Website Look - we are getting close to launching site - which looks better??

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I are getting close to finally launching my site.

My question is does the production site look better or the mockup I have done??

Current Production Test Site of Ezead

Note: There is only 1 image in this site - The Logo - all the rest is CSS.


Mockup of proposed Ezead Site

Note: This will require images - if that matters to reviewers

Also Note: Site will be full screen in either version but for mockup made 1280.

Please be honest - I really would appreciate any feedback as sometimes you get to close to see the writing on the wall.

Thanks in Advance to all that takes the time to review.
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  • Profile picture of the author topnichewebsites
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  • Ezeadmedia,

    I’m not sure I can make a selection as both have a lot of issues.

    The most glaring thing for me is that I don’t know what your site is about. The pages are so busy and there is no description as to what the website is for. I see pictures of construction, I see pictures of homes, I see a what are you looking for header. Is this a search engine? Is this a home improvement site? I have no idea. When users can’t see what a site is for, they also don’t see how it can be helpful to them and they leave.
    Even if you did have that feature, the pages are way too busy. Your home page should be designed to drive people deeper into a site and have them complete some sort of action. It is the most valuable real estate on your whole website so you have to be careful with the space. I would take away 60% of the stuff that’s on the home page, add a description and figure out what it is you want people to do when they arrive on the home page.

    Hope that helps,

    Shawn
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    • Profile picture of the author steppejames
      Originally Posted by TheContentAuthority View Post

      Ezeadmedia,
      I'm not sure I can make a selection as both have a lot of issues.
      The most glaring thing for me is that I don't know what your site is about. The pages are so busy and there is no description as to what the website is for...
      I agree about the description bit, and it should be this way all through the site. Sometimes you get a direct link straight to a product page, and should be able to understand where you are.

      On the other hand, I disagree about the clutter. I like a clean page just as much as the next guy, but the most effective way for these sites to improve time-on-site and bounce rate, is to offer as much content and diversity as possible, right off the bat.
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  • Profile picture of the author EzeadMedia
    Shawn:

    The site is an online trading community - a cross combination of Ebay and Craigslist but done so it is totally Global - Regional - Local and taking it 1 step further offering every neighbourhood in every city in the world its own site.

    And thanks for that - to address that I have added a description directly behind the Logo - that I hope explains it all.

    It actually blows both Ebay and Craigslist away with features :

    The Ezead Advantage

    We will be heavily promoting it and will assume that the users that come here know before hand what the site is - Like Ebay - you know that it is an online auction or Craigslist your know it is a classifieds site.

    We do not expect a lot of browse traffic.

    When people go to a auction or classified site they want to see product and not have to click a dozen times to see that.

    I totally appreciate your feedback and point of view but the format cannot and will not change - was asking for thoughts of which was the more appealing look??

    To date all concerns have been for functionality now want to address design.
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    • Profile picture of the author sylviad
      Originally Posted by EzeadMedia View Post

      Shawn:

      The site is an online trading community - a cross combination of Ebay and Craigslist but done so it is totally Global - Regional - Local and taking it 1 step further offering every neighbourhood in every city in the world its own site.

      And thanks for that - to address that I have added a description directly behind the Logo - that I hope explains it all.

      It actually blows both Ebay and Craigslist away with features :

      The Ezead Advantage

      We will be heavily promoting it and will assume that the users that come here know before hand what the site is - Like Ebay - you know that it is an online auction or Craigslist your know it is a classifieds site.

      We do not expect a lot of browse traffic.

      When people go to a auction or classified site they want to see product and not have to click a dozen times to see that.

      I totally appreciate your feedback and point of view but the format cannot and will not change - was asking for thoughts of which was the more appealing look??

      To date all concerns have been for functionality now want to address design.
      Shawn, I just noticed... Hi, fellow Canadian

      When I saw the domain name, I immediately figured it was some sort of advertising site, but I thought it was for others to advertise on your site. Is this so?

      I agree. People coming to the site will probably already have a good idea what they can do there.

