A web site that does exactly what it says on the tin....

A web site that does exactly what it says on the tin....

Post by Nige » Sat, 23 Apr 2005 15:12:54



I was talking to someone about how difficult it is to buy from a web site
nowadays. So many people have missed the point. As a web designer I was told
you should be able to buy something from a site in three clicks.

At last I found a site that allowed me to do this. It's called
www.modelbits.com and even if you don't buy anything it's worth taking a
look to see how functionality wins over looks every time.

I know some of the pages aren't up yet but from the update page you can see
things are actually being updated - wow what a concept :)

To prove what I mean, I asked my 11 year old son to add some rotor head
links for my Hummingbird V3 Helicopter to the shopping basket and he managed
to so easily it was a pleasure to watch.

 
 
 

A web site that does exactly what it says on the tin....

Post by Graha » Sat, 23 Apr 2005 18:49:47


Quote:

> At last I found a site that allowed me to do this. It's called
> www.modelbits.com and even if you don't buy anything it's worth taking a
> look to see how functionality wins over looks every time.


forgetful of which domains you own / create, or this is an ad for
modelbits, not a customer writeup...

Quote:
> To prove what I mean, I asked my 11 year old son to add some rotor head
> links for my Hummingbird V3 Helicopter to the shopping basket and he managed
> to so easily it was a pleasure to watch.

See first comments about ownership. I think you forgot to sustitute the
words "to test the site I created," for "To prove what I mean,".

If it's an ad, please make it clear it's an ad for your site. You'd lose
an awful lot less respect that way.

G.

--
Graham J. Platt
graham (a) bowhunter (d) demon (d) co (d) uk
TRA #10112 L2

 
 
 

A web site that does exactly what it says on the tin....

Post by Graha » Sat, 23 Apr 2005 18:56:34


Quote:

> I was talking to someone about how difficult it is to buy from a web site
> nowadays. So many people have missed the point. As a web designer I was told
> you should be able to buy something from a site in three clicks.

BTW, you also forgot the 'rockets' section - why advertise on RMR if you
don't sell rockets?

Nice looking site though.

G.
--
Graham J. Platt
graham (a) bowhunter (d) demon (d) co (d) uk
TRA #10112 L2

 
 
 

A web site that does exactly what it says on the tin....

Post by Nige » Sun, 24 Apr 2005 04:46:22


Rockets to be added shortly - just haven't got round to them yet.

I'm glad you liked the site :)

Thanks

Nigel.


Quote:

>> I was talking to someone about how difficult it is to buy from a web site
>> nowadays. So many people have missed the point. As a web designer I was
>> told you should be able to buy something from a site in three clicks.

> BTW, you also forgot the 'rockets' section - why advertise on RMR if you
> don't sell rockets?

> Nice looking site though.

> G.
> --
> Graham J. Platt
> graham (a) bowhunter (d) demon (d) co (d) uk
> TRA #10112 L2

 
 
 

A web site that does exactly what it says on the tin....

Post by Nige » Sun, 24 Apr 2005 04:45:30


Hi Graham,

I think I dropped one slightly here :(  Should have checked my e-mail
address before posting. I didn't mean to offend just trying a little site
promotion.

It was true about my son though and hopefully all purchases on the site
should be completed within 3-4 clicks. (Well that's what I'm aiming for).

Thanks for taking the time to write.

Best regards,

Nigel.


Quote:

>> At last I found a site that allowed me to do this. It's called
>> www.modelbits.com and even if you don't buy anything it's worth taking a
>> look to see how functionality wins over looks every time.


> forgetful of which domains you own / create, or this is an ad for
> modelbits, not a customer writeup...

>> To prove what I mean, I asked my 11 year old son to add some rotor head
>> links for my Hummingbird V3 Helicopter to the shopping basket and he
>> managed to so easily it was a pleasure to watch.

