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Win a DVD! Website Rebuild…what do you like in a website?

16 May

I am currently rebuilding my website and would love your feedback. I know what I like and dislike about sites when I visit them. I like good information,search buttons and photos. I also know my site could be improved. What do you like or dislike about websites when you visit them?

  • pictures-lots or few?
  • search button
  • members only section
  • about us page
  • shopping page
  • contact page
  • FAQ page

 

I am also guilty of not sending out newsletters like I should…I know this because some of you email me and ask me ‘why haven’t I received an email’?

What do you like to have in a newsletter?

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Leave your ideas for a chance to win this DVD!

  • upcoming events
  • sale items
  • videos
  • private ‘member’ only section
  • contests?

I also like contests. I do! I’m a sucker for a gift card or other prizes for answering questions.

In keeping with that thought I am going to give away three Jac DVD’s to people who leave comments below this post offering their insights. If you just post ‘hello’ or something…that won’t count but if you leave ideas you will be entered into a random drawing!

 
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165 responses to “Win a DVD! Website Rebuild…what do you like in a website?

  1. nokotadreamer

    May 16, 2014 at 9:17 am

    I like the layout you’ve got going, with a search button. I like fewer pictures so I don’t crash my computer! FAQ, about us, and contact pages are appreciated.
    For a newsletter, I’d like upcoming events and contests (I too am a sucker for prizes, even though I’ve never won any lol). Happy redesigning!

     
  2. Jamie Oakman

    May 16, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I would love a newsletter! I’m not sure what a private “members only” section would be for….it feels a little exclusive to me. I like that everything on your website is readily available to everyone for free. I also LOVE contests, though I never win haha. But I think upcoming events in a newsletter would be nice.

     
  3. Melody

    May 16, 2014 at 9:19 am

    what I like to see in a web site is/are meaningful pictures, easy navigation, comments section. I really hate sites that are hard/impossible to find needed info.

     
  4. Kaos Pony-Mcwreckthegaff

    May 16, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I like lots of pictures, sadly my computer doesn’t 😦 I like websites that are easy to navigate and a big bonus is when finding older blogs ect is easy!

     
  5. Jamie

    May 16, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Videos are good, but only as long as they have a written transcript or synopsis at least. It’s frustrating when the videos don’t load, but if there is a transcript, at least I can read about it.

     
  6. Dani Pidgeon

    May 16, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I actually manage a website for a local tack shop and from experience I can tell you people like organization and a good search bar. You want to make it as easy as possible for people to find what they are looking for. As far as your website goes pictures and videos are going to be essential, but make sure they don’t take forever to load up. While your web visitors may be more patient than say someone shopping for something online, no one likes waiting forever for a video to buffer (though sometimes slow times are a result of their internet soeed & connection). In general keep file sizes on the small size to increase download speeds. When putting pictures on a website they dont need to be as high of a resolution as if you were printing it. A lower resolution increases download speed.

    Hope that helps Stacy!

     
  7. catsnak

    May 16, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Hi Stacy, Since your site is a mix of informational, instructional as well as commercial I think you should have clear and easy access to all the sections but also keep them separated and grouped together. For me a site like yours is a gold mine of information and I like to be able to navigate it easily without having to use a lot of back buttons or having to make several clicks to get to a single piece of information. Incorporating a search feature would be extremely useful. It might even help if possible to use slightly different color schemes for different sections. I hope this helps some. David

     
  8. Karen

    May 16, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I would like to see upcoming events that you’ll be competing in. But I would like them well in advance so I could get tickets and plan for the trip. Lastly I love pictures they are good tools for teaching and are enjoyable ! Thanks for asking !

     
    • Stacy

      May 28, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Karen-YOU ARE A WINNER! Can you contact me with your info? Shoot me an email at info@westfallhorsemanship(dot) com and put your name and contest winner in the subject line. I need your address to mail you your DVD!

       
  9. Cynthia Taber Parker

    May 16, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Newsletter: all of the above that you mentioned; also love members questions – sometimes they ask things that I think I’m the only one that doesn’t know that!
    Pictures: few – or thumbnails with links – too many take up too much space/time. Other stuff listed is all good.
    I don’t mind sporadic newsletters (variable reinforcement works best :-)). Means you are busy doing real stuff, not sitting at the computer.
    Questions/contests – yes; makes me think and gives opportunity for interaction, not just a monologue on your part.
    Love your site and the Jac series. My mare will foal any day now and this will be my first ‘from scratch’ opportunity to train. Thank you.

     
  10. Dana Kesselring

    May 16, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Hi Stacy, I like websites that are easy to navigate and get you where you want to go fast without taking you thru too many pages to get there. I also like alot of pictures because pictures can tell a very good story with out alot of words. Websites should be full of tons of information, thats why I visit them, and I am so disappointed in the ones I visit and there is nothing there to read or learn from Another big turnoff for me is when the font is either so light or so blended into the background you can’t read it..I like websites that give the visitor insights to training where you don’t need to spend alot of time scanning the pages but they are there sporadically on pages to help you and motivate you. In your newsletter I like to know what things you are upto and how you handle setbacks in your life. We all have them but I like to hear about how the professionals handle them. So excited to see your new website

     
  11. Heidi A

    May 16, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I like seeing pictures of your horses. I really like newt and popcorn. upcoming events would be good too.

     
  12. Christine Bowden

    May 16, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I like pictures but not too many as then the page is slow to load. Quite a few are doing rolling banners either at the top or bottom they look good.FAQ’s and contact info all good. I always find the simpler the better as any website that loads too slow I will get impatient and leave.😊

     
  13. wildbound

    May 16, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Simplicity! Yes, photos. You already have a great website. I personally am not a big fan of “members only” stuff…simply because I don’t like having to sign in…Its a lazy thing, I guess. 🙂 Shopping? yes. About page? yes. I have yet to use the search button….I love how open your website feels. Okay, there is that “do not enter” button. I really like the info listed on the right-hand side…and can browse through topics, and its nice. So, good luck with the re-model…I’m excited to see it!

     
  14. L-L B

    May 16, 2014 at 9:36 am

    With very little time to sit & read it’s a great help for me to see a visual example. IE: a small 2 minute video of a good example & then an equally short example of improper handling. Would love to see more contests to win a spot in a clinic for mentorship .. some of us oldsters never stop looking for ways to improve

     
  15. Kate

    May 16, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Hi, I don’t know about other people but I don’t like the search button however I do believe that websites are best when they are easy to find information. Sort of like drop down menus etc. lots a pictures, videos and training information. Possibly events that are happening or achievements also sale items are great like merchandise and other items. Possibly a comment area where people can comment thanks or what they are having the most troubles with their horse etc.
    Hope that helps!

     
  16. Carroll

    May 16, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I like a site that is easily accessed, hate going back and forth and not finding what I am looking for. I love questions and answers.

     
  17. laura

    May 16, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I like the new layout, pretty easy to use. Love the pictures and events so far no dislikes.
    Great job rebuilding!