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      • Profile picture of the author EzeadMedia
        Originally Posted by sylviad View Post

        Shawn, I just noticed... Hi, fellow Canadian

        When I saw the domain name, I immediately figured it was some sort of advertising site, but I thought it was for others to advertise on your site. Is this so?

        I agree. People coming to the site will probably already have a good idea what they can do there.
        Sylvia:

        Frank Here:

        Yes Ezead is a cross combination of Ebay- Craigslist and Kijiji - but hopefully with more of a community feel with a lot more security than either Craigslist or Kijiji and without needing credit cards or the fees of Ebay.

        The site is designed to be spam free - no flagging like Craigslist, and family friendly - no porn, no escort services, not filthy forums and fraud free or at least as fraud free as we can make it.

        And without the ever rising rates of Kijiji - who by the way ripped me off for the idea back in 2004, when we noticed IP addresses from Ebay were on our site for months on end - but was working full time and did not get the site fully finished and put on hold due to family issues.

        It has regionality like no other site - so each and every city in the world has it own specific site - yet one post displays to the world, your country - your province or state - your region - your city and taking it one step further your neighbourhood - much nicer than Craigslist or Kijiji.

        Basically just a user friendly site that is basically free for moms and pops and low fees for businesses.

        And it is designed to be extremely easy to post - especially the mobile version for those not totally computer literate.

        The storefront builder allows all members to build and maintain a storefront for free with un-limted pages and traffic stats etc.

        I am currently building a full website building program that will allow the members to build a complete website that will tie into the main Ezead Database where we will host the DNS entries etc - so a lot going on - but finally almost ready to launch the basic site - whew!!

        So when I retired ?? - made Ezead my retirement project - that got a little carried away!!
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  • Profile picture of the author website design
    Mockup of proposed Ezead Site is much better than the first one.

    First one has really bad grid design - clumsy looking and random = too much info and not enough white space. People will see too much going on and get scared away.

    Second one has a more defined plan of attack but still has too much going on. Try to have everything blue including select region and the second menu. You want 1 main color with accents and a second color that is your call to action - what is the number one thing you want them to do on the site? make that the only red button to draw attention and get them involved.
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    • Profile picture of the author IMkayo
      I like the new layout better. It looks more organized and less cluttered than your current site.
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      • Profile picture of the author kwc
        Nice work. I think I would prefer the 2nd choice. For me, the buttons make a big difference compared the the text links. I think the buttons, in the navigation, force the user to separate the different categories visually. Were as, the first option, everything appears to run together.
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  • Profile picture of the author sylviad
    Definitely this one:

    http://www.ezead.com/index.html - new look and feel

    It's far more pleasing to the eye, easier to find things, elements stand out better. Love the color scheme. The images at the top look good here.

    The other page looks bland - lots of text without noticeable separation between elements. The images at the top are a bit overwhelming - plus they don't really stand out as well. At first glance, I felt a little lost - searching for what was important.

    The first looks far more professional, too. Easy to spot important stuff.

    Hope this helps.

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    • Profile picture of the author sylviad
      Originally Posted by sylviad View Post

      Definitely this one:

      http://www.ezead.com/index.html - new look and feel

      It's far more pleasing to the eye, easier to find things, elements stand out better. Love the color scheme. The images at the top look good here.

      The other page looks bland - lots of text without noticeable separation between elements. The images at the top are a bit overwhelming - plus they don't really stand out as well. At first glance, I felt a little lost - searching for what was important.

      The first looks far more professional, too. Easy to spot important stuff.

      Hope this helps.

      Sylvia
      Whoops! That was wrong. I meant Proposed Ezead New Look and Feel

      Unless you swapped the pages around after I posted. - if not, I'm losin' it.

      This is the one with the 7 big green buttons below the images at the top. It also does not have your added "auction..." line behind the logo.

      I agree that it's the type of business you are in that it looks busy, but I honestly do not mind the busy-ness. It feels exciting and happy to me (cuz of the colors I'm sure), which is probably what you want in an auction site.

