This week we are switching things up. Instead of showcasing and example site, we have decided to post a review of a website.

Last week we asked fans on our Facebook Fan page to submit their sites if they wanted some constructive feedback from the Webs team. We received an overwhelming number of comments and it was difficult to select a “winner”. This time the early bird got the worm and the site we choose to review was the first comment posted. Congratulations to www.mechanicsburgoh.com.

Overall, this is a very nice community site that is easy to browse and has a lot of good information posted. The template chosen works well for a community site, it is friendly and professional without being distracting.

Here are a few suggestions from Webs that will help to increase usability:

  1. Simplify Website Title — The main title of the website is currently posted as URL, it may be easier for users to quickly understand that this is a community site if you change from all caps to partial caps, such as MechanicsburgOH.com or perhaps even simplify the title further to Official Website of Mechanicsburg OH.
  2. Open Links in a New Window — The owner of the website utilizes the main content area on the home page well to announce upcoming events and current news items.  One suggestion is to change the links of the news items that go to other sites to open in a new tab or window so that visitors aren’t taken off of their site.
  3. Streamline Website Navigation – The top-level navigation works well. However, we did notice that two areas have titles that are too long for the space allocated by the selected theme. The following changes would help:
    1. Under the Commerce Navigation – Change Career/Job Opportunities to Careers.
    2. Under the Government Navigation – Change Mechanicsburg Government to Mechanicsburg. Keep in mind that government is implied by the main tab title.

Overall, this is a well-made site that is well thought out and contains good content. Great job Kyle Anderson!

The overwhelming response of users that wanted to have their site reviewed by Webs team showed us that this is something we should bring to you on regular basis.

As a parting note, we would like to offer one more tip. A lot of users that requested to be reviewed didn’t have clearly posted website mission. There seemed to be no information on what their website was about?

Remember, you don’t have to be an online store or selling a service or even selling anything. However, even personal sites need a definition. Are you all about you, music, books, underwater basket weaving? The focus of your website should be clearly stated on your home page. Not only will this help visitors understand what your website offers, but it will also help search engines know how to send traffic your way. For example, http://www.sidstyleonline.co.nr/ says “Share Music, Take Lessons, Meet People, and Chat” this is a very clear statement about the site — nice job Sid!

Until next time,

Happy Site Building!

About the Author: Irina Kabigting is Webs’ Social Media Marketing Manager. Get more from Irina on Webs’ Blog and Google+.

20 Responses

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    tom09-10@hotmail.de
    Nov 09, 2011 - 02:42 PM

    I like that website a lot. Nice lay-out. My favourite part is the Community: Community Sports. Very interesting and entertaining. b If Kyle Anderson & the Site Review Wednesday, visitors, any other people and Webs.com could review my website: http://war-hammer.webs.com and tell me what the thought of mi website and be very honest, and tell me via e-mail: Tom09-10@hotmail.de

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    Gary Pickering
    Nov 09, 2011 - 03:00 PM

    I would like everyone to have a boo at my site http://www.letsgoboat.com and offer any constructive criticism which might improve my site. I am particularly interested in any ideas that will help encourage new visitors to my site to join up and for ways to encourage existing members to become more active in posting blogs, comments etc. Thanks!

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    Dom
    Nov 09, 2011 - 03:15 PM

    Another nice site! I like the site links.

    Question, are the webs servers having problems? The past 2 days, webs.com sites have been loading really slow. A lot of, Hmmmm Let’s try that again.
    It’s not a clear cache problem. A lot of other webs users been telling me the same thing.

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      Irina
      Nov 09, 2011 - 03:56 PM

      @Dom: Please keep in mind that a lot of issues can play into the speed with which your website loads. Anything from amount of information you have on your website page to if the information was copied from another source to your internet connection.

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    Nov 09, 2011 - 03:35 PM

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    Pool Cleaners, Pool Shops, Pool Pumps
    Nov 10, 2011 - 02:02 AM

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    Farrukh
    Nov 10, 2011 - 02:12 AM

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    Rex
    Nov 10, 2011 - 11:04 AM

    Check my site too and learn geometry :) It’s http://srmath.webs.com Thanks!

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    Vann Digital Networks
    Nov 10, 2011 - 11:56 PM

    I kicked my site to yall last week but I guess this paragraph:

    “As a parting note, we would like to offer one more tip. A lot of users that requested to be reviewed didn’t have clearly posted website mission. There seemed to be no information on what their website was about?”

    Apply to me as well huh???

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      Irina
      Nov 11, 2011 - 11:09 AM

      @Vann Digital Networks: You do have a mission statement on your website. It’s located right above the site address :)

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    Allen
    Nov 11, 2011 - 05:05 AM

    updated everyday, check this site out, and please make sure to register.

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    Vann Digital Networks
    Nov 11, 2011 - 11:50 AM

    @Irina

    Cant make it no clearer than that LOL!!!

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    Laina
    Nov 12, 2011 - 09:52 AM

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    randolph
    Nov 17, 2011 - 02:52 AM

    i created my website but it’s not on google, the help provided by the webs help, i read but i coldnot uinderstand it. also, i have members page on my website, but uploading photos is also an issue. members are begining to complain, what can i do? anybody with useful answers should please send a mail to phatfarm113@yahoo.com. thank you

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    Rex
    Nov 19, 2011 - 05:05 AM

    @randolph,

    It’s a whole lot of seo topic. Before your site appears on google you need to submit it to google and optimize your site for search engines (seo).

    I created a site today for my graphic designs. Please check it out http://kgraphx.webs.com Thanks! :)

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    Fred Kabogoza
    Nov 20, 2011 - 05:14 AM

    this is very interesting and i thank all the webs group for wat they brought to us.thanks

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    colin
    Nov 20, 2011 - 03:39 PM
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