MD at Socruise
11 March 2008 20:14pm
this is my first post!
just building a new social media site in the cruise sector, and would like some feedback because I'm at the stage where I will pass to the programmers to complete to go live in 4 weeks, most the links work, but it's still work in progress. and some of the graphics still need designing.
here goes www.socruise.com/test3
any comments good or bad please let me know, this is a simple phase 1, there will be more features, but this will take time, due to doing this in my spare time, which is very little with a 3 month old baby!
cheers Cruiseexpert... well sort off.
Commercial Director at Future Workshops
12 March 2008 09:59am
Looks like it has been nicely designed and built but here are some comments which may help:
- try to avoid scrolling so much on the homepage
- confused between most recent members and latest members
- there's just too much on the homepage
- too much valuable real estate is used unnecessarily (eg recent photos and recent members could just be images, 3 in a row?)
- deals (revenue generating?) are way down the bottom of the page!
- sign up to newsletter is hidden at bottom left!
- information architecture is not simple enough
- way too many main nav items (best practice says < 7)
- why host images yourself? why not link to them at a third party hosting provider?
- will users who already have images in say Facebook, Flicker, YouTube, etc. want to reload them in your site? Perhaps allow them to link?
Do you intend to raise funding for the site? If so, you may have a problem that it is built in .NET.
I'm guessing you'll be generating revenue from the deals / advertisers and sponsors. So you'll need to get page loads up quickly. How will you acquire users quickly and cheaply? One thing you could do is build a Facebook app and an Open Social app and advertise these in the respective social networks (Facebook, Bebo, myspace, etc.)
The main thing that is confusing me is whether this is a social network or a portal with community functionality. Not that it really matters but it might help to be really clear on positioning.
On 20:14:20 11 March 2008 cruiseexpert wrote:
>this is my first post!
>just building a new social media site in the cruise
>sector, and would like some feedback because I'm at the
>stage where I will pass to the programmers to complete to
>go live in 4 weeks, most the links work, but it's still
>work in progress. and some of the graphics still need
>here goes www.socruise.com/test3
>any comments good or bad please let me know, this is a
>simple phase 1, there will be more features, but this will
>take time, due to doing this in my spare time, which is
>very little with a 3 month old baby!
>cheers Cruiseexpert... well sort off.
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