Thursday, July 24, 2014

Website review: Mr. Sparky of Seattle

Company name: Mister Sparky
Business: West Seattle electrician

This is a nice website - very much an electrician's website, with bright yellow and red colors. Has a slider going across the top offering their on-time guarantee; their promise to be clean, friendly and courteous; and the assurance that they take the qualities of applicants seriously - not everyone off the street is hired to be one of their electricians.

The nav bar across the top is simple to use: About Us, Services, Products, Guarantee, Blog, Appointment, and Contact Us.

Perhaps I'm an old fuddy duddy, but I don't like drop down menus that don't drop down ALL the menus. For example, if you click on the About button you get a drop down for Testimonials. Well, newbies to the net (and even oldies like me) might not realize that the About Us button, clicked on its own, takes people to the About us page.  All sites that I've visited do this - if there's a drop down the top button isn't listed - annoying.

Website Review: Luck's Food Decorating Company

Website Title: Luck's Food Decorating Company

There is a general myth that boys like blue, and girls like pink.  Well, I have to say that I really, really don't care for pink, or tan.....or whatever the colors on this site are.

There are lots of delectable edible images on the site. The buttons on the other pages are extremely large... you have to click twice to get to where you want to go...

It's a wholesale e-commerce site, so of course only companies can log in and purchase. Individuals looking to buy items are encouraged to go to their local stores.

They do provide decorating tips for all.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Website review: Pac Rite Inc.

Business name: Pac Rite Inc

Pac Rite Inc., produces and sells shipping tubes,  label cores (those small cardboard circular thingies in the middle of a roll of packing tape, or on a roll of sticky labels or something of that nature, and concrete forms - which just means that they recycle concrete somehow into light weight tubing, and converting cores - something I don't actually understand, but I *assume* it means they can produce cores to any size and shape that their customer wants. (Hopefully - and presumably - their potential customers understand this terminology.)

They also do concrete forms. It took me a while to figure out that, too, I have to admit, until the word "forms" clicked. So they do circular tubes strong enough to hold concrete, for businesses that want to make concrete columns or things of that nature. 

Shipping tubes and label cores are within my understanding, and since they produce 100% green products, and can produce these products in a cost -effective way, their prices are reasonable.

Website Review: MIchael Atkins Law

Website title: West Seattle Attorney: Atkins Law Group

West Seattle lawyers include attorney Michael Atkins, who performs family law, estate law, and personal injjury law.  Well, not him alone, obviously, presumably he has several associates who specialize in each particular avenue.

The site is attractive to the eye and pleasing. Nice simple nav bar at the top. Below the fold the branches he specializes in are listed again in more detail. There's a free consultation form, and a Google map.  Simple and elegant.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hookah Town: Electronic hookah sticks

Hookah Town (url  is a very "busy" site. It's an e-commerce store, selling a variety of hookahs, from the full size version to the tiny, portable hookah sticks (also known as hookah pens).

The logo is teeny tiny in the left hand corner - very easy to not notice. Their left hand size nav bar needs some work as well.

Other than that, it's a typical e-commerce site. They've got about a hundred products, such as replaceable cartridges for the hookah pins, or new hookah sticks if you prefer the disposable kind.

Hookahs have been used for centuries to vaporize nicotine in order to smoke - you may have seen Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes smoking a hookah in a turkish bath in one of his episodes, and kids will have seen the caterpillar in the 1950s Alice in Wonderland smoke a hookah and blow smoke rings. (He's doing this in the book as well).

These days, people who are concerned about the harmful effects of nicotine will use fruit-flavored liquid cartridges instead.