Browser 101

December 26, 2007 by Jim Weisz

In response to all the requests, I thought I’d focus on web sites this week. In response to you, here we go…Website reviews

http://www.djtylert.com

Good:

Pleasing colors & nice logo.
Good images at the top of the home page.
Location right at the top of the home page.
Weddings packages page is nice & neat.
Suggestions:
I opened your site and I didn’t see any navigation buttons, images at the top were all screwed and overall the site looked very messed up. Then I opened it in Internet Explorer and it looked much better. For more info read back a few columns when I reviewed someone else’s website with the same issue. Basically, you want to check your website in a few different browsers (at least Internet Explorer & Firefox) to make sure it looks OK. You definitely want to get the site fixed for Firefox as it’s getting to be more & more popular.
A rule of design is to have places for the eye to rest-also known as white space. I think you can create some more of that by dropping the date & time that you have below your logo.
It’s really weird that I have to click a box over your buttons before actually clicking on a button…it’s kind of a pain. I’m guessing this is a template website and that’s why you have to do that. If it’s not and you can remove that I’d recommend it.
What’s up with the @msn.com e-mail address? Drop that and use an e-mail @djtylert.com.
You have many links on your website that lead to your contact page…but they don’t seem like a link that should go to that page (like ‘wedding party’ on the wedding packages page). I’m guessing this is done for search engines. However, it’s very annoying & misleading to the website visitor.
http://www.atmospheredjs.com.au

*Note, this website review request came from Jarrod Brake of Australia. Thanks for reading the column all the way in Australia and I’m looking forward to seeing how your website compares with US DJ websites

Good:

I really like the look/feel of the site….good color scheme & buttons.
Nice letter that you have linked to on the home page. Maybe you can make that link yellow or green to make it stand out?
Great pictures at the top above your buttons.
Weddings page looks great (again, drop the music/have a play button for music though).
Contact/quote button at the bottom of pages is a great call-to-action.
Suggestions:
A pet peeve of mine is audio that automatically starts upon page loading. While the audio on your website is very professional, I was listening to music when I went to your site so I could barely hear what you were saying (until I turned the music down). Then, every time I went to the home page it started again. Maybe you could put a little button at the top by the home button to play the intro? If not, can you set a cookie so it only plays once per visit to the site?
Drop the song lists and replace with a music search tool (like the one available through DJ Intelligence).
There are several misspellings on the Christmas parties page. Also, it looks a bit plain compared to all the other pages.
What about a ‘Company Info’ or ‘DJ Bios’ page? For something like a wedding, most people like to know who they’ll be working with.
Jim Weisz has been a DJ since 1999, primarily serving the wedding and school dance markets. Jim is originally from Chicago, having lived there until relocating to Dallas in 2003 to take a position with JonesTM (formerly TM Century). Jim has spoken at several national DJ conventions about websites. He has also written more than a dozen articles for Mobile Beat magazine about websites and a variety of other topics. Jim can be reached at jim@discoverydjs.com.

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Jim Weisz has been DJing since 1999, primarily serving the wedding and school dance markets. Jim is originally from Chicago and lived there until relocating to Dallas in 2003 to take a position with TM Studios (formerly TM Century). Jim has spoken at numerous DJ conventions about websites and marketing online and has also written dozens of articles for Mobile Beat magazine about websites and a variety of other topics. Jim can be reached at jim@discoverydjs.com.


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