     
  18. Elizabeth Moreton

    May 16, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I also enjoy pictures but for the users with slow connection, maybe a pictures page of the website so some pictures can be seen but if you are a picture person then they decide to click and load the picture page. I like all of the bullets outlined above but would also consider a video page so all of your YouTube Video links could be accessible from a page. Search is always good but everyone seems to like clearly labeled “buckets” or pages for the item they are looking for (pictures, videos, blogs, shopping, members only, etc.). Good Luck! 🙂

     
  19. Shelley Egger

    May 16, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I like your website now because of its simplicity. I don’t like websites with a ton of ads. Seems like I always click on one by accident and it’s annoying to have that happen. I also avoid websites with pop ups that require closing continually. A members only section is something I never use. You always have the right amount of pictures and video. But the main thing is your content is relavant and useful and conveyed in terms we understand. Anyone can have a fancy website but really we are here because of YOU and the info you so graciously give us. But what ever you do don’t remove the “Do Not Enter” section!! That’s brilliant!

     
  20. Priscilla Thewessen

    May 16, 2014 at 9:43 am

    ideas for a website… hmm lets see

    pictures-lots or few? – Depends on the subject, talking about the horses and/or training advice, i would do a lot of pictures, but talking about contact info i would do a few

    search button – always, it would get pretty annoying if you have to click through 6 pages to get what you want

    members only section – depends, do people have to pay to become a member, or is it just free, to see how many people are fans?

    about us page – that’s always fun, you learn a bit about the people who the site is for, it also helps to get rumors to get set straight

    shopping page – that’s a briliant one, how else are you going to sell your dvds?

    contact page – depends on what for, to mail you for a question? or to actually visit? it’s a good idea but it could go two ways, next thing you know and you have a thousand people standing infront of your house, lol

    FAQ page – that’s always nice, then people know if the question they wanna ask, has already been asked, so that you don’t get a hundred mails with the same question

    what also would be a fun idea is a Horse page, so that the fans can see some info about the horses

    videos are a fun idea too, but most people already know your youtube page and this blog

    about the news letter

    upcoming events – always handy, that’s what a news letter is for

    sale items – also quite handy, that way you actually know that people know you’re having sales and not that they suddenly find out when they wanna but something, and it could help, i mean who doesn’t love sales?

    videos – depends on the videos, cause i think most also follow the blog and if you get two mails about a new video of Jac’s training, it would be a bit dubble

    private ‘member’ only section – but aren’t you a member to get a news letter? so basicly it’s already a member only section?

    contests? – those are lots of fun to do, and it makes the people who win happy, and those that don’t win, enter the next one, just like now with us giving you advice for the website and to be able to win a dvd

    pardon my english if there are weird mistakes in there, i’m dutch and my english isn’t the best there is

     
  21. Dawn Stackhouse

    May 16, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I’d love to see training tips that include some insider tips on confirmation, swirls, things you look for and what you find in different outcomes based on those things. Also products you recommend or use and why. So glad I’m getting back to my passion, 3 years out of the industry feels like a lifetime.

     
  22. Darcy Cochrane

    May 16, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I personally love a search bar. It helps to find your blos or tips on a certain problem solution I need. It’s also fun to have a store section, people who love you want to advertise for you with shirts and has and tack that you endorse. I always appreciate it when you explain why you endorse a certain piece of tack. A newsletter, monthly would be great to find out where you will be and maybe highlight a training technique. Thanks for always reaching out. I have enjoyed your posts on Facebook.

     
  23. Byron Funnell

    May 16, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I like sites that are easy to follow. Yours does pretty good. As much as you like contests, I like free! So, some of my favorite clinician sites are those with free training even if they are short clips about the DVDs. Schedules, shopping area, and about are all important to me for a site like yours. If I don’t know much about you I would want to know your “philosophy” on horses. I do not like web sites with sounds other than from videos. Overall, I like your sites. The one thing on YOUR site that I might like is an easy way to see an episode of Jac. If I missed for awhile and didn’t know what I missed I have to scroll around and try to figure it out. Not too much of a problem, but something tidy and nice may help folks keep up. Oh, I also do very much enjoy the contests and Weaver freebies and I do tell them thanks for supporting you.

     
  24. Kerri Kaiser

    May 16, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I enjoy pics and videos. Always looking for new information and tools for the very early horse person. I agree the contests are fun and keep people coming back and interacting. FAQ is also good with upcoming events. I love to see what is going on and see how you would fix or reward the behavior.

     
  25. Jaime Gilbertz

    May 16, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I love pictures, but only if they are ‘changed up’ on a regular basis (maybe every 2 mos?). For someone who visits a site regularly… something fresh to see is always MUCH appreciated! (This is a general observation, not specific to your site, Stacy). I like ‘whats new’ sections, and also ‘just for fun’ for items that may be a little off topic or light-hearted. While I can see it has its purpose, I am not a fan of “members only”: to me, it comes across as “we are better than you, you are excluded”. I guess it depends on what is in that section. It almost seems to go against the helpful spirit of wanting to help ANYONE who wants to learn or improve. Maybe its just the wording of the title I don’t like. I love a more “open door/everyone welcome” feeling. That’s just me. Also, I’d say FAQ are a keeper/must, as well as the online store. Good luck, and thanks for all the help you never knew you’ve given me and my horses!!!!!

     
  26. Jill

    May 16, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Easy to navigate! I find websites with a ton of information overwhelming to search through and look at. Clean and concise is the way to go, with a lot of visuals. I like how you answer questions that people send you – you could do a weekly Q and A column!

     
  27. Cameron Van Splinter

    May 16, 2014 at 9:52 am

    First off I have to say that this is one of the better blog or horse sites I have seen and the ONLY one I can stand to visit regularly. I would love to see upcoming events I love how personal it is! I tried to subscribe to the page but I do not get notifications when you add things other than on my FB. Personally I do not trust FB and would love an email notification when something new is posted. I LOVE lots of pictures but not when I am reading. Personally I like a few pictures in a blog post that show what you are talking about but then a separate page of pictures of your horses and adventures.
    I have to admit I tend to only skim newsletters so it would have to be catchy. I really dislike video newsletters (some bloggers are doing this now). I LOVE watching your videos but I like to know when I open something that it is a video. If I open an email and it is not in print I close it. A link to videos would be welcomed though as I always look forward to a new video!

     
  28. 'Sue' Chapman

    May 16, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I think your website is pretty amazing, as are you! Music is usually too loud and that bugs me. Pop up ads are another!! Videos are great so I can see just how things are supposed to work. If I could every have been half the awesome woman you are…Show horses are buried out back and I am too old, no truck. Please just keep on doing what you do, where ever you end up and hopefully one day I can get down to the expo and see you in person!! Safe travels and Angels on you Shoulder, Sue

     
  29. Calyn Colston

    May 16, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I love the idea of a search button and a shopping page with all of the training tools you use and where to get them! An easy to use website is also appreciated. Having all of the website pages clearly labeled (home, about us, etc.) is very helpful. Also, having a page with all the past training questions other people have asked on your Jac page and your answers to them would be extremely helpful!

