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    www.dragonratjewellery.com

    First of all, please let it be known that I'm a Luddite. A friend set the website up for me, and while I can add and change listings, pretty much anything else is over my head. I was with osCommerce, but they were basically awful, so Helen switched me to somewhere else in October. (Yes, this is about as detailed as I can get.) All my photos before then were done on a plain cream crushed velvet background, but I'm re-photographing every day and slowly updating to better photos.

    So, any thoughts would be welcome.
    Leigh

    www.dragonratjewellery.com
    www.etsy.com/shop/dragonratjewellery
    http://dragonratjewellery.blogspot.com/
    Facebook - http://on.fb.me/lJzyQn Twitter - @Dragon_rat

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    Hi Leigh

    I love the colours - purple is one of my favourites so you can't go wrong there IMO!

    However, there are a few things that I thought needed some 'tweaking'. Firstly, the second line of the home page reads 'Would you like to log in?' That for me is a big turn off. I don't buy from sites (other than suppliers I may be using on a very regular basis) requiring me to register. For a one-off (or maybe a few more over the years...) purchase, I just want to see, click and buy. There is no need for me to register with passwords, etc.

    Your 'shipping and returns' page doesn't have a returns policy, nor could I see a telephone number or postal address on your site, all of which are legal requirements under Distance Selling Regulations.

    The next couple of things may be simply to do with my particular laptop but I thought I would mention them anyway.... The text seemed very small to read and as your page is full screen width, the photos look small and very spaced apart (I have a small but wide screen) and much of the descriptive runs over one to one and a half very long line of text which actually is quite uncomfortable aesthetically.

    The other thing I wondered about was the fact that you mentioned that you are retaking the photos from the ones done on the plain background. I actually preferred these as the jewellery wasn't being 'fought' by the background (if you know what I mean!).

    The navigation seemed easy and clear and the pages loaded very quickly which is great but I would have preferred some larger thumbnail pics to start as they are difficult to decifer on the non-jewellery items particularly. I also was missing an 'about us' page which gives that personal touch and I think this would be a great place to explain who you are and how the name 'Dragonrat' came about. People always like dealing with human beings and this can keep that contact on a more personal basis rather than just words on a screen.

    Finally, you have tonnes of items on there - not a criticism, more a statement in awe of how much you have got on your site!! Well done you! Sorry that I seemed to pick on a few negatives but others may not have the page width and text size issues and much of the rest is personal taste (apart from the DSR stuff!)
    Ali x

    Etsy Shop: aliscraftstudio.etsy.com
    Facebook: AlisCraftStudio
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    • #3
      Have to say I likes the button bracelet on your bloG!

      Anita
      bath Bomb Creations
      Originally posted by DragonratJewellery View Post
      www.dragonratjewellery.com

      First of all, please let it be known that I'm a Luddite. A friend set the website up for me, and while I can add and change listings, pretty much anything else is over my head. I was with osCommerce, but they were basically awful, so Helen switched me to somewhere else in October. (Yes, this is about as detailed as I can get.) All my photos before then were done on a plain cream crushed velvet background, but I'm re-photographing every day and slowly updating to better photos.

      So, any thoughts would be welcome.

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      • #4
        Thanks, both. Ali; this is the sort of feedback I wanted, so please don't feel you were being too critical.

        I'm not sure that I can do anything about the 'would you like to log in' bit; I'll speak to Helen about it, but it might be part and parcel of the package I'm on.

        I have no idea what's happened to the returns policy, etc; it was there after the switch-over, but I've obviously clicked the wrong thing at some point and hidden or deleted it. *Sigh* I really shouldn't be allowed near technology. I'll get on to Helen about that, too. I'll see if she can enlarge the thumbnails, too. And get an 'about us' thingy, although I never know what to say on those.

        @Ali - I think the text size and line running over is because of the dimensions of your screen; I've looked on my PC and the OH's laptop, and it doesn't do that. I'd be interested to know if anyone else has that problem.

        Originally posted by AliCat View Post
        The other thing I wondered about was the fact that you mentioned that you are retaking the photos from the ones done on the plain background. I actually preferred these as the jewellery wasn't being 'fought' by the background (if you know what I mean!).
        See, that was why I'd originally chosen the cream crushed velvet; most things showed up well against it, and the piece in question was the only thing that drew the eye. But I've been advised on a number of occasions that those photos are bland and uninteresting.
        Leigh

        www.dragonratjewellery.com
        www.etsy.com/shop/dragonratjewellery
        http://dragonratjewellery.blogspot.com/
        Facebook - http://on.fb.me/lJzyQn Twitter - @Dragon_rat

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        • #5
          *is confused* I had a notification of a new comment, but it's not here.
          Leigh

          www.dragonratjewellery.com
          www.etsy.com/shop/dragonratjewellery
          http://dragonratjewellery.blogspot.com/
          Facebook - http://on.fb.me/lJzyQn Twitter - @Dragon_rat

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DragonratJewellery View Post
            *is confused* I had a notification of a new comment, but it's not here.
            Looks like it was a spammer and you got the notification before their post was deleted.
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            • #7
              Ah. Thanks.
              Leigh

              www.dragonratjewellery.com
              www.etsy.com/shop/dragonratjewellery
              http://dragonratjewellery.blogspot.com/
              Facebook - http://on.fb.me/lJzyQn Twitter - @Dragon_rat

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