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nvb

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Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Sat, 01/7/06 9:40 PM (permalink)
Just got it up and would like to know if you see problems. Load times and such. Still lots to go I'm afraid.

www.bbqcorner.net
 
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    RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Sun, 01/8/06 12:24 AM (permalink)
    No problem with load times. It all looks good to me in general. However:

    I do find the blue color of the words on the "About Us" page very difficult to read, especially in the spots where it is backed by the building and the bushes. I would either do all the words in red on this page or "fade" the background picture like you do the Coke bottles on the "Grill Menu" page. The same goes for the black printing on the turkey on the "Specials" page. (Either go to perhaps a bright blue or green for a better contrast or "fade" the turkey picture.) By the way, the fine print after "(13-14" on this page I find almost totally un-readable.

    On the "BBQ Menu" page, I have a question. Below the Rib Dinner (1/2 lb w/2 sides & toast), you list 1/4 lb. ribs substituted...add $1.00 Substituted for what? Do you mean for your extra $1, you get 1/4 lb. ribs instead of 1/2 lb. ribs? Or you get 3/4 lbs ribs, but no sides and toast? Or you get 3/4 lb. ribs with sides and toast (which would be 1/4 lb. ribs added, not substituted)? Also on that page, to read properly the "*Add Cheese" listing should be between the "Sandwich Plate" and the "Poorboy" listings, since you can add cheese to the sandwiches, while the Poorboy already has cheese on it. My other question on this page is about the "Chocolate........$2.75" below the "Fruit Cobbler" category. Chocolate what? Chocolate cobbler? Hot chocolate?

    Sorry to be so picky, but you did ask for suggestions.
     
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      buckeye1

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      RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Sun, 01/8/06 2:21 AM (permalink)
      I would agree that the background needs to be faded out to some degree or the overlying menu is very hard to see. Do you plan to change the background seasonally or leave the winter scene? (that poinsettia on the table may not be a draw in July)

      I'm not all about paying $3.99 for a baked potato unless there's something special about it (loaded w/cheese, sour cream, bacon) - otherwise your prices are very reasonable.

      On the gallery, "dining room" is misspelled "dinning room".

      I would like to see a glove on that hand rubbing a brisket, and I'm sure the health department would too.

      I suggest adding your address and phone number on the page with the map so that people could print it out and know what address they're looking for (and call if they're lost).

      Overall a very good effort on your part. Good luck...
       
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        nvb

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        RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Sun, 01/8/06 12:37 PM (permalink)
        I haven't ingnored the comments made, as I've been working on correcting them. Hopefully the rib substitution reads better now. Softened up some backgrounds so they are easier to read and have generally been house cleaning. Thanks!

        And the potato is loaded.
         
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          enginecapt

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          RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Sun, 01/8/06 10:36 PM (permalink)
          Overly busy backgrounds chase people away, and that's exactly what happened to me after the menu background of those smoking meats kicked in. Until it kicked in the menu background was black and 100% readable and easy on the eyes, perfectly contrasted to your text. People tend to overdo the theme related bright and shiny objects on their sites, and that's exactly what you did with that menu. Ugh. Too much Mr. Slick. The K.I.S.S. principle applies to all websites, and is the principle most often abused.
           
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            RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Mon, 01/9/06 1:27 AM (permalink)
            Very much improved.....Much, much better!

            I now see I was totally wrong on what I thought the "substitution" applied to.

            The turkey on the "Specials" page could be faded a little, as the small print is still a little hard to read after the turkey picture kicks in.
             
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              UncleVic

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              RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Mon, 01/9/06 2:35 AM (permalink)
              With the light grey / almost white background on the BBQ Menu page, and then having white text on top makes it hard to read... (Using Mozilla Firefox, 17" LCD)

               
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                Fieldthistle

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                RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Mon, 01/9/06 6:14 AM (permalink)
                Hello All,
                Slick, I have always watched with interest and respect when you make comments at roadfood.com.. You are a smart and good
                businessman. Now you are having a website. My admiration grows. I know it takes much time and hard work to construct
                one, so I hope that anything I write will be taken as constructive, because I think you are doing a good job with it.
                1. I have a hard time reading the small print on the side menu. It maybe the colour of the brown paper bags or the font.
                2. The "About Us" section might work better with one picture of your place at the top, then the text with no pictured background.
                3. The "BBQ Menu" needs to lose the meat background. It distracted me and at places made it hard to read the menu. Plus,
                I know that the meat should look like that, but some looks burnt, which might make a novice wonder why you have burnt meat.
                You could have pictures of the food next to each menu entry.
                4.The "Gallery" photos look real good, but I noticed that photos with customers showed too much stryo-foam and not enough
                of the good food you serve on the tables in front of the happy customers.
                5. The direction page is excellent.
                6. I'd like to see a picture of you with your staff.
                Take Care,
                Fieldthistle
                 
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                  nvb

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                  RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Mon, 01/9/06 8:26 AM (permalink)
                  Thanks! Again, exactly what I'm looking for. The software is the culprit on things like the buttons on the left side being hard to read and I'm looking into making those larger. The turkey will be history pretty soon, so I haven't messed with that.

                  It may take me a few days, but I'll get there. Thanks again. I appreciate the opinions.
                   
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                    nvb

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                    RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Mon, 01/9/06 4:16 PM (permalink)
                    I got rid of those briskets and re-worked the BBQ Menu. Hope it looks better.
                     
