⇢ Welcome to Alaia, a review site brought to you by Florelle
Beyond the golden, soft sand of Hawaii lies the salty ocean, where tourists around the globe come to enjoy the nature breezes warm sun, and rolling waves. Breaking waves and lines of whitewater move shoreward towards shallower waters and of course, the shore. You notice a few visitors are far away in the seas, standing up on a canoe-looking, flat board. You wonder what it is. That in fact, is known as surfing. You turn and head towards a straw hut which stands all alone a couple of meters away from the water. You decide to walk into the fascinating shop, which holds thousands of Hawaiian artifacts and items - including a variety of surfboards.Aloha guest, and welcome to Alaia, a review site run by, yours truly, Florelle. Alaia is pronounced ahl-lay-ah and It's a type of surfboard made entirely of wood. It's around six feet in length and is used by Hawaiian commoners to surf. At Alaia, we provide helpful, in-depth reviews to help improve the sites you create on Neopets for other Neopians. We offer more than just the typical review site - with more than 3 review formats to choose from! If your site has been reviewed, be sure to take a goodie bag on your way home.
⇢ Hawaiian Updatesnow you can know exactly what happens everyday here at Alaia
ReservationsReserve a spot to rent a surfboard Since I am quite busy at Alaia, I do have some rules that you must follow including that you must reserve a spot to get a surfboard ahead of time. If you haven't noticed, we do have a limited number of surfboards here at Alaia. Yes, we do have fifty or so surfboards, but take a look at how many tourists come here during the day to surf. Oh, and by the way, if you cannot or refuse [to] follow the rules of renting a surfboard or surfing, then you will NOT be able to rent or purchase a surfboard here at Alaia.
1. ONLY SITES on NEOPETS can be reviewed. If we would review all sites (including sites off of Neopets), we would have way too many requests to have their sites reviewed. We wouldn't have enough surfboards for everyone either!
2. Please Link back to Alaia before and after your review.
3. I refuse to review about me pages, shops, galleries, guilds, guides, and applications. I will only review Neopets sites that you have created.
4. Be sure to answer all parts of the request form. Do not assume I know your name. If you didn't read the rules, put Reflection somewhere in the form.
5. If you have made significant changes to your site, you may apply for a re-review.
6. If I do not confirm your request for a review within three days, check the waiting list. If you are NOT there, neomail us again with the form completed.
7. If you are unhappy with your review, please do not criticize Alaia and make rude remarks. I am only trying to help you improve your site and tell you what I think you may need to change.
8. I will review your site in Internet Explorer unless you say otherwise but please note it may take a bit longer if I review your sites in the other browsers for I would have to download them first.
9. If you find me unclear in any part of your review, don't hesitate to ask questions. Although I will try to be as clear as I can in your review.
10. Please prepare your site as best as you can so we can be sure to improve your site the best we can. If your site isn't as well prepared, chances are you might just get a lower score.
Waiting ListWho's waiting to receive their rented/purchased surfboard? 1. Cocoa / Fallen Reviews / The Thruster
2. Valerie / Green Jasper / The Thruster
3. Mango / Eternity / The Thruster
4. Panda / Bluebird / The Malibu
5. Michael / The Button Workshop / The Malibu
6. Water / Notebook / The Thruster
7. Bella / Inspection Express / The Malibu
8. Alia / Android Directory / The Thruster
THE MALIBU REVIEW STYLE IS ALWAYS OPEN
Surfboards what we have for sale or for rent
The Thruster -
The Thruster is the standard review. This review is reccomended for newer sites or hosts that don't want me to be too critical.
First Impression (?/10) - First Impressions are definitely one of the most important sections in a review. When I come to look at your site, I will say my first thoughts when I first see your site. Are there certain things that get my attention that want me to stay? Are there certain parts that make me want to leave? Do I know immediately what your site is called?
Introduction (?/5) - Is your introduction original? Do I know what your site provides? Does the introduction catch my attention? Do I know who wrote/hosts the site?
Layout (?/15) - Have I seen your layout on anyone else's site? Is your layout unique? What do I feel when I am looking at your layout? Is it a premade layout? Does it fit the theme of your site?
Content (?/30)- Do you have a decent amount of content for the time you have been open? Is it helpful or useful? Is your content easy to understand?
Organization (?/10)- Is your site easy to navigate? Is your site tidy or messy? Can I find everything easily?
