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I try to enter to many sites of radio stations from around the world.

And forgive me. Butall the sites of radio stations are ugly :retard:! Including my radio site.

The design of most web sites looked like stuck in the '90s.

 

Maybe the thought of all of us. The content we produce is the most important.

Because people listen to the radio. They did not observe on our site...

 

 

You also think like me? What can you do?

 

Shai

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Hi

 

I try to enter to many sites of radio stations from around the world.

And forgive me. Butall the sites of radio stations are ugly :retard:! Including my radio site.

The design of most web sites looked like stuck in the '90s.

 

Maybe the thought of all of us. The content we produce is the most important.

Because people listen to the radio. They did not observe on our site...

 

 

You also think like me? What can you do?

 

Shai

 

I will agree with that one there are some truly awful station websites out there....

 

Your site isn't that bad, It's functional and not as cluttered as some websites I see.

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Hi

 

I try to enter to many sites of radio stations from around the world.

And forgive me. Butall the sites of radio stations are ugly :retard:! Including my radio site.

The design of most web sites looked like stuck in the '90s.

 

Maybe the thought of all of us. The content we produce is the most important.

Because people listen to the radio. They did not observe on our site...

 

 

You also think like me? What can you do?

 

Shai

 

 

I agree with you alot of stations are good but i think if there website looked decent it would get peoples attention and think this looks a good radio to tune in.

 

As for your website its good, Websites can be very useful as listeners will have to goto the website to listen so a good design will help imo. Maybe make a few jingles to advertise new content on the website, that could help.

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i agree... most radio websites i've seen are horrendous in my opinion.

 

I have seen a few gems, but really most of them are pretty bad. I know the focus is on audio content, but visual presentation is super important as well---especially with a website. It's not very expensive to create a decent looking website, without covering it with crazy (and shady) banner ads and colors.

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Simplicity, ease of use, then features. Usually in that order for your site visitors. Don't overwhelm them with everything at once. Create something that gives them the basic necessities first. Your branding. A way to tune in immediately without having to look for a link or button buried somewhere on the page. A hint at what's available if they dig deeper. A clean appearance. No rotating, garish banners and flashing gifs. Scrolling notices and text are out. Anything that detracts or pulls the look away from what's important on the page. And a FAST LOADING site. It's well proven that if a website takes too long to load, folks get frustrated or head elsewhere. The same goes for finding what they want. Decide what your niche is, who your audience is, what they like. The younger the crowd, the easier it is to get away with those "garish and gaudy" sites. The older surfer wants something easy on the eyes and senses. Oh,. and finally, NO AUTOLOADING MUSIC. When a site visitor clicks on a link to your site and is immediately getting blasted with music even before the site finishes loading, and the user is looking for the player and volume control to turn it down or off, you've lost them already.

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Because people listen to the radio. They did not observe on our site...

Good web site can help in getting additional listeners.

 

I agree that lots of radio station web sites are really ugly and/or cluttered with ads and widgets. I think the reason why it's like this: most Internet radios are hobby projects. People don't put much effort into building a good web site.

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Jim,

 

Looked over your site. A few things I'd do:

 

Site responsiveness on mobile devices:

 

This is VERY important these days, as fully half of all web surfers use some kind of mobile device at least occasionally. You site should display properly on all of them. Go to http://www.responsinator.com and type in your site URL in the space provided to see how YOUR site looks on mobile devices. Then type in MY website url (http://www.radiobijoux.com) to see the big difference.

 

Font Colors:

 

If you are going with a busy background image, I'd go with bright light colors so that they remain visible as you scroll over different background colors. White, Yellow, something that will contrast and be easy to see on ALL size screens.

 

Banner Image:

 

Rather than a black background, go with something closer to the deep blue hues you have on your background graphic.

 

Or even better, use a black outline around the fonts and images and make the black area transparent so your background shows through behind it. Or simply experiment with the transparency of the black area.

 

Shows page:

 

You've used an iframe for your show schedule that is small and requires scrolling back and forth as well as up and down to see it. Enlarge it at least to full width or height, preferably both, so your user will be able to see at a glance all of your shows.

 

Other pages:

 

Same issue with fonts. More contrast for better visibility.

 

Otherwise (in my opinion), you've stuck with a good simple plan that is easy to navigate without too much distracting clutter.

