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Welcome

Welcome to Sweeters Cafe! I am Tiffany and Sweeters Cafe was established on February 16,2012. My goal here is to give high quality reviews for your site. What makes this page unique is that I try to communicate with the visitor while I am reviewing them. This opens a line of communication between the visitor and myself to ensure that the review is at the highest quality possible. Before you request, make sure to read the rules before requesting, as they tend to change often. If you have any questions/concerns, please do not hesitate to neomail me.

An intriguing aroma lures you into a small cozy cafe as you are walking down the street. Inside, you can see plush couches and coffee tables. The walls are a warm brown that gives off a "home-like aura". Simple paintings are hung up on the walls, and the sweet smell adds to the whole texture of the little cafe. In the back corner stands two small book shelves that take up the whole space along with beanbags. It seems to be a library for people looking for a place to study or just some peace and quiet. While you are looking around, a girl walks up to you and introduces herself as Tiffany. She shows you to your table, and hands you a menu.

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Updates

July 31,2015

- Sorry about the late replies! The site was down so I couldn't get on! Anyways, plus 1 request and we got a fabulous review from Malisha at Route 10!

June 29,2015

- Rubrics are updated and we got one request! (:

June 27,2015

- Just dropping by for a quick update! There hasn't been much to go report on. Also, rubrics will be updated in a few days!

- Sweeters Cafe has been ranked at A Small List! Thanks Sasha!

June 8,2015

- Finished the very last request.

June 6, 2015

- Plus 1 request! And finished one review.

June 5, 2015

- A bit of shameless advertising... Parchment has open story requests!

- *drum roll please* Sweeters Cafe has finally finished it's 100th review!!! It's finally an even number! *cries*

- If you like Sweeters Cafe, it would make my day if you commented at Asura. *hugs*

June 4, 2015

- So I attempted at button making once more (above) and I actually got the animation right-ish... It was the hardest forty-five minutes of my life O_O Anyway, I'm going to start on the reviews tomorrow.

June 3, 2015

- One new request and link back button!

June 2, 2015

- NEW ADDITION: I just added a new section to the site! It's called the Recipe Book (located in extras page). You can check it out here Also, please tell me your thoughts!

- New request!

- Sweeters Cafe is now a Sitesaholic approved site! I am also working on a new rubric for you guys so be prepared for a new sweet addition!

June 1, 2015

- Okay so I've been reviving my other sites. So far, I finished Demure and now I'm currently working on Parchment. Demure is a competition site and Parchment a writing (some of you may remember). Both sites are in search of affiliates and listers so please neomail me if you're interested. Also, entering for all competitions at Demure is open!

- Got listed at a few sites. Also, got a new sister site, but I'll put up their button later since I want it to be a surprise. Hmmm... requests are still open and I'm working on revising the story on this site. (Oh gosh... I wrote it when I was twelve/thirteen years old. Forgive me.) :P UPDATE: Our new sister site is Gingersnap!!! Please give them a warm welcome! Also, I wanted to say good-bye to Maddie at The Music Book. You've been my sister site since the beginning and I will never be able express how thankful I am (you and your site will always have a special place here at Sweeters Cafe).(:

- ANNOUNCEMENT: I just wanted to say, thank you so much for the warm welcome back! I've gotten a few neomails that were really nice and I just wanted to thank all of you. Also, if anyone wants to chat, feel free to drop by and say hello! Wishing you all a great day! :D

May 31, 2015

- I made my first button ever guys!!! (look above) But I couldn't figure out how to animate it for the life of me. D: Oh well, I think it's pretty decent for my first one. ^_^

- Plus one new beautiful new link back button from Chinensis Designs. Thank you Yoosshi!

- Plus one request and affiliate

- Finished the request.

May 30, 2015

- I AM BACK!!!! Wow! I just wanted to say that my spark for reviewing has ignited! I can't wait to get back to my requests and the site community (at least for now) xD

- Okay let's just say that I've noticed that the site community hasn't been very active lately. BUT it is up to us to bring it back to life! So let's start by telling our friends and such! (: I have a few ideas on perking up the place because as I was wandering, I've noticed that we're not exactly a community anymore and that really saddens me. So if you would like to talk about this, please NEOMAIL ME. I'm a very friendly person. I promise! (:

- Now that announcements are out of the way, requests are open!!! OPEN!!! I am also in search of new affiliates so yup. Contact me if you're interested. c:


Menu

You take a look at the menu and see what you would like to order.

Navigation
In-depth
Pro/Con
Visual
Content Only
Suggestion Service
Q & A
Customized Review
Section Service

Information

The information/tips stated below will show you how to request and read each kind of rubric available here.

