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Critique on my site please! (27 posts)

  1. lowerhousecc
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I have just created my site, for the local cricket club. Tell me what you think, positive or negative :)

    http://www.lowerhousecc.com or http://www.lowerhousecricketclub.com

  2. Root
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Horrid. The splash page is completely redundant and is ruining your search engine signature.

  3. lowerhousecc
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    What do you mean by that?

  4. mdesilets
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    What I think Root was trying to say... but couldnt find the words to do it decently or explain why... Is that if you dont have a decent amount of content on your homepage. It wont get indexed properly.

    I think you should lose the landing page have the first page of the site be

    http://www.lowerhousecc.com/news

    Marty

  5. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    yes, loose the splash page -- theyre useless

  6. Root
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Jeez. People want explanations as well. Who do they think I am frikkin Wittingenstein?

  7. mrkingid
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    1)get rid of the splash page. Why would I need to click to enter your site. not good really.
    2)why not put the recent news on the first page. makes more sense to me.

  8. qforquack
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    The splash page brings the focus of what the site is about and is like leading you inside the house. I really like that part of it.

    However, the images are not the best quality. I see they are JPG, did you save them as a 12? If not, I recommend that.

    Other than that, I like it. It's simple and does wha it's supposed to.

  9. moshu
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    The splash page brings the focus of what the site is about and is like leading you inside the house. I really like that part of it.

    Hmmm... If you really are a "Webdesigner" as stated in your profile - you should know better than that :)
    It is not good to have splash. The reasons were stated above.

  10. qforquack
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Hmmm... If you really are a "Webdesigner" as stated in your profile - you should know better than that :)
    It is not good to have splash. The reasons were stated above.

    A lot of sites have splash pages, yes they add more mork to the user who's browsing, but it doesn't mean you can't put one.

  11. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    nobody said he "cant" .. they said he ought not to.

    the reasons for not having spash pages far outweigh the reason(s) for having one -- if there is more than one reason to even be had, since they serve NO purpose what so ever.

    In other words, theyre useless fluff that makes users click more. And had already been alluded to, google detests them.

    If thats your gig, fine. Lots of people dont like flash either and call it useless fluff. I happen to like it, and use it.

    Its just opinion.

  12. Root
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Well it is not opinion that if you use a splash page your whole Google rating will tank. :) But a lot of *designers* are impervious to performance. That is why they are designers.

  13. mrmist
    Forum Janitor
    Posted 7 years ago #

    The splash page brings the focus of what the site is about and is like leading you inside the house. I really like that part of it.

    The front page of the site could do that just as well, and wouldn't leave the reader pointlessly clicking to see the page that they wanted to see in the first place.

    Splash pages should be confined to the past where they belong.

    Next, the front page. Well, all in all, not bad, but the most obvious thing on the front page is a massive sponser link designed to take me *away* from your site. I know it's nice to have a sponsor but that really is over the top. It's right in the middle of the page!

    Next, just an observation on one of your entries -

    August LHCC Draw Winners

    It's just a one line entry saying that the winners are listed on another page. But there's not even a link to that page in the entry! The link is elsewhere on your menu or something. Why not make it easy for people, turn that sentance clickable. Better yet, tease the readers in by at least giving some more info.

  14. thorandre
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Seems to be a lot of controversy regarding splash pages these days. My opinion is that you don’t need a splash page because it is linked to a welcome page, which basically serves the same purposes. We don’t need to be welcomed twice ;)

  15. stellatran
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Why is the background color blue? : ( Why don't you get a shade that's closer to that purple you used in the image?

    Edit --
    Nevermind. My Mac showed this ugly blue color until it loaded the entire way.

    Splash pages .. what are you looking for? Form or function?

  16. Root
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    There is not much controversy about splash pages. This is not Geocities circa 1998. The only things missing here are the animated gif for the mailbox and the Comic Sans MS. :)

  17. whooami
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I so remember that animated mailbox :) I had one with a bird or something flying out of the box when it opened, it was way cool. :)))

  18. Root
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I have done them for commercial projects. I could die of shame now. :)

  19. GadeTerbob
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Unless I have a great need to see inside a site, I WON'T click past a splash page. I'm using a satellite connection and I just don't want to "pay" the b/w costs.

  20. lowerhousecc
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thanks for your replies, greatly appreciated.

    To answer some questions;
    I am no graphic designer myself, but I think the logo on the splash page is rather blocky, and need to sort it out.

    The reason for the sponsors image is that they are paying the club mega £££ in sponsorship, so want to keep them happy.

    How can I make the splash page better? My photoshop doesn't work anymore :(

  21. yeleek
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Change the settings your using for the header image. The text and company logo looks 'noisy'.

    Add a mini-loop and get the latest news article(s) on the front page.... Get rid of big user forums logo, something smaller in a less prime place.

    Lose the counter - a good site should have (in my opinion) no need to publicly show the number of hits.

    Lose the splash screen, sponsor logo is on main page anyway.

  22. sbrault
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I agree about the splash page, it doesn't bring anything to the site.

    But at the same time, it's a website targeted to a local group or community so they probably won't care about that. And if your goal is only to give information to that small community and they all know the URL to your website, you don't have to care about being indexed.

  23. lowerhousecc
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Yes, I don't care.

    Thanks for your opinions.

  24. mellojoe
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I like the layout of the page. Regardless of the discussion of the "splash" page, I think the site has a good clean feel to it.

    -jpDiMaggio.com

  25. candyk
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Hi Mellojoe, I am new to wordpress, and trying to create a splash page for a friend, but don't understand how to go about it. Would you be kind enough to tell me, how did you get your splash page to not show up your theme's header and links? Any help you can give me would be appreciated...thanks,
    CK

  26. salve_cc
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    hi there...i am new to wordpress also....can you take a look at my site to see if it's user friendly. http://www.salvethought.com

  27. richardhooper
    Member
    Posted 6 years ago #

    I agree with the above, lose the splash page.
    I personally don't care for the color scheme, but that's me.

    Why not use a dazzling scenic photo of your club grounds as the header image?

    Otherwise, well organized and easy to follow. Good luck.

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