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cornelia
03-11-2007, 03:17 PM
Ok, I finally got myself motivated and started working on
my webpage. I didn't like any of the templates so I had to
build everything from scratch - what a pain in the butt...
This is my first webpage so I am sure it needs a little touch
up here and there - I really would appreciate your feedback!

http://corneliajarst.com

I already know its slow but how much of a turn off is it?
If anybody has an idea on how to speed things up, I would
love to hear it! :)

Thanks for looking!

lizajayne
03-11-2007, 11:33 PM
I have no problems with them loading. I really like the black background, more than the pages that have images (the images can be a bit distracting). The about page is a little hard to read because of it. Other than that, it's a start! Can't wait to see more items on it!

cornelia
03-12-2007, 04:04 AM
Thank you Lizajayne! I'm glad to hear that you didn't have problems
loading the pages. I'll look into how to improve the readability of the
text blocks.

LouiseI
03-12-2007, 09:03 AM
Hi Cornelia!
It loaded up pretty quick for me too, and I agree with lizajayne, a plain background would make it easier to read the type and show your beads off better. One thing to watch with fonts on the web is how easy they are to read, also it's best to stick with things like ariel and times because you never know what fonts someone has on their computer. If they do not have the font you've chosen on your page their computer will pick a different font and you have no control over how it will look.

Can you share how you came up with your pricing? I'm just doing my site and labouring over what to charge, I was soooo happy to see you have decent prices on your beads, I tend to undervalue myself and don't want to do that with my beads.

If this is your first webpage you did a GREAT JOB!! :thumbsup:

cornelia
03-12-2007, 01:58 PM
Hi Louise,

thank you for your feedback! Seems I really have to look into how to
make the text easier to read. For the font, I saved all the text blocks
as images so they should show as intended.

I found Val's 1$/minute rule a good start for the pricing. I also looked
around how others do their pricing and evaluated where I think I
stand in regards to basic skills like clean & smooth beadholes, shape,
flame polishing etc. My prices might appear high at first but my beads
are quite big compared to others, hence much more time & material
needed, so I hope people find them still reasonable. So far I had two
trunkshows and the acceptance was good, we'll see how the online
buizz will do..

BTW, I love your dots and personals and how you describe them, too
funny and cute!

ValorieCox
03-12-2007, 02:33 PM
Hi Cornelia, the site looks great and I'm glad you got it all together.

As a buyer the part that was not ideal for me, was not having a way to add an item to a shopping cart, or have it link over to paypal. It worked to send you an email and tell you the item number, a couple pm's back and forth to get the final price and paypal email etc were fine, but had I not been intent-without-distraction on getting that giant size lentil in my own hand, I might have given up or not gone forward.

So get that shopping cart set up. Paypal has some shopping cart features that will work, and then find a way to mark the sold items as 'sold', so others see that your prices are favorable and your glass artwork worth collecting.

Oh, and on your photos, think about diffusing the light just a little so the shadows are not quite so harsh and dark. (A white sheet will do, just something to diffuse the sunlight).

Looking good! Val

LouiseI
03-12-2007, 03:30 PM
thanks Cornelia! your prices are obviously right around where they should be and congratulations on making sales, that is soooo exciting!!! ;)

cornelia
03-12-2007, 06:38 PM
Thank you for your feedback Val! I'll add the shopping cart to my todo
list and I also will try the sheet sunlight diffuser.

I really appreciate your feedback, and the feedback I got earlier from
Lizajaine and Louise. It might take me a while to implement the changes,
so if you don't see them right away, please don't think I wouldn't value
your suggestions.

Cornelia