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Website of the Week: BoysOnTheBaize.co.uk

It may only be Monday but that doesn’t mean we can’t have another Website of the Week!

This time we’ve got BoysOnTheBaize.co.uk. I think that many people try to pack too much into their sites, but this one shows that you can often achieve a lot more by keeping it simple. These suppliers of quality hand-made leather cue cases clearly know a thing or two about design. The homepage features simple rotating hero images with some customer reassurance. Each product page is clearly laid out. And its all finished off with a simple PayPal call to action.

Website Address:

www.boysonthebaize.co.uk

When did you build your website?

May 2010

Why did you build a website?

To sell leather snooker cue cases

What do you like best about your website?

Crisp clean look

What is your best website building tip?

Spend time looking around to find websites you like the look of. Starting from scratch without any idea of what you would like to achieve can lead to many hours of wasted ‘tweeking’.

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Website of the Week: VectisInvestigations.com

I’m on top of this thing now: here’s another Website of the Week.

What is it with paranormal investigators? I’m happy to say that they like building websites with WebEden! Here is VectisInvestigations.com, a team based in the beautiful Isle of Wight (I think Vectis is Latin for Isle of Wight, isn’t it?).

This site is content rich, well themed, and uses lots of tricks – from YouTube to Widgetbox widgets and share buttons. The subject might not be your cup of team, but the site has already racked up 25,000 visitors – a healthy number in anyone’s book!

Website Address:

www.vectisinvestigations.com

When did you build your website?

January 2009 roughly

Why did you build a website?

This website shows all our hard work in trying to prove the paranormal exist’s and creating a place where everyone can share in all the Investigations we have and are still to achieve.

What do you like best about your website?

We love HTML’s wish there was more social widgets, we also love the fact that we have our own videos and its all our own work.

What is your best website building tip?

Never quit, keep on going. We have been going near 18 months and I still find new and exciting ways to make the website easier for all to use.

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Website of the Week: pure-elegance-weddings.co.uk

OK OK, gimme a BREAK! The last Website of the Week should have been called ‘Website of 2 Weeks’ as my hols interrupted the flow somewhat! But here we are, back with another one.

This week it’s pure-elegance-weddings.co.uk. Many websites go too far: they try to do too many different things, use too many styles, encorporate too many ideas. This website sticks to a design and remains consistent. As a consequence it’s easy to navigate and gain information from. Far better to have a simple, consistent design than to cram too much in.

Website Address:

http://www.pure-elegance-weddings.co.uk

When did you build your website?

September 2009

Why did you build a website?

I am a disabled woman who wanted to start up my own business, after doing some research I realized that there were no Wedding Planners who specialized in disabled weddings.

So I found a home learning school who offered the course in wedding planning. I took the course and passed. Once I passed, I needed a website to advertise my business and expertise, already having a couple of sites with webeden, who better to go with for my business site.

What do you like best about your website?

I love how easy it was to create my site from scratch. As I obviously need to stand out from other wedding planner sites, I like the templates supplied but I wanted something different and unique. The price is also incredible considering you get 5 sites included. Also how easy it is too if you wish to change something as the tool bar is very easy to use.

What is your best website building tip?

I love the photo gallery options and how you can have your picture enlarged when clicked upon.

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Website of the Week: StudentBuddies.com

It may only be Monday but I still reckon it’s time for another Website of the Week!

This time we’ve got StudentBuddies.com, an ‘essential guide to University in Scotland’. To start with, design wise there’s a lot of cohesion and continuity to this site.

The homepage directs new users to pages where they can ask questions about uni life; learn about how to apply; get help with funding; and read a guide to university life. The homepage makes great use of the HTML widget, including a Twitter feed and an RSS feed from the forum.

Even though its just a couple of months old the website has already racked up over 8,000 visitors.

Website Address:

www.studentbuddies.com

When did you build your website?

June 2010

Why did you build a website?

Wanted to create a website specifically for students studying at Scottish universities to provide information and create an online community.

What do you like best about your website?

Bright colours – i feel its very attractive and eye-caatching and easy to follow.

What is your best website building tip?