 

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I just re-launched my station's site with a new domain name. Please give me some feed back. I am not a designer and still adding.

http://rockmauritiusradio.com/

The big box is not centered (FireFox), also Twitter/Faceboo/G+ icons at the bottom are not centered as well. Apart from this, the web site looks OK.

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I agree about ugly radio station websites. I tried to get a way from the traditional when I created my website. Take a look and let me know what you think.

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We just redesigned and implemented our new web portal a few months ago. Almost immediately we were chosen by the UK Telegraph as one of the top internet radio stations in the world. I have always believed that with the advent of internet radio, a quality web portal presence that the listener can interact with is paramount to their success.

 

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Oh... to the right of the logos it says "Listen Now" click on them.. I just have the player icons there to download the players for those who do not have them. You are about the third person who has ran into that issue so I think that is enough to have me change it so that they stream the station. Thank you so much and please check it out again and give me your feedback. I built the site with the help of a good friend who has helped me hone my web development skills. Edited by Tombie

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Ok i looked this thread over as we are getting ready to design the new website for the station, NOW im speaking this from an FM (full power station) and not internet only, i think i agree with someones comments about most people focusing on their content then the website, that can be hit or miss on this platform. If you intend on ever making any money from your hobby you have to have a professional look, now that doesnt mean you have to pay up the whazzoo for it, a simple time spent learning some basic tricks and understanding will set you apart. Also get rid of autoloaders unless your a big station and can afford to have your listeners wade through it to get to the content.

 

I know this sounds horrible but there is a reason listeners hang all over big radio websites, look at the way they are built, learn from it and work out your own system, sometimes basic is the way to go. Think about your audience, do they care who kim kardashian is f#$% this week, do they want to know about the traffic and weather.

 

Its all about packaging, heck look at our website, it says NOTHING right now yet its being designed by some top designers, but then again we all have to start somewhere

 

I liked the sites i saw links to here, some of them do scream a little echo of the geocities/myspace era, but then some of it is put together well. There is so much more then just standard HTML out there now, take some time to learn about new technologies

 

I saw one station had an APP (i didnt download it) thats already a step in the right direction if you can keep your listeners mobile, we arent tied to dial up modems anymore, the news and information comes at us at an unprecedented speed, we need our sites to reflect that, and also to have them cross compatible in EVERY browser is key

 

I liked what i saw but a little polish never hurts anything, i know this article was meant for FM but we found it while doing website research and thought we should share it here, obviously its buyer beware

 

good luck with your sites everyone

 

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We just redesigned and implemented our new web portal a few months ago. Almost immediately we were chosen by the UK Telegraph as one of the top internet radio stations in the world. I have always believed that with the advent of internet radio, a quality web portal presence that the listener can interact with is paramount to their success.

 

http://www.andhow.fm

 

 

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Look at Web Radio - Lemon Radio GR

http://www.lemonradio.gr

The theme is soundwave from themeforest.

 

 

i like the site its "almost" perfect, low yield not a lot going on it works for an internet station, is that jazler radiostar 2, if so what version, we were going to use them for our station on the fm but we couldnt cause they have no voicetracking functionality (they say we will see some in the new version)

 

What version is that

 

Love the simplified studio

 

Nice jam only bad thing is the "AUTOSTART" player BIG NO NO on the web today, i came back to the site after MUTING my sound , i like the idea but its too in your face

 

just an opinion from the radio industry side of it, we NEVER use autoplay

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i like the site its "almost" perfect, low yield not a lot going on it works for an internet station, is that jazler radiostar 2, if so what version, we were going to use them for our station on the fm but we couldnt cause they have no voicetracking functionality (they say we will see some in the new version)

 

What version is that

 

Love the simplified studio

 

Nice jam only bad thing is the "AUTOSTART" player BIG NO NO on the web today, i came back to the site after MUTING my sound , i like the idea but its too in your face

 

just an opinion from the radio industry side of it, we NEVER use autoplay

 

Nooooo

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nooooo, never use autoplay

 

tbh i agree mostly, but this station has a super good feel to it, seriously go listen, i dont even listen to that stuff that much, but i was hooked for five hours, even went to bed listening, he setup a real good feeling in his stream

 

but i digress autoplay is so 90s lol

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