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08-13-2010 11:18 PM  8 years agoPost 1
hockeysew

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Hey all
For the last 3 years I have been doing the Gunsmithing for a dealer in town. It was a pretty good deal but myself and the owner of the shop couldnt come to terms on a couple of things business to business so I decided to part ways and go 100% independant.
I had a gal build my website and I think she did a decent job on it and I wanted your input.
Look it over and tell me what you think. What is it lacking-what tweaks would make it more effective?
Thanks

http://www.bptacticalservices.com/

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08-13-2010 11:49 PM  8 years agoPost 2
hulley

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I thought it looked pretty good. Nothing stood out as missing or hard to find. Perhaps a Gallery of the work you have done. Gun Nutz (myself included) like to see pictures, and pic of work/customization you have done would be the icing on the cake. I wish you great luck on your buisness.

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08-14-2010 12:49 AM  8 years agoPost 3
Roundwords

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You can have the best looking website on the planet, but it will do you no good if no one can find it. I did a Google search for Northglenn gunsmiths and your site did not come up. You need to look into optimizing your site for search engines so that people looking for a gunsmith in your area can find your site. The saying "build it and they will come" does not work for website, you will have to do some SEO.

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08-14-2010 02:06 AM  8 years agoPost 4
EvoFlight50

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I think overall it looks great. There are a couple things I would say might make it a little more customer friendly, it's only my opinion so take it for what it's worth.

All the font is gray, it kind of makes it a little blah to read. It doesn't really pop. For example, under services it's hard to tell the different sections. The headings are bold, but they don't really seperate the page into sections bc they're the same color as the rest of the font as well as the background.

The beginning of the services section should be adjusted a little bit for ease of reading and to make it look a little better. Maybe a colon after needs and then indent the 7 manufacturers you listed. Then after that skip a line.

Overall I think it's a great start. I think it just needs to be tweaked here and there to make it a little more inviting and pleasing to the eye. Good luck!

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08-14-2010 02:25 AM  8 years agoPost 5
falcon447

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Greetings:

I agree with what EvoFlight had to say about your site. The only thing I would add is to define what "P.O.R." is.

I like the website and I think it is done in a professional manner and shows that it was not done by a kid. That said, you might show some previous work that you have done to show off your work.

Best of luck and I have bookmarked you for later use myself!

Brian

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08-14-2010 02:57 AM  8 years agoPost 6
jcrack_corn

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pictures of mods/setups you have done (a portfolio) would be great so people can see whats possible

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08-14-2010 02:58 AM  8 years agoPost 7
fla heli boy

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08-14-2010 03:36 AM  8 years agoPost 8
dilberteinstein

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You can have the best looking website on the planet, but it will do you no good if no one can find it. I did a Google search for Northglenn gunsmiths and your site did not come up. You need to look into optimizing your site for search engines so that people looking for a gunsmith in your area can find your site. The saying "build it and they will come" does not work for website, you will have to do some SEO.
Take a look here and see if this helps:

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source...458e4e508556f10

Best of luck

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08-14-2010 03:38 AM  8 years agoPost 9
Girard Ibanez

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All the above comments are good.

1) Create an About Us page and put "A little bit about who we are: ..... " in that page.

2) Your Services page is cluttered. Us the Html code <HR> to create a division line between each type of services. Or just define the table properties to add color to the top line in your CSS.

3) Another tip that I try to follow (not really) is the length of information on the page. If it's too long most readers won't scroll to the bottom. Not sure what the basic rule of thumb is but you can google it.

4) Glad your not using flash. Sure it's the new wave of web design standard but for me I like the simple html / css design.

5) Most readers glance at the website looking at pictures, (eye catching), then to read. Look at several websites for things you like and dislike and apply that to your site. This gives you a different perspective kind of like looking outside the box.


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08-14-2010 04:45 AM  8 years agoPost 10
fritzthecat

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Ok, I used to have a website so here are some notes:

- The Site is depressing. Grey background, grey font, light grey font, white font. Then a pic of a silver (light grey) gun on a dark grey background. And a few eyesearing red lines.

- Services page is too long and cluttered. If you have to scroll then the page is too long. Everyone has ADD. The services listed end up a depressing mash of grey.

