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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 provide your site with high quality reviews. What makes this page unique is that I try to communicate with the requester while I am reviewing them. I believe 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, 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 a maple lined 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 of pastries and roasting coffee beans adds to the whole atmosphere 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

March 24,2017

- Plus 1 request. Rubrics are now cleared. Not sure when they will be updated again since I need to do stuff for school these next few weeks.

March 9,2017

- Finished the request!

March 6,2017

- Plus 1 request. Sorry for the lack of updates. It's just that there's not much to update on. However, I will try to get at least one update in a month to let you know I'm still active.

February 21,2017

- Finished the request

February 17,2017

- Plus 1 request. I will leave the rubrics list as is for a few more days before clearing it.

January 31,2017

- A quick update to let you know that I am not dead. Rubrics are also updated.

January 23,2017

- Finished the request

January 20,2017

- Plus one request and the rubrics are cleared. Requests are still open for Q&A's though. Also, I've decided to start updating my writing site, Parchment, so please check it out!

January 9,2017

- I have updated the rubrics! They will remain updated for the entire week so be sure to request while they're still here!

January 1,2017

- Happy New Year!! I hope you all are having a great day and that you've made your resolutions. I am not sure when I will be updating rubrics but I can guarantee that it will be soon.


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.

Homepage ?/15:
This includes everything on your homepage. 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!
  • Homepage:
    This includes everything on your homepage. 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. 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 are 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 put "rainbow cupcakes" as the subject.

    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): 0 left

    Vanilla Sweetie (visual): 0 left

    Ice-cream (content only): 0 left

    Hot Chocolate (suggestion service): 0 left

    Smoothie (q&a): Always Available

    Wish Jar (customized review): 0 left

    Donuts (section service): 0 left

    The Form




    Waiting List

    1. Jazzeh | Sweeters Cupcake (in-depth) @ Myreso
    2. Name | Order @ Site
    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.


    Eco | Donuts (section service) | Date Completed: December 6, 2016
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    Faith | Vanilla Sweetie (visual) | Date Completed: December 23, 2016
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    Grace | Ice-cream (content only) | Date Completed: February 21, 2017
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    Anna | Hot Chocolate (suggestion service) | Date Completed: March 9, 2017
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    Brianna | Chocolate Delight (pro/con) | Date Completed: January 23, 2017
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    Donuts (section service)


    Homepage

    - You did a good job of introducing your site and listing what it is about on your homepage. One thing that I would like to point out is that the line, ' Have any questions? Want to submit a request or maybe become an affiliate? Send me a neomail!' can be moved and placed at the end of your introduction at the top. Also, the part about affiliate requests, should be put in the sitely section under affiliates. Now, onto the rest of the page.

    - First, I suggest aligning all your text to the right. This will not only make your page easier to read, but it will also make it more presentable. Aside from that you do not seem to have any grammar mistakes. However, I do suggest bolding what your site name and what it offers: Welcome to Textiles, an all inclusive customization site by Eco.

    - In addition, I think adding an updates box will be helpful. This will allow your visitors to see whether you are active or not as well as provide a space for you to make announcements if necessary. An updates box can be on a separate page all on it's own, or in a div box like the one below:

    You can type whatever you want in here. The size and color of the box is also adjustable. Here's the coding:

    Admiration

    - There really is not much to say about your Admiration page besides aligning the top paragraph to the right. I felt that everything was organized nicely. I particularly like the descriptions describing each outfit.

    Pointers

    - Everything was clear and straight to the point. However, like mentioned previously, align all text to the right. Also, for the My Ratings section, I suggest bolding the rank numbers. Below, I have organized the top half of your page as an example of what I mean:

    1. Does the look make sense?

    Ask Yourself: Do you have it raining indoors? Do you have garlands with nothing for them to be hanging from? Do you have a summer dress on in a winter setting?
    Make sure every part of your look makes sense for the theme and functionality, and that all the items fit the space correctly.

    2. Do you have a clear theme?

    Ask Yourself: Does every item help contribute to the theme you have in mind? Would additional items help make the theme more clear?
    I understand that people make very specific looks for very specific characters. Examples: "Oh she's a wizard, but she also loves the lute." That's great! BUT, when I rate looks I just plug them into DTI and therefore don't pay attention to any characters you may have laid out. My rates reflect just the custom I see, and if it makes sense.

    3. Is it creative?

    Ask Yourself: Are you just using an entire nc or np set? Is it a common character like a faerie, pirate, etc? Have the item combos been done multiple times by others?
    This critique can be the most subjective of all of them. However, having viewed many customs over the years I know I get bored with the same old looks. I don't necessarily mark down for creativity, but my top marks will always go to those looks which bring something new and refreshing to the table.

