does anyone still check this page?
Well, if you do, it's your lucky day! I'm going to be reviewing
2 sites 3 sites
- first come first serve based on the rubric below.
If you want to know how
I review, I suggest checking out this page
QUICK UPDATE 01/29/2014
Since midterms are coming up I'll be completing reviews when reading week arrives (which starts on the 15th of February). Sorry for the delay!
I will be looking at how I perceive your site upon entering - this includes any introductions, overall neatness and how well I can navigate your site.
I will be looking at the color scheme of your site, how well the images/colors go together, the size of your layout as well as overall neatness and accessibility to all main sections of your site.
Spelling & Grammar-
I will be looking at use of grammar and spelling throughout the site.
Content & Quality-
I will be looking at quality as well as quantity of your site content. I will also be looking at overall organization and neatness of your content. Any extra content will not be reviewed here, but reviewed in the extra section below.
Sitely & Links-
I will be looking at amount of affiliates, listers (if you do have a section for listers) and site updates. I will also be looking for any dead links around the site.
I will be looking for any extra features that you may incorporate through the site as well as any unique twists that may be in the site content (more in-depth than the content section). If you don't have any extra sections, don't fret! This section will be taken out.
Comments: Overall comments and suggestions will go here.
Review Requests are CLOSED
Completed 1/3 review requests
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It's Raining Cupckaes
When I first come upon your site, the feel is very bubbly
. The color scheme used goes very well with the cupcake theme you are incorporating throughout the site. The homepage seems to have quite a bit of text, I suggest adding a small cupcake pixel/adoptable to act as a text break and make your homepage more visually appealing. Sites like All of the Cupcakes
, Beyond the Batter
have great graphics that you can use that go with your theme.
In your introduction, you have a few spelling/grammatical errors which are explained below. Overall, your introduction is well delivered as it goes well with the cupcake theme (as well as your site name). You also explain what you offer at your site very well with a description of what kind of rubrics you offer and what you aim to do with your site. Great job!
Your layout is very organized and easy to navigate. As I said in the previous section, the bright color scheme goes well with the theme of your site. The link color is a little light though, making it difficult to reading without highlighting the text. I suggest fixing this color to a darker one (perhaps BDDB9B
Overall, your layout is simple yet tasteful as the bright colors make up for lack of images around your site (though, as I said in the First Impression section, that I do suggest an image on the homepage because there is a lot of text in a single color). The little icon beside the navigation is also very well placed but I noticed that the image isn't of cupcakes. Perhaps using the following icons instead will look better as it goes well with your theme while staying consistent with your color scheme: (they are linked to their creators)
Spelling & Grammar-
In your introduction, you say, Suddenly, the air smells sweeter than before, and something drops from the sky, just missing your head and landing right in front of you.
This sentence does not flow well because of the and
in between "before" and "something". I suggest rewording this sentence to "Suddenly, the air smell sweeter than before as something drops from the sky just missing your head and landing right in front of you."
In your Standard rubric, you say, I will offer graphics to show your best content, and why I feel that it is high-quality.
It would be more grammatically correct if you had said, "I will display graphics to show your best content..." since you are not offering a service to the reviewee, but rather showing them what you believe to be as high quality content of their site.
In your Standard rubric, you say, A wide variety in content is always a good thing because the visitor will have more choices, the greater the chances are that they will find what they are looking for.
There should be an and between "...will have more choices" and "the greater chances" because you are connecting two statements.
In your Request section, you say, whenr eview requests...
I believe you mean "when review requests..."
I also noticed that you misuse a lot of semi-colons. Semi-colons are used to connect two independent clauses but are not used with a conjunction (e.g. words like: so, and, but, or...). For sentences like the following: This section is evaluated based on site age; so please don't worry if you're a new site and you only have a little content! you use a conjunction in this sentence (the use of the word "so") so there is no need for a semicolon, though a comma would suffice.
Content & Quality-
You have quite a variety of rubrics, each very unique and tailored for specific sites looking for specific advice. One question that I do have for the "Pro/Con" review rubric is: Why do most of the ending points end positively, whereas one ends neutrally? Shouldn't all of your points end neutrally since wrap-ups usually consist of your overall summary of what you thought of that site (both the good and bad aspects)? By ending things neutrally rather than positively, the reviewee is able to understand their overall weaknesses and strengths in that particular section. This will give them a better idea of where to begin if they make changes to their site and what continue doing to make their site better.
In your Request section, one of your rules states "I've run out of sugar. I have no sugar left to sugarcoat my opinions. You will receive an honest, candid review. Please do remember that these reviews are based on my own thoughts. It is your choice to do the things I suggest. If you don't want to, it's completely understandable."