Rubric Availability - This is how you can tell what kind of rubric is available at the time you are requesting. To find out how many rubrics there are, just take a look at the request page at the "rubric availability" section.

Reading the rubrics - Before you request, make sure to fully read the rubric that you are about to choose completely. This is because if you see something in a rubric that you won't like me to review you on, or anything else that you feel isn't necessary in your review, you can tell me.

Navigating - To navigate throughout the rubrics page, just click on the links under navigation. They will take you to the rubric that you want.

Speed - You can see if your review is fast, medium, or slow by looking at the orange speed status under the rubric name.


Menu

You take a look at the menu and see what you would like to order.

Navigation
In-depth
Pro/Con
Visual
Content Only
Suggestion Service
Q & A
Customized Review
Section Service

Sweeters Cupcake (In-depth)



This particular cupcake is a strange blend with all of the ingredients used in the other cupcakes and is wonderfully decorated.

Overall Score from ?/100: This is the total score of your site.

Introduction and First Anchored Page ?/15:
The introduction is the part where you introduce yourself and your site to others. Here, I will see if your introduction made sense, and did your name link back to your userlookup. Also, I will see if your introduction told enough information on your site. If it's a story, then I will see if the story made sense, and if it has creativity and originality. I will also take a look at the front anchored page of where your introduction is at, and see if it is organized.

Rules ?/5:
Are your rules fair? Do you sound too harsh? Do they make sense? Easy to understand? I will be looking for these things while reading your rules.

Layout and Organization ?/20:
Your layout is very important because it's the first impression that the visitors see when they enter your site. Here, I will be looking to see if your layout is pleasing to the eye, and if it's organized. What I mean by organized is that I will see if your site's navigation works and is easy to see and use. I will also take a quick glance through your site to see if anything is out of place, or needs to be positioned a bit better.

Spelling and Grammar ?/10:
This is a quick read through your site to see if there are any mistakes. I will also be correcting your mistakes here.

Sitely ?/10:
The sitely part of your site usually contains Link Backs, Affiliates, Listers, and your Credits. I will see that you have all of the above. I will also be critiquing your link back buttons to see if they are high quality. I will also include a link sweep on your affiliates and listers to see if they are inactive, closed, or on hiatus.

Content ?/40:
Your content is the most important thing on your site because it lets others know what you have. Here, I will see if you organized your content in a manner that is easy to access and use. I will also score you on how you have placed your content. Is it neat? Are the textarea/textboxes the right size? Your content's quality will also be scored on here.

Suggestions:
If your site needs something extra, I will find a site that suits your needs.(Only if you need it)

Revisit: Yes/No

Recommended: Yes/No

Menu

You take a look at the menu and see what you would like to order.

Navigation
In-depth
Pro/Con
Visual
Content Only
Suggestion Service
Q & A
Customized Review
Section Service

Chocolate Delight (Pro/Con)


A classic. This is a perfect treat for a chocoholic!

Pros:
What is good about your site. This review will be in bullets.

Cons:
Some of the things that you need to improve on. Here, I will also list some sites that may help you fix your problem, or provide you with the code.

Suggestions:
If your site needs something extra, I will find a site that suits your needs.(Only if you need it)


Menu

You take a look at the menu and see what you would like to order.

Navigation
In-depth
Pro/Con
Visual
Content Only
Suggestion Service
Q & A
Customized Review
Section Service

Vanilla Sweetie (Visual)


The perfect cupcake to grab on the go! Either for lunch,dinner, desert, or just for a light snack! It has the perfect light taste and looks absolutely adorable!

Overall Score ?/10

First Impression ?/3:
First Impression is what do I see when I first saw your layout. I will also go over your site's introduction, and give you suggestions on how to fix it.

Spelling and Grammar ?/3:
This is a quick read through your site if there are any mistakes. I will also be correcting your mistakes here.

Layout and Organization?/4:
Your layout is very important because it's the first impression that the visitors see when they enter your site. Here, I will looking to see if your layout is pleasing to the eye, and if it's organized. What I mean by organized is that I will see if your site's navigation works and is easy to see and use.

Recommended: Yes/No


Menu

You take a look at the menu and see what you would like to order.

Navigation
In-depth
Pro/Con
Visual
Content Only
Suggestion Service
Q & A
Customized Review
Section Service

Ice-cream (Content Only)




These sweet treats will be sure to make you smile!

High Quality Content
During this part of the review, I will list a couple of your best content. I will also be explaining why I chose them.

Content that needs to improve
Here, I will be listing the lowest quality of your content. I will be giving you a few tips on how to improve them.

Suggestions
If your site needs something extra, I will find a site that suits your needs.(Only if you need it)


Menu

You take a look at the menu and see what you would like to order.

