Dreme Posted 3 Jan 2012 , 12:04pm
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Alright, I just stayed up all night to update our website for the new year. The primary pages focused on was our pricing and flavors page as well as an added a consultation page. I spell checked everything, but I would like to know how everything sounds as far as my tone and how easy it is to navigate the site with the flow of the two page updates. If there is anything that can make something flow better just let me know. If anyone fills out any forms for testing, be sure to let us know your are from cake central in one of the boxes.

The link is in my www below

Thank you all in advance for your help icon_smile.gif

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melanie-1221 Posted 3 Jan 2012 , 12:47pm
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Your website looks and sounds great. Very easy to understand and navigate.
You do absolutely amazing work! thumbs_up.gif

allaboutcakeuk Posted 3 Jan 2012 , 1:47pm
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Originally Posted by Dreme

Alright, I just stayed up all night to update our website for the new year. The primary pages focused on was our pricing and flavors page as well as an added a consultation page. I spell checked everything, but I would like to know how everything sounds as far as my tone and how easy it is to navigate the site with the flow of the two page updates. If there is anything that can make something flow better just let me know. If anyone fills out any forms for testing, be sure to let us know your are from cake central in one of the boxes.

The link is in my www below

Thank you all in advance for your help icon_smile.gif




Hi I like the website, it flows well, it's clean and straightforward and easy to navigate which I like ona website - it's hard going when there is too much on the first page with text etc. Colours are also really good on the eye and I like the combo.

Just one pointer - under "cupcake wrappers" there is a typo on the word "available" you may want to correct - HTH
p.s. your cakes are great too I love the hand painting I want to give that a go soon! icon_smile.gif

Norasmom Posted 3 Jan 2012 , 1:59pm
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Great website and beautiful cakes!

SanDiegoBeautifulCakes Posted 3 Jan 2012 , 2:17pm
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Sorry, but I am not seeing a website address, other than facebook and Twitter sites.

If you would send out the website address, be happy to go all thru it.

Beth & Andrew
Cake Artists

sweetcakesbyjen Posted 3 Jan 2012 , 2:21pm
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Beautiful site and cakes!!!! Loved it all, but there is one other typo I saw. In your 'consultation' tab along the side in the 'Tasting Dates' section it reads" To secure a tasting date we will give you (a) call to discuss the next available day and time." with the (a) not there. Again, a beautiful site. icon_smile.gif

Vista Posted 3 Jan 2012 , 2:39pm
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Sorry, but I am not seeing a website address, other than facebook and Twitter sites.

If you would send out the website address, be happy to go all thru it.

Beth & Andrew
Cake Artists




It is the button that says "www" below her post.

ReneeFLL Posted 3 Jan 2012 , 2:51pm
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Originally Posted by Vista

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Originally Posted by SanDiegoBeautifulCakes

Sorry, but I am not seeing a website address, other than facebook and Twitter sites.

If you would send out the website address, be happy to go all thru it.

Beth & Andrew
Cake Artists



It is the button that says "www" below her post.




I dont see it either. All I see is a link to FB and twitter.

cfpeoples Posted 3 Jan 2012 , 3:03pm
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Love the website! It is set up really well, easy to navigate, and visually appealing in the set-up and flow. Plus, your cakes area GORGEOUS!! I just "liked" you on facebook!

imagenthatnj Posted 3 Jan 2012 , 3:03pm
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Originally Posted by ReneeFLL

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Originally Posted by Vista

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Originally Posted by SanDiegoBeautifulCakes

Sorry, but I am not seeing a website address, other than facebook and Twitter sites.

If you would send out the website address, be happy to go all thru it.

Beth & Andrew
Cake Artists



It is the button that says "www" below her post.



I dont see it either. All I see is a link to FB and twitter.




Under the links to Facebook and Twitter, there are buttons (CC buttons) that say Profile, PM, Email, WWW.

Click on the WWW button.

SanDiegoBeautifulCakes Posted 3 Jan 2012 , 3:35pm

Ok, finally figured it out.

www.dremecakeartistry.com

I had to go thru the FB page searching for it. Would have been so much easier to type your domain name in your post.

I am giving my feedback to help you, not to harm your site. I am merely suggesting to you things that I have experience with in website and database design.

Now for your site:


  • The content is not centering in any browser. I have used over 15 different browsers and it is not set to center.

    The size of the actual pictures need to be smaller. The twp pictures on the page named "Home" are over 1Mb combined. The entire site should not be that large. Beautiful cakes in the pictures, but the file size needs to be as small as possible without losing quality. I worked with one picture and was able to get the file size from 668Kb to 34Kb, without loosing any physical size, or quality in pixels. Remember, some folks are still on analog modems. That page would take a few minutes to download.