    4. General Pet Peeves:

    These are some general things that I often see when rating that personally bug me:
    - Wings on non-winged pets: Unless it fits with the theme, I don't see the need to add wings to "non-flying" pets.
    - Fisted animals without handhelds: If you have a two-legged pet, please, get it a handheld! Alternatively, if you have a quad pet, perhaps lose the handheld (unless it's needed for the theme). Most handhelds don't look great on four-legged pets.
    - Non-fully clothed pets: Have a shirt and no pants, or vice versa? Get that pet fully clothed! Disclaimer: I know there are certain themes where clothes are omitted, and instead users opt for markings and accessories. If this is done right, I have no problem with this sort of specific look.
    - (Ink) Frames: The ink frames are very pretty, but will not go with many looks. The frames are very bold and abstract, so if you are going for a more realistic theme, these won't work. I feel the same about most other frame items as well, items that completely box in the look often just don't make sense.
    - Plushies/Floating Faeries : Like with ink frames, these items by themselves are really nifty.. but they're hard to fit into themes. Unless you're going for a kid look, or specific faerie theme, these usually won't work. Just throwing in items like these because they're cute will often hurt your overall theme.

    My Ratings

    Just to give you a better idea about what my ratings mean:
    1-4: This look really needs some work. You're probably missing all the main points I outlined above, and the custom should be totally re-thought.
    5-6: Overall I probably like your look, but there are some items that just don't work, or maybe it's not creative enough.
    7: This is my average rating. Basically everything is pretty much fine. I may have a few minor suggestions, but the look just isn't creative enough to be rated higher.
    8-10: I love your look! You brought in some creative idea or item combos I've never seen, and I generally appreciate the theme/character you've come up with.

    Here's the coding of the above format if you wish to use it:

    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.




    Vanilla Sweetie (visual)


    Overall Score 7/10

    First Impression 2/3

    When I first entered your site, nothing really stood out to me. The layout had a very simple feel to it, which is not necessarily a bad thing if that is what your aiming for. However, to answer your question about whether or not you should request a more "noticeable" banner, my banner is yes. It will really improve first impressions for your site. Adding on, I understand that the layout is a premade, but do not be scared to personalize it and make it your own. By simply adding a pleasing banner and simple background, your site's image will surely improve.

    Moving on to your introduction, I found it somewhat vague. When reading it, some questions came in mind: What is a multi-purpose directory? What sort of content do you have? Maybe list some examples or explain more in your introduction.

    Spelling and Grammar 3/3

    No issues here.

    Layout and Organization 2/4

    All links work on your site as well as all the pages. The order of your pages needs work though.

    First, I suggest moving the 'About' page and placing it after the 'Home' page. This way, visitors will have the chance to go straight there after reading your introduction and will not easily miss out on important information about your site. The thing about anchored pages is that you are leading the visitor throughout your site, and by placing the links in the order you want the visitor to view it will be a huge convenience. There is also one more suggestion that I would like to make. Since you have a vast amount of room on your homepage, maybe you can transfer the information on the about page there. This way, visitors will have all they need on the very first page and will not have to jump to a different page to get their questions answered.

    The credits can be moved to the bottom of the sitewise page. Also, be sure to center the buttons on your link back, affiliates, and reviews section. To conserve space, instead of crediting button makers under each button, I suggest linking the button itself to them.

    The directory section itself is nicely organized. The only suggestion I will make is center the links on the page. This is just to make the page look nicer. Other than that, good job here.

    Recommendation

    Yes, I would recommend Exhibit because of the content itself. However, I feel that the site's image and basic organization needs a bit of work. With a few tweaks, I believe that the site will be a good resource for not only site owners, but everyone who is looking for something.

    Suggestions

    Here are some banner request sites:

    Here are some sites with backgrounds:

    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.




    Ice-cream (content only)



    High Quality Content

    I picked one layout from each category on your site that I thought was best.


    Scrolling: This is by far one of my favorite scrolling layout of yours. The format is very clean and convenient. It has everything that a directory would need. I also liked how easy you made it for everyone to use, even beginners.


    Anchored: I liked this layout for its creativity. Instead of the layout having a main textbox and links on the side, you managed to switch it up a bit. The giant pictures leading to more anchored pages were what made this layout stand out. I also liked how this layout can have many uses ranging from pet portfolios, webbies, and more.


    Userlookups: Again, I chose this layout because of its creativity. I like how you can change the pictures and make it into a sort of slideshow. Also, the simple and dark color scheme really makes the bright pictures stand out.

    Content that needs to improve


    Due to the fact that your layouts tend to run on the more simple/minimal side, there is not much that needs to be corrected. It also helps that your layouts can easily be edited. However, this one layout caught my eye because the colors seem to clash. The pattern adds charm to the layout, but the colors used for the textbox and borders do not go well together. I suggest making the textboxes one solid color as well as the border. I believe this will make the layout look more pleasing. Even though it is a premade and can be edited, the more visually pleasing the premade, the more likely it will be used. Remember, first impressions are everything when it comes to graphic sites.

