Sometimes I take review requests here when I feel like it. So check out the request status below~
**Based on first come first serve basis and the rubric listed below.
If you want to know how
I review, I suggest checking out this page
or navigate the links on the side!
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.
Comments: Overall comments and suggestions will go here.
Review Requests are open (as of July 25 2015)
I am taking 1 review(s) at the moment.
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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 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 banner really catches my eye due to the animation used. Though your site doesn't have a lot of colour (as the purple/gray are most prominent), the animation is used to visually make up for this and make your layout seem attractive but not forceful upon on visitor.
Scrolling through your site initially, your layout seems very organized. But the navigation text seems a little small and thin, giving it a weaker presence compared to the whole layout. While you want to make your layout visually appealing without seeming too "in your face" the lack of bolds/size of the navigation takes away some of that attractiveness of the layout. I will adding some suggestions for this in the layout section of this review.
I also noticed that you put a hover text over the image of the cupcake. Although this isn't a bad thing, the text, "Thank you Maryann!" seems out of place, especially in the area where a visitor first enters your site. I would suggest you moving this to the credits section of your site instead of as hover text.
Your introduction is clear and concise as it outlines what your site offers as well as what it strives for. It also shows your willingness to communicate with the visitor/requester. Good job!
Overall, your site has left a good impression. The organization of your site makes everything look neat and professional while the layout adds strong yet more subtle visuals.
As I said in my first impression, the colours and use of the banner are well incorporated into your site, making your layout very appealing in a subtle way.
I did mention how the navigation seems a little too thin and under accented. Perhaps making the font 2-3px sizes higher or even bolding the navigation will give it a more prominent appearance initially (since the hover code makes the navigation text look larger and more eye-catching).
Other than that, everything else looks great!
Spelling & Grammar-
In your second request rule you say, Forms with multiple requests will be deleted and will not be notified about this.
In front of "and" should be a you
, or, if you wanted to make it more general you could add the requester
since you are not referring to any specific person in your current sentence (though you should be).
Content & Quality-
Cataclysm offers quite variety when it comes to requesting buttons. You have both Nina's Choice and Complete Custom for the requester. All of the options for borders/animation are are well-thought out, the amount selection you have is not overwhelming and the styles are not over-complicated. At the bottom of the request section, you have a place where you also add your recommendations which can help guide the requester to receiving the highest quality button possible. One thing that I found quite confusing was this recommendation: Text shine looks best on larger fonts.
The reason I found this a little confusing was because you don't give the requester the option of choosing their own font, so how will they know to choose text shine when they don't know what text/text size will be on their button? Perhaps editing this to something more along the lines of: Text shine is more visible with on larger fonts, therefore, text shine would look better on buttons with not a lot of text.
This way you directly tell the visitor how to apply that information to how they want to request their button.
You make very high quality buttons, the images and fonts match very well with each button that you've made. Specifically the following are my favourite:
The buttons above both have very subtle animations and allow the text and image to still be the focus point of the button. The colours go very well together and the editing of these images weren't overdone in order to fit the colour scheme.
Looking at the next few buttons they weren't the same quality as the others:
The first button is overall very well done. Specifically this font (though very nice) is not very good with the letters m
(as it can get confused with "n") as the middle line of the "m" never comes out clearly and can cause confusion with what the text is saying. Mixed with the animation you've chosen, the colour overlay can make this middle line even more obscure and difficult to see. Using a softer animation (e.g. shine), making the text slightly larger or changing the font altogether for words that have "m" and can be easily confused with other words, would make the text look more sharp. The second button's animation is a little distracting in that the colour fills in two letters at a time, making these two letters more visually assertive. Allowing the person viewing this button a break from the animation (by making the all of the text the same colour) the text becomes easier to read.
Overall you have wonderful buttons, keep up the good work!
Sitely & Links-
You have a good amount of affiliates, listers and link back buttons. Some of the following sites have closed down:
City Lights - (Listers)
Luminescent - (Listers)
Here Directory - (Listers)
Site Inc - (Listers)
Vita Directory - (Listers)
Adieu - (Reviewers)
Overall, everything here looks organized and neat. Good job!
Comments: Overall Cataclysm is a great, high quality button site. Only a few minor details to work on, your site is definitely highly recommended as the content and the way it's presented is very well executed. Good job and good luck with your site!