Navigation
In-depth
Pro/Con
Visual
Content Only
Suggestion Service
Q & A
Customized Review
Section Service

Hot Chocolate (Suggestion Service)



Creamy, hot, and full of chocolate goodness! Who doesn't like this drink? The hot chocolate is topped with big marshmallows, and a peppermint candy cane dipped in it to give it a minty taste. Have a cup, curl up by the fire, and warm up.

Suggestion Service:
A suggestion service is an original Sweeters Cafe rubric. In this rubric, I will be taking a look at your site for visual appeal only. I will recommend resources that will suit your site, suggest how your site should be organized, and recommend sites/guides that will be helpful and suits your site's needs. All of this comes with a brief critique of why I recommend the sites and how to fix the problems on your site. This rubric is best for sites barely starting out.


Menu

You take a look at the menu and see what you would like to order.

Navigation
In-depth
Pro/Con
Visual
Content Only
Suggestion Service
Q & A
Customized Review
Section Service

Smoothie (Q & A)



This sweet and fruity drink will be sure to please you!

Q & A: For the Q & A review or questions and answers, you will be able to ask me as many questions you want about your site. It can be about anything. From your layout to your sitely page. For example, you might ask:

Is my layout pleasing to the eye? or Do you think I need to take out anything in my request form(s)?

This review does not have recommendation, points, or scores.


Menu

You take a look at the menu and see what you would like to order.

Navigation
In-depth
Pro/Con
Visual
Content Only
Suggestion Service
Q & A
Customized Review
Section Service

Build your own Dish (Customized Review)



The wish jar will be the new dish that you will create! Allow me to tell you how to do this.
  • First, just take a look at the list of things that you will be able to pick below. You may only pick five categories.
  • Then, fill out the form on the request page, and send it!
  • Introduction:
    The introduction is the part where you introduce yourself and your site to others. Here, I will see if your intro made sense, and did your name link back to your userlookup. Also, I will see if your introduction told enough information on your site. If it's a story, then I will see if the story made sense, and if it has creativity and originality.

    Rules:
    Are your rules fair? Do you sound too harsh? Do they make sense? Easy to understand? I will be looking for these things while reading your rules.

    Layout and Organization:
    Your layout is very important because it's the first impression that the visitors see when they enter your site. Here, I will looking to see if your layout is pleasing to the eye, and if it's organized. What I mean y organized is that I will see if your site's navigation works and is easy to see and use.

    Spelling and Grammar:
    This is a quick read through your site to see if there are any mistakes. I will also be correcting your mistakes here.

    Sitely:
    The sitely part of your site usually contains Affiliates, Listers, and your Credits. I will see that you have all of the above. I will also be rating your link back buttons to see if they are high quality. I will also include a link sweep on your affiliates and listers to see if they are inactive, closed, or on hiatus.

    Content:
    Your content is the most important thing on your site because it lets others know what you have. Here, I will see if you organized your content in a manner that is easy to access and use. I will also score you on how you have placed your content. Is it neat? Are the textarea/textboxes the right size? Your content's quality will also be scored on here.

    Suggestions:
    If your site needs something extra, I will find a site that suits your needs. (Only if you need it)

    Recommended: Yes/No

    Revisit: Yes/No

    First Impression:
    First Impression is what do I see when I first saw your layout. I will also go over your site's introduction, and give you suggestions on how to fix it.

    Link Sweep:
    I will check to see if all your links work, and if you are affiliated with any closed or inactive sites.

    Link Back buttons:
    I will review your link back buttons, and see if they are high quality. I will also list some button request sites here for you.


    Menu

    You take a look at the menu and see what you would like to order.

    Navigation
    In-depth
    Pro/Con
    Visual
    Content Only
    Suggestion Service
    Q & A
    Customized Review
    Section Service

    Donuts (Section Service)


    A sweet frosted treat. Who doesn't like donuts?

    Section service is a unique rubric in which you can pick out different pages/sections of your site that you want me to review you on. You can pick up to 3 sections. When you have picked out the sections that you would like me to review on, just go to the request page and fill out the form! I have already provided a set of instructions within the form on the request page. This is an original Sweeters Cafe rubric.

    Section 1:
    I will be giving you tips on this section, correcting your grammar, and tell you what you need to fix. I will also provide explanations on the best way that I think is best for you to organize this particular page.

    Section 2:
    I will be giving you tips on this section, correcting your grammar, and tell you what you need to fix. I will also provide explanations on the best way that I think is best for you to organize this particular page.

    Section 3:
    I will be giving you tips on this section, correcting your grammar, and tell you what you need to fix. I will also provide explanations on the best way that I think is best for you to organize this particular page.