    Userlookups: As a whole, your userlookups are very well made. However, as a minor suggestion, I think you should code it so that the shop and gallery images, as well as the shield appears.

    Suggestions

    Content-wise, the majority on your site is high quality. However, in order to make your site more convenient for visitors, I suggest providing more extras/resources. The color palette suggestions are great, but I think you should also suggest some patterns as well. If you choose not to make the patterns yourself, adding some links to your site to those that offer patterned backgrounds are great.

    This is where I would usually suggest some review sites so that you can get extra input, but sadly, there are no active sites at the moment. However, below are guides on how to run a site. I suggest giving these a read and use them as a sort of check-list to see if you have hit their major points when evaluating your site. Also, I am always open to questions if you ever have any.

    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)


    Organization

    Your site overall is organized. However, there are a few things that need to be tweaked.

    1. The button borders sticking together for your favorite buttons. This takes away the visual appeal for your site. So in order to fix this, I suggest reading this short guide.

    2. For your sitely page, be sure to move the credits to the bottom. Also, include a header above them titled, 'credits'.

    3. This is just a suggestion, but move the 'more?' link so that it is above the 'sitely' one. Also, change the name to 'extras.' I just feel that this will make your site appear more organized and show that the sitely page is truly the last page of your site.

    4. I suggest moving your waiting list to your request page. This will make it more convenient for your requesters to see how many requests you currently have without having to change pages.

    Content

    Since this is just a suggestion service, I am not going to go super in-depth in critiquing your content. However, there are some things that I would like to point out. Below, I have selected a couple buttons to make my point.


    When making a button, make sure that the colors go well together. For example, the green drop shadow on this button certainly makes it stand out. However, it is not visually appealing. Since the button is winter-themed, try coloring the text white and add a blue/grayish drop shadow. If the drop shadow does not look good, add a border around the button. The border can be a darker blue than the background. And in order for the text to stand out even more if the border is not enough, add a drop shadow.


    Work a bit more on your cropping. Although the site name/text should be the main focus on a button, it does not mean that the image does not require as much attention. In order for a button to look complete, both the image and text must complement each other. For instance, try enlarging the image in order to draw more attention to it. Work on text placement and style, as well as experiment with different animations. (Also, make sure the image is not blurry/pixelated when you enlarge it.)

    Other Suggestions

    Below are some button guides to help you improve. Roll over each button for a brief description of the site.

    This is where I would usually suggest some review sites so that you can get extra input, but sadly, there are no active sites at the moment. However, below are guides on how to run a site. I suggest giving these a read and use them as a sort of check-list to see if you have hit their major points when evaluating your site. Also, I am always open to questions if you ever have any.

    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.




    Chocolate Delight (pro/con)


    Pros

  • I found your layout to be very fitting for your site theme. The colors really go well together along with your theme.
  • Each section is organized nicely. I also really liked how you recommend sites as well as labeled the inactive ones. I find this to be very convenient for your visitor.
  • The site ads section is also a nice touch! I feel like this is a good way for news to travel around the site community.
  • Your introduction is very clear and I felt that you introduced your site fairly well. Great job here!
  • Cons

  • I suggest doing a link sweep of the sites you have listed because many of them are either inactive or have closed.

  • Your navigation is out of order. The only one that seems to be working properly is the adoptables & pixels one. What I mean is that when I click on one page, it would lead me to the one before it. For example, when I click on requests, I land on the premades one. I personally do not know how to fix this, but I suggest reading a few css/html guides. (They will be mentioned down in suggestions section) Also, don't be shy to ask other coders for help as well!
  • One thing about link directories is that you, yourself have to be known. What I mean is that you have to get yourself listed at other directories as well. I will list active directories below for you.
  • This is not really a con, but for your credits section, be sure to line the text to the left instead of centering it. The reason for this is to help your site appear more organized.

  • Suggestions

    Below are css/html sites to help you with your coding.

    Here are a few active link directories to help you get listed:

    This is where I would usually suggest some review sites so that you can get extra input, but sadly, there are no active sites at the moment. However, below are guides on how to run a site. I suggest giving these a read and use them as a sort of check-list to see if you have hit their major points when evaluating your site. Also, I am always open to questions if you ever have any.

    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

    After eating, you decide to walk over to the library in the corner of the cafe and take a look around. As you are running your hands over the books, Tiffany walks up to you and explains, "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.

    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 108 orders.

    After reopening

    After Content Revamp



    Before Content Revamp



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    Really Old Reviews

    These reviews were done when the site first opened.

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    The Recipe Book

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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

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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

    I am currently looking for a sister site. Preferably a review site. If you are interested, please send me a neomail.

    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

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    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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