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Website review #2 - Concrete and Lavender (Maria Spyrou)

Published 2021/03/19 14:30

Introduction

When I posted the tweet asking for followers' websites to review, Maria replied soon after. This is her website. Thank you Maria for your submission!

Screenshot of Concrete and Lavender homepage

Let's review!

The good

Our story page

An About (or Our Story) page is always a good idea, especially if you're promoting a business. It makes you friendly and approachable. The text itself gives the impression that Maria cares deeply about her products and her customers. Well written!

Screenshot of the Our Story page

Products take center stage

What better way to present your products than to remove any unnecessary clutter and let your products shine on your website?

Good keyboard navigation

Being able to access a website with only the keyboard is crucial for accessibility. And Concrete and Lavender delivers. Not only is this website fully accessible with a keyboard, it also includes a "Skip to content" link. Nice!

Screenshot of the Our Story page

Works well without Javascript

Another great thing is that the website runs without Javascript with (mostly) no problems. The only thing that wasn't working was the filter dropdowns.

Improvements

Newsletter popup

As soon as you enter the website, you're presented with a popup asking you to sign up to the newsletter. Popups are rarely a welcome addition, especially once you enter a website. A more subtle approach such as a form at the bottom of the page would be less intrusive.

Screenshot of newsletter popup

Contrast on crossed-out prices

The cross-out prices gives a good indication of "before and after" price offers, but there is a contrast issue between the background colour and the text colour:

Screenshot of crossed-out prices

This is what the Web AIM Contrast Checker shows:

WebAIM contrast checker showing bad contrast on crossed-out prices

Links without discernible text

Another accessibility issue is with the images on the Recently Added Products section.

They are basically links (<a>) with a <div> inside them that have the thumbnail as a background image. This means that the link doesn't have any text, which can be confusing for screen reader users. This could be remedied by having only one <a> link per product which wraps the thumbnail and the title.

Conclusion

An overall great and welcoming e-commerce website. Definitely welcoming to the user that clearly shows the love the owner puts in her products. The newsletter popup might be a bit intrusive however.

Reviews (9 part series)

  1. Website review #1 - Cadejo.Dev (Vinicio Vladimir Sánchez Trejo)
  2. Website review #2 - Concrete and Lavender (Maria Spyrou)
  3. Website review #3 - Twitter Butler Digest
  4. Website review #4 - Coding with Ease (Godspower Eze)
  5. Website review #5 - Catalin Pit
  6. Website review #6 - Agathe Badia
  7. Website review #7 - DenisWritesCode (Denis Mutinda)
  8. Website review #8 - Timothy Adeyeye
  9. Website review #9 - Fauzi Arda

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