    Suggesions:
    If your site needs something extra, I will find a site that suits your needs.(Only if you need it)


    Request

    After reading the menu, you call Tiffany over to take your order. However, before she arrives you notice a small note in the back of the menu...

    Rules

    Please request only when requests are open! I will not review your site if you have any stolen content.

    Please link back before you request a review and after. If you cannot link back due to revamping or any other reason, please let me know beforehand so that I won't keep reminding you.

    All sites must be in English. If you read the rules, put "unicorns" as the subject of your request. I will do re-reviews only if you have made changes to your site and its content.

    You may only request a review per month and site. I will not review applications, webbies, wishlists, screenie pages, pages about pets, or guilds since I have no experience with these types of pages whatsoever. However, you may request a link sweep, Q&A, or proofreading review if you own any of these pages.

    Please keep your inbox cleared while you are on the waiting list, and do not make major changes to your site. This will make it very hard for me to review you, but minor changes is fine. For instance, you may update your site, and add new content on.

    I can only review in Chrome, so if your layout has any problems in Chrome please let me know and we might work something out. When you are requesting, please make sure you check to see if your rubric is available. To do this, take a look at the "rubric availability" section on the request page.

    Remember, your review is my opinion, so if you don't agree with everything I say, please don't send me insulting neomails. If you read the rules, ignore unicorns, and put "rainbow cupcakes" as the subject instead.

    When giving me credit, please don't put the button in "affiliates", "links out", or anywhere else. I would like proper credit , meaning the button goes under the "Reviewed by" section.


    Rubrics Availability

    Sweeters Cupcake (in-depth): 0 left

    Chocolate Delight (pro/con): 1 left

    Vanilla Sweetie (visual): 0 left

    Ice-cream (content only): 0 left

    Hot Chocolate (suggestion service): 1 left

    Smoothie (q&a): Always Available

    Wish Jar (customized review): 0 left

    Donuts (section service): 1 left

    The Form




    Waiting List

    1. Sarah (re-review) | Chocolate Delight (pro/con) @ Floret
    2. Yoosshi (re-review) | Ice-cream (content only) @ Chinensis Designs
    3. Name | Order @ Site
    4. Name | Order @ Site
    5. Name | Order @ Site

    Pickup

    A few minutes after Tiffany takes your order, she brings out your food. "Enjoy! If you need anything else, please just ask!" says Tiffany.


    Mika | Sweeters Cupcake (in-depth) | Date Completed: May 31,2015
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    Jazzeh | Ice-cream (content only) | Date Completed: June 5,2015
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    Jewlz | Vanilla Sweetie (visual) | Date Completed: June 6,2015
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    Ryan | Wish Jar (customized review) | Date Completed: June 8,2015
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    Sweeters Cupcake (in-depth)


    Introduction and First Anchored Page 15/15:

    - There's really not much to say here. Your introduction and welcome page is very organized. I really liked how you included your goal as well as told what your site is about. However, I did rewrite your introduction a bit just to improve the flow.

    Rewritten introduction

    Rules 5/5:

    - Your rules were all fair and straight to the point.

    Layout and Organization 19.5/20:

    - I did a quick link sweep through your site and everything seemed to be working great. Each page was organized nicely, but I do suggest reorganizing your request page a bit.

    - Since your layout is green, the open request status blends in too much with the background. I suggest changing it to a status graphic that stands out more. Also, I think an extra page for a waiting list is a bit unnecessary. Instead, just place your form and everything in one column and the waiting list in the other. An example is shown below:

    The Form



    Waiting List
    1. Name
    2. Name
    3. Name
    4. Name
    5. Name

    Here's the code if you'd like to use it (you may need to adjust the margins a bit) Also, resources from Bedazzled:




    Spelling and Grammar 9.5/10:

    - I found one sentence that needed to be fixed which was on your rules page.

    - You wrote: Please only choose ONE IMAGE for a button.

    - Rewritten version: Please only choose ONE IMAGE per button.

    Sitely 9/10:

    - Overall, your sitely page is very organized. There really isn't much to say here. I will now critique your link back buttons.


    - The image cropping on this button is perfect as well as the coloring. However, what really got me was the text and animation. The font choice did not seem to fit the button. I suggest 04b03 or ostrich sans. Also, the border is much too dark and draws attention away from the text. I suggest lowering the opacity a bit or using a lighter color. Lastly, the shine is too harsh. The speed is nice, but make the shine 'wider' and lower the opacity.


    - The blue coloring on this button is a bit much since it obscures the text making hard to see. I image cropping/placement is great. In order to make the text stand out more, I suggest, changing the color to white and then border the text with a color of your choice.