Keep it simple but fun and make sure you give your users what they want.

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Website of the Week: RockingVicar.com

It’s Thursday, I’m excited, and its time for Website of the Week!

This week is the turn of RockingVicar.com. I promise you I don’t know these guys, but I seriously think its one of the strongest sites I’ve seen. There’s great continuity and consistency in the design, and the content is engaging, interesting and fresh. It’s feature rich too – the site makes use of lots of interactive widgets. Here’s a bit more:

Website Address:

www.rockingvicar.com

When did you build your website?

August 2006

Why did you build your website?

We built it for a client who eventually handed it over to us and we haven’t looked back.

What do you like best about your website?

It’s the best way to bang on about the music we love without friends and family telling us to shut up! Users tell us they enjoy it too.

What is your best website building tip?

Less is more – don’t add anything that isn’t necessary. Space is your friend, clutter is your enemy. Make the navigation foolproof and try to look at your site as a visitor not a webmaster. Oh – and content is still king.

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Website of the Week: TheKnowList.com

Yes – my favourite day – it’s Website of the Week! I think you’re going to like this one, here comes TheKnowList.com.

TheKnowList.com is ‘a fresh new source for Legal Technology resources’. They help senior bods in legal organisations find good technology to improve their business.

When it comes to design, this website is very tight. There’s great use of the HTML snippet to bring data in from other sites. They’ve used drop shadow on images and logos with great effect. And the site has plenty of features, including social bookmarking, forms, and there’s even documents for download.

Website Address:

www.TheKnowList.com

When did you build your website?
Last month. May 2010. I spent a day sat in Green Park in London planning it out on my notepad and then a full day in Starbucks by Savile Row on wi-fi designing it. Entire site only took 10 hours from beginning to end. 4 lattes. 2 innocent smoothies. 1 marmite pannini and 3 packets of biscuits.

Why did you build a website?
We started a new company and saw a gap in the market for a modern looking high content site.

What do you like best about your website?
I built it myself, without any web design skills and I think it looks good.

What is your best website building tip?
White space, clear text and graphics – and keep the content fresh
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Website of the Week: PembrokeshireBeyond.co.uk

Time for another Website of the Week. This time we’ve got PembrokeshireBeyond.co.uk.

I don’t think that this website design is going to be everyone’s cup of tea. But what PembrokeshireBeyond.co.uk get so right is the two way interactivity between themselves and you, the visitor.

They’ve got video, polls, a Facebook Faces unit, a newsletter form, a Twitterfeed (follow @Pembsbeyond), full membership, a forum, and the donate buttons. The site gives visitors a real sense of community.

Website Address:
www.pembrokeshirebeyond.co.uk

When did you build your website?
Started in December 2009, and still tweaking and adding now.

Why did you build a website?
We needed to get the word out on our investigations and findings, a website is the most cost effective option :)

What do you like best about your website?
The community aspect, having all the members in one easy place :) I also like how easy it is to interlink it with social media sites :)

What is your best website building tip?
Take your time, experiment and have fun. Always remember the end users experience is what counts :)

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How to boost your website conversion rate in 7 easy steps

Did you know, the average visitor spends just 5 seconds on your website before deciding whether to stay or leave?

This make it so important to grab their attention, and get them to do something, using a ‘call to action’. This ‘action’ could be reading an article, clicking a link, leaving their details or buying a product.

Here’s my top 7 ways to improve your web pages so that visitors respond to your call to action. You can do ’em all with the WebEden Website Builder!

1. Make sure your buttons are BIG!

Seems a bit Alice in Wonderland, but if you want someone to do something, give them a great big button to press. Make sure the big button is:

*above the fold
*a contrasting, bold colour
*Includes some action text like ‘buy’, ‘order’, ‘sign up’.

Don’t be worried about repeating your call to action elsewhere on the page. Keep it the same size, and in the same vertical line if possible.

2. Give your visitors a reason to act

If you’re selling a product, or want your visitors to do something else, make sure you let them know why they should! A picture of a product won’t sell it alone, you need to list the benefits.

