Alright guys I know that my website is in bad condition and needs to be professionally designed. Be honest and tell me what and how I can fix on my current site to make it more effective.
I agree with everything Christina wrote.
For the drop-down menu, I don`t feel you have enough items to necessitate this kind of menu. So I`d recommend simply including the sub-items under each main category (perhaps indented or perhaps a slightly smaller font). This way they are upfront on the page and the visitor doesn`t have to take the extra step to rollover each category to see them.
I think you should change the top "neon" green to something a little darker (to help your white title stand out) and a different color other than green (to play off Christina`s comment about too much green). I`d also recommend keeping your body links the standard blue underline. It will also help tone down the green everywhere and the links will feel more "clickable" for your website visitors.
All your subpages do break in Firefox (which is becoming a more ubiquous browser), so you should do some testing to isolate the problem and fix it. The page copy seems to be starting in the left column on all the pages with the menu floating on top of it.
Overall, I would say your site is not in bad condition. With a few tweaks it should be an effective site.
Thanks guys for the advice. It`s really hard to correct the visual things like pixelated images and things with the template service that I`m using.
Alright what else anybody else want to chime in?
How about some content, formating, and general usability feedback. If you were a potential customer what information would you want but that`s not there.
1. yes it is a template service that I`m using and yes I know that it`s horrible.
2. I know that the graphics are bad and it`s because they need cleaned up in Photoshop and it`s a template service.
Keep the advice coming but lets try and avoid the obvious issues.
Thanks to everyone who has given advice and keep it coming.
I would hire a professional designer (and no, I am not one nor would I try and sell you anything design related). I tried cooking up my own page and no matter what, it looked ametuerish. I also have more important things to do than sit for several hours getting frustrated with photoshop or whatever tool you`re using. Focus on the content, layout and running your business, and let a pro make the pretty pictures. You have one chance to make a first impression, and just as I would doubt you`d try to design and manufacture your own suit for a business meeting, don`t try to design your own site.
There are some things that are better off being outsourced!