     
  30. Melissa Smith

    May 16, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I like a website with lots of pictures, videos, and animations. A search button is also very useful, and great information is a must! For a newsletter, contests and events would be nice to learn about. Also, training advice coloumn, or describe how to use/perform a new exercise with your horse would be great.

     
  31. Dinelda

    May 16, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I like to be able to have search buttons that work”my horse won’t bend…” And it brings up areas where you spoke to narrow the search options. I also like pictures with some explanation of what’s happening. It is also great to be able to interact with the site as well. “Free” challenges are also great.

     
  32. Penny Raine

    May 16, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I like all of the above, but also make it easy to navigate and fast loading, pictures can be small to load then clickable to bigger

     
  33. Deborah Caruso

    May 16, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I’d like to see information to help older riders with training, tips, setting realistic goals etc. We older women are still riding, training and taking lessons. Short Clips included in your current website are great visual aids especially with the narrative.

     
  34. Kathy K

    May 16, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I’d like a Q & A forum. Searchable. A few pictures, but not a lot. Thanks

     
  35. Debbie Miyahara

    May 16, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I like the pictures & videos. I like the FAQ section too. I like it when the information is broken up into articles that I can skim through, with a “click here for more” line so that I can read what is important to me at that moment.
    I’d like to recommend my friend (& fellow horseman!) Bruce Gemberling to help build your site! He built Peet’s Coffee, topdrawerlingerie.com, bottomlinepublications.com, and several others! Check out his work. You can reach him at gemberlingb@gmail.com

     
  36. Leandi vdW

    May 16, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I like sites where you can easily see what is where – with colours friendly to the eye and big, clear headings. Pictures are always welcome (especially if they fit in with the text!), but they shouldn’t be too big (high res) as some people have limited data for the internet. It is nice when the pictures are there in a decent resolution so you can see clearly what is going on, but if you want a high resolution picture you can perhaps have one load when someone clicks on the picture (but you already have this here!).
    I feel a search button is very important and it must be clearly visible (so you don’t need a ‘search’ to find it). It must also do a decent job with the search and maybe have an advanced option or two. 🙂
    A private ‘member’ only section would be cool, but please try to not put so much one there that the ‘non-members’ feel completely left out. It is good to have a dangling carrot to entice ‘non-members’ to join, but it mustn’t be so extreme that they leave because it is ‘one of those sites where you have to be a member if you want to read/see anything of value’. I don’t expect you to go this ‘super exclusive’ route, but I thought I’d mention it.
    I feel an about us page is very central to a website as that is usually the first place I go to when visiting a new site. That and the FAQ page – you quickly get a feel for the people involved when reading these. It would be especially great if the FAQ page is often updated as more questions come us. But then it must be grouped nicely so it is not just one big body of questions. A contact us page with all the handy info is also central to the site. As for a shopping site, well, who doesn’t like shopping from the comfort of their home? 😉
    I LOVE getting newsletters. I prefer it to have minimal pictures (or small ones) with mainly short descriptions of whats going on, new posts, competitions, videos (etc) and then a link to each of the items’ full pages with all the pictures and bling you want. So even from a phone you can see what is in the newsletter and then you can load the pages that you are interested in.
    Oh, and competitions are always welcome. They don’t even have to be that big, any small, but relevant and useful prize will be great.
    I can’t wait to see the changes!

     
  37. Sydne

    May 16, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Stacy

    I really like the style of your blog; I don’t usually like brown (except for in horses’ coats), but it looks really nice on the blog and it is a certain very definite style of its own. Maybe adapt this for the whole of your website?

    Your content is obviously right up there too! Short or long, all your writing is top notch and always a treat.And I like the “related articles” section right underneath each article in the blog. I have found some gems that way that I somehow managed to miss otherwise!

    I’m a sucker for pictures. You’ve got gorgeous horses; so keep showing them 🙂 I also love these random little clips of your horses (like Popcorn playing in the mud), but I couldn’t mind if I saw them via your webpage or your youtube channel.

    And of course never do away with the DO NOT ENTER section. I think what it tells you is an intergral part of your whole mindset and it’s great fun to discover as well!

    I don’t care very much for newsletters; the reason being that social media already provides sufficient updates from you- and it is probably easier for you as well to just throw out a 2-liner about what you’re up to or special sale items on facebook, or a 30 second clip on youtube rather than compiling enough information to be worth it making a newsletter with. This might exclude people who don’t want to do facebook and the likes, so I would never just dismiss a newsletter to keep in touch, just thinking there are easier ways 🙂

    And then one last thought- have you ever considered a forum?

     
  38. Penny Raine

    May 16, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I like all of the above, but also easy to navigate and fast loading, the pictures can be small to load fast but clickable to bigger ones

     
  39. naturalbornracers

    May 16, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Simple layout, a top horizontal menus with key topics. Side menu for submenue. I do not like multiple level sub menu in a drop down format too difficult to use with handheld devices. When designing keep in mind your followers who use phones to visit your site. Stay away from script fonts. Use high contrast background / text ( example:light text against dark background). Four personality types will visit your site 2 love tons of photos and graphics the other 2 like detailed information. Homepage huge photos and a video frame with you and jack & mission statement. Other pages offer tons of content. Set up a members area for that content access (PDFs & video tutorials get analytical here). Make sure your branding is consistent with other materials (brochures videos blog etc).

     
  40. kainbear

    May 16, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Simplicity is the main goal of mine when I go to a website. Also the choice of colors people use in them, I personally feel the brighter the colors the more drawn people are to your website. Picture….yes definitely the more the merrier.

     
  41. jennifer delmage

    May 16, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I like having
    About us
    Training tips/advice
    Contact us
    Pics, lots of them!
    Maybe a forum, where fans can talk to eachother to get tips/advice
    Shopping
    Faq

     
  42. Sally Sweeney

    May 16, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I like everything about your site now. I, too am a sucker for pictures of your horses. A shopping page would be fun. Overal, I can’t add or subtract from other comments given 🙂 I liked your advice for older horses .

     
  43. Jimmy Adragna

    May 16, 2014 at 10:24 am

    My best advice is to have a separate mobile layout that visceral to navigate from a phone or tablet.

     
  44. crazymommamel

    May 16, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I think a Q&A section for us “little people” would be great, lots of pictures, and maybe a featured person/member of the quarter or month? Also, I personally, would really like an activity idea for families to do a horse related training or something along those lines, in order to get the kids involved with horses. 🙂

     
  45. Erin Pineau

    May 16, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Updating your website in general is a great idea to do. I think it would be neat too have a section on the horses you own and ride. Talking about the different challenges and unique things each of them posses. Having alot of pictures is always nice, especially in the shopping section so people can see what they are buying. You do not have to change a ton to make a website better either. It is a great idea to get other peoples opinion. Thanks for your time, Erin.

