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The site is clean, easily navigated and provides some really good info. I like the header and the layout and the simple design, is in my opinion, far and away better than one that has made use of all the distracting animations. Your visitors focus thus remains on the information and not on things coming at them from all directions!
Ok now for the but .... not really a but, rather just a few suggestions.
1. People don't read and when presented with large blocks of text they will skip over it. Consider breaking up the info, especially on your Home page and toss in an image, offer some bullet points in lieu of some of the text. Lists will be read, bullet points will be read, images will be looked at. By incorporating some of that with short (er) paragraphs you will be more apt to retain your visitor.
2. It could use a bit of editing. I learned long ago to never try to do my own because if you miss it once you'll no doubt miss it again. There is just some tidying up that could be done to make the site more 'spot on'.
3. Internal links are important to SEO so you might toss in a few of those to link one page to another that offers up the information you are referring to.
4. On the page titles if it's a question I'd be sure to add a ? to it - just because people like me will expect one. lol
Overall a very nice job and I expect we'll see changes as time goes on. Websites are like children - we're never, ever done with them.
P.S. Check this site for suggestions on the optimal line length:
Very nice :) You have a ton of good information that's well organized and segues nicely from page to page. I had to smile when I read Susan's comments, as I just had a friend who acts as his firm's unofficial IT guru give me a few of the same critiques (okay, and I admit after finishing the Readability article that I also immediately started counting characters in my lines of text . . . I guess 16-point font WAS too small . . . sigh).
I had been using 40-point font header text and 25-point font for body text to ensure everything was easily readable regardless of screen size, but that plan turned out to be essentially unworkable for the mobile version of my site. In line with what Susan said, my friend's first comment concerning my site was that I was being "too wordy," and that I needed to add more "interesting" images to the 5 main pages listed on my navigation menu and move the majority of the text blocks to internal pages (in addition to reducing the font size). I don't "tweet," so hadn't really considered it, but he made the remark that pretty much anyone under 25 won't read more than 140 characters at a time because it's just "too much effort."
Anyway, the site looks great, but I would make two small suggestions:
1) I don't know if it's something you want out there, but I've advised to always put whatever way you want to be contacted, e.g. phone number, email, etc. prominently in the header; and
2) As Susan suggested (and my friend hammered into me with his constant bashing of my old site), your '"landing page" should have a large image that grabs the user's attention, conveys the theme/message of your site, and make him/her want to explore your other pages. I was advised to think of my landing page as a "hook," so just provide enough information to pique curiosity and provide "something shiny" to click on that takes users to an internal page with bullet-point type info linked to more detailed discussion of the bullet point's subject matter found on other internal pages. I'm told using this method will raise my search ranking, and I have to admit I've more than doubled my daily hits since going more towards this model. You two obviously have WAY more know-how on this type of this, so please let me know if you disagree with my comments and why (despite reading everything I can on how Google actually works, I'm still at a loss).
Crumb I need to go dig up your site address again and take another gander. BRB :)
Ok here's what I see when you page opens up:
So, the #1 in the phone number has dropped down - there is still the second Trouble. Things come flying in from all directions. Robert you're an attorney and your site should project that professionalism. Your home page is the guts of your site and while some advocate for a big splashy picture or pictures, when I visit a website I want to know something, not just look at a picture. But you can combine the two effectively giving the Search Engines some fodder and still have an attention drawing image. And so on and so on ...
Here's a site that really has done a good job explaining what a home page should be. I hesitate to offer it up as they offer an SEO package, but I really like how they've put together the best approach to Home pages. So ignore the ad and just focus on the how to:
Your internal pages are much more in line with the exception of all the moving, jerking, flying ins and outs. Also, I'd recommend that any photos just be static, rather than moving in.
I know you've had fun with all the animations, but it's time to put the toys away and go for a professional site. So say I - and that and $3.00 will get you a cup of coffee.
Keep us posted as you progress. :)
Thanks you SO MUCH for the candor - and especially that article - just great information. I know I went overboard with the animations, and was trying to use them to direct attention to various areas on my pages. However, I admit I got a little carried away.
Am I curious why the 1, Trouble? and LESS!!! are displaced in the screenshot you included. I am using a 27" monitor, but have viewed this page on my Mom's screen at Christmas, and nothing was jumbled. Am I slightly overhanging the center margins or is the font just still too big? Any diagnosis?
Cheers and thanks again, I really do appreciate your input :)
I guess you could try going with a smaller font to see if improves, but perhaps wait until someone else chimes in to see if they are seeing the same.
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