    - This button is one of my personal favorite of yours. The border on this button is perfectly made and the image placement/coloring is on point. I also really love the subtle animation on this and I think this is what really brings out the best of the button.

    Content 38/40:

    - I will be reviewing your most recent content only.


    - I love the colors used on this button and the text complements it very well. However, I think the font choice could be better. I suggest a bigger font to make it more readable and also so that it takes up some of the blank spaces. Overall though, great button.


    - The use of two fonts on this button really draws attention to it. I love the light animation on this button and I think it ties the button together very well.


    - This button is adorably cute and simple. The simple design and coloring really draws attention to the button. The border used is also very unique and the text placement is perfect. Great job on this button.

    - Overall, while going through your portfolio, I noticed that you like playing around with text, animation, and borders. This is a very good thing because it makes each button unique. However, I suggest working on the fonts that you use and make sure to not overuse the drop shadow effect on the text. Too much can cause the text to blur. Also, be careful on your font choice. Overall, keep up the good work!

    Suggestions

    Just in case you did not like the resources I picked out for your request page, here are a few great sites that offers a wide variety of resources:

    I will also list a few review sites here just in case you need a few more tips or suggestions. Please remember to only request if you need it and only from one site at a time or at most two sites.

    Revisit: Yes

    Recommended: Yes

    Overall Score from 96/100:

    Remember to link back to Sweeters Cafe! I have already added your score onto the button. Also, feel free to take the icon below the button.


    Congratulations! You got an award!


    Ice-cream (content only)


    This review is going to be a little bit different than the usual content review. Since your site is information based, I will review your site on spelling/grammar and on how helpful your guide is.

    Content

  • Having read through your entire site, you have a vast amount of information. I felt that each page was in-depth and provided plenty of explanation on the subject.
  • The guide was very helpful and seems to be a good resource for veteran NC traders as well as those who are just starting out.
  • The guide was not boring to read. This is a very good thing because when someone is reading a lengthy body of text for a while, they tend to get bored. Instead, that did not happen with your site. Your guide kept me interested with the upbeat text and jokes that are placed every so often. Great job on keeping the reader interested.
  • I do suggest proofreading your site every once in a while to ensure that there are not a lot of spelling/grammar mistakes. Also, a quick note: Try to steer clear from using smilies and double punctuation marks. As much as we want to create a fun atmosphere, we also want to keep professionalism. Instead, limit the smilies and double punctuation marks to updates only.
  • Overall, there really isn't much to say about your site content wise. I felt that the guide was very helpful (reasons mentioned above) and that it is a great resource for those in the trading field. You also provided an abundant amount of resources for the reader to use. Which is great because they won't need to search in different directories. All in all, fantastic job with the guide!

  • Spelling/Grammar

  • Home Page: It is my hope that this guide gives you better understanding of what NC trading is, confidence in trading and using the boards, and answers to many questions you may have!!
  • Rewritten: It is my hope that this guide gives you a better understanding of what NC trading is, confidence in trading and using the boards, and answers to many questions you may have!
  • Home Page Navigation - GBC vs. GBCUBE: this isn't part of the actual guide, but still is good information for those of you that are still new to trading.
  • Rewritten: Capitalize the 't' in this
  • What is it? - NC Trading Guide: there will be images throughout the guide to show examples. hover them for special instructions on how to view them!
  • Rewritten: Capitalize the first letter after every period.
  • What is it? - What is NC Trading?: But, sadly, NC trading isn't quite as simple as it sounds.
  • Rewritten: Remove the comma between But and sadly.
  • What is it? - Why isn't it so simple?: When you trade regular neopoints items...
  • Rewritten: Remove the 's' in neopoints
  • What is it? - Why isn't it so simple?: You can even chose a MESSAGE THAT'S SO PRECIOUS to add to your gift!
  • Rewritten: Change chose to choose.
  • The Nitty Gritty - Get it off the TL!: Always go for Mystery Capsules and GBCs (when they're avaiable).
  • Rewritten: Change avaiable to available.
  • The Nitty Gritty - The NC Mall Chat Board: Now you are to a place where you are ready to advertise your supply and demands.
  • Rewritten: Now you are going to a place where you are ready to advertise your supply and demands.

  • Suggestions

    Here are some more resource sites to add to your useful links page:

    Here are some more layout request sites to add to your useful links page:

    I will also list a few review sites here just in case you need a few more tips or suggestions. Please remember to only request if you need it and only from one site at a time or at most two sites.

    Remember to link back to Sweeters Cafe! I have already added your score onto the button. Also, feel free to take the icon below the button.




    Vanilla Sweetie (visual)



    First Impression 2.5/3

    My eyes were immediately drawn to your site's enormous banner displaying your site name when I entered your site. The banner's design is very simple and eye catching with its use of pastel colors. I felt that the banner really tied your site together and fits the theme nicely.