Grammar & Spelling (?/10) - How often have you misspelled a word or haven't used proper grammar? Is everything on your site spelled correctly?
Readability (?/5) - Can I read the text easily? Do I have any problems seeing anything?
Presentation (?/5) - Have you presented everything in your site well? Is the text in your site lined up appropiately?
Sitely/Affiliates (?/5) -
Please note that I will take into consideration how old or new your site is.
Did you make an effort to find hih-quality affiliates? Have you been listed at a decent amount of directoris? Are your link-backs enjoyable to look at? Are they high-quality and eye-catching?
Bonus (?/5) - If I feel you have made a huge effort to create and run your site, I will give you a portion or all of the bonus points. It also is awarded for well-made/fantastic sections.
Overall Score - ?/100
Final Comments - I will say any final comments I have about your site and sum up the main area of where the problems were. (if there are any problems) If comments I have don't fall into the categories above, I will also write them here.
The Malibu -
The Malibu is a simple no-score review for those who want something brief.The Bodyboard -
Positive Comments - Here I will state all the positive comments and things I liked about your site.
Negative comments and suggestions - Everything that I disliked or thought needing some improving will be listed here. Suggestions on how to make your site even better I'll also go here.
Final comments - Anything that does not fall into the two categories above, I will state here. I will also give you an overall statement on how I liked your site or whatever needed improving.
If you choose The Bodyboard review, I will screenie the homepage of your website and comment on what you have done well and what you should change. You may click and drag the screenie of your site to view it in full size.
The Bodyboard is meant to be a starter for newer sites. It will ensure your site has the basics. Your score will be determined from the six sections below:
Appeal (10 points)
The Longboard -
The Longboard is very in-depth and is reccomended to sites that are professional and established. It is written in the form of a letter to the owner of the site.
Your review will be in this form. As well as giving positive comments, I will be very critical. If you choose The Longboard review, I will not hold back any comments I have. The criteria is below:
First Impression (?/5) -
Introduction (?/5) -
Layout (?/15) -
(Please do not request this style yet.)
The Fish -
The Fish is a no-score review and only addresses what needs to be improved in a section.
The Funboard -
The Funboard is a no-score review and is basically like an interview. Ask me 5-20 questions about your site and I'll answer them as in-depth as possible. Try and avoid yes/no questions like 'Does my layout look good?'. A few are okay, but don't over-do it. Below are some example questions you may want to ask.
Customers People who have rented or purchased a surfboard
Site // Name // Review
Fallen Reviews // Cocoa // The Thruster
Soroptimist Directory // Cass // The Malibu
Forever Fonts // Rachel & Kathy // The Thruster
Kaleidoscopic // Kelly // The Thruster
Jinx // Naomi // The Thruster
The Lunch Box // Turnip // The Malibu
Extras Surfboards aren't the only things we have at Alaia
Shop stats Everything you need to know about the shop
So you want to know a bit more about us, guest? Of course. I'll be happy to give you some more information. Below are local surf shops, directories we are listed in, a franchise of our shop, awards and achievements, and reviews we've got.
Local surf shopsThere's other surf shops around here too!
If you would like to become affiliates with us, please neomail Florelle (jskrasnova)here. Please have a high-quality review site. Thanks!
Listed at Yes, we are listed in a bunch of directories 'round town
Awards & Achievements You're at an award-winning shop!
Reviews We review other sites and other sites review us. Hover over a button to see how we did.
Thank you so much!
Ranking What will your site be ranked as?
If your site is NOT listed here, please do not get upset. Everyone has different opinions. Who knows? Maybe your site will appear here sometime. The secret to getting a good rank is to have a high-quality site that earns a good review. :) Want to be the first to receive a great rank? Reviews are OPEN so send in a form and you'll probably end up here!
Also, please bear in mind that your rank may change if someone in that category gets a higher score than you. If this happens, be sure to change the rank number wherever you wrote it in your site.
Coding Help -
Dailies/NP Guides -
Link Directories -
Premade Layouts -
Review Sites -
Surf Awards Did you win an award for getting a great score?
History The history of Alaia (this section is under construction)
Alaia opened it's doors on April 27th, 2011 by Florelle. Yes, it is quite new, but offers high-quality and in-depth reviews for other sites in Neopia.
Portfoliowhere I keep track of everyone who has purchased or rented a surfboard here
Fanmailkind words from our customers