate some feedback. I want to get my navigation and loading times right as well as the look and feel of what I am offering. I am still in the process of adding more information as this is lacking a bit I think.

    Hub Graphics

    :icon_biggrin:

    Cheers
     
  2. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    Pretty nice, I like the transition in on the 'design process' section though you need a comma in your 'about' copy…

    "I am Simon, son of David, a freelance graphic designer…" :icon_smile:
     
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  3. Corrosive

    Corrosive Moderator Staff Member

    I do wonder if people might miss the navigation on the home page. I had to hunt around for it and I am fairly patient...
     
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  4. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    To be honest I didn't even look for the navigation, I just started scrolling down after I'd read the intro.
     
  5. hubgraphics

    hubgraphics New Member

    I have changed the typo, I see what your saying "Corrosive", however I do want people to scroll down or press the 'start here'. I want people to view the information in a certain way. I tried the menu at the top but it was then confusing as I don't want people going to services, portfolio etc immediately.
     
  6. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    Could you just fade it out or hide it until users have scrolled down?
     
  7. hubgraphics

    hubgraphics New Member

    The menu appears when you scroll down and remains at the top of the page.
     
  8. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    Start Here button is easy to miss.

    Links on the page are very slow. Every click took several seconds to open a page.

    On latest Firefox here on Windows 7 (fully patched)
     
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  9. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    Yeah, I meant could you not hide the text links and fade them when the user scrolls down and the menu sticks to the top? That way people will have to scroll or click the 'start here' button as there's no other option.
     
  10. hubgraphics

    hubgraphics New Member

    Thanks for the feedback I will continue to work on the loading times in the backend and try different plugins. I have found some conflict and effect other areas of the site. I have made the 'Start Here' stand out more which I think works.
     
  11. Corrosive

    Corrosive Moderator Staff Member

    I didn't even see the 'Start Here' because I was searching for the menu! Perhaps I am getting old or something. Anyway, totally understand you wanting people to go through your website in a certain order. I think that is one of the major improvements in website design over the last couple of years, actually guiding the customer on a journey is far better than chucking EVERYTHING at the home page and hoping some of it sticks. It is a very nice website - just beware the lowest common denominator... the customer. :icon_wink:
     
  12. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    I personally saw everything ok and navigated around your site the way you intend it to be, before I even read your other comments. I did find loading times sluggish. Apparently a fairly recent study showed that 'internet users' are naturally inclined to scroll down on websites when possible before they click on anything.
     
  13. Corrosive

    Corrosive Moderator Staff Member

    I'd love to read that CLHB. It would finally put the occasional "can you fit it all on one page, people won't scroll on websites" argument that I still get from some customers to bed. A link would be great if you can find one please.
     
  14. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    I was having a conversation with a web designer/developer last month about a couple of people that told me they didn't realise they could scroll down on my website. I was basically asking him what I could do to make it clear that you can in fact scroll down to view more content/info. He suggested I could add a simple "bubble" in my slideshow images itself indicating that there is more to be seen. Indeed, most people now scroll (as you can see in many usability studies) but we'll always have one or two guys that just don't get it.

    I didn't really follow up his claims, I just took his word for it due to his profession and expertise, plus it seemed logical. I also decided not to add a 'bubble,' as I feel it is unnecessary to change the aesthetics just to cater for a couple of non-scrollers, (I bet they're best mates lol). If I get any more people telling me "I didn't know I could scroll down, I just clicked on the links" :icon_confused: then I will reconsider.

    I'll ask if he has a link to one of these studies, then we can throw it in the faces of these rare breed of non-scrollers!
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2014
  15. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    Just to add. How is this even possible? Everyone has different screen sizes, screen resolutions, people use different devices... etc. etc.
     
  16. Corrosive

    Corrosive Moderator Staff Member

    It actually isn't possible, doesn't stop people asking for it though and then I have to explain why and they say "well that's a bit technical, can't you make it fit on one page anyway?" and we go round the loop again... Would love to have a nailed on study that just puts it all to bed.
     
  17. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    Hi Corrosive,

    Here's a couple of links he got back to me with:

    This is an interesting study done with eyetracking technology Scrolling and Attention (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

    This one is much better, as it's a compilation of studies Myth #3: People don’t scroll - UX Myths I came across this one a few days ago myself.

    They are both interesting reads.
     
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  18. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    I find a downwards-pointing arrow does the trick in telling people they should scroll.
     
  19. Corrosive

    Corrosive Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks CLHB. Some really interesting stuff there I'd never even thought about. Plenty of 'ammunition' :thumb:
     

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