I have a website to catalog movies you've seen and compare them to public opinions and IMDB.
Google analytics shows that I get sufficient traffic to my website. Only problem is that users don't feel like Registering or once registered, don't go further and add movies. 30% of my users have 0 movies.
Maybe the registering process isn't friendly or clear enough. Could you check it and tell me how can I improve it?
- Get a better domain name and branding. I'm sure a lot of visitors will think of your current brand as "Movies for poo" which is, (pun intended) crappy branding.
- Regardless of whether it's hosted on your ow PC or a fast server, your home page (and many others) are hopelessly overweight, and it's the distracting banner that is to blame. I'm sure that a jquery slideshow plugin would be much more lightweight than that flash, and images can be retrieved in the background after the page has completed loading.
- NEVER EVER email a user their password!
- You need a lot more information about how the site works before the call to action (sign up). You need to sell new visitors on why the service would be a good investment of time for them.
- Ratings out of 100 is far too fine-grained and makes people think too much. What's the difference between an 84 and an 87? IMDB has it right with a 10 (well, 11) point scale.
- If the aim is for people to track every movie they've already seen, you probably need some means of presenting them filtered lists to remind them. 1997 releases might still be a large list, but filtering by genres will only work if you allow multiple genres per movie. For many people it might be better to eliminate genres ("I never watch horror films or westerns"). And allow people to just check movies as "seen" to generate a list to be rated later.
Two additional comments:
- I have no idea what all the entries for "channels" mean. I can only assume that they are TV channels in some other country. If I'm not from that country, could you just make the list read "Cinema, 3D cinema, DVD, Blu-Ray, Pay TV, Free-to-Air TV"? That is sufficient categorisation!
- I see the flash is gone, but because the script that you are using is moving large images beyond the page borders, it makes the page jump about (as scrollbars appear and disappear). I think that large scale movement is far too distracting, anyway, and I've met people who cannot stand to view a web page with any physical movement on it. Fade transitions tend to be less distracting. BTW, using film posters like that goes beyond "fair use" and could get a copyright suit brought against you.
Here's my feedback, I don't want to register before I've had a look round. Trying to look round was painfully slow and the layout is un-inintuitive and lacklustre.
Tiny Images and misaligned blocks make me uncomfortable with the site, almost as if it's broken. Comic-sans doesn't make it friendlier, just more unprofessional.
Not a site I can see me using.
Aside from the fact that it looks like a spreadsheet with some overcompressed clip art pasted in:
- Don't refer to your site as "moviez.net" when it's clearly not "moviez.net"
- Don't put PayPal "DONATE" buttons on anything
- If English is not your native language, hire someone else to write your English copy for you so it's not so disjointed, awkward and amateurish looking
- Margins are free. Use a lot of them.
Here is some quick things I would recommend:
- Your page does not validate properly. Go to the W3C Validator and see all the errors that are provided.
- I would recommend checking what is loading on your site. It does seem really slow. If you have firefox, I would recommend using FireBug. I would then recommend checking out YSlow. This should give you a good understanding of what is happening.
- If you have Chrome, check out Speed Tracer. This is simply an amazing web page profiling tool that will tell you lots of information about your site and where it's huring.