    P.s contests are always fun!!!

     
  46. Cecelia Hagland

    May 16, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Simplicity above all else when it comes to websites. Pages littered with buttons galore and options for this or that are irritating.

    Pictures are a great enhancement, especially when they directly correlate to the message being sent and are imbedded into the page and not just limited to a list of photo galleries.

    Pages have to also load quickly. Any page where a person has to sit and wait for content to load, gets lower traffic times.

    Keep side panels to a minimum. Readers like to read without having to constantly scroll further and further down a page that is squeezed due to side navigation bars run-amok.

    Newsletters shouldn’t be a walking advertisement for sponsor after sponsor. Content should always exceed advertisement.

     
  47. Lynell Johnson

    May 16, 2014 at 10:29 am

    An easy to navigate site is obviously a goal for every site so keeping it simple is important. I think adding a search bar would be very beneficial as well so I wouldn’t have to dig through the website to find the content I wanted/needed. I enjoy seeing pictures and being able to get a little background on each horse (maybe in the About page?) and watching/reading little tutorials on some training/riding tactics.
    I really enjoy reading your blogs – thank your for all the time and effort you put into it!

     
  48. Rachel Lewison

    May 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

    I like websites that are simple!! I like pictures/videos especially if you are teaching us something new. Keep fonts simple for easier reading and if you have a dark background us lighter font colors or vice verses. Personally I like brighter colored sites, to me they are cheerful.

     
  49. Crystal

    May 16, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I really enjoy your site now. When I’m looking at pages search buttons & menu’s are almost always my first go-to.

     
  50. Nicki Ourada

    May 16, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Tabs across the top for different sections. Eliminate having to scroll up and down if possible. Videos, videos, videos. A map of your travels, clinics, shows. A map where followers can add great trails to ride.

     
  51. Kristi

    May 16, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Looking at your website.. The only thing I don’t like about it.. The wording all runs together. You might want to do a page? And then turn the page for the blog before and so on. Or use spacers to let you know it’s separating the days that you post a blog. And contest to win products are always good for fans. Lol
    Thanks for asking fans for input and our opinions.

     
    • Stacy

      May 28, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Kristi-YOU ARE A WINNER! Can you contact me with your info? Shoot me an email at info@westfallhorsemanship(dot) com and put your name and contest winner in the subject line. I need your address to mail you your DVD!

       
  52. John Marrs

    May 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Real stories about real people you meet: Children who have overcome something and succeeded in the horse world. Bargain basement champions. Etc.

     
  53. Rmuzzy

    May 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Is there currently a search engine where we can look up questions that you have answered. Can the answered questions be organized in order by most frequently asked and by subject matter Thanks P.S. If you come to Pa for the summer where would that be?? Sent from my iPhone

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  54. Ashley A.

    May 16, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I like a lot of photos on websites, a lot of easy to navigate links to sub pages, about me (or about this site, about this organization…) pages, news for upcoming events/clinics, calendars of events (that’s a big one!), and last but not least- I always love it when a website has a theme. 🙂

     
  55. Janna Loeffler

    May 16, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Ease of navigation is generally my top priority, followed closely by pictures. 🙂 If a website isn’t easy to navigate then it doesn’t matter how many wonderful pictures you have; I can’t see them if I can’t find them.

    I tend to like any sort of navigational menu that sticks on the page but allows the rest of the page to scroll. If I have to scroll up to the top of the page to navigate by the time I get to the top I forget what I was wanting to do anyway. Along with that, I generally like a faq page, some sort of search option, and a site map for ease of use.

    About Me sections should be required on most web sites. I want to connect with you and trust you know what you are talking about. If I don’t know about you, I can’t connect.

    Shopping definitely a plus, especially if I have that navigation menu readily available. So when I hear you talk about your DVD or I see a tool in one of your videos that I want to purchase, I can easily get more information and purchase.

    There should be some way for people to contact you personally. Even if it’s an email address, you are a charismatic person and draw people to connect to you.

    Members only sections are great too. It encourages community amongst your fans.

    Newsletter –

    Upcoming Appearances/Events/Shows
    Sale Items
    Featured Horse/Student/Experience

    I wouldn’t have a members only section in a newsletter, but that’s just me.

    Hope that helps!!

     
  56. Amber B

    May 16, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Search button – OMG YES X10!! haha Total pet peeve when there is a ton of information but no way to search!

    Pictures – yes, lots! I especially love the option of clicking to get a larger version.

    Shopping page – yes, of course TAKE ALL MY MONEY!!

    For newsletters, it always nice to offer an incentive for people to sign up, so including special sales and upcoming events is a great idea!

     
  57. Michelle

    May 16, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I love the valuable resources and information you post on your website and in the blog. Everything seems to be easily accessible. The pictures are a nice addition as well. One of my favorite parts is the list on the right side with the “top pages & posts”. That’s a great place to check for topics that I may have missed when I can’t check the site every day. I say keep up the good work! Your site is fun to visit and very informative!!

    My daughter (9 yrs. old) met you at the Equine Affaire this year in Ohio, and hasn’t stopped talking about your work. She visits your site at least 3 times a week!

     
  58. Lesia Lowe

    May 16, 2014 at 10:56 am

    •pictures-lots or few?….lots!! love pics!!
    •search button…… yes.. in order by date/year
    •members only section…. no…everybody is welcome
    •about us page….. of course…we want to know as much as you are wanting to share…
    •shopping page…. a must have!!
    •contact page…. depends…
    •FAQ page……yes….
    •upcoming events….. yes
    •sale items…..yes
    •videos…..yes
    •private ‘member’ only section….what for??
    •contests?…. YES!
    just make sure that it is as easy on you too!!!!

     
  59. Danielle Carpenter

    May 16, 2014 at 11:04 am

    When it comes to websites that I am visiting – the more the merrier! I am always looking for additional info so the more buttons, links, and photos the better. I really like lots of photos. First off they break up the words and keep the article interesting. Secondly they really help if you are trying to explain something. Nothing like giving written instructions with only one photo. Sometimes very hard to fully understand what is trying to be explained. For newsletters I think the amount and type of content depends on how often it is issued. I really like upcoming events to be listed, an educational highlight, and even some fun facts. Videos are also very important. They too can keep it interesting. They can be just for fun and educational. Plus people learn in different ways. Having pictures, words, and videos will really help to reinforce to the reader what is being communicated. Contests are always amazing!

     
  60. Jo Ashley

    May 16, 2014 at 11:06 am

    For those of us in the country without the fastest internet connections websites that don’t take forever to load are a huge plus. I love contests and FAQ pages. I’d highlight sale items with links to your shopping pages. I thought your current website was nice.

