I've had this community based advertising site for Dallas/Fort Worth. For individuals and retail sellers. Very robust application. I've added features, redesigned it, burnt some time recently.
Far from done (is it ever DONE?) - features I'd like to add include, buy it now/paypal interface, user ratings, forums, saved searches, email users new ads that meet their serach criteria, news letters (I can go on, but you get the idea).
Please try it out, run it through the ringer, you can deactivate listings so your items don't show up when you're done (if you like).
The functionality is great to test, no money exchanges hands or commitments made by users. I do not spam users in any way, don't sell off email addresses. Necessity is the mother of invention.
Marketing the site, changing the front end doing what needs to be done to CREATE MORE TRAFFIC AND USAGE is what I really need to focus on.
Any input would be a great help. Please let me know you saw my post here. Any questions or help you need, just say the word!
To repeat the previous reviewers, your site is too plain. Aside from layout (header and 3 columns), there really is nothing to review or get into a discussion about. You don't have any moody colors, spiffy graphics, dramatic fonts styles, or engaging sales dialog that we can generate an opinion.
Overall, the site just doesn't have the sophistication one expects nowadays.
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Cool! Input is what I was after. It's obvious I only have seconds to grab some attention (nobody actually hammered the functionality).
I got to tell you guys, I don't quite understand what I need to do. Many of the pieces to make this a viable solution to a market is there. But something is missing. Old craigs list make it into PC mag. Google is the top search engine. Ebay makes money (what a concept), I have no color but lots of soul?
I'm not a grapics guy, but I can do anything I need to, only if I grasp what it is that needs to be done and a HUGE reason I asked to begin with, I'm after input.
Am I posting in the wrong place? I use all the php, mysql, hot this, cool that (sites) that tell us how to make your stuff sing and dance. I don't find the pointers that I'm missing (if I thought I wasn't missing something I wouldn't have asked, right?).
Is this just pure artwork issue? I read some technical posts about what I think are elementary issues and can't imagine anyone not understanding (I find some technical documents clear as mud myself too).
I do the networking, sys admin stuff, hosting, user front end config and maintenance, log analysis, parsing of this, compiling of that, server setup, virtual that, ssl here, there, but not there, build a db, normalize that, perl here, php there, create a thumbnail on the fly, oops, make it go away the user changed his (or her) mind. Shoot, I must have 98% of what it takes, what I don't know I always find the answer, my company was a bleeding edge group of guys that helped the big travel sites build their site(s). I've got alphabet soup of the brain. Sorry, I'll get off my bandwagon and back to the issue...
Can you tell me specifically what I need to do, or make some suggestions? Purple here goes good with canary yellow there, JS when you click on this and make an explosion (silver with oranges falling from the sky), close that window, blast a popup of an advertiser with a pretty girl or bluetooth cell phone, give em what they wanted to start with extra red, white and blue and ask em for some green?
I can't find the answer? NO WAY, its out there somewhere!!!!
If I weren't having fun I'd have quit 10 years ago.