My name is Michael, I am a 22 year old recent graduate of the University of Guelph. I have devoted my last year of studies to create a website called Shopeteer.com. Shopeteer.com can be described as a "product and service directory", the first in Canada. What the website does is it allows business owners to upload their products, services, pricing and sales and promotions in to a pre-designed storefront. Using the latest web 2.0 application, users are able to add, amend, change and upload their storefront at any time, they are in control. These products and services are than incorporated into an internal search engine which allows local consumers and clientele to pinpoint whom is selling what. For examples please visit http://www.shopeteer.com/stores/view/54. Alot of emphasis should be placed on A USER FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT!
The website has two target markets, one is small to medium size business owners, the other is local consumers with no specific demographic. (Male, female, Age in between 16-60).
There are three aspects that the homepage must include. Home page must be USER FRIENDLY!!!!!!!
Search functionality, What are you looking for, and where are you looking for it is visible. See attached pictures below.
Emphasis on logging in for pre-registered users and soon to become users.
Word cloud or a section devoted to broadcasting the municipalities in which we operate in.
A part of the page devoted for the forum. (this part of the site has picked up yet)
Should incorporate the colors red, white, grey, black like the rest of the site.
Possible implementations: Flash showcasing some new businesses, what people are saying about Shopeteer.com, latest searched upon.
I am open to new ideas, anything you think would be a great addition. I thank you in advance, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask away. I look forward to working with eachother.
Another possibilities is having the sign up form on the homepage like the example storefront redo.
You are to design the homepage, not any inner pages of Shopeteer.com.!!
With the kindest regards,