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Sports + Music = Authentic Mountain Lifestyle (7 posts)

  1. mtnweekly
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Are you into sports, how bout music? Like the mountains, well I put together a concept called the Mountain Weekly News. Would love some feedback on the site, the content, the layout, the speed. Anything would be helpful and I am the type to take constructive criticisms well. So let me have it.

    One thing that has happened as of late is our traffic dropping. In 2011 and 2012 we averaged around 1,000 people a day, now were down to 100-200?? Help :)

  2. mtnweekly
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    URL would help eh.. http://mtnweekly.com

  3. Andrew Nevins
    Spam zapper & Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    There's a lot of stuff on the home page & some duplicated articles.

    What is your home page supposed to do? Do all the elements of the page contribute towards that? If not, it may be best to remove them and keep the focus on to the goal (for the homepage).

  4. mtnweekly
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Andrew,

    Thanks for taking a look. The homepage concept was to showcase what we do. Splitting up the sports, music and product review articles. Do you feel it would be best to just have 1 list of articles displayed?

  5. Andrew Nevins
    Spam zapper & Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    - Yeah I think you should take away all the articles because let's face it nobody's going to read them all when they first visit the site.

    Having all the articles there also disguises the purpose of your site by making it look like a generic news website.

    - What about having a sliding banner at the top of the site to just give a taster of the recent reviews you've made - but make it image-dominant? So people don't have to read much to get a taste of your site.

    But then it's still a vague as to what your site does, since your logo doesn't say anything about reviews & the banner (advert?) at the top right seems random. I'd say you'd need a clear description as to what your site does.

    - Instead of showing the review articles on the homepage, how about show the categories and link through to them instead?

    This is what I mean regarding all these suggestions: http://snag.gy/Mqzv2.jpg

    - I've also combined all the news links in the navigation under one "news" tab (dropdown).

  6. mtnweekly
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Andrew,

    Wow the link you sent is incredible. Is this something you could help implement on the site?

    Great ideas, I really value your feedback and taking the time to come up with some great ideas.

  7. Andrew Nevins
    Spam zapper & Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    I've downloaded the webpage with the edits made in the screenshot - I was using Chrome's developer tools to the live site - and uploaded it to Google Drive. Not everything has the same styling as the screenshot, the navigation is not quite there, but the rest should be okay:

    https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B6FjVabQKG7iQm9NSFdZZE9tOG8&usp=sharing

    I don't know how far that will help.

    I would have recommended you to create a new thread in the "How-to" or "Themes" forums here at WordPress.org but you're not using a theme we support, so it may be better to contact your theme's vendors regarding these changes.

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