Greetings and salutations!  I’d like to be the first to congratulate you on your courage and bravery.  It takes guts to be able to lay it all out there for us to observe and critique, but stepping forward is the first step to a better blog or website.

Mitch CanterThis year marks a first for the TBEX conference: a live website critique.  You’ve heard throughout these conferences about all of the theoretical things you can do to your site to make it harder, better, faster, stronger; now it’s time to take what we’ve learned and see the transformation of a site.

So, what will I be checking for?

We’ll start with the overall design – how do the colors, fonts, and layout work with the content being presented?  Is it easy to read on all devices and screens?  Is it responsive, or does it have a mobile layout (either a separate one, or one at all)?

Then we’ll move into the back-end coding – does the theme effectively use the right HTML tags to best display the content? Is the site responsive?  How quickly does the site load?

And finally, a good ole fashioned Google Search. We’ll take a few select keywords that the authors want to rank for and see how that actually plays out in a Google search result.

Would you like to have your website reviewed?

Of course you would!

I’ll have time to review 3-4 sites during the session, but YOU can make sure one of them is yours. Here’s how you can get your blog reviewed:

  • Send a tweet to @studionashvegas with the hashtag #tbexcritique.
  • You have until  May 28 at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time) to send the tweet.
  • You can enter as many times as you want – within reason, of course.
  • On the 29th, I’ll choose 3-4 lucky victims participants to display their site live for the world to see at TBEX.
  • Participants will be chosen by “http://www.twitterdraw.com/” to ensure fairness.

Have questions about WordPress?

If you have questions about WordPress, blog design, usability, how to make your site the very best that it can, please ask. Any and all questions can be tweeted to @studionashvegas on or before the day of TBEX! I’ll try to cover and answer as many questions as possible during the course of the live critiques.

Good luck, and (once again) I salute any and all of you that put your name forward.  The first step to a better blog is knowing you want to make the changes necessary.