    The form allows for entries that should never, ever be allowed. I was able to submit totally bogus data, such as a name with numbers included.

    I was able to submit harmful database queries

    I was able to enter and submit US area codes that do not exist.

    I strongly suggest that you separate and use two distinct form fields for first and last name. How will you ever query the database to find someone. You can never be certain that a human will type their names in any order. Especially for names like "Bobbi James". How will you know what is the first name and what one is the last name? Could be rather awkward when calling.

    Not find of placing the "at" symbol in the form field.

    The tab order is not correct on the Consultations Page form. No one can tab to the next form field in order.

    The Date entry form field on Consultations page will allow any any date format. I would use a calendar that flies open, or use drop down lists for each part of the date. Type in only the date, not the day of the week. That can easily be figured by using the date.

    I can also enter a date that has already past. This should not be allowed.

    I could not list a suite number in the "Event Location". There is no form field for this data

    I was able to list the same letter multiple time in the text field.

    I was able to list a price that is just totally absurd. I think I typed in something $3.00. I then was able to type in the "Number Of Guests" form field, I submitted something like 75 trillion



These are things that the form should never allow. If you do not code for things like this, your data will be so very messed up and you will waste many hours trying to sift thru what is valid and what is not.

I have designed many hundreds of websites, and most of them use forms. I allow only data that I expect.

You stated that you worked on updating the site. Would it not be easier for you to update the database and tell the database when to show this data, as opposed to updating a static site? I am not trying to drum up website or database development work, I have plenty of that. I am only suggesting more simple ways or running your business online.

We are also trying to build our cake business, and we use our website to help with that. You are excellent at designing cakes, and I am sure that we would learn a lot from you. I am only sharing my website development experience with you. It would be awful for you if you lost all your data that you have collected thru your website. But I was able to send bad commands to your database.

Beth & Andrew
Cake Artists

imagenthatnj Posted 3 Jan 2012 , 4:49pm
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Originally Posted by SanDiegoBeautifulCakes

Ok, finally figured it out.

www.dremecakeartistry.com

I had to go thru the FB page searching for it. Would have been so much easier to type your domain name in your post.




She didn't have to type the domain name. That's why CC has a WWW button. It's a link to your website, when you have one or want to link one to your profile.

SanDiegoBeautifulCakes Posted 3 Jan 2012 , 5:01pm

I am now laughing at myself. I did not even see that button.

Thank you for pointing that out. I will use mine now as well.

I appreciate you showing all of us that button.

Beth & Andrew
Cake Artists

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jason_kraft Posted 3 Jan 2012 , 5:27pm

Great site!

I agree with the above feedback that the site needs to be centered for all window sizes (right now it is set for a fixed width). You may also want to test it on a mobile device to see how it looks.

It looks like the front page is essentially a blog...having a blog on your business is not necessarily a bad thing, but I recommend changing the home page to be a more concise summary of your business, including contact information, competitive advantages, specialties, and pictures of your very best work. The blog can be relocated to a different page.

I don't think you have to worry too much about validating form data unless you are getting a high volume of inquiries.

AnnieCahill Posted 3 Jan 2012 , 5:51pm

I noticed the blog-ish design too. It's different, but not in a bad way.

Your logo and site are very pretty. Your decorating is the bomb.

I agree about changing it to a variable width. That would make it more readable from a consumer standpoint.

Annie

CWR41 Posted 3 Jan 2012 , 10:49pm

Sorry, I only looked at page 1 of the Home Page (no time to view pages 2-15 at this time), but the other pages are included in my review

Home/Check Us Out In Weddings Magazine!:
Check out our lovely new display cakes in weddings magazine!
Check out our lovely new display cakes in Weddings Magazine!

Meet Conquistador, Miss Peony Mustard, & Chocolate Dot:

The double barrel bottom tier adds dramatic height, serving 150
The double-barrel bottom tier adds dramatic height, serving 150

Hand painted birds and peonies on antiqued fondant
Hand-painted birds and peonies on antiqued fondant

Cornelli Lace (Wiltons website seems to use this spelling lately, but it didnt use to.)
Corneli Lace (Wilton publications have used this spelling for years.)

