Who can help me make this look more professional looking? *website*

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  1. onedownfiveup

    onedownfiveup Active Member

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    www.smithersstore.com

    I've been working on the actual store for a while now and am needing to make the middle area where my two sale banners are to look flashy and what not with products I sell. That area can be edited with just HTML. What do you think I need? I'm having trouble coming up with "professional" type graphics.
     
  2. Nefarious77

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    First thing I'd do is get away from the white background and do something darker and easier on the eyes.
     
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    maybe a blurb about the company?:dunno:
     
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    The problem about that is when the products are listed they have a white background and I think that looks like trash. That just may be me.
     
  5. deusexaethera

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    1. Put the motorcycle pic and the black "breadcrumb" strip just below it into a separate frame above everything else, and make it load onto every page;

    2. Change the background color of the new top frame to Black so the whitespace on the sides of the motorcycle pic goes away;

    3. When I click on an item to view its detail, I expect to see a big picture of it, not the same thumbnail I saw on the main listing. Show the big pic of each item in the main window, make it left-aligned, and put a border around it;

    4. I clicked on some link inside the "Swingarm Extensions" section and the title changed to "Let's See What We Have Here". That sounds like a developer's note to me. Get rid of it;

    5. Put the Quick Find above the category listing. It's not Quick if I have to scroll down to Find it;

    6. Make the motorcycle pic at the top of the website clickable so it takes me back to the homepage if I click on it;

    7. Consider making the entire site's background color darker than white. Maybe a tasteful gunmetal grey. Black on white is too much contrast for my poor nearsighted eyes.
     
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    Thanks for your time.

    1) I was already going to put black on both sides of the main image.

    2) The details for the product that's all a pre-made stuff. I can edit it all but that'll take forever.

    3) The main colors to the store is blue/black/white/grey so I gunmetal would be good.
     
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    the top banner is too big. it takes up about 1/3rd of the space in my browser on my laptop.

    try adding borders to some of the images
     
  8. deusexaethera

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    I believe, for the record, that gunmetal is not just dark grey, but dark grey with a very slight hint of brown to it. Add a few extra points to the Red color value, and half as many to the Green color value. That should get you a good gunmetal color.
     
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    How's that for gunmetal grey?
     
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    Ok, I'm going to try and create a banner that takes half the heigth of that one.
     
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    I think it would look better with some more products on the main page, maybe popular ones or cool ones to draw people into the site more
     
  12. deusexaethera

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    MUCH better. I can look at it without squinting now.

    EDIT: I took a screenshot of your new color scheme and changed the text on the main part of the website (not inside the light-grey boxes) from RGB(0,0,0) to RGB(232,232,232), and then I made the text bold. I think it's a little more readable against the darker grey of the main background than the black was, whereas the text inside the light-grey boxes is better in black. Give the off-white text on the dark background a shot and see what you think.
     
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    I'll try that. Thanks a lot for your help man!
     
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    Are you talking about the product info text needing to be bold?
     
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    I just talked to a few bike people and they told me that when they first saw the site it looks like it's only geared towards busa's and 14's and drag bike type stuff.
     
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    The small text in the main part of the window, whatever purpose it may serve. The example I played with was the page with the motorcycle brand logos and the text names in small print just below them. I believe you used the same style for the catalog listings as well -- picture above, brand name or description below. The black text is a little too dark on that background, and the font is a little too small to be comfortably readable. If you don't want to enlarge the font, make it bold instead.
     
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    Ok, I know what you're saying. I agree.
     

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