    As my eyes wander down a bit more, they land on your introduction box. I felt that the pink color was too bright for your layout and blinded me a bit. I suggest toning it down a little. Maybe change the textbox and font color to that of your updates box. This will add a more subtle flare to your layout as well as make the colors blend together and more pleasing to the eye.

    Overall, my first impression was a decent one. Your layout was organized from my point of view and the small graphics displayed added a nice touch of character to your site.

    Spelling and Grammar 2.5/3

  • Home - Here's our Menu: Here at Crumble we offer everything from hot tea to ice cream sundaes.
  • Rewritten: Here at Crumble we offer everything from hot teas to ice cream sundaes.
  • Hot Teas Please, take your time perusing our hot tea menu.
  • Rewritten: Remove the comma after tea.
  • Flavored Water: How about a nice cold glass of our house flavors of iced water.
  • Rewritten: How about a nice cold glass of our house flavored iced water?
  • Cookie Wands: Chose your wand wisely.
  • Rewritten: Change chose to choose.
  • Petit Fours: If your looking for a treat on the smaller side, a petit four is the way to go.
  • Rewritten: I'm not sure if this was intentional, but petit is spelled as petite. Also change your to you're.

  • Layout and Organization 4/4

    From what I see so far, your layout is very organized and everything seems to be in order. There really isn't much to say here other than keep up the good work!

    Recommended: Yes

    Overall Score: 9/10

    Remember to link back to Sweeters Cafe! I have already added your score onto the button. Also, feel free to take the icon below the button.




    Wish Jar (customized review)


    First Impression

    When I first entered your site, I was neither impressed or disappointed. Nothing really stood out to me or caught my attention. This is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, I liked the simplicity of how your site is set up.

    Now looking a bit closer, I found some things that I think would improve your site for a better impression in the future. First, I suggest writing a longer introduction. The introduction does not have to be a big paragraph, but make it detailed. Start by introducing yourself and linking your name to your userlookup. Then continue to address your goals and tell what your site is about.

    Content

    Content wise, I think you have a wide variety of sites listed. I really liked the nice touch of having site news as well as the 'like' button. Overall, there really isn't much to say about content. I think you're doing a great job so far.

    Layout and Organization

    Your layout needs a bit of reorganizing. I am going to list the different sections that I think will needs a little touch up.

    Home
    - I already mentioned the longer introduction so I'll set that aside. There's really not much that needs to be fixed about your home page except the updates box and sitesaholic icon.

    - For the icon, I suggest aligning it with the text. An example is shown below in the div box (I have also set up an introduction template for you:

    Welcome to Flaunt. My name is ____, and my goal for this site is _____. Flaunt is an ad site that was established on February 26, 2015 to help people know what your site offers. This is a place where site owners can write ads for their site. *Also include more on what your site features*

    Here's the code if you'd like to use it:

    - And for the the updates box, I suggest aligning the text to the left so that the bullets will align in a straight line. This will also make your page appear more organized.

    Rules & Forms
    - Same case for your rules box. Align the text to the left.

    - For your forms, I suggest putting them in textareas. If you are having trouble resizing the textareas to fix the box, here's the code:

    Sitely
    - Your sitely page is fine. The only thing I suggest adding is a header that says 'credits' where your credits start on the bottom of the page.

    Recommended: Aside from the fact that the site needs a bit of reorganizing, yes I would recommend Flaunt because I feel that it is a great resource to those who are looking for a site.

    Revisit: Yes

    Remember to link back to Sweeters Cafe! I have already added your score onto the button. Also, feel free to take the icon below the button.




    Hot Chocolate (suggestion service)


    Introduction

    Your introduction is really short and sweet, but a bit vague. I suggest talking a little bit more about yourself, and what your site has to offer. For example, say that your site offers requests. Explain what kind of requests your site offers, and what goals you have for your site in the future.

    Graphics

    Icon - The icon on your home page doesn't really fit the "ice" theme of your layout. It's actually quite the opposite. Here are a couple of icons that I think will go great with your site * Each icon links back to the site where it came from:

    Buttons - Some of your link back buttons are not exactly the highest quality. You always want quality buttons because they usually give off the first impression to your site. Also, people are more drawn to pretty buttons. Here are a couple sites that I recommend * Open requests may vary from site to site:

    Request Sign - The request sign on your request page doesn't really stand out nor look very appealing. I suggest one of these resources * Each resource links back to the site where it came from:

    Content Approval

    Banners and Icons - The text for your banners are very clear and the coloring is very nice, however, there are times when the color scheme is not very appealing. Take a look at this banner for example *Roll over to see the critique:

    Here are a couple of graphic tutorials that will help you improve on your graphic making:


    Unanswered Questions

    IS my layout is making people not want request from me?
    - If your site provides quality content, then the layout shouldn't really matter much. Of course, having a layout does score some points, but it's not everything. The best advice that I can give you right now is to not give up, and advertise your site a bit more. I think that your site is off to a good start so far, and best of luck!


