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Posts tagged with Site Review

Site review: Epiqfashion.com

Epiqfashion.com is a website that has been launched to provide an outlet for suppliers to the now defunct Principles chain to sell the stock left over, which is estimated to be worth £5m.

This is a good way of dealing with all of this stock, but having had a look at the website, the execution could have been better. Here are a few suggested improvements...


Qype improves its iPhone app

Qype, which claims to be the UK's largest local search and recommendation website, has just released an updated version of its mobile app, Radar, for iPhone users.

Like rival Yelp, Qype Radar provides local listings and reviews for mobile users, very useful when you're out and looking for somewhere local to eat, or for other local services.


Site review: Quizclothing.co.uk

Glasgow based clothing retailer Quiz starting selling online in 2005, and has recently launched a completely redesigned version of its website.

According to Lost Ferret, the company behind the redesign, results are promising so far, with a doubling of conversion rates over the past month.

I've been having a closer look at the Quiz website from a user experience perspective...

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Grand Central relaunches its website

Grand Central, which operates rail services between London and the North East, came in for some criticism on this blog a few months ago for the shocking customer experience when attempting to book tickets online.

The company has now relaunched its booking engine so I've been trying it out to see if Grand Central has managed to make the site more usable than before.


Mobile site review: Auto Windscreens

In what seems like an effective use of mobile internet, Auto Windscreens recently released a new mobile site which is optimised for iPhones and Blackberries.

The mobile site allows drivers to find the nearest fitting centre to them and make a booking before that crack gets any bigger. I've been trying the site out to see how well it works.

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Travelocity unveils new homepage

Travel search engine Travelocity has redesigned the homepage on the .com version of the site, aiming to provide more inspiration for users with more deal and offers.

According to Travelocity, the aim was to achieve a balance between a simple page design and providing ideas for customers who may arrive at the site without a fixed destination in mind. I've been talking a look at the redesign...


Which UK newspapers have mobile sites?

I've reviewed the mobile sites of The Guardian and FT.com recently, and both are excellent examples of how newspapers can make their content accessible for mobile users, as well as creating more advertising opportunities.

With this in mind, I thought I'd see what all of the UK's national newspapers are doing with their mobile sites, how easy they are to find and access, and if they even have one...


Site review: theOutnet.com

High end fashion retailer Net-A-Porter recently launched theOutnet.com, a clearance site which offers designer names at discounts of up to 80%.

Several retailers have been busy launching outlet sites this year; they offer a good way to offload out of season stock and, in the current economic circumstances, have the added effect of appealing to bargain hunters.


A bargain on theOutnet.com is more likely to mean paying £300 rather than £450 for a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes, so it perhaps doesn't appeal the the same type of shoppers the Debenhams Outlet I reviewed recently, but how does Net-A-Porter's offering compare?


Mobile site review: The Guardian

The Guardian recently relaunched its mobile site, bringing the look and feel of the site more in line with the newspaper's website, and moving away from the AvantGo platform.

It's a long overdue revamp, as the old mobile site was looking a bit tired and didn't compare well with more recent offerings from FT.com and The Telegraph. I've been having a closer look...


Site review: Clarks

Having seemingly taken its time to get its online strategy together, shoe retailer Clarks finally launched its first transactional website at the end of last year. 

I had previously highlighted Clarks as an example of a company that was failing to make to most of the web by not offering its product range online, so I've been having a look at the new site from a user experience perspective...



Argos launches a separate entertainment site

Argos has decided to launch a standalone site selling just CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs, though confusingly, DVDs can still be purchased through the main website.

WHSmith announced a similar move a few weeks ago, moving its entertainment range to a separate site after already reducing the number of DVDs, CDs etc sold in its stores. Like the new Argos site, it was designed and operated by The Hut, which also took over the Zavvi website recently. 

Argos Entertainment

I've been seeing how the new site shapes up...


Site review: BBC mobile

The BBC has just launched the beta version of its new mobile site which, like the web version, allows users to personalise the content they view.

It's a welcome development, as the current BBC mobile site is a little basic, and the new version provides access to more of the corporation's content. I've been taking a look at the new version...

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