     
  61. vtlace

    May 16, 2014 at 11:11 am

    With very little time to sit & read it’s a great help for me to see a visual example. IE: a small 2 minute video of GOOD & an equally short example of improper handling. Would love to see more contests to win a spot in a clinic for mentorship (with yourself♥ OR other professionals) … some of us oldsters never stop looking for ways to improve

     
  62. Cheryl in OK

    May 16, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Lots of pictures, especially if demonstrating a concept it would be nice to see step-by-step photos if there is no video. I like the layout of your website and find it easy to navigate and love the pictures you post. What I would LOVE to see either on the website or newsletter (or both) are events at which you are scheduled to be — either competing or doing a clinic or just visiting, etc. A frequently asked questions section would be nice also which could then not only offer answers, but steer us toward what “shopping” item might help with the problem or issue addressed in the “frequently asked question.”

     
  63. Alice

    May 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I like the earth tones. Home page should be uncluttered, one or two photos. Keep your logo and the “do not enter” section. 🙂 Search box, definitely!! Links to videos, photos, blog, shopping, “about us,” contact us, FAQ, Upcoming events, “Giveaway of the month.” No need for e-mail newsletters when people can subscribe to your wonderful blog! 🙂

     
  64. Margaret Rusnak

    May 16, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I love pictures, but agree that they clog up the computer.
    Love, love your videos!

    Really the only thing I’d work on is the shopping.

     
  65. robin

    May 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I did go on your website trying to find previous video diaries, and couldn’t find all of them (could be user error too). So my suggestion would be an archived section, as an easy way to find old videos and articles.

     
  66. Sharon Wiley

    May 16, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I like websites that are easy to navigate, search bars that I can type a few key words and find what I need. I love newsletters with the highlight topic in the e-mail subject, it draws my attention to read the main article and the rest of the letter/email. Information/Information/Information. . the more the better 🙂

     
  67. Janice Butler

    May 16, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Very informative I have liked some of the other trainers that post – then unliked because you are the only one not trying to sell me something you give all info not half ,then push a sales pitch for us to buy something to get none of the rest of the info ?thank you for that web site looks great .

     
  68. Cathy S

    May 16, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Newsletters are hard to do because of the constant need for info to put in it. I have done a few newsletters on a monthly basis and it is tough to keep it up over the months. I think the blog might be a better direction to go. Also I love hearing about your horses; Popcorn, Jac and whether you still have Kernel.

     
  69. Patti

    May 16, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I love your website. I love the daily updates I receive via my email so that I can keep up with your progress with Jac; your road trip adventures; reader’s questions and problems. Please keep the shopping tab available. I have several of your Weaver headstalls and bits that I love using. The reins have a great soft feel. I have limited data available per month, so I am way behind on watching the Jac videos. But it leaves me excited for a new month of data and a couple more progress videos. I recently acquired a young mare who has given me some unusual issues. I have used some of the things I learned from watching you and Jac to help me with this mare, Tess. I has been a tremendous help.
    Back on topic, I like the Members section. Especially the contests! I would like to see information about upcoming clinics and locations. My ultimate goal is to attend a clinic with you one day! I love the way you approach training and I laugh out loud at your sense of humor!!

     
  70. nikki

    May 16, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Upcoming events would be great. Love to follow your shows!! 😊s

     
  71. christiancowgirlpoetry

    May 16, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I like pictures as long as they load quickly! I also prefer dynamic content, otherwise I have no reason to check-in regularly. By this I mean: a place where I can find the latest news (and latest newsletter in .pdf to download, and archives of same would be nice) including upcoming events; maybe some brief, training tips or quick (under 1-minute) video clips/tips from you demonstrating something about tack, training, showing, or even product info or demos of items you sell; and a reader-driven library of brief Q & A’s on training. Hope something here is helpful to you, Stacy.

     
  72. marguerite rockwell

    May 16, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Marge
    I like easy to navigate pages. I like lots of pictures,contests,training info,a product page,also like an email to be able to email questions etc. 🙂

     
  73. Lor

    May 16, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I definitely like an “about us” section, and in particular, a “horse section” so we all know that horses involved, even those no longer with us. Contests are always fun, even it’s just trivia and there’s not a huge prize involved. I’m not big on “members only” as it’s more passwords and ID’s to remember, as if we didn’t already have enough of them.

    I particularly enjoy the training information, and with that a “search” box really helps. Perhaps I am looking for a particular tip you shared but can’t remember when I read it. I’m involved in training my OTTB in low level dressage and training issues and communication with my horse is of paramount importance to me.

    Thanks for asking us for feedback!

     
  74. Suzi

    May 16, 2014 at 11:43 am

    User Friendly! Easy navigation is a must, without too many pages to search for info you need (ie, catagorize subjects easily). Pics are nice too!! And tho I know having members makes money for you, I always feel I’m missing something important because I just can’t budget the “member fee’s” of all my favorite trainers (one I followed cut off everyone who wasn’t a member, that hurt). Another very popular trainer I like has SO MANY articles on his/her site that it is hard to find just the one you think you need! (again, catorgize to make some sense!). I also Love sales items and Contests! whoo hoo! Something free you say? 🙂 I always enjoy a news letter also. It shouldn’t be too long but should contain training information, but also tell something fun about your life as well– that keeps you real to us who may never actually meet you! 🙂 Hope that helps!!

     
  75. karen

    May 16, 2014 at 11:43 am

    i do like some pictures but not tuns faq page is good also like search buttons for easier navigation

     
  76. Starlene

    May 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I would have older information & training tips easily available. When I first got my horse I visited your page. At first glance I thought it was all to advanced for such a new rider. So I left and searched through older articles that were easily googled. This information may have been available on your site but for a new overwhelmed horse owner I may have missed it.

     
  77. Alicia Mccullough

    May 16, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Hello Stacy in reponse to your post my dislikes are members only page(s). I think the website should reflect off of a person’s life, culture, interests, with video clips & photos, a responsive wesite is a plus. Related articles are good, bkgrd style and graphics should be trendy and reflect ur image style. As for content layout ….. blog, reply, events, contact us, are all good tabs also.

     
  78. Jennifer

    May 16, 2014 at 11:58 am

    A website should be not to busy and cluttered with extra designs, patterns, etc And I can not stand websites that start playing music as soon as you get on! Make sure the color for your word font stands out and doesn’t blend in with your background color. I’ve seen some websites/blogs where people use a beautiful picture for the background, then their words blend into the picture and you can’t even read what they wrote!

    A website should be easy to negotiate through with buttons on each page(instead of having to go back to the home page to choose another page). Pictures (even photo albums to see progressions of things)~yes! I would say your website is easy to cruise through already. But yes, you could add some things; like you mentioned the FAQ is always nice and saves you from having to answer the same questions over and over. Videos are cool. I’m not sure I like the “member only” page, so of us just can afford to subscribe to stuff like that. Maybe have a “Tip or training idea of the week”.

    Anyways, just a few thoughts! Thanks so much for sharing all you do!
    God bless!

