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post #1 of 36
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I was wondering what you gals/guys think about my web site.

I know it's not much....but if you were a bride...would you consider ordering your wedding cake from me?

I want to jazz it up...but I really don't know how

But my main concern....is how presentable it is.


Please be honest....really honest.

Thanks
Mrsfish94- making cakes since 9/04 and loving it!!!
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post #2 of 36
I think it looks great! Is it a free site that you used? I am looking for one and I like how your pics come up in a different window when you click on them.
post #3 of 36
I think it looks very nice. You do really great work by the way! icon_smile.gif
post #4 of 36
Thread Starter 
yes...it is a free website. And thanks for the comments


Any advice as to maybe make it better???
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post #5 of 36
i think your cakes look great! i think my only advise is to keep your background uniform. maybe use the white sheet underneath all the cakes or use the same pretty placemat as you have on some of the cakes. i read somewhere here on cc that you can get pretty inexpensive science type background mats at michaels (not sure what they are called or how to describe them..i'll search and repost for you)...i think this would make it more professional looking. otherwise everything else is nice and pretty easy to navigate. congratulations and good luck!
post #6 of 36
here's the topic discussion about those science boards...

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-19423-photograph.html
post #7 of 36
I really like it! I like the frames and how you have the drop down to skip to another page. Very nice!
post #8 of 36
The site itself looks very nice - but you lose a sense of professionalism when there is household distraction in the background of your pix. Your cakes are very nice, and I LOVE your princess castle cake - and your wedding cakes are just terrific. All the more reason they should be displayed professionally. One note about the site structure....on your opening page, the word "Home" in the larger bolder font seems odd and out of place. (The placement of the page title on other pages works...but not on the home page.) It would also be nice if your name appeared larger - and maybe in a nice font, in a color that harmonized with the other graphics on the site. The site functions well, and that's the big hurdle.

Nice start!
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post #9 of 36
Thread Starter 
You know I tried to get rid of that "home" on my site but couldn't figure it out...I guess I will email the site company and ask.


I was thinking of cutting out the backgrounds on the photos using a print shop program and placing it on a colored background...I haven't done it yet.

Thanks for all the advice.
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post #10 of 36
Looks pretty good! One thing I'd change--I'd replace the current pic on your homepage with a more "grand" one. The one on there now is very nice but, if you're really wanting to attract more wedding clients, I think showing one of your great wedding cakes would be a great "attention getter".

Some people are turned off by links/rings on the front page. This was a topic we discussed in a website design class I recently took. It was suggested that business sites create a separate page for links to other sites/rings rather than on the main page. Most people in the class said it doesn't bother them to see it on the main page but others said it made them think of the site as less professional.

For down the road....I've seen several sites lately that have a page on their website dedicated to just bridal clients. Information on the appointment(s)/cake tasting(s), info on set-up/delivery, another link to the wedding cake pics, etc. I think that is a nice way to get a lot of info for the client and make them feel "special" that you'd take that time to put up that extra info (it would feel that way to me if I were a bride). You could also put the links to the local wedding services there.
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post #11 of 36
I think your site is a great start, but it seems a little plain to me. I think the home page font should be fancier and the overall layout seems a little plain. I agree with someone elses comment about putting a more spectacular wedding cake on the homepage to draw more attention. Also, I do not get the feel it is for wedding cakes, if that is your specialty, just any type of cake.
post #12 of 36
Thread Starter 
Thanks for those comments....I had not thought about the link thing. I had about the "grander" cake on the front page. I will change that today!!! As for the font....They only have 8 fonts to choose from...that was the best one. I will see if I can type something from Word and cut/paste it to see if the special font will transfer to the site.

I guess I should just pay the upgrade money and set it up as a real website. That way I could really make it look more professional. I didn't really want to have to pay $$$ for it...not yet anyway.

Again thanks for all the comments....they have been really helpful!!! thumbs_up.gif
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post #13 of 36
Ok, you wanted honest feedback, so here goes. Please remember these are just MY opinions and not meant to hurt feelings or anything.

- you need some sort of nicer font for your business name. I would try to pick something and stick with it for all your business cards, invoices, letterheads, etc. Perhaps a bit of color or something to "jazz" it up.

- your pictures all need to be a bit more cropped. I really don't care much about the background (nice or not), I want to see the picture. All your pictures look very dark as well. A photo editing program should be able to lighten them up. This happens with my digital too.

- consider seeing if you can soften the edge of the picture so it blends better with the background.

- I agree you need a more wow cake on the main page. Possibly a collage of cakes? Think about it. I'm not sure.

- do not put other links on your main page. create a page of links if you need to. It's distracting and makes me think about leaving your site to go to one of those sites (before I have even explored your site)

- I know this is a "free" page and you can only do so much, but think about getting frontpage or some other authoring tool. The photos page is nice enough, but would be nicer if instead of going to albums, you had thumbnails of the pictures in those albums that people could directly click on. Less navigation for the user.

- Give your cakes better names than Ethan's and Arianne. Remove personalization and it will be easier for someone to want that cake (if they don't feel like they are taking someone else's cake)

- crop, crop, CROP!

- lighten, lighten, lighten!

- I would put your royal wedding cake on the main page.

Good luck, I hope some of this helps.

I have to think about updating my own page one of these days ... seems like there is never enough time!
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post #14 of 36
I think Ellen has some good points. I too would put the Royal wedding cake on the front page. Your cakes are wonderful! May I ask about your basic wedding cake? I have to make a cake tomorrow w/dots. Your's are so perfect. Any tips? Thanks, Helen
post #15 of 36
i think you're off to a good start. however, i would change the cake on the main page like already suggested. that is the viewers first impression of your work. also, i apoligize in advance if i missed it but do you have pics of wedding cakes on your site? i saw that you mention them but never actually saw one. if not, why not consider making a dummy one and adding that to your homepage? good luck!
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