| Q & A
| Proofread/Link Check |
| New Site
| Pages |
Recipient: Any sites, although it would be more beneficial for older sites to request this review. Only people who want everything, every minor detail reviewed should request this review.
Writing Time: Long, should take 2 days when I'm fully available.
Subject: This review will critique your entire site. This includes your portfolio, textareas, link sweep and proofread, everything. It also focuses on design, functionality, originality, quality, organization and professionalism.
Score: The review will be scored out of 100.
First Impression (Score /5)
A first impression is what I see when I first load up your page. This is important because a first impression is a lasting impression. It will tell the viewer whether your site is creative or bland, noob-like or professional, light or dark. You need to have a visually appealing yet practical layout and an organized, original design.
Home Page (Score /5)
Your home page is the basis of your site. It should supply a warm, welcoming message, with information about you, what your site offers, and more about your site. It should include a splash of colour (the most common method is an icon), maybe an opening story to capture interest from your viewers, and professionalism to wrap up your welcome message. Sometimes a homepage includes your updates, too, so you have to make sure they're organized, and not in a tiny box that is hard to scroll.
Design (Score /10)
When I visit the site, the first thing I see is the layout. Design is not just the design of your layout but the design of your content, although this could be a part of the Organization category as well. You must have a warm, welcoming layout design and an impressive, unique organization to help wow the viewer.
Organization (Score /10)
A key aspect of any site is organization. You need to have an organized site to have a successful site, and this is because you need to make it easier for the visitor to navigate around your site. Some questions you should be asking yourself are, "Does my site look organized and neat?", "Can I find everything I need to with ease?" and "Have I put enough effort into my site's organization?".
Originality (Score /5)
No one wants to visit a site that is just like everyone else's. So to make your site stand out, you need to come up with your own original ideas that add a little bit of extra spice to your site. For example, Sincerely Yours has the Classic rubric that is written in letter form and is exclusive to Sincerely Yours. Little aspects like this make your site unique, and then visitors will want to return.
Professionalism (Score /10)
When you arrive at a site, do you expect da syt own@ 2 b tlk!n lyk th!s? No, you expect the site owner to be talking like this, in proper, literate English. Language is one part of professionalism. The other part is service. Do you think people are going to take you seriously if you have 20 harsh, commanding and unfair rules and no choice in their request? Remember, you're serving them free of charge, and the visitors owe you nothing. You're giving them a free service, not the other way round. So every site owner should be professional and handle their visitors with care, and overall great customer service.
Functionality (Score /5)
How is your site going to be successful if your visitors can't navigate around it? Having a broken navigation, links that lead to an empty neomail, and incorrect codes in textboxes are examples of bad functionality. It is very fustrating to the visitor to have to manually guess the URL of a page because your navigation is borken, or manually insert an image code because the one you gave is faulty.
Rules (Score /10)
Every site has them. Every visitor doesn't want to read them. There's usually a catch that means the visitor has to read the rules and supply a codeword to request. Be careful when doing this as you are offering a service and whether the visitor read the rules or not is not the most important thing. Another aspect of your rules is your harshness. The visitor does not owe you anything. As part of professionalism, you need to be caring to the visitor and offer great service, with fair rules.
Sitely (Score /10)
As a sitely section is the "administration" section of a site, it needs to be neat, organized, professional, functional and with some colour to liven it up. Many sites have their link back buttons on their sitely page. If you do, don't have them all scrunched together, make sure the textareas are the same width as the buttons, and they are evenly spaced. Affiliates need to be the same. Usually, site owners figure out how many 88x31 buttons can fit in a row in their text space, then add padding so it looks organized. Margins and padding are essential in your sitely section because they add space so the buttons are clearer. Then with your listers. Many sites list at numerous directories. You have to make sure the buttons are evenly spaced. This is a continuous job. A new directory may open and list you, and you need to link back, that means you must adjust the padding so the button looks better. you may even need to start a new row, so make sure it's centered to add organization. And your credits section should be petite, professional and organized. Don't add credit for link back buttons in your credits. Link the display button to the creator's site/userlookup, but make sure the link in the textarea is to your page.
Updates (Score /5)
To have a successful site, the visitor must feel like you are putting everything into the site and letting them know anything. So instead of posting it on a homepage or extras page, many sites have updates, either in a separate box or on the homepage in a box. To make it worthwhile, though, you need to make sure your updates box is organized and professional. Your updates space needs to be large-ish, not a tiny box that makes it hard to scroll. A smart idea is having the most recent update on the home page and old ones on an updates storage page, to save space and be organized. You must also update often to let your visitors know what's going on.
Link Back Buttons (Score /10)
Link back buttons are very, very important. They are what your visitors see before they see your site, when they see your link back buttons on another site. If you have boring, unappealing and bland link backs, people aren't likely to come back to your site. You have to have a large variety (but not too large) of professional-looking buttons to represent your site. Check the Extras page for the Open Authors to see some great button sites with open requests where you can get some link back buttons.
Quality of Service (Score /10)
People visit a site for one reason; to see quality content. Quality can make a site stand out as much as a layout design can. It doesn't matter how much content you have, if your content is high-quality, everyone will want some. Spend a day or so working on your content to make sure your techniques are the highest-quality you can make them and you will have a professional site that everyone will want to visit, which is, after all, the aim of a site in the first place. The main question I ask myself when making graphics is, "If I requested this from someone, would I be completely satisfied with the graphic?".
Quantity of Service (Score /5)
Even though quantity doesn't matter as much as quality, quantity is still important. Imagine going to a site with "high-quality banners" and there being one banner in the whole site. This offers no variety. Variety is important, and sometimes it's as simple as quickly colorizing a graphic to make a whole range instead of one, or making a few new simple rubrics for a review site. This is especially important if your site is older. This means you have had plenty of time to get lots of content, and it can all be high-quality. When reviewing in this category I will make note of your site's age in contrast to your site's quantity.