    Other Suggestions

    I will also list a few review sites here just in case you need a few more tips or suggestions. Please remember to only request if you need it and only from one site at a time or at most two sites.

    Remember to link back to Sweeters Cafe! I have already added your score onto the button. Also, feel free to take the icon below the button.




    Extras

    -"I see you are interested on seeing what else we have in store here at the cafe? Well, go ahead and take a looking around! Everything here is for our visitors to see." explains Tiffany.

    Portfolio

    A lot of people have visited the bakery and ordered something. Check out our past visitors. More?

    The Recipe Book

    A short guide to reviewing along with a challenge. More?

    Reviews

    This is where I keep all of the scores Sweeters Cafe earned ever since opening. More?

    The Wall

    View all of the awards Sweeters Cafe has won. More?


    This section contains all of the past orders that I have done! I have currently completed 102 orders.

    After reopening

    After Content Revamp



    Before Content Revamp



    Lost the score on


    Really Old Reviews

    These reviews were done when the site first opened.

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    The Recipe Book

    Navigation
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    Welcome

    Welcome to the Recipe Book! The Recipe Book is a small branch off the cafe where you can come and see how each treat is made here at Sweeters Cafe.

    Goal: My goal here is to help improve your reviewing techniques or get you started on the path of reviewing. Please note that this is not an in-depth guide to reviewing. The purpose of this section is to provide you tips on how to review, set up your site, and resources. There will also be a fun little challenge at the end where you will be able to showcase what you have learned.

    Comments/Questions/Suggestions?

    I am always open for feedback. If this short guide helped you or if you have any questions/suggestions, please let me know. I will also post the FAQ here once questions start coming in.



    Tips and Resources

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    Getting Started

    Before you set up a review site or any site, you will need to do a little research on what it is about.

    What is a review site?

  • A review site is a site that reviews other sites. A reviewer's job is to pick apart the site that they are looking at and provide tips/suggestions on how the site can approve.
  • Each review site has their own set of rubrics that they go by. Take a look at the cafe's menu as an example. Each rubric states what it is about and the categories that it covers.
  • Knowledge

  • Knowledge is key. You do not have to own graphic sites or every kind of site to become a reviewer. However, you have to know the roles of each site and the strengths and weaknesses that are usually shown. More information is shown below.
  • Lets say you are reviewing a button request site and you don't know how to make a button. This is fine. As long as you are able to tell the requester what they need to fix, you're good. Lets do a mock button review really quick with one of Sweeters Cafe's older buttons.

  • The coloring on this button and the image and text placement was perfect. The image cropping and border really ties the button together.
  • However, the animation needs working on. The shine is much too harsh and the pacing is too fast. The sparkle animation was also a nice touch, but a but unnecessary because with the shine, it feels that there is too much going on with the button. Try making the shine more subtle by lowering the opacity and slowing down the pace.
  • Overall, the button quality is high, but with a few tweaks, it can be even better!
  • I admit I don't know how to make a button. However, with the amount of guides I read and the sites I've visited, I have a clue on what makes a good button.

  • Lastly, to wrap this section up, make sure to do research on each type of site. Below are a few graphic making guides and different types of sites that may help you with your research. (Roll your mouse over each button for a brief description)
  • Layout
  • You can't make a site without a layout! The layout is the foundation of your site. If you have a high quality layout, it is very likely you'll gather more attention and requests.
  • How do you get a layout? You can either make one yourself or you can request/use a premade.
  • The layout for a review site is usually anchored so I recommend an anchored layout. But if you want, feel free to use a scrolling one. Also, when using a premade, don't be scared to add your own touch to it (changing the background, font, text boxes, etc.).
  • Below are a few sites that offers premades or requests. (Roll your mouse over each button for a brief description)
  • Reviewing and Actual Site

    Lets take my mock button review again.

