Hi all, I am a fairly new reseller and not yet aggressively marketing my hosting, my income comes mostly from design work and programming. I was hoping a few other designers and resellers (especially ones who have managed to build themselves a reputation) could review my site and make suggestions on what I can do to make myself more attractive to potential webmasters before I begin to market my services.
Any suggestions are welcome, whether it is wording, design, missing elements, flow of the site, etc. I recently (this weekend) redesigned the site to look more like a host and less of an art studio so I can begin marketing my hosting plans.
I am very proud of my packages and I can definitely provide people with exactly what they need to host a good site, but I don't want to fall into the trap that many new hosts and resellers fall into; being over agressive in marketing, getting lots of accounts quick, and not being able to deliver any longer. I am determined not to let this happen to my company.
Any input would be greatly appreciated!
TIA! http://www.mcpmedia.com <- here's the link
Wow, very nice. I have a few comments though. I agree with Synthetic about the animated flash. Although very attractive, it takes your attention away from the main content.
My opinion, I would have a home button in your menu. I know that you can click on the logo, but others might not.
The alternate/text menu on the bottom looks funny with the border around them with the underlined links. The underline overlaps the border. Nice mouseover touch on them though.
As soon I as seen your packages I knew you were with VO, then I saw the link in the left box. Personally, I would not have a link or any comments about your provider. The way I see it, now that you let the cat out of the bag, why would I use your services when I can go straight to the source? Yes your prices are a little lower, but for a couple of dollars I know that VO's support team will more than likely be more efficient. Not saying yours won't be. I don't know if I'm making myself clear on this or even if my opinion holds true, but bottom line...you're sending your potential customers to someone else.
I gotcha- V.O.'s support team is reknown as one of the best in the industry and I am a start-up. Can't take offense to that.
As for the over-flash, I suppose I have fallen victim to it (a lot of us flashers abuse flash) but I am at a loss as to how to rectify it... my last version didn't have the comets flying around my logo, but I LOVE those! Also, I don't know what I would do with the space left over without that little screen that flashes quotes from my clients, aside from spend a lot of time in graphics programs to create the typical (yet tasteful) collage of images with gradient lines and lots of effects and lens flare type things you see on every other site coming out these days (don't get me wrong, I love those too types of designs too!)
hmm- I was afraid of the overflash... But I am atatched to it now. Any ideas on what I could substitute, which part to substitute, or if it really is necessary to substitute either of those parts? Is it bad enough so that it becomes abnoxious or may turn users off to the site?
First off, let me say you've done an excellent job with your site. It's really very nice. Aside from the things that have already been mentioned, I noticed one spelling error. See the word "atmosphere" in your "30 day moneyback guarantee" block.
Mostly, I agree with the opinions expressed regarding your flash design. Though they're all very well done, the multiple movements are a bit dizzying. Perhaps you could limit the multiple images to only the index page??
All in all, very nice work! I like it. Good luck to you!
I just noticed on your main page in your "Affordable Web Hosting" text box it says "Packages starting as low as $3.95 a month!" when actually is starts at $6.95 on the plan page. Yikes, don't want to sell that at your cost.
I also noticed you already took the link off to your server. I think it's the right decission.
Wow! Thanks guys for letting me know about my spelling and price errors! As for the overflash, I think I am going to have a go at it today when I get back from school (I'm also going to try to lighten up the background color as was suggested). I really appreciate your advice, it really is helping me nail this down.
Nice job, MCP. It is evident alot of work went into developing this site. A few points:
1. As mentioned, it would be good to have a Home button in your nav bar.
2. Font size seems to be inconsistent throughout the site. Ex., your TOS page. And others as well. I just forget which ones.
3. Regarding the Flash in your header, this is what I'd do:
(i) Set the movie on the left to 1 cycle only. It really can be distracting after a while (to the point of annoying). I found myself scrolling down just to put it out of sight.
(ii) If you really like the rockets that go around your logo, slow them down just a little bit, and more importantly, don't make them cycle so frequently. Put in a 5+ second delay between cycles to break it up. And if possible, set a higher transparency to the rocket images so that they are more subtle in appearance when they do cycle.
Overall, great job.
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