Posts tagged with Site Review

TripAdvisor: mobile site review

Travel review site TripAdvisor launched the full version of its mobile website recently, having already tested the concept with a beta version. 

TripAdvisor mobile site

I've been trying the new mobile site out...


Selfridges: site review HomepageOn Monday, after a year of industry rumours and hushed gossip, luxury retailer Selfridges launched their full commerce offering, having previously only sold sundries such as hampers online.

As someone who spends an inordinate amount of time looking at pretty bags, I couldn't but help get stuck in with a site review.

21 comments launches with £2.5m funding, a furniture retailer which 'cuts out the middle man' launched yesterday, backed by £2.5m in funding from Brent Hoberman, PROfounders and others. 

The company was founded by entrepreneur Ning Li, and aims to bring down the cost of furniture by cutting out the wholesaler and the retailer and selling direct to the public. 

I've been taking a look at the new site... 


Boden: site review

Clothing retailer Boden recently relaunched its website, with a new look, and some new features, such as an 'outfit maker', and more product videos. 

I've been taking a closer look at the new site, as well as watching some other users trying to browse and select items from Boden... 


10 heinous usability crimes committed by Playmobil

In the comments of a recent article by Matt Curry on e-commerce platforms and Javascript, Playmobil was mentioned as an example of particularly poor usability. 

One of the problems that Matt found was the threat to lock users out of the site for 24 hours if questions were answered incorrectly, which is astonishing.

There are plenty more user experience crimes to be found on the site though, and if Playmobil wants to make the most of the online channel, then it should look into solving the following issues, if not redesigning the whole site... 


BOOKSetc: site review

Following in the footsteps of Zavvi and Woolworths, BOOKSetc has emerged from administration as a web-only business, with a new version of the site launched this week. 

The BOOKSetc brand name, as well as the database of customers from Borders UK, have been purchased by Capital Ideas Retail Ltd, which already has two other e-commerce sites. 

I have been reviewing the site, but it has crashed this morning under the weight of what it calls 'overwhelming traffic', which suggests that the site wasn't fully prepared for the launch.  Here's my review so far...

2 comments mobile site review

Italian fashion retailer runs online stores in Europe, North America and Japan, with a global average of 5.9m monthly unique visitors. 

I recently came across the mobile site, which looks to be a good example of how to do mobile commerce. I've been taking a closer look at the site...

Yoox mobile


Laithwaites: site review

Wine retailer Laithwaites has launched a new version of its website to improve the user experience and provide more help for customers in their wine selection.

I've been talking a look at the new Laithwaites site, which is powered by ATG...

Laithwaites homepage


Site review: National Rail Enquiries redesign

National Rail Enquiries relaunched its website last month, giving the site a much needed makeover.

The site was redesigned by Fortune Cookie, and at first glance, seems to be a massive improvement on the old version with a fresher, cleaner look. How well does it perform for users though?


Best of 2009: 24 e-commerce sites reviewed

While online retailers are generally improving when it comes to usability there are still plenty of areas for improvement.

Retailers such as Asda, Debenhams and M&S have made some good improvements to their sites, while sites such as Kiddicare and The Book Depository offer excellent examples, though some, such as Woolworths and Whistles, could do a lot better. 

Here's a selection of the e-commerce site reviews we've done on the Econsultancy blog this year..


Site review: Officer's Club

Officer's Club was, along with Woolworths and Zavvi, one of the casualties of the credit crunch, going into administration this time last year, though the company was purchased and has recently relaunched online.

I've been trying out the new Officer's Club website, which was designed by Lost Ferret...


Site review: Gieves and Hawkes

Savile Row tailor Gieves and Hawkes launched its first transactional website last week, aiming to bring the brand to a wider audience online.

I've been taking a look at the new site, which was designed by Pod1, to see how well it works. It looks good at first glance, but is it a case of form over function?