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  • Profile picture of the author sid70
    A new site design is crisper, but still too busy.
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  • Profile picture of the author EzeadMedia
    I appreciate that - perhaps it is our niche that is busy and people are used to that??

    The market we are going for - has the four following main competitors:

    Electronics, Cars, Fashion, Collectibles, Coupons and More Online Shopping | eBay

    Kijiji Greater Vancouver Area Classifieds: Free Local Classified Ads for Greater Vancouver Area, British Columbia

    craigslist: vancouver, BC classifieds for jobs, apartments, personals, for sale, services, community, and events

    eBid Online Auctions - Buy & Sell in our Fee Free Internet Auctions for Canada

    Our problem is that we offer much more than any of them - so it is a balancing act of useabilty and look - any suggestions to make the site look less busy and yet portray all we offer would be greatly appreciated??
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  • Profile picture of the author sid70
    Is there any way you could use larger fonts and more space?
    Unless there is an 'above the fold' requirement....
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  • Profile picture of the author designfantasy
    The new layout is very impressive, did you do all the work? (design, coding)???
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    • Profile picture of the author EzeadMedia
      Originally Posted by designfantasy View Post

      The new layout is very impressive, did you do all the work? (design, coding)???

      Well thanks - yes it is a hobby that got carried away - but am told too much a perfectionist and should just launch the thing - BUT??????
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  • Profile picture of the author MrJonny
    Seriously, they look pretty awesome
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    You shouldn't be asking this in a IM forum - try it with friends, family, strangers in the street, etc etc. You need opinions from your potential customers and visitors - not IM'ers.
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    • Profile picture of the author EzeadMedia
      Originally Posted by Fernando Veloso View Post

      You shouldn't be asking this in a IM forum - try it with friends, family, strangers in the street, etc etc. You need opinions from your potential customers and visitors - not IM'ers.
      I tried that and all they say is it looks great as if they do not want to hurt my feelings??

      I actually came here for ideas on marketing strategy, but found my niche is not covered well.

      And figured strangers would be honest - I saw a lot of requests for reviews and most answers seemed straight up so figured what the ??

      But have made a decision to offer the site with themes so will do both actually working on a third future style look and will offer all three so people can choose which they want.

      Solves all issues or so I hope and will track which is chosen and used the most - then set that as default.

      But thanks to all that offered an opinion.

      Regards
      Frank
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  • Profile picture of the author HostWind
    I like the second design more, but I do agree with website design about the only having one red button. Other than that, I like the busy look, considering the niche and what the site is targeting.
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  • Looks like a clone script your using.

    Could use some improvement.
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    • Profile picture of the author EzeadMedia
      Originally Posted by WebdevelopmentGroup View Post

      Looks like a clone script your using.

      Could use some improvement.
      I am not going to bother wasting my time answering that except post this link:

      EzeAd Buy Sell Trade from Auctions and Classified Ads in USA & Canada

      There is not another site in the world that offers what I have built into this site and the Advantage and comparison page is dated as we now offer much more than is shown.
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  • Profile picture of the author Edge360
    The new site design is actually really nice. I think you could make it miles better by working on whitespace and better use of typography though.
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  • Profile picture of the author jay walters
    I definitely like the other one the proposed one. It looks great rather than the first one.

    I hope this helps you.
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  • Profile picture of the author inquitech
    Originally Posted by EzeadMedia View Post

    I are getting close to finally launching my site.

    My question is does the production site look better or the mockup I have done??

    Current Production Test Site of Ezead

    Note: There is only 1 image in this site - The Logo - all the rest is CSS.


    Mockup of proposed Ezead Site

    Note: This will require images - if that matters to reviewers

    Also Note: Site will be full screen in either version but for mockup made 1280.

    Please be honest - I really would appreciate any feedback as sometimes you get to close to see the writing on the wall.

    Thanks in Advance to all that takes the time to review.


    Mockup of proposed Ezead Site looks better.

    It looks clean and professional... Best of luck
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  • Profile picture of the author EzeadMedia
    Okay - funny placed the question on design sites and they all preferred the original test site look with a few minor change suggestions - please take a look again and see what you think now.
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