View Full Version : Website enhancing. First time here.

04-13-2004, 11:57 AM
Hello people. I am Lee and i work for my parents. I design their webiste for their store Called The Head Nut.
The Head Nut (http://www.theheadnut.com)

Its a coffee spices tea nuts and dried fruit store and i am trying to enhance it and gain better ranking on search engines. I am having issues with the Title Part where it ranks it and how it scores it on SEO sites. Any ideas on where i should enhance?

04-13-2004, 11:59 AM
You are looking to enhance to make your site better SEO? Or just better overall?

04-13-2004, 12:01 PM
overall but also to ensure better ranking on search engines. Better results higher ranking means more business and traffic. But i am trying to do major enahncements.

04-13-2004, 12:14 PM
I know I can't really speak but I don't like the design...

There are some nice coffee bean templates on mytemplatestorage sites, such as www.templatestorm.com & www.templatepark.com

04-13-2004, 12:17 PM
Its ok incka your entitled to your opinion and i am open to all and any critizism and comments. What is it that you dislike about the design is the tables? I am not sure as to if tables are in now or not?

04-13-2004, 12:21 PM
Compare it against you competition:


You need a layout, your just doing content.

04-13-2004, 12:32 PM
I agree with Incka I'm afraid. It just looks a bit plain at the moment. You need some nice graphics / pictures to "spice" (<cough> sorry!) it up a bit.

As far as SEO is concerned... if you're talking generally, follow some of the articles on this site. If you have anything you're not clear about, feel free to ask.

04-13-2004, 12:43 PM
Here is an issue also i have ran into. Is the Page Title issue scoring low on SEO.


See what i mean

04-13-2004, 12:43 PM
No offence but no would trust would buy from a site that looks like itís made by a 9 year old (sorry). The site is giving your business an unprofessional look.

04-13-2004, 12:45 PM
Unfortunately what i have learned and done is by my own i havent had as much practice as alot of ya'll because i also do weather forecasting. And work like 70+ hours a week some weeks near 90. But i am also working on the site also little by little.

04-13-2004, 12:58 PM
I would recommend buying a layout then, but since you may not know how to edit layouts and stuff, try downloading a free layout, playing around with, and then buy a good layout.

Free Layouts: http://www.freelayouts.com/

04-13-2004, 08:04 PM
LMolineux, that design is pretty bad. I suggest looking around for a free/cheap template that you can edit to suit your needs.
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04-13-2004, 08:43 PM
I agree the site could use some work, but I also think something is better than nothing. In other words, it's better to have a site published, even if it needs a lot of work, than to not be there at all. A famous management guru used to say "ready, fire, aim".

I also think "slick" sites can be overdone. Would you rather get your nuts from a nut dealers website or from a web designer selling nuts? I think many buyers will make allowances for the small business that is trying hard.


04-14-2004, 05:56 AM
You could get a custom design done at a place like designoutpost.com for a couple hundred.

04-14-2004, 06:41 AM
Eventually i will get it but untill then i will be playing with it. The front page isnt half bad is it?

04-14-2004, 06:51 AM
Sorry but I wouldn't carry on through your site if I was just browsing around. It's not very inviting and is hard to browse. Some CSS tricks could neaten it up a bit.

04-14-2004, 07:21 AM
Mike like what any ideas on how i can do that? I Know i have to scale it down bigtime and also include as many products as possible. Basically one day i hope to have almost every single item we sell in the store on the site. I know that will be massive. But it would be good.

Did you notice i placed a Site Index. Much nicer. I know it is more for professionals but i am trying to display that i am getting there.

04-14-2004, 03:02 PM
I am making some major improvements.
Old look of the nuts section (http://www.theheadnut.com/nutsonly.html)
NEW Look of the NUTS section (http://www.theheadnut.com/nuts.html)

Do ya'll aprove?

04-14-2004, 06:52 PM
Not really. All I see is a table. I wouldn't call that a design.

If you are selling online, why not use an online shopping cart script like oscommerce ( http://www.oscommerce.com ). It's free and pretty easy to use. All you'd need is a webhost that has php & mysql (most do). See an example here: http://www.cbswords.com

That way you can buy a cheap oscommerce template and edit it to you liking.
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04-15-2004, 11:29 AM
OZ how much can be added or fixed? I am trying to get it to that one day. I know its not going to happen overnight and all.