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                      Root-Beer Man

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                      RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Mon, 01/9/06 4:37 PM (permalink)
                      Nice site. The picture gallery has a sidewise scroll on it, as well as up and down. Most folks like a single window. I'd like to know who the folks are, too (in general).
                       
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                        Cakes

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                        RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Mon, 01/9/06 4:51 PM (permalink)
                        I agree with Root-Beer. People don't mind scrolling up and down but do not like the sideways scrolling.

                        Nice site.

                        Cakes
                         
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                          nvb

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                          RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Mon, 01/9/06 5:27 PM (permalink)
                          The Galleries are just now in an organized state of confusion. I've just gotten a second gallery up and it pictures some more of the customers and food. Eventually they'll all have names. Thanks!
                           
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                            nvb

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                            RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Mon, 01/9/06 7:12 PM (permalink)
                            The galleries are now a little better and they are marked, but still has some sideways scroll. Guess they always will. The BBQ Menu is now meat free and much easier to read. Hell, now I have a whole new site. I'm tired.
                             
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                              UncleVic

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                              RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Mon, 01/9/06 7:15 PM (permalink)
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by Slick

                              The galleries are now a little better and they are marked, but still has some sideways scroll. Guess they always will. The BBQ Menu is now meat free and much easier to read. Hell, now I have a whole new site. I'm tired.


                              Just resize the pics to fit into the main screen without scrolling.
                               
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                                Fieldthistle

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                                RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Tue, 01/10/06 6:24 AM (permalink)
                                Hello All,
                                Slick, page 2 of your gallery sections is wonderful!!!!The Food Looks Great.
                                Put it on page 1 of gallery. It made me hungry looking at it.
                                Take Care,
                                Fieldthistle
                                 
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                                  Root-Beer Man

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                                  RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Tue, 01/10/06 1:16 PM (permalink)
                                  I'm with Fieldthistle! That's some good looking food. The links at the bottom of the gallery pages are really hard to see, tho. They may need to be a different color. I had to get real close to the screen to see them.
                                   
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                                    RoyHarv

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                                    RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Tue, 01/10/06 4:34 PM (permalink)
                                    The Contact Us page should include the address and phone number. Yes, they are on the Directions page, but they belong on the Contact Us page too.

                                    On the Grill Menu the prices should be the same font size as the item name - at the moment they are at least one step smaller. The descriptions are way too small; being smaller than the name and price is fine, but not as small as they appear at this moment.

                                    Font size and general layout should be consistent between the BBQ and Grill menus.
                                     
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                                      Z66 Butch

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                                      RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Wed, 01/11/06 1:03 AM (permalink)
                                      It now looks good to me. The only thing is those side menu's look to small for my old eyes.

                                      Butch
                                       
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                                        nvb

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                                        RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Wed, 01/11/06 8:52 AM (permalink)
                                        Still working on that. Haven't found the right tool yet.
                                         
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                                          EdSails

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                                          RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Wed, 01/11/06 1:52 PM (permalink)
                                          Making me hungry, Slick! Looks good!
                                           
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                                            porkbeaks

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                                            RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Wed, 01/11/06 2:07 PM (permalink)
                                            "We hand clean our briskets", sounds strange to me. Are they dirty? Wouldn't "we hand trim our briskets" sound better? If trimming is what you mean, that is. pb
                                             
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                                              nvb

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                                              RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Wed, 01/11/06 3:37 PM (permalink)
                                              Cleaning is removing all the fat. Trimmining would be the actual slicing.
                                               
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                                                porkbeaks

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                                                RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Wed, 01/11/06 5:36 PM (permalink)
                                                quote:
                                                Originally posted by Slick

                                                Cleaning is removing all the fat. Trimmining would be the actual slicing.


                                                If you say so. It still sounds strange. Call me crazy, but I figured the "actual slicing" would be called slicing. pb
                                                 
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                                                  BluePlate

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                                                  RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Thu, 01/12/06 8:09 PM (permalink)
                                                  Nice site, load time good. Try cooltext.com for some nice free buttons, can make them easier to read.
                                                   
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                                                    Adjudicator

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                                                    RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Thu, 01/12/06 8:38 PM (permalink)
                                                    Site looks good. What's with the Coca-Cola background, though (on some pages)?
                                                     
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                                                      nvb

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                                                      RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Thu, 01/12/06 10:36 PM (permalink)
                                                      Never heard of cooltext, I'll be checking it out. Thanks!

                                                      Had some coke backgrounds that the font could be easily read. We have one dining room that is coke themed. Before coke I had a background of some briskets in my smoker that made any font hard to read. Not good for a menu.
                                                       
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                                                        nvb

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                                                        RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Thu, 01/19/06 2:28 PM (permalink)
                                                        Can I get a few hits, please. I doesn't appear the counter is working. Thanks!

                                                        www.bbqcorner.net
                                                         
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                                                          Choco Latte

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                                                          RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Thu, 01/19/06 2:33 PM (permalink)
                                                          quote:
                                                          Originally posted by Slick

                                                          Can I get a few hits, please. I doesn't appear the counter is working. Thanks!

                                                          www.bbqcorner.net

                                                          I just clicked through for you. I also noticed on the specials page that your copy says "a Slice of Garlic Toast to Compliment." I think you mean "complement".
                                                           
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                                                            nvb

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                                                            RE: Slick's Website Needs Beta Testers Thu, 01/19/06 2:34 PM (permalink)
                                                            Thanks! It's working now.
                                                             
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