website review request


I would greatly appreciate any suggestions on how to make our website more user friendly.
Different font, point size, layout, background color, graphics, too many colors, not enough colors, etc.
Please be specific..
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Gurvinder Pal SinghCommented:
@TrueBlue: Website review is not a simple, small and cheap service :). It takes a lot of time and effort to do it.
I would give a few ideas as below
1) Suggestion: Would like the background-color of website from blue (which looks same as that of header color) to be lighter, since then it will make the application appear to have emerged out of the background
2) Positive: I liked the notification showing at the bottom right, which is same as windows messanger notifications, so it will be easier to get used to
3) Negative: Too much scrolling to do. I would rather like to see left menu bar which will be changing for every option on the header bar. Scrolling can be reduced if you make the full use of the rest of the width of the screen and little lesser font size.
4) Negative: Submenu padding is not uniform.
5) Negative: When the submenu is pulled down at hover, the down arrow on the header menu item should not be there. It should only be there when menu item is not hovered on.
6) Question: what was the point of having to click on the arrow to select the item?
7) Negative: I see the line border of the footer items

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TrueBlueAuthor Commented:

I can click anywhere on the button to bring down the submenu.
The arrow is just to show there is a drop down menu.
When you say the background color should be lighter, like the color of the light blue on the header behind the cityscape?
Tom BeckCommented:
My opinion, keep the dark background. Dark colors recede, light colors come to the fore. Making the background lighter would flatten the website, rather than make the content pop out.

I do agree that there's a lot of reading and scrolling that visitors are expected to do on the home page. Studies show that visits by shoppers to web sites looking for services only last a few seconds unless you can entice them to stick around and click on something. Generally bold, short statements, slogans, one sentence testimonials, summaries, etc. are more likely to get them to seek additional information on your site. The key is to get them to click on your links to read more about something you hinted at on the home page. Having so much to read and not much to distinguish one section of text from another could be a negative.  

Otherwise, I think it's a fine looking website.
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