     
  79. andrea brown

    May 16, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I was reading through all the other comments. The difficulty about a website is if you are going through on a computer or with the phone. I love my computer but because of time I end up doing it on the phone. So keep it easy to access is nicer. Going back and forth thru many pages make it harder. I love youtube and I subscribe my favorites! That’s where I found you and Roxy.

     
  80. Wendy Russ

    May 16, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I like videos especially when they load on my ipad, as yours do. I would like it if you had a didi on each of your horses, present and past so we can get to know your horse family a bit better. Same goes with your family and their horse achievements however big or small, without infringing on your family’s privacy of course 🙂

     
  81. Nikki Toomey

    May 16, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Maybe a list of upcoming events.

     
  82. Cortney

    May 16, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    I think you should leave the DO NOT ENTER link!! I like the search option. And that the top posts and recent posts are so easy to find. I don’t always keep up with your blog, so getting the newsletters are helpful for me. It would be cool if they listed the upcoming events and sales on products you offer. I love contests too!! 🙂 I love pictures! Maybe have a gallery with pictures and some of you picture quotes. I like pictures in the blog posts too of course, but keeping those simple and easy to read is helpful. Maybe you could have some links to categories of your posts. Like Colt Starting and Questions Answered and have the posts you have written in those categories all filed in those links. Making it easier to find what we are looking for is always nice! I am thankful you do this blog and thanks for asking us our input!! 🙂

     
  83. rustybitz

    May 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    I think you should leave the DO NOT ENTER link!! I like the search option. And that the top posts and recent posts are so easy to find. I don’t always keep up with your blog, so getting the newsletters are helpful for me. It would be cool if they listed the upcoming events and sales on products you offer. I love contests too!! 🙂 I love pictures! Maybe have a gallery with pictures and some of you picture quotes. I like pictures in the blog posts too of course, but keeping those simple and easy to read is helpful. Maybe you could have some links to categories of your posts. Like Colt Starting and Questions Answered and have the posts you have written in those categories all filed in those links. Making it easier to find what we are looking for is always nice! I am thankful you do this blog and thanks for asking us our input!! 🙂

     
  84. Karen Kania-Forehand

    May 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I like easy navigation and search buttons so if I want to look up something specific I can find it. Love pictures. I have to admit I don’t usually do “memberships”. I like your links from facebook to your website. About us sections are always entertaining and Contests are lots of fun! I guess my answer is the K.I.S.S. approach!

     
  85. Kathie W

    May 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Your website is one of the better ones for content, ease of navigation etc. Just a few suggestions for “tweaks”.

    Horse page should be easier to find, possibly as a sub-page under “Meet Us”. Love to read about the horses’ individual quirks!

    Generally, things always need to be kept up to date. Updated info on new horses (Jac), Roxy’s passing and Vaquero etc. Info on the clinic page s/b revised now that you are no longer hosting clinics at your old place in Ohio.

    Yes, everyone loves contests and winning stuff!

    Generally, you do a GREAT job communicating with your “fans”. You have the website, blog and FB page. What would the purpose of the newsletter be? No sense duplicating or triplicating your efforts.

    How about an index of the Jac episodes, so a person could more easily find a topic they’re interested in?

    Definitely would like an easy to see, updated calendar/schedule to know where you will be doing shows/clinics etc.

    You do a great job of communicating, and making your fans feel close to you. Don’t know how you find the time!

     
  86. Rachelle Staten

    May 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I mainly access the Internet through my iPhone and iPad which sometimes makes websites go wonky, so as long as you make sure they still work perfect for people like me, then it’s awesome ❤

     
  87. Liseanne R

    May 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Pictures:
    There are three kinds of learning types: visual; tactile and auditory. If you have an equal amount of pictures and words that help benefit the majority of the people out there, making your site more useful in general. I don’t like it however when there are too many pictures and no descriptions, it leaves the user to open to misinterpret information.

    Organization:
    When evaluating a site the biggest thing that catches my eye at the beginning is the over all organization of the site. Where information is and how easily found it is are the two main points. I know you have a great instinct for how things should look just from how to organize your blog posts so that should be hard.

    Search Buttons:
    Search buttons are great but only when they work well. Not all search engines are built the same, and some tend to misguide users. Some sited I have visited have the information I am looking for, but if I try to save time by searching, I actually come up empty handed.

    As for specifics on the other pages, your website is on the right track as far as I can see, just keeping in mind to have everything up-to-date and not let it get static is the best way to go.

    For example on your ‘Meet Us’ page there is a section on Newt, but he’s just a little wee baby, and has clearly grown up a lot, judging by your latest episode of Jac. I love hearing about the horses and their little quirks.

    Newsletters:
    Yes, Yes and Yes! To everything! The upcoming events is the biggest for me because you where up here in Canada and I had no idea and missed it! I only found out in one of the earlier episodes of Jac when you mentioned having been here, and Jac was off work because of it!

    The next one is contests, because it’s as interactive as you can make the internet, also you could add polls, and mini surveys in there to keep people interacting with your site.

    Sale items also great idea in newsletters because I also have missed sales on your equipment and DVD’s.

    Videos absolutely! The more the better! Even if they are ones you found somewhere on YouTube and want to share!

    The Member’s only section could be a great idea as well, you could offer exclusive deals for members, and special contests ect.

    Hope this helped!

     
  88. Jamie H.

    May 16, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I dislike flashing/strobe pages/buttons, they are very tiring on the eyes. I love a about us page, link to horses, FQA page.

     
  89. Alicia

    May 16, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Hello Stacy in reponse to your post my dislikes are members only page(s). I think the website should reflect off of a person’s life, culture, interests, with video clips & photos, a responsive wesite is a plus. Related articles are good, bkgrd style and graphics should be trendy and reflect ur image style. As for content layout ….. blog, reply, events, contact us, are all good tabs aswell

     
  90. Jacquie Coles

    May 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    An inviting page that shows exactly what you want us to know about you & your website.
    A feedback page.
    Trainer Quotes of the week/month/day depending on how often you can post.
    Free give aways.
    Of Course LOVE your Training & Motivational Videos
    Easy access for the customer. :ie: Large Easy To Read Icons to click onto to find what you need
    Photos, Videos, Products offered, Mission Statement or your story, Upcoming Events/Clinic Dates, etc
    Keep up the great work Stacey you are one of the best out there. You have inspired me as a Professional Trainer along with many more. 🙂
    Jacquie Coles
    Angelic Horsemanship

     
  91. Carol Stirrat

    May 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Definitely a search button for training ideas is necessary. I enjoy hearing what is happening in your life, along with the whys, if that is not too personal to share. For example, travelling with horses after selling your place… none of my business, but it may inspire others to embark on an adventure. I would like to know where you stop and what arrangements have to be made in advance. It intrigues me! So that is an “about us” page. “For sale” page, whether for training materials or horses. (Could be clients’ horses.) A “contact us” page, especially if you start training for the public again. A “schedule” page for things such as appearances or clinics. I really dislike a “members’ page”. I have bought DVDs from a trainer before he implemented this, but I won’t buy anymore from him now. (I dislike the idea that you can be in the elite group by buying your way in. Sounds like a corrupt government!) Perhaps money can be made by breaking training videos into small segments such as specifically teaching flying lead changes and another video might deal with fencing, or stops, or circles, or speed control, etc. then you could offer a package deal that includes them all. I have your groundwork video. A “FAQ page” could take the place of your blog. It could be solving problems such as my horse only wants to do large fast circles. Do you have exercises to help me slow her down? (At the Mane Event in Red Deer, Alberta, you demonstrated a pattern with five cones, that I use all the time for this.) Thank you.

