I just joined SUN and thought I`d jump in with both feet!
just went live about a month and half ago. It provides visitors with a searchable database of companies nationwide offering free birthday treats to adults, kids and pets. They can search by state to find local treats and by business category (entertainment, restaurant, retailer, travel).
I created the website myself using Expression Web. I have created/edited websites before so I have some basic HTML experience, but I had no CSS or ASP skills at all. To learn this program, I bought some training DVD`s from Total Training, read several posts on some forums and got to work.
I also created the shell of the database in Access 7 (never had experience with the program either), then hired a db person to further develop it. I was lucky because this person also knew some asp/VB and was able to help connect the db with the server. Whew!
I`ve tested it in IE7, FireFox and in IE6 (which isn`t really compatible). The pages linked to the database seem slow, but I`m not sure I can do anything about that other than transferring everything to SQL.
I wanted to create something fresh and new that will attract several different demographics: college students, singles/couples (of all ages), parents, pet owners and business owners. It had to be clean, simple, and easy to navigate. Something people would feel comfortable forwarding on to others. And I`d like to make an income from it.
I`m looking for feedback on:
1) Overall appearance - colors, images, layout, etc.
2) Functionality - navigation, browsers, db search function, speed
3) Content: Too wordy, not wordy enough
4) Any other tips/suggestions/advice.
Thank you so much!