The Lodge CL : web site critique please.

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Hi all

    This is the CL we are on in Colchester and the owner asked me if I could do a web site for her, I've only ever made for personal use and was a bit reluctant to take it on.. see what you think.. constructive suggestions welcome.. anything else needed, is it easy to use, load fast .. etc , most importantly would it make you want to visit..

    http://www.thelodgecl.co.uk/

    thanks for taking the time to look...

    Jim
     
  2. The Wallace

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    Ok Jim, you did ask!

    However bear in mind, I could not design a web page to save myself and have no idea how each element interacts with others - I am 'just' a paying customer!

    As I scolled down I felt I was descending into a dark place.
    How about taking the 'photo' page off and putting the thumbnails down each side of the Home page to give some content there.
    I appreciate this may have some bearing on page loading times but you do need to get rid of the dark blank edges
    Each picture requires a caption as well to give some relevance to it eg, this is where you go to book in, or, nice house nearby!
    On the plus side the text is clear, well written and informative. Maybe a larger font would be even better.
    In general I like what I read and will be filling the info away for use if we are in the area.
    Sorry if I am not being terribly constructive but as I say I don't know how to make web pages - I just react to them when searching for somewhere to stop.
     
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    Seems fine to me Jim.

    Loads in good time, and gives a good impression

    Could poss need more local info walks, pubs, eats if there sorry did not register.

    Apart from this gives the idea of a well run, and an attractive site, and would use if that way,



    Dave:thumb::thumb:
     
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    Tells the story , perhaps a better mix of photos, links work well. Site looks good value with services included. Is it firm in wet conditions?
    I would go there.
     
  5. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Thanks.. very much appreciated will take on board your suggestions..

    (says he pulling his hair out ) :Laughing:

    cheers

    jim
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Thanks, the owner is putting in hard standings for next season, in saying that, the ground is now like concrete and the grass going brown.. has been hard since Easter.. but it could get difficult if there was a long prolonged wet period.. phoning before visiting would be advised.

    jim
     
  7. lunarman

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    Jim,

    Have had a look the only comments I have are:

    1. There is no page giving tarriff and facilities information.

    2. How do you get back to the home page if you look at the pictures without paging paging back through all of the ones you have looked at. Should you have a return to pictures or home?

    3. The site looks good to me and loads fast on IE8

    Hope this is useful

    Lunarman
     
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    Photos aren't up to much and I could not get off the photo page. Also very slow.

    Try 2 I did get off the photos page but you really need a BACK or EXIT or CLOSE option.

    Fine, just get some appealing photos without snow.
     
  9. nomadic

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    Hi Jim

    Just had a look, and I would have liked either a boulder font or slightly larger.

    Is there a bus stop local to the site, or did I miss it.

    Availability of Park and Ride, would also be worth including if not to far away.

    I found it works well

    Nomadic
     
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    Well done I like it, informative and eyecatching says all you need to know.
    Now you need to get it on the search engines. :thumb:
     
  11. scotjimland

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    Tariff is on the home page: maybe needs to be bolder..
    on the photos page, when looking at a pic, click the photo button to return to photo page and menu

    Ok, better photos and a back button .. don't know why it's slow Brian .. I'm on a 3 dongle and it's quite fast ..

    Thanks.. will add that info ,,

    bolder and bigger font seems to be the main thing...

    Cheers all

    Jim
     
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    thanks... but wouldn't know where to start .. I'll leave that to the CL owner :Laughing:
     
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    Hi Jim, I like it, nice clean lines and very business like. However, IMO there is too much info on the front page and removing some would give it more impact. Remove the Zoo and Colchester Links from the Nav menu. As they stand I feel these have far to much prominence and will lead to clicks away from the site.

    I would get the "Things to see and do" text onto its own link and expand it to include the Zoo and Colchester links on a page on its own, make sure that the external links open on a new page, so the site page stays open.

    I feel the front page body should just have the name/logo a good picture and 4 or five lines of description; and at the very bottom the address and telephone number. Ideally this should all fit on a page no higher than 768 pixels, (so there will be no need to scroll)
    Any other info should be on its own page with a link in your main navbar. This means it will load quick and show people exactly what they are about. If they are interested then they can click the other links in your navbar.

    When designing its a good idea to check the site at 1024x768 resolution as believe it or not this is how 85% of people will see your site.

    Great effort Jim, much better than my first attempt just over a couple of years ago:thumb:
     
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    Agree with all comments so far would also add Electric Hook up ?? if so what amps
    possible Long and Lat - what max size of unit can they take - any probs with 5'ers seeing I have one !! TV reception distance to shops / spar etc

    Most people have to pay a lot of money for a web site as good as this !!

    Just been back on and looks like I have made the same mistake as one or two others - the way the home page is laid out as it loads it gives the impression that that is it and in fact as you scroll down there is a mine of information - perhaps this should be on a separate page or some indication that you should scroll down
     
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    Hi again Jim,
    One thing we are all learning from this is that there will always be some people who don't see the information on the page!
     
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    hi landy,

    says it all on the web page.......Leccy is metered and is 16amp

    looks ok to me Jim but maybe does need a bigger/bolder font.
     
  17. scotjimland

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    Thanks

    I'm busy updating so maybe it will be easier to read .. bigger font etc

    there is a 34ft 5er on site at the mo..

    also added a new information page

    bear with me.. I'm a virgin writer :Laughing:
     
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    In my comments above I can't believe I forgot to mention about placing a big prominent link to Motorhomefun on the front page:Smile: Not like me:BigGrin:
     
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    As of 20:00.....

    On my screen the front page needs cutting below Elsan point to keep it all on my screen, also space it better. So separate direction page.

    Photo is broken, I get stuck flicking between the lodge and a snowy RV.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    I'll speak to the CL owner .. :Wink:
    still busy Brian .. it's slow to upload the changes
     
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