I found the beginning of this rule kind of odd as it came off a little random. Yes, I do agree with what this rule's overall message is, but the beginning I've run out of sugar doesn't properly describe what this rule is about. Something along the lines of: Your review is based on my own opinion would more accurately depict the kind of message you want to send.
Looking at your reviews, you offer some very good advice and point out many details that can go unnoticed by other reviewers. Here are just a few things that I'd like to point out to help you improve your reviews:
For your review on Graphics by Jewlz, in the content section (specifically under the "button" section) you compare Euphoric's premade button with Jewel's button. Though, yes, I do believe that Rico's buttons are wonderfully made, this was not totally necessary as you do not use Rico's button to help further the review. Instead of saying, "As you can see Rico's button has point, point and point, which will also help your own button look better" you just kind of leave Rico's button there asking if the reviewee sees a difference. You need to explain the differences between the two buttons so the reviewee has a better idea of what to focus on and improve. Don't forget to explain how the example is relevant to the review rather than just leaving it there for show.
In the "Siggy" section for the same review, you say, "And I below, I've also added one that I don't really like. The ''name'' is shifted off to the side, which looks a bit awkward, as the text a poster will type and the bottom part of the signature are both centered." but you don't further explain to the reviewee how to make this font better. Adding a simple, "By centering the text for the name, the font will look less awkward" would point the reviewee in a direction where they can improve their content rather than not adding anything at all.
I also found a similar problem with this in the next section ("petpages") where you explain everything that is wrong with the petpage but don't give any advice to how they can change it (e.g. you could direct this person to Detail/Nienke's Premades' Extra Page where there is a tutorial on texturizing or give suggestions for fonts/colors to use in their color scheme and navigation).
Throughout your reviews, I've noticed that your point removal system is a little odd. An example is where you dock 2 points for "average medium-low quality layouts". Having "average" quality layouts should not be a reason to dock points, since average is more a neutral territory between good and bad (not good nor bad). Also, I found the wording for this quite odd: "-1 for no breathing space in portfolio". The term "breathing space" is a little awkward sounding in your review as it does not really specify what the problem is in a clear and concise way. Rather than saying this, you could say, -1 for image spacing.
Finally, I've noticed that some of your reviews have slight spelling/grammar errors (e.g. "I'd me more than happy to edit it for you!"). I would suggest rereading your review at least once before letting your reviewee know you've finished the review.
Sitely & Links-
You have a good amount of affiliates, listers and link back buttons. The only problem that I have with this section is that the textareas underneath the link back buttons don't line up properly because of the image spacing of your link back buttons. I suggest organizing your link back buttons using the table coding (if you are unsure how to do this, I suggest going to Resourceful CSS Guide
) to help align them properly.
The Questionnaire section is very helpful to those who don't really need a full review but rather a small question regarding very specific parts of their site. It's a great way to help all site makers, good job!
Your reviewing skills have come a long way! Though you still have some slight problems here and there (for example guiding the reviewee in how to improve by recommending sites/fonts/colors etc. and using examples to further your reviews), your eye for detail and willingness to help is evident throughout the site. Great job and good luck with your site!
Upon entering your site, the feel is a little plain
due to lack of images. The colors that make up your color scheme compliment each other, but because they are more neutral shades they don't make up for the lack of imagery around your site. Perhaps adding an icon/pixel in your introduction such as the ones listed below (they are linked to their creators):
If you don't any of the images above, you can request a banner at the following sites: Chinensis Designs
(you can also make one yourself if you feel the need!).
Looking at your introduction, it is very well thought out as it gives a brief description of your site and what it offers. One objection that I have is in your introduction when you say, "For visitor convenience, I have added a total of 16 sub-sections for listed links and 5 main links." This sentence is unnecessary as the visitor is able to see all your sub-sections listed in your navigation as well as your main links. The visitor is also unlikely to want to know how many sub-sections a directory has unless the links are organized in a way that they cannot find what they are looking for/is confusing. I suggest removing this sentence altogether.
Like I said in the introduction, your layout could use a little more pizzazz
. By adding a small icon/pixel or a banner, it adds something
to make your site more visually appealing. I highly recommend you trying one of the icons/pixels/request sites above or, if not, find/create your own!
Overall, the color scheme is very nice and go with each other very well, and the headers and text are easy to read. The navigation is great for a directory as it is easy to view all of your categories and it's fixed, so it "follows" you while scrolling. Good job!
Spelling & Grammar-
I found all grammar/spelling fine!
Just a quick side note, you've put "January 1st" as the date for your two most recent updates, so don't forget to fix that next time you've updated.
Content & Quality-
You have quite a few sites listed in your directory, well done!
Sitely & Links-