4 of 6
BACKNEXT
Oh So Natural
Oh So Natural

AfterBefore
1 2
The site: ohsonaturalinc.net

Makeover: Fix this Web site

The problems: A crowded design, garish colors, and a navigation bar with too many options

The fix: "I made changes where I could without hiring a Web site designer," says Oh So Natural's founder, John Demler. "I have no training in Web design, so it's trial and error. But our sales, considering the economy, are moving along pretty good, and we even had some record-breaking sales this summer."

Demler says he tried to make his bath and body products e-tailer site more user-friendly by implementing a shopping cart upgrade. He removed the duplicate pages that confused visitors. Also, Demler started a Google AdWords campaign, which he hired an outside company to run.

Demler also cut back on the neon colors and added a header that is more visually appealing. The top-selling products now rotate prominently on the home page.

"The header could be tied into the site better to avoid a boxy look, but overall it's a great improvement," says Ned Savoie, creative director of Harbour Light Strategic Marketing. "I also like the featured products, although, again, the implementation could be done so it feels more integrated with the site."

Savoie says that the color scheme still needs improvement: the green is very artificial, and the product backgrounds don't work well with it. He suggests a white background so the product photos don't feel boxy. He'd also like to see the display reigned in.

"It makes it difficult for a user to read when content spreads across the whole monitor," Savoie says. "I would prefer to see the site have a fixed width so it controls the content, rather than spreading it out on higher resolution monitors."

Finally, Savoie suggests using smaller fonts for content that is less important (FDA disclosures and shipping information, for example) and adding a strong introductory section. Currently, the only real marketing copy is all the way at the bottom of the site.

NEXT: Scenic Rentals

Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
LAST UPDATE: Aug 19 2009 | 3:13 PM ET
Sponsored by
More Galleries
Commuting is getting easier. Here's why The MobiPrize, conducted by SMART at the University of Michigan, recognizes innovation in global transportation. From microcars to auto rickshaws, these six startups are some of the standouts. More
A sampling of beers being made with traditional Latin flavors A small but growing number of craft breweries are including passion fruit, Mexican cinnamon and other traditional Latin flavors. More
Banks won't lend? Use these guys instead Banks often have exhaustive approval processes, high minimums, and flawless credit requirements. But there's a wealth of non-bank alternatives for those who need capital fast. Here are some of the leaders. More

Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.