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social network website: pingadd

Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:11 PM

hello world; I would like to introduce a website project that I made with a friend of mine;
I'm expecting your opinion about the idea, the design, the name (we're lost between pingplus.com and pingadd.com, scintek7.com is used just for testing...), ease of navigation, ... actually i'm open to any suggestion! if you have any question am here to answer

ps:
the website is not yet published but it's uploaded
you can create an account, or use this one (for lazy people): username=vuz, password=vuz
---> http://www.scintek7.com

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Re: social network website: pingadd

Posted 25 August 2011 - 09:04 PM

Quite frankly your designer and html coder need to be shot. If you're going for a social networking site there's one main rule: simplicity.

The user doesn't care about your "design finesse," they only want to use the service without things getting in the way. Good design is noticed, great design is transparent: live by it.

I would throw that design out a window, it's a cluttered mess as of now. You need a new designer to get this done right, unless your current one can suddenly learn all forms of design law and composition (of which they have no clue by the looks.)

Here are the things your designer NEEDS to know:
> Keep it simple
> DO NOT use images, whenever humanly possible, period. It slows load times.
> Learn color theory
> Learn composition
> Learn not to try and rip off facebook ideas
> Learn typography

You're attempting a high level professional site with a team of rank amateurs, this will end poorly unless there's a massive jump in experience. I would venture to say given the rest of the site the coding behind it is shaky as well.

I'm not saying not to go for it, but if you want this to go somewhere you have to step up your game to a whole new level. You're playing with the likes of facebook and google here, if you want to compete it's something else entirely.
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Re: social network website: pingadd

Posted 25 August 2011 - 10:49 PM

hi lemur;
well, am not gonna say the opposite, the team == my friend and I, both we done all the work. we're not web-designers. and -don't laugh- but there is NO good web designers where we live, so I improvised (1 or 2 HTML & CSS sleepless nights).
actually, I can't say this is a real project, because we've got:
- no dedicated server
- no marketing strategy
- no business plan
- no financial model, even no finance...
we're just trying to make something cool and different than other social networks, but we're totally "working in the vacuum"...
SORRY for my English :dontgetit:
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Posted 26 August 2011 - 08:12 AM

Just for a fun project I say it looks pretty cool. Can't wait till I can do something like that :)
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Re: social network website: pingadd

Posted 27 August 2011 - 09:36 AM

design updated...
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Posted 30 August 2011 - 11:55 AM

Much better on the header but I would make the links default text instead of bolding them and shrink them down a tad (1-2px or so)

I would also get rid of the join button and make both of them smaller.

Past that you have a fairly workable site, just work on your marketing and pitch for text around site. As of now it's unprofessional and really detracts from the site more than it helps it. I want to know why I should join, not that it'll be fun and you use smilies in text.

Learning to keep a professional image will be of substantial benefit later on, never underestimate its' value.
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Posted 29 October 2011 - 11:37 AM

Love it.
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