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Old 03-14-2014, 03:15 PM   #1
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I Made My Website Out Of A Template- Any Insight On How It Looks?


Hey there, I just finished with my website that I made using a template, what do you think? any advice on how to make it better in terms of search engine optimization?

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Old 03-14-2014, 03:40 PM   #2
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On my iPhone the top is all misaligned and on the first picture the green lettering is very hard to read.

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thanks, Im going to work on that, but my hosting/template provider updates and controls how pages/websites show on mobile phones, i guess i have to send them a message and find out what can they do to fix that.

thank you so much for your input.

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thanks, Im going to work on that, but my hosting/template provider updates and controls how pages/websites show on mobile phones, i guess i have to send them a message and find out what can they do to fix that.

thank you so much for your input.

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Try WIX. They have a editor whereas your mobile is viewable and some content hidden. Cheap.
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Nice website. Looks like you do good work. My only advice would be to put up more pictures - especially residential. It's very user friendly which is important. Good luck!!

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Hey there, I just finished with my website that I made using a template, what do you think? any advice on how to make it better in terms of search engine optimization?

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It looks like a template
It was user friendly, visually ok,I liked the colors---all points I would expect from a painter.
Personally?- I was annoyed by the pop-up on the right hand side of the screen-especially while it was moving around.

also?------------ I would like to se more pictures,more pictures,more pictures,more pictures...... but that is just me.

the big thing to me is----- I would suggest you have someone proof read your text and make some adjustments to your phrasing

for example, on the "About Us" page-----------
" our experience and constant learning on new products"- could be phrased better. you are probably trying to imply that you are both experienced and up-to-date----, but it can also come across as ""we might be testing out some un-proven stuff on your house!"

Also, I think
" our professionalism and THE quality of painting materials THAT we use....... would read better.

seriously---- for $50 you can get the English Major working as a barrista at the local Starbucks to tweak your text a bit. I usually run my stuff by at least 2 other people.

all in all, needs some minor work, but a nice job overall.
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Try WIX. They have a editor whereas your mobile is viewable and some content hidden. Cheap.
It IS Wix. And they're notoriously flimsy when it comes to SEO.

But you can follow the directions here: http://www.wix.com/support/main/html...bsite-seo-mind

And improve the usage of keywords in your FAQ.

Also, it doesn't work at all on mobile. That should be a higher priority than SEO, in my opinion. Enter the url here: http://iphonetester.com/
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It IS Wix. And they're notoriously flimsy when it comes to SEO. But you can follow the directions here: http://www.wix.com/support/main/html...bsite-seo-mind And improve the usage of keywords in your FAQ. Also, it doesn't work at all on mobile. That should be a higher priority than SEO, in my opinion. Enter the url here: http://iphonetester.com/
Lol great. So the iPhone tester site don't work on my iPhone. Perhaps they should run their site through a iPhone tester site.
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Definitely looks like a template and not a very good one. The first thing that grabbed my attention is the wasted screen real estate at the top. I'm a firm believer in good use of "white space" but that is way overboard.

I didn't dig into the code but I did a quick test in a couple additional browsers after seeing the comments so far and your layout is all over the place. There's no allowance for older browsers so most of your content is unavailable if some retiree who didn't upgrade visits your site. Without confirming your code, the evidence suggests that browser resets were not used. That is a bit technical but what it means is sloppy programing that allows every browser to do as it pleases which makes your site layout very unreliable. Browser resets force all browsers to zero out so you get to control the behavior.

Find a theme or template that uses either HTML5 Boilerplate or Bootstrap and you'll be in far better shape. StudioPress themes for WP are recommended and very well designed. The demos though are somewhat bland because they're intended to be customized. Review the Showcase examples to get a better idea of each theme's potential. I am most definitely not a fan of Wix. This is all too typical of the junk I see from them.

I don't want to seem too harsh, it's really the bogus product you were working with. Had you used something that isn't a hamster on a treadmill under the hood you'd be getting better results.
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On my iPhone the top is all misaligned and on the first picture the green lettering is very hard to read.
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Also, it doesn't work at all on mobile. That should be a higher priority than SEO, in my opinion. Enter the url here: http://iphonetester.com/
Something maybe wrong with your phone...
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Definitely looks like a template and not a very good one. The first thing that grabbed my attention is the wasted screen real estate at the top. I'm a firm believer in good use of "white space" but that is way overboard.

I didn't dig into the code but I did a quick test in a couple additional browsers after seeing the comments so far and your layout is all over the place. There's no allowance for older browsers so most of your content is unavailable if some retiree who didn't upgrade visits your site. Without confirming your code, the evidence suggests that browser resets were not used. That is a bit technical but what it means is sloppy programing that allows every browser to do as it pleases which makes your site layout very unreliable. Browser resets force all browsers to zero out so you get to control the behavior.

Find a theme or template that uses either HTML5 Boilerplate or Bootstrap and you'll be in far better shape. StudioPress themes for WP are recommended and very well designed. The demos though are somewhat bland because they're intended to be customized. Review the Showcase examples to get a better idea of each theme's potential. I am most definitely not a fan of Wix. This is all too typical of the junk I see from them.

I don't want to seem too harsh, it's really the bogus product you were working with. Had you used something that isn't a hamster on a treadmill under the hood you'd be getting better results.
I don't usually agree with these guys as they always have one intention and that is to sell themselves, but I agree with this pretty much 100%.

Too much space.

Your name is not prominent.

Put your license number at the bottom.

The phone number on the right is disjointed and frankly I would get rid of the 888 number. Local numbers are much better unless you are a national chain with multiple locations across different area codes. And even then I would use a local number that is routed. But that's just my 2 cents.

I also agree that the appt pop up is annoying. Get rid of the subscription form as well as the schedule form. All that you need is the Free Estimate form.

Nothing on your Home page jumps out at me saying we are unique. Nothing is pulling me in to want to use you.

And more pics, more pics, more pics. The interior pic looks so bland and dull. You are a painter get some really nice pics of color and design incorporated so that your audience can envision their home, not just a wall.

For what it's worth I applaud your effort and your desire to want to have a web presence. Keep it up and read, read, read on how to improve it from here.
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Thanks, Im working on resizing my pics and publishing on my website, I appreciate every comment, that helps me see what I dont. thanks again!

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great point! I'll work on that, I just need to find that guy in starbucks . thanks for your input.

have a great day!

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Didn't want the site to get ripped on?
He probably did have second thoughts about wading into shark-infested waters, - - but actually it didn't look too bad at all, - - just needed a lot of work to get finished . . .
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I must have got sidetracked or something, - - it's actually more done than I thought. Still room for plenty of pages yet, - - but I think it's off to a pretty damn good start!! Real nice contrast on the colors . . .
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No, I like to contribute here and it's not done- I'm ready for whatever!
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the information is all over the place...it doesn't look like something a homeowner can figure out quickly....

also you don't have a nice logo/name at the top...its just something you typed in....makes you look like you did your own website

my 1st website cost me $500....never got me 1 job
2nd one was $1,500....got me $7-10k a year
new one was $5,500...gets me daily calls...$7k A MONTH

I wish I would have spent what it took from day 1....instead I threw away $500 and then $1,500........my new website still has its issues, but it paid for itself in 2 weeks

get a professional website...pay whatever it takes...go into debt....it will pay you back 10-20x!!!!!!!!!!!!!

going cheap and doing it yourself = $0 in return....

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