> See first comments about ownership. I think you forgot to sustitute the
> words "to test the site I created," for "To prove what I mean,".

> If it's an ad, please make it clear it's an ad for your site. You'd lose
> an awful lot less respect that way.

> G.

> --
> Graham J. Platt
> graham (a) bowhunter (d) demon (d) co (d) uk
> TRA #10112 L2

 
 
 

A web site that does exactly what it says on the tin....

Post by Graha » Sun, 24 Apr 2005 06:26:07


Quote:

> Rockets to be added shortly - just haven't got round to them yet.

> I'm glad you liked the site :)

Excellent - look forward to seeing the range :-) Really nice design, and
as you say, clear and easy to navigate.

G.
--
Graham J. Platt
graham (a) bowhunter (d) demon (d) co (d) uk
TRA #10112 L2

 
 
 

A web site that does exactly what it says on the tin....

Post by Marty Schrade » Sun, 24 Apr 2005 23:10:59


You might consider using an active script such as PHP for the menu
generator. That way any section that is currently out of service can be
disconnected in one place (greyed out, for instance) and the visitors won't
be so frustrated with clicking on links that go nowhere.

As an Old Fart I would also appreciate a slightly larger font, or just
using the default font size I set in my browser. There is no reason at all
to make the font size so tiny if the bulk of the page is whitespace anyway.

Also, consider having your text flow around the product images. There is a
lot of totally wasted whitespace surrounding the images that could be used
to increase data density on the pages by inserting text there.

You have a nice start to a commercial web site, but you need to do a lot of
research on user interface design and web usability studies. This stuff is
all available through Google searches.
--
Marty Schrader

Up and Over...

 
 
 

A web site that does exactly what it says on the tin....

Post by GD » Mon, 25 Apr 2005 00:20:21




Quote:
> Hi Graham,

> I think I dropped one slightly here :(  Should have checked my e-mail
> address before posting.

Umm...  you werent supposed to apologise for getting caught, you were
supposed to apologise for lying to us.

And wasnt your advertising a bit premature anyway?

Sorry the Planes page you are looking for has not yet been finished or
uploaded.

Sorry the Boats page you are looking for has not yet been finished or
uploaded.

Sorry the Gliders page you are looking for has not yet been finished or
uploaded.

Sorry the Race Trucks page you are looking for has not yet been finished or
uploaded.

Sorry the Previously Owned page you are looking for has not yet been
finished or uploaded.

Sorry the Sale page you are looking for has not yet been finished or
uploaded.

Sorry the Rockets page you are looking for doesnt even have a link to a
blank page yet despite us advertising in a rocketry forum.

 
 
 

A web site that does exactly what it says on the tin....

Post by Dave Grayvi » Mon, 25 Apr 2005 08:22:09


Quote:





>>>Hi Graham,

>>>I think I dropped one slightly here :(  Should have checked my e-mail
>>>address before posting.

>>Umm...  you werent supposed to apologise for getting caught, you were
>>supposed to apologise for lying to us.

>>And wasnt your advertising a bit premature anyway?

>>Sorry the Planes page you are looking for has not yet been finished or
>>uploaded.

>>Sorry the Boats page you are looking for has not yet been finished or
>>uploaded.

>>Sorry the Gliders page you are looking for has not yet been finished or
>>uploaded.

>>Sorry the Race Trucks page you are looking for has not yet been finished or
>>uploaded.

>>Sorry the Previously Owned page you are looking for has not yet been
>>finished or uploaded.

>>Sorry the Sale page you are looking for has not yet been finished or
>>uploaded.

>>Sorry the Rockets page you are looking for doesnt even have a link to a
>>blank page yet despite us advertising in a rocketry forum.

> That's just funny.

you're web site is much funnier.
 
 
 

A web site that does exactly what it says on the tin....

Post by Jerry Irvin » Mon, 25 Apr 2005 08:52:47




Quote:
> you're web site is much funnier.

Thank you.

--
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