We thought we would give “crowdsourcing” a go - here is a copy of the new website - a draft.
We would love positive, negative, any other comments that you make.
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11 Responses to “new spellr.us website design”
I really like the new spellr.us design, I think you have a fantastic product,
One thing I think you need to consider though…
I would like to see a list, or a dynamic changing list of the benefits you give to the user,
and maybe even some more emphasize on the problem, while having major amounts of content uploaded to the website,
Looks clean & neat - I like. Also like the colour choices.
The video stands out the most due to colour & positioning - not sure if that’s what you want make the most prominent feature.
I’m not a marketing guru by any means…. So you don’t have to regard this 2cents worth too seriously.
“I get it, I want it, I love it” is almost a bit too prominent. Before you even know what it’s all about, you already have a testimonial… to what??”
“FREE your site from spelling errors” – I think too much emphasis on FREE. Look at the way Facebook state their business goal upfront (eg: the leader in spelling checker software – or something like that)
Clean, good use of colours and main feature is correctly emphasized. I’s suggest making some adjustments to the 4 center blocks. Perhaps look a equal length header and using a similar border to what is used around the client logos.
I agree with @Kevin. I think you need to be a bit clearer about what spellr.us does. Then before I have a chance to work out what it does, the first item on the right is your plans. Until I try it and see it working, I’m not going to sign up for a plan. The spell check your site now box is good - but the colours scheme doesn’t make it jump out. Maybe a Google approach might be better - i.e. less is more?
You might want to ask yourself does the website do these 3 things within the first few seconds for new arrivals:
1) explain who you are
2) explain what you do or your products/services
3) tell the user what you want them to do next
Looks good overall…
Google Chrome seems to not center it on the screen properly.
There’s lots of white space to the left (and right?) requiring left-right scrolling to view the whole page width on a 1280×1024 screen.
[...] not writing or designing well. To see what I mean, let’s zoom in on some of the details of this redesign mockup for web spelling startup, [...]
Looks good! My 2c -
* I found the testimonial in the header crowds the top of the page.
* Only have one link to the free trial? I.e. not have the one in the top right and the Plans section.
* Clients section is excellent.
* Not sure the links section adds much value?
* I love the colour scheme.
I like it, but would change a few things:
– to have FREE in the mention of “free your site from spelling errors” in all caps does not read quite right. It’s fine to say “FREE trial” but you’re giving it an awkward comprehension to say it that way in your explanatory line.
– agree the quote is too large - it puts nearly ALL the initial focus on the quote and I’m not sure that’s where the eye should go.
– I don’t love the gray boxes behind the teal sub-heads. If it were my design I would just have the teal floating on white.
– I think maybe the order of the four things needs to be considered - I know it’s tempting to put pricing options FIRST, but the logical flow is you sell people on the product, then give them the price. I would put that in the third position.
– LINKS as a subhead is too generic for me. Is that news? Press mentions? Articles? I’d use something else to entice people to read it, and possibly move those below and just have the three main items above them.
– I think I’d make a graphic, or do something to jazz up the little box to “try it now”. Maybe use the owl? If you look at justtweetit.com you’ll see how they used the little bird logo in other places with good effect.
Okay, so this was more than a few things. But you asked and I want you to do well with the new site/product. I need to try it on my blog, though it may scare me. LOL!! Good luck with the new site!
Great colour scheme.
I like the testimonial in the header, especially if it changes with reloads, NOT java scrolls.
Plans on the left hand side of the page is good. Prominent but not on the important Right Hand Side
Links could be called Community or even Social Web (except 2xMistakes doesn’t fit that). But “Links” doesn’t work. How about “Widgets” - it doesn’t matter that they aren’t widgets, you’re giving the message that those links are off-site and liberated web 2.0 style. Gosh how marketing speak of me.
The borderless square corner blue background of the titles (Plans … Clients Include) clashes with the round corners everywhere else. Definitely round the corners, consider a gray border like others (though I don’t think it will look any good).
Love the Clients Include section. Get some US based clients for there ASAP. you’re using a .US domain, Aussies get confused by them and yanks don’t know the rest of the world exists. I have http://sumof.us and I get that feedback all the time.
Make a point about spell checking English flavours (International, UK, USA, Canadian). Again ‘Mericins won’t understand. The rest of us will be pleasantly surprised. Unless your target market is USA (then add Canadian as an option).
Watch out for inconsistent casing. Create a style manual and remember ALL CAPS is harder to read. So “Spell check your site” & “Find out more…” or Mixed Case if you want.
Regarding some of the criticism so far:
I Like the Free Trial sticker. Not so enamoured with the FREE your site… Try “Got any embarrassing spelling errors?” or “Check your site spelling” (hmm site’s spelling?) Or you can go “Got erors errors? Something simple with a benefit. But leave the clear “Spell check your site now” as that’s the plain English benefit.
Less is not more unless you’re Google whose early SERPs were explanation enough. You’ve got a nice mix of white space and the pastel pallet enhances that impression.
The videos section could move one block to the left. You need them. Most people won’t check it out, but those that do will love them.
The eye moves from top left to bottom right so after the URL box the current Videos box and Links are the next most prominent. I like that. But your layout should allow you to adjust the positioning of those 4 boxes and see how the results change. Use a cookie to set them for new visitors when trialing.
Hope this helps, let me know if you want to chat about it more.