- No pictures. Which are a 1,000 words each. You need a portfolio of your work to show off. Maybe some reviews from satisfied customers.

You are selling a service. The index page must be professional. "Soothing", Simple, able to capture attention, have a way to access all othe parts of the site.

Services page should be separated. With a cool pic heading each section. And each section should be one page. And not grey.

Oh, and make it compatible with mobile devices (iPhone / Droid / iTampon etc)

Fritz


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08-14-2010 06:46 AM  8 years agoPost 11
hockeysew

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Thank you all for your input. I agree on the SEO and the gal who did it for me discussed this. We will get there but I am in the situation of $0 capitol right now and can only take baby steps. As a little cash rolls in I will add another page with some pics-gotta find the damn memory card with all the photos
Fritz- I gotta love your candor
I wanted to incorporate my favorite colors which are red and silver/grey.
I cant agree more with breaking up the services page. The gal who built the sight is not really firearm saavy and I sent the text broken the way I want but I dont think she got the scheme completly. I will be meeting her next Weds. to go over a couple of things.
1) Create an About Us page and put "A little bit about who we are: ..... " in that page.
That is in my home page.

Keep the suggestions rolling and:
THANK YOU

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08-14-2010 07:30 AM  8 years agoPost 12
Saint728

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I think it looks pretty good. I would definitely look at other custom gun websites and see what they have done, then incorporate it into your website. Pictures are worth a 1,000 words and I like to see pictures, especially of custom guns and close ups of the work done. This is a gunsmith I use and his website has lots of pictures to see all the different work he does. http://www.tjscustomgunworks.com/

Take Care,
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08-14-2010 03:14 PM  8 years agoPost 13
fla heli boy

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not a bad site Saint. But, and maybe it's just me, I can't take RED text the way he has it. Just kills my eyes.

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08-14-2010 03:35 PM  8 years agoPost 14
fritzthecat

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Aside from the webpage...
If you have not already - Incorporate. Sub S or LLC. All it takes is for one idiot to get hurt with a gun you worked on to end up getting sued.
Then find a good accountant to handle the business money. Do not frak with the IRS.

Fritz


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08-14-2010 08:57 PM  8 years agoPost 15
hockeysew

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If you have not already - Incorporate. Sub S or LLC. All it takes is for one idiot to get hurt with a gun you worked on to end up getting sued.
Then find a good accountant to handle the business money. Do not frak with the IRS.
LLC-Federally licensed and insured.
To keep the tax structure simple I am service/labor only. I have the customer supply their own parts. I dont want to deal with sales tax.

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08-14-2010 09:11 PM  8 years agoPost 16
A. Bundy

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They gray on more gray was hard to read but site is good.

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08-14-2010 10:43 PM  8 years agoPost 17
George Matthews

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The only issue I see is your location.
I think you should be located in Toledo Ohio

George Matthews

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08-15-2010 01:49 AM  8 years agoPost 18
Girard Ibanez

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Quote
1) Create an About Us page and put "A little bit about who we are: ..... " in that page.

That is in my home page.
Correct me if I'm wrong, your homepage can be about any thing, and in this instance the below quote hits the hammer on the nail.
You are selling a service. The index page must be professional. "Soothing", Simple, able to capture attention, have a way to access all othe parts of the site.
With the above suggestive input, the readers are captured to your professional service / product. Once you gain their interest further research is done on who you are "The About Us" page.

As for zero dollars/capitol, it doesn't take much if any $$$ to build a website. You already have the main ingredient, the domain name and the host. Building web pages are simple and requires only a small portion of your time to get the field of how to do it.

To start learning, just right click and view the source code of your site. You can download for free WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor or use notepad.

If you have questions, their are html / css forums that can assist you. So no $$$$ needed, just a little time invested.

Here's my site MyRaptor, it's design on providing the information to the reader. It's my first website and when through a lot of learning curves. There are no table and strictly CSS. Another goal was navigation. To navigate within each page without hitting the back button, making it user friendly. The code is buggy but hey, I'm not a webmaster.

Use Filezilla to up load your web pages. It's a free FTP client. Also, Fire Fox has some great add ons for view and editing CSS / Html codes.


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08-16-2010 01:38 AM  8 years agoPost 19
rcjon

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Nice. Just needs some hot babes.

Good luck.

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