Weisz’ Web World on Mobile Beat

March 15, 2008 by Jim Weisz

The list of websites to bookmark continues on…http://www.istockphoto.com: I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this site before but I’m sure there are still many who don’t know about it. You can get a picture to use on your website for as cheap as $1-$2. The premise behind iStockPhoto is you pay more based on the size picture you want. Since pictures for your website will be pretty small, the pictures in the $1-$2 range will be perfect. They do have 6 different sizes of pictures to choose from and 5 different sizes of royalty video clips to choose from.

http://www.webdesignfromscratch.com/current-style.cfm: This is a specific page on a website I really like. The reason I have this specific page bookmarked is because it’s where I like to start when I visit it as it often has new featured websites. As mentioned at the top of this page the goal of this page is where the author of the website tries to “sum up the current state-of-the-art in graphic design for web pages, and identify the distinctive features that make a web page look fresh, appealing and easy to use.”

Overall the website has a ton of excellent content covering a wide range of topics from copy writing to the basic design process. I would highly recommend spending at least a few hours reading through the various sections of this website and it will have you looking at your current website in a different way.
Website review

http://www.ccsnds.com

Good:

Nice website design that would probably appeal to brides.
Good bio page with a good picture.
Nice photo on the services page.
Good questions on the FAQ page.
Suggestions:
Drop the flash intro-it’s a waste of the visitors time and serves no purpose.
I had to go all the way to the bottom to the very small print to find out where you were located. I thought maybe you were in St. Louis with the quote from the St. Louis wedding magazine until I saw that at the bottom. (Note: After skimming through the text I see ‘New England’ DJ in the text however that doesn’t tell me where in NE you are or where you provide services).
Glad to see you have a music player at the top so people can stop the music if they want. However, you should set it so they click play for the music to start. Music on websites is not a good idea.
You have some text on the website that should probably be links. Like, “Contact Us to learn more about how we…” & “Check out our wedding tips & FAQs…” Both of those should be linked to something but they aren’t.
Videos page: Currently says under construction. Unless you’ll have something up there very soon (next 3-5 days?) take the link down until the page is ready.
I see that you use DJ Intelligence-why not put your music tool on your website so people can search for music on it? It’s a great engaging feature that has landed me numerous bookings.
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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