Jessica & Cameron wedding. Cornelli lace pattern
Jessica & Cameron wedding. Corneli lace pattern

Ivory Woodbird
Ivory Wood bird

Named for the bird cake toppers and the wood grain cake drum
Named for the bird cake toppers and the woodgrain cake drum

Recent Post: (All of the bullets and underscores dont show in black colors with a black background. Id suggest removing them, or changing the color.)
Check us out in weddings magazine!
Meet Conquistador, Miss Peony Mustard, & Chocolate Dot
Olive Diamond Rose
Cornelli Lace
Ivory Woodbird

Recent Post:
Check us out in weddings magazine!
Check us out in Weddings Magazine!

Cornelli Lace
Corneli Lace

Ivory Woodbird
Ivory Wood bird

Prices/Tiered Cakes:
To estimate the base cost of your cake simply multiply the price per serving by
To estimate the base cost of your cake, simply multiply the price per serving by

For example a cake for 100 x $3.75 would start at $375.
For example, a cake for 100 x $3.75 would start at $375.

3D Sculpted Cakes:
sculpted cakes can not be done with fruit fillings or cream cheese based icings.
sculpted cakes cannot be done with fruit fillings or cream cheese-based icings.

Special Occasion Cakes
Special-Occasion Cakes

Cupcakes:
$2.25 each for regular sized cupcakes.
$2.25 each for regular-sized cupcakes.

$1 each for mini sized cupcakes.
$1 each for mini-sized cupcakes.

One flavor per dozen on regular sized cupcakes and per two dozen minis.
One flavor per dozen on regular-sized cupcakes and per two-dozen minis.

Cupcake Wrappers:
Cupcake wrappers as shown in our gallery are avialable in many colors
Cupcake wrappers as shown in our gallery are available in many colors

$1 each for regular sized cupcakes
$1 each for regular-sized cupcakes

$.75 cents each for mini sized cupcakes
$.75 cents each for mini-sized cupcakes

Shortbread Cookies:
Our bite sized square shortbread cookies are perfect for any event.
Our bite-sized square shortbread cookies are perfect for any event.

Gourmet Flavors:
- Chocolate shortbread dipped in chocolate and rolled in andes mints
- Chocolate shortbread dipped in chocolate and rolled in Andes mints

- Chocolate shortbread dipped in white chocolate and rolled in oreos
- Chocolate shortbread dipped in white chocolate and rolled in Oreos

Exterior Icings:
Many products contain or may come into contact with milk, wheat, nuts or other
Many products contain or may come into contact with milk, wheat, nuts, or other

Need to price an order? Start here./Products Desired *:
Regular Sized Cupcakes
Regular-sized Cupcakes

Cake & Icing Flavor(s):
One flavor per one dozen reg. cupcakes and per two dozen minis.
One flavor per one-dozen reg. cupcakes and per two-dozen minis.

Please note that certain designs such as 3d cakes can not be done in buttercream.
Please note that certain designs such as 3d cakes cannot be done in buttercream.

So what happens next...
So, what happens next?

Orders are taken on a first to commit, first served basis.
Orders are taken on a first-to-commit, first-served basis.

Upon order finalization, credit and debit card payments will be emailed an invoice with a link for online payments or can be taken by phone.
Upon order finalization, credit and debit card payment methods will be emailed an invoice with a link for online payments or can be taken by phone.
(Or, for better flow)
Upon order finalization, credit and debit card payments can be taken by phone or we can mail an invoice with a link for online payment.

Ordering:
During the more popular months of May, June, September & October it is suggested
During the more popular months of May, June, September, and October, it is suggested

Your order is considered placed once full payment is received.
Your order is considered placed, once full payment is received.

Orders are taken on a first to commit, first served basis.
Orders are taken on a first-to-commit, first-served basis.

50% Of the total balance as well as a signed contract is due at the time of reservation.
50% of the total balance, as well as a signed contract, is due at the time of reservation.
(or)
Fifty percent of the total balance, as well as a signed contract, is due at the time of reservation.

Pick Ups & Deliveries:
At this time delivery is only available
At this time, delivery is only available

However, I can not be responsible for
However, I cannot be responsible for

Orders abandoned for 24hrs or more
Orders abandoned for 24 hours or more

Changes In Orders:
In some cases exceptions can be made.
In some cases, exceptions can be made.

Cancellations & Refunds/Wedding & Large Orders:
Will have this information stated in your contract.
(for better flow):
This information is stated in your contract.

Consultations & Tastings:
Consultations/tastings are reserved for tiered cakes serving 75 or more guest with
Consultations/tastings are reserved for tiered cakes serving 75 or more guests with

Event Information:
Number of Guest Expected *
Number of Guests Expected *

Budget For You Order *
Budget For Your Order *

Additional Information:
Tastings days are Mondays, Tuesdays, and occasionally on Sundays by request.
Tasting days are Mondays, Tuesdays, and occasionally on Sundays by request.
(or):
Tasting appointment days are Mondays, Tuesdays, and occasionally on Sundays by request.

