Menu items too small
Everything’s too grey and faded – nothing stands out
The ‘Look Now’ banner – kill that font, kill it with fire.
The dual blue/grey colouring of the titles doesn’t work.
Try not to use stock images of happy smiley office people – they are overused and clichéd.
It might be easier for us to help of you describe the functionality you are looking for in the site – what do you want it to do.
Any wordpress theme can be made to do virtually anything so best to find one that matches the vague look and feel you are after and take it from there!
First impressions are that it’s way too busy and different styles are clashing.
Look how many different styles and elements you have here:
//Single-colour rounded corner buttons
//An overlay with a dot pattern
//Bright yellow heading text in some sci-fi font
//Brightly coloured social media icons with a colour gradient background
//Peaceful landscape full screen backgrounds fading in and out
//Industrial looking tool illustration on a yellow graph paper background
//A black flip clock thing on a plain white background.
Nothing ties together. It’s as if you reached for 7 or 8 different elements that you liked the look of and thought that that would be a good enough reason to bind them all together in a single design.
You’ve got to start at the very beginning – think about the overall look at feel and how each element on the page fits into that. Fonts / Colours / Layout.
Into more detail – think:
//Why are you using this sci-fi font – does it go with the clock font or the menu font.
//Why are you fading the background image in and out – what purpose does it serve? Why are you fading it in and out when the page content slides in from the left.
//Why are you using a cliché yellow and black banner at the bottom of the page?
//What is the point of having a portfolio section if you are stating the site is under construction? If you’re going to include that section then why is there only room for 4 items and why can’t the user click to enlarge them?
//Why is the contact form so wide – are you expecting people with 85 character surnames?
//Subscribe button? Subscribe to what? Don’t assume the user will know.
//Is the body text easy to read against every background you’ve put in there?
We use dropbox here as a live drive. all client folders are synced between the two office computers and clients love it as they can send us project files by dropping them into a folder at their end.
The only bad thing is on a new laptop install, I had to sync about 340GB of files locally
All this based on assumptions .. I don’t even think ratings make that much of a difference anyways.. top selling file for the week is 4 star.. just saying.. will a rating on new file sell better just because it has a rating? don’t think so… what about the other angle where it might be selling and rated early because its a good file?
Well it’s not really assumptions is it as no theme is realistically going to get 5×5* ratings in the first hour of release.
Ratings make a big difference to the new buyer who arrives and sees that day’s new releases, all with zero or one sales and then a single theme in the middle with 6 or 7 sales and a five star rating. It stands out like a diamond in the rough. I’m bring it up because it’s a shitty practice and only benefits those low enough to stoop to it.
btw – the theme that pulled the stunt this morning has more than doubled its ‘sales’, so it seems ratings do work.
Not to name any specific items but more than one theme has gone up recently and within an hour or so of it going live, there are 6 purchases and a five star rating.
I’ll work on the assumption that the authors have paid friends to purchase and rate the theme 5* as it goes live as I’ve seen themes from elite authors take days before enough people get round to trying out and rating the theme for the ratings to show on the site.
A bit naughty or clever marketing?
I’m not saying Opencart is industrial strength but probably not necessary for your needs.
If the emphasis of your site is the information pages and the blog and you only have a few products then personally I’d go woocommerce but only because I’ve never used shopify as I, too, have been put off by the monthly subscription.
I’ve heard some great things about it though, primarily the themes and ease of use. Gravitydept is probably better placed to compare the two!
I don’t think professionalism comes into it; it’s just speccing out what you need then using the right tools for the job. I’d never use opencart for a site with only a few products because while it’s great at what it does, wordpress is far slicker and more flexible for general page creation. I haven’t used woocommerce extensively but from what I’ve seen, it’s easy to use and manage.
With Opencart, Id definitely get all the products/product options, shipping rates, tax rates, checkout process, payment processor sorted out first. Get your head around the base system and then slap the theme on top of that and explore the extra options it gives you.
Having said that, if the majority of your pages are going to be information pages and you only have 12 products, perhaps consider a lighter alternative like woo commerce on wordpress where it’ll be simpler to manage the blog and static info pages.