  • The coloring on this button and the image and text placement was perfect. The image cropping and border really ties the button together.
  • However, the animation needs working on. The shine is much too harsh and the pacing is too fast. The sparkle animation was also a nice touch, but a but unnecessary because with the shine, it feels that there is too much going on with the button. Try making the shine more subtle by lowering the opacity and slowing down the pace.
  • Overall, the button quality is high, but with a few tweaks, it can be even better!
  • Reviewing Tips
  • As said earlier, when reviewing, actually know what you are talking about.
  • Make sure to go into detail when describing a graphic. Refer to my review above. Notice how I pointed out what was wrong with the animation on the button than gave tips.
  • Never. I repeat never be rude when giving out a review. Do not say that a graphic is ugly. This is equivalent to me saying that you suck at reviewing. Don't do that. Instead, give constructive criticism. For example, the image placement on the button could have been better. I suggest finding a focal point in the image and using that as the main image instead of the background itself. This will draw more attention to the button while improving the appearance altogether.
  • Do not only just criticize the site. When giving constructive criticism, point out the good aspects also. Refer back to the button review. I pointed out what was good about the button as well as the bad parts. Pointing out the positive things will not only encourage the requester to keep trying, but it also lets them know that they are doing something right.
  • Organization: Organization is a big part in review sites. You can either write your review on anchored pages like how I write mine or in div boxes like the button review (above). If you are planning on using a div box, make sure that it is not too small because your review would be hard to read. The div box coding is below:
  • That's basically all there is to it! This short guide has come to an end, but make sure to check out the suggestions below and the challenge! The challenge changes once is a while so keep checking back!

    Resources

    Button Requests

    Every site needs a link back button so make sure to request one! Here are a few button request sites (make sure requests are open before sending in your request).

    Resource Sites

    You can't make a site without resources! Here are a few of my favorites:

    Helpful Sites

    These are the sites that I've used and thought they were helpful.


    Challenge

    Navigation
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    The Challenge

    Since the guide has literally been about buttons, here is a button challenge.

    Task: From what you've learned from the guide or elsewhere, you are to critique this button. There is no limit on how long your review is. You are to critique this button on appearance, animation, text placement, image cropping, border, etc. Basically anything you can catch and point out.

    How will this help you? After you submit your critique to me, I will then review it and point out what you need to work on. Also, it's a fun experience and you might just find out you like reviewing.

    How do I critique? I recommend posting your review up on a separate petpage, but you can also send it through neomail.

    Interested?

    If you're interested in completing the challenge, just fill out the form below. Challenge applicants are always open.


    Participants


    reviews

    Current Layout

    Layout 2

    Layout 1


    the wall

    Here, you can view all of the awards and achievements Sweeters Cafe during the time it has been open.

    4 1/2 stars at Asura Top Sites
    Ranked 3rd in reviews at Line Up
    Ranked 3rd in reviews at Lacuna Directory
    Ranked 3rd in reviews at The Shelf Directory
    Ranked 1st in reviews at Pixie Dust
    Ranked 1st in reviews at All The Magic
    Ranked 1st in reviews at Maltieca Directory
    Ranked 2nd in reviews at Lexi's Directory
    Ranked 2nd in reviews at Enough Said
    Ranked 4th in reviews at The Directory
    Ranked 2nd in reviews at Iridescent
    Ranked 3rd in reviews and was featured site at Serene
    Ranked 4th in reviews at The Lunch Box
    Ranked 2nd in reviews at Sincerely Yours
    Ranked 1st in reviews at Treasure Trove
    Ranked 4th in reviews at All of the Cupcakes!
    Ranked 2nd in reviews at Echelon
    Ranked 2nd in reviews at Cincinatus
    Ranked 4th in reviews at Erised

    Gifts and Awards

    Gifts

    Awards


    sitely

    I see you want to leave Sweeters Cafe? Well, I hope your visit here has been pleasant and see you again soon! Feel free to take one of our business cards just in case you ever want to come back! Have a nice day!

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    Sister Site

    Gingersnap is a wonderful review site run by two talented reviewers, Jewlz and Hayley! They both offer in-depth reviews that are sure to help improve your site in a snap! Also check out the challenges that they have up and their extras page. You might just find something interesting!

    Affiliates

    Requests are open/Apply?

    I will take a look at any site that wants to become affiliates. All you have to do is have at least some content up on your site in order for me to view it.

    Inactive Affiliates: Ayuda | The Sixth Station | Harvest Moon Reviews | The Silver Book | Esteem | The Bakery | The Gift Site Consulting | Third Impression | Neostars Magazine | Regalis | Soar | Those Thoughts

    Listers


    Credits

  • Layout and coding by Venice
  • Content by Tiffany (tdog_19).
  • All other cupcakes on layout links back to their creator unless mentioned here.
  • Buttons link back to their creators!
  • Resources from The Lunch Box, Bedazzled, and Roo
  • Pixels from Nature's Way, Pastry Pixels, Sugarrush, and cupcake vector Beyond the Batter
  • Original code for rubric and pick-up organization by Evan
  • Rubric availability list from Frequent Flyer





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