     
  92. Mary Busse

    May 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I enjoy websites with lots of pictures and minimal advertising. I don’t like the ones that are thinly veiled infomercials. A place for questions/answers is important. I enjoy your website, it’s one of my favorites and there’s not much about it I would change. Just keep it real, keep it relevant and accessible. 🙂

     
  93. Jessica Berry

    May 16, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    When I visit a web site I like to look at the most current updates first thing! I am nosey, so if Popcorn sneezed I want to see it! Ha my next stop is always what’s on sale! Pictures are great also! More decoratively than as a feature I think. But I like reading.. I love the idea of a FAQ page. I always find the answers there. Am I asking obvious questions? Hm.. In a newsletter: I love all that’s listed!! And maybe a member of the month photo? Just a thought. Stacey you are wonderful and inspiring and I appreciate so much your closeness to your fellow horse people! 🙂

     
  94. Pam Neumeyer

    May 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    pictures-lots or few?- As someone mentioned above, I am a visual learner – like photos & videos.

    search button – definitely – I use them a lot.

    members only section no – everyone needs to see your information – great blog – love the section on training Jac. Best ever – so relevant to see all the steps it takes to get where you go!!!Members only feels like it leaves people out.

    about us page – yes, always interesting – would be nice especially if it was kept updated.

    shopping page – would love to see what products you really use and have easy access to them.

    contact page – would love to have for questions.

    FAQ page – would save you lots of time on the previous contact page.

    I wanted to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog, especially about Jac – it’s so relevant and so interesting, I hope that you don’t change too much.

     
  95. Leisa

    May 16, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I always see ‘whats new’ first, then I love training tips and reminders. Considering you never stop learning about horses. Those ‘nuggets’ you provide are very helpful. Something you learned that may seem small can be huge to me!

     
  96. Carrie

    May 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Hi Stacy, I must just say that I actually enjoy your website now so whatever you do will be great I am sure. I really, really love the training videos and discussions as I am not able to afford to go to clinics, I have been to one a few years ago so probably won’t get to another for quite some time. I am in my 50’s now and have been riding since I was 12yrs old with a few breaks from horses in that time as life got in the way. I still enjoy learning new techniques and ways of communicating with my horse so the videos are great. I thoroughly enjoyed the “Jac” series. I watch them over and over.

    It would be great to know when you are coming to Canada as auditing may be an option. Thank you for taking the time to consider what your customers and followers are looking for.

     
  97. Sharon Hill

    May 16, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    I think the biggest thing to include is a menu at the side or top that takes you back to places you’ve been so you don’t have to back track and lose your place. Horse trivia for a contest. First to answer correctly would win. One win per month or two. Maybe a listing of other trainers who you like to watch. How about a page for amazing horses. When you find something on the web that absolutely blows you away you could put it on that page. Of course you and Roxy would be at the top of that list.

     
  98. Shelley S

    May 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Stacy, thanks for the opportunity to enter a contest. Yes, I like contests on Web pages. ;o) I like pictures and videos, but the pictures and videos should be primarily in their own gallery with a few in the articles. The reason being, I imagine a decent percentage of your audience is in the boonies with iffy and slow internet connections. I also love a FAQ page and search capability. You do a fantastic job Stacy! Keep up the good work.

     
  99. Katelyn Leasia

    May 16, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    The biggest problem I have with some sites is navigation. I hate it when I click on a link to another part of the website and can’t navigate the site from there, but this is not a problem on your site. I also like your use of pictures. There are enough pictures to catch my eye and keep me interested, but not so much that it looks like just a collage. I like the balance you have between pictures and text. Honestly, I can’t say I have any complaints about your website… keep up the good work!

     
  100. Inge v. B

    May 16, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    What for me personally is most important is that the content of a website is up to date.

     
  101. Michelle

    May 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I would love to see giveaways, along with training tips! New videos are always good too!

     
  102. Sam Lipscomb

    May 16, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I personally like a lot of pictures! There’s never too many, especially when explaining training methods. I also really like tips and trick pages, an advise type page. In newsletters I like tips and advise as well. I like limited buttons but drop down button menus are great! Easy to navigate. I don’t like the members only sections, I usually turn away from there, I’ll buy movies and products but I don’t like paying to see a website. I like your blog and site already, absolutely love the jac series.

     
  103. Sidney Ryan

    May 16, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Really enjoy your impromptu’s along with your training. I’ve been following you and jac and your lovely family and your life’s adventure. I think you are doing great. I love the blogs and yes lot’s and lot’s of pictures. Along with your videos, narration, and pictures it really makes understanding easier. The Website I guess? Umm. I’ve enjoyed so much . I haven’t stopped to be critical . Lol.. Maybe a little brighter for us older ones . Just simple with all the navigation tools to be able to access and yes a search window. But all in all, I love it. Thank you. Have a great day. Oh and I do like the games or giveaway’s . It’s fun. !!

     
  104. Shelby Rogers

    May 16, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I like lots of pictures when it comes to teaching/demonstrating. And the videos are very helpful. Search boxes are ideal. Upcoming events and travel schedules help out a lot. I like to know where clinics are being held. Giveaways and contests are great ideas. It helps us feel a bit involved. Personally, I am a huge fan of advice columns. Where questions get sent in and answered. But all in all, simple is best. And you are doing a great job!

     
  105. Corry Truax

    May 16, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Hello Stacy
    Thank you for asking our opinions !! I am new to your page and so far like your content. I am just trying to get to know a new horse that is quite young and has not had much experience since his foundation training. I would like to see Jacs videos/training and am having a hard time finding them, so, any way of doing this the easy way ?!
    Also, any tips you have for the new partnering of a human and horse, just any common mistakes people make that come to your mind. I have ridden for over 30 yrs, but, no formal lessons ever so I am always open to suggestions so I don’t ruin what this intelligent animal has been taught so far 🙂
    Thanks, Corry Truax

     
  106. Ida Marie Panella Carlough

    May 16, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I like a calendar of events. In your case a calendar of places you will be stopping at during your travels.