*Sell it with a headline
*Use a supporting image
*Add benefits in bullet points
*consider adding customer testimonials
*Make good use of white space
*Avoid blocks of text – 50 words max

But make sure these benefits don’t compete with the call to action for your visitors’ attention

3. Don’t give your visitors a choice

If you give your visitors a choice between two or more calls to action, many will dither, and some would sooner leave your site than make that choice.

Simplify your pages so that you funnel visitors towards your desired action, and don’t let them consider alternatives.

4. Create a unique page for every product

Not only does this give you a chance of grabbing more traffic from the search engines, it also lets you showcase each product in the best way, and without choice.

5.    Have to have more than 1 product per page?

If you can’t get away from offering more than 1 product per page, help your website visitors decide by highlight 1 product with extra benefits. This might be ‘most popular choice’ or ‘best value’ or it might be the product with the biggest discount.

6.    Let your users buy from every page

If you list your products on the homepage, a category page and an individual page, make sure visitors have the option of buying them from every one. Make it easy to buy – not hard.

7.    Test your theories

If you’re not sure which layout works best, try them all and then:

*Ask a friend what they think
*Submit your alternatives to our forum to get feedback
*Submit your website to 5 second test to get feedback
*try to test which version sells more products

That’s it

If you want your website visitors to do something on your site, then make it clear what that is, give them no choice, and make it easy for them to do.

Got an experience of changing design and improving (or ruining!) results? Leave us a comment below.

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Website of the Week: ILoveMenorca.co.uk

I know, I know: the last website of the week has been around for two, but gimme a break, I’ve been off!

This time its ILoveMenorca.co.uk which has been put together by GrumpyDog.co.uk, the ‘one stop shop for information on the beautiful island of Menorca’.

This is another big website, with lots of information about everything from where to eat and drink, to local fiestas and car hire. There’s photos, videos, games and a forum – plenty of rich content.

Website address?
www.ilovemenorca.co.uk

When did you build your Site?
I began in February and built it slowly in my spare time.As i’m new to all this, i just took it at my own pace.

Why did you build your Site?
I used to live on the island and still have alot of contacts living there.The island has alot more to offer than your general package holiday so i thought i would set up the site. It gives me a link to the island and the site was built out of love for the island.

What do you like best about your Site?
I like the fact that for a complete pc novice , i have been able to set it up easily using the webeden tools.It allows me to learn a new skill and be in contact with the likeminded island lovers that have used the site and joined my facebook page.

What is your Website tip?
Enjoy doing it or there is no point. If you don’t enjoy it then i think it would show on you’re overall site. Experiment with all the tools and if you don’t know something ask the webeden team.

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Website of the Week: ChrissToeTappers.co.uk

I reckon its about time for another Website of the Week!

This time its ChrissToeTappers.co.uk by Chris Rhydder. I really like this site, despite the fact that it goes against a few design conventions.

To start wih Chris has used an intro page – which tends to be less common these days. But rather than preventing the visitor from getting to the content, it gives them a taste of the fun that lies behind it.

There’s lots of content on the site. Chris (a keen Twitter-er) has added his Twitter feed; there’s music; calendars; and some use of the HTML widget too.

Website address
http://www.chrisstoetappers.co.uk

When did you build your Site?

I began thinking about building a website at the beginning of 2009, but my site was finally launched on 1st March 2009. Since then I’ve made quite a few changes and have tried lots of different things to try and improve it for my visitors.

Why did you build your Site?

After Teaching Adult Tap Dancing for 25 years we finally felt that we should launch oursleves on the world wide web!! And it was also a great way to keep all our students updated without having to ring or write to them all the time!!

What do you like best about your Site?
I like the fact that it’s easy to maintain (because I’m NO Computer genius believe me!!).
I also like the face that it was straight forward & not too complicated to set up!! Made life much easier I can tell you!!!!

What is your Website tip?

Play around, experiment and have fun with your site when you get going!! Try lots of different features so that you get a feel of what works for your site!!
I’d also say that another tip is to make sure your site is clear and easily accessible for your visitors, as if it’s too complicated then it can put people off visiting!!

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