Number of Guest Attending Your Tasting *
Number of Guests Attending Your Tasting *

Tastings:
(i.e. bride, groom, planner, family member) to make this
(i.e. bride, groom, planner, family member), to make this

All tastings are reserved on a first come first served basis and last
All tastings are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and last


one to one and a half hour
(s)
one to one and a half hour(s)
(keep the s on the same line with hour)

Tasting Dates:
Clients will be notified if thier requested event date is not available.
Clients will be notified if their requested event date is not available.

To Secure Your Date:
50% Of the total cost of the cake as well as a signed contract is required upon booking.
50% of the total cost of the cake, as well as a signed contract, is required upon booking.
(or):
Fifty percent of the total cost of the cake, as well as a signed contract, is required upon booking.

Anniversary Cakes:
Dreme is happy to offer you a fresh complimentary 6" round for your 1 year anniversary!
Dreme is happy to offer you a fresh complimentary 6" round cake for your 1-year anniversary!
(or):
Dreme is happy to offer you a fresh complimentary 6" round cake for your one-year anniversary!

FAQ:
Q. Do you offer delivery?
A. At this time delivery is only available for
A. At this time, delivery is only available for

However, I can not be responsible for
However, I cannot be responsible for

Orders requiring setup, such a wedding and multi-tier cakes will have the delivery fee
Orders requiring setup, such a wedding and multi-tier cakes, will have the delivery fee

Q. There is not an address listed. Can I stop by and see your work?:
meetings are reserved for weddings and large events over 75 guest.
meetings are reserved for weddings and large events over 75 guests.

Q. Can I make a change to my order?:
A. Orders are normally finalized upon receipt of payment. (Font size increased here throughout the rest of the paragraph.) In some cases exceptions can be made. If you need to make changes to your order, please call me at (919) 523-1513 as soon as you know of the change. I cannot guarantee any changes.

In some cases exceptions can be made.
In some cases, exceptions can be made.

Q. Can I choose a design from an image online?:
Please be advised, I do not copy other artist work.
Please be advised, I do not copy other artists work.

Q. Do you make allergen-free products? Kosher?:
Many products contain or may come into contact with milk, wheat, nuts or other
Many products contain or may come into contact with milk, wheat, nuts, or other

Contact Me:
(Turn off Caps Lock for the following)
FOR INQUIRES ABOUT ORDERS, PRICING, OR CONSULTS PLEASE USE THE REQUEST A QUOTE AND CONSULT FORMS SO THAT I CAN BETTER HELP YOU. THANK YOU.

FOR INQUIRES
For inquiries

ABOUT ORDERS, PRICING, OR CONSULTS PLEASE USE THE
About orders, pricing, or consults, please use the

REQUEST A QUOTE AND CONSULT FORMS
Request-A-Quote and Consult Forms

imagenthatnj Posted 3 Jan 2012 , 11:26pm

$.75 cents each for mini sized cupcakes
$.75 cents each for mini-sized cupcakes

$.75 each for mini-sized cupcakes
75 cents each for mini-sized cupcakes
seventy-five cents each for mini-sized cupcakes

(Dollar sign, decimal point AND the word "cents" don't go together. Otherwise, the amount $.75 cents turns to a little bit less than a penny.)

I would also simplify and say:
Mini-sized cupcakes: 75 cents each
Mini-sized cupcakes: $.75 each

LisaPeps Posted 4 Jan 2012 , 12:03am

I don't have anything to add regarding your website layout, you have had a lot of sound advise from previous posters. I just wanted to post to say your work is amazing! And I like the website layout resembling a blog.

imagenthatnj Posted 4 Jan 2012 , 12:07am
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I don't have anything to add regarding your website layout, you have had a lot of sound advise from previous posters. I just wanted to post to say your work is amazing! And I like the website layout resembling a blog.




Me too, I love your work, your website, an the blog-ish theme. That's how one of my favorite bloggers (sweetapolita) has set hers up and I think it works great.

CWR41 Posted 12 Jan 2012 , 3:34am

Are you okay? You asked for volunteers, received responses from 13 people, and never came back. I'd think that a shout out "Thanks" is in order, if you appreciated it.

Are you too busy? So are many of us... I spent SEVEN HOURS doing your favor. I sincerely hope that you are okay because it's been over a week that you requested this, and I certainly expected to hear something back way before now.

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