     
  107. Janette

    May 16, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Stacy you may wish to give your web sight a face lift, but web page is very effective as it is. I found your web.page just a few months ago. I enjoyed exploring it on my phone (some web pages are just too fancy for my phone to load). I was able to purchase all your videos easily and at a very reasonable price.

     
    • Janette

      May 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Dam, my fat fingers hit post again by mistake.
      Ease of navigation is the key. We horse people are not computer genesis. The technology is just a means to get more horse stuff in our lives. Stacy, your humble humanitie is what like most.

       
  108. Jenny Larue

    May 16, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Your current layout is simple but effective. What I would like to see with your new site would be a mobile friendly version and a upcoming calendar of your events.

     
  109. carol haylett

    May 16, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    i love your training tips, answers to problems, and especially lots of pictures, so would love a chance to win your dvd on training jac to have it all together in 1 place. we are seniors on fixed incomes with health issues, so anything that would help us would also be appreciated, since we can’t do physically what we used to. both have health issues that are making us very insecure to ride.

     
  110. Shelly Christie

    May 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I love FAQ sections, photo sections and I don’t care for member only sections as some I’ve been on require payment. Some folk need good info but can’t afford to pay to see it. Making searches simple it awesome. Some make them so complicated it’s frustrating. BTW I have enjoyed the Jac series on FB!!

     
  111. Snickers Lily

    May 16, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I like visiting sites that are easy to read (making font color and background color so that they don’t blend together is the main problem I run into; you do a good job on this, but I’ve been to several places that don’t, and I never stayed long, lol)
    I do like pictures and visual aids, but I don’t want to be overloaded with them… too many in one post make me feel overwhelmed, but one or two can add color and help push a point ect. I love video usage to demonstrate things, as it helps the information sink into my brain.
    Search buttons are very helpful, but I find that extra categories and subcategories help me find things easier, especially when I’m not exactly sure what I’m looking for. I think ‘about us’ and ‘shopping’ ect. are classified as catagories, and are things that I find helpful or interesting. I think adding more subcategories would improve your site to be even better than it is already 🙂
    In a newsletter I like to recieve videos and events the best, but I don’t often sign up for them…
    I hope that some of this was useful to you, good luck and blessings to you Stacy!

     
  112. Crystal .L

    May 16, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I would like to see more stories about some of your other horses and what they do! And more pictures! And names of all the horses!

     
  113. Kirsty

    May 16, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Hi Stacey, I cant think of anything I dont like about your website or Blog. I’m a huge fan and enjoy reading questions and queries that people send to you and the response you give. The infomation you have available about training tips are FANTASTIC. Also the series you did with Jac was great it really helped me with my mare. I wish I could help those Last chance corral foals but being in Australia makes it a bit difficult. You do a fantastic job of promoting and informing everyone of these little guys about all they need is the second chance at life which was horribly taken away the first time. It has made me do some research here in Australia about this issue. Keep putting heaps of photo’s on that would be one of my Favorites. Keep up the awesome work, You give me insperation and confidence in my riding and im pretty sure im not alone on that one.

     
  114. Sarah Golladay

    May 16, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I like some pictures but not a ton. Easy to navigate. I hate when I am looking for something but can’t find it. Clear categories and subcategories to click on so I can actually see what I am looking for. FAQ’s are helpful to at times. Love your blog. Jac is such a sweet boy.
    As far as newsletters I like lots of learning info. LOVE contests!! Video’s are great too. I really learn alot from you. Thanks!

     
  115. Erin

    May 16, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    l like lots of pictures, but organization is important so as not to overwhelm. A search button is great if it works well. I’m sort of indifferent towards the ‘members only section’ but as long as its free I’m in! Love an ‘about us’ page on a site. It makes it more personal and shows people who you are and creates interest in you and your products. A shopping page is great and makes it is easy to buy your products. A contact page is a must. FAQ pages are great too and can be very helpful. It saves you the trouble of answering the same questions over and over.

    I go to your website to learn. Videos and answers to questions are great and who doesn’t love a contest?! The most valuable thing to me on your site has been the Jac series. I can’t thank you enough for it. It would be easier to navigate the Jac videos if you had a link to each of the episodes in one list – located, for example, on the right sidebar like where you have ‘Top Posts & Pages’. Something to enable viewers to find a specific episode quickly from any page.

     
  116. Lynn H

    May 16, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I Like your blog! its easy to navigate,
    I personally like videos with a few different ways and tips to get the same result, def helps with training and what works and what ways to change unwanted behaviors.
    Love newsletters with updates on upcoming show/clinics schedule.
    Where are they Now blog?
    Love lots of pics.
    Love FAQs & Helpful Hints, Contact us/Ask Us
    Contests :).
    Sale Items

    Stacy, Your an Amazing person and an Inspiration to so Many..

     
  117. Erica Heckman

    May 16, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I like websites to be easy to use and not confusing, I like the pictures because they help you understand better than words sometimes can. The settup you had was pretty good, and search bars are always great! I hope that helped some 🙂

     
  118. Niki Pedersen

    May 16, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I think that a simple, very easy to navigate website is always best. Everyone loves contests! Also, videos would be great, especially more instructional videos.

     
  119. miriam

    May 16, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I like FAQ.

     
  120. Jami Myers

    May 16, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Love your blog and receive it in my email but never think to go to your website. You should have a nice big “push here” button to go to the website. Thanks for all of your help and advice to those of us trying to become better horse people!

     
  121. Ron Nelson

    May 16, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I really enjoy things as they are, everything is good positive knowledge!

     
  122. Julie Wademan

    May 16, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    I have really enjoyed the Jac story, love to see what is happening in your world, but really appreciate learning tips to help me with my non showing pleasure riding ,too. I go to your blog almost every day and get such a nice variety of tips and just the news of what you are doing. Thanks

     
  123. Tracy Caron

    May 16, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Hello
    I do love your website, the style, the colours, and your entries. They are well written and easy to follow. Just the right amount of pictures and text! The Do Not Enter button is great! (It was a very long time before I tried it…)
    I agree with the others, I’d like to read more about the horses you have/had, and about their quirks. I am just starting with horses, and am so surprised at just how different they all ride and act! My previous experience with horses was a few trail rides as a kid…I thought all horses would start, plod along in single file and stop without reacting to much…I’m having quite the education right now! Horses have active minds, and have definite ideas about how and where they want to be ridden!

    I dislike ‘members only’ stuff…and forums, too, as one earlier poster suggested. Those are just a place for the aggressively opinionated people to dominate…and I come here to read your ideas and posts.
    I’d like a better way to navigate this site, or find posts by subject. When I saw the YouTube clip of Vaquero when he was sick, I had to spend a whole afternoon scrolling backward using the top left hand click to find out what happened to him..(My condolences on your loss. He was one talented little horse. I’m so glad you gelded him when you did and gave him the gift of being in a herd and happy. That is a gift meaningful to a horse.)
    Of course, it was an enjoyable afternoon, and I learned a ton. Thank you!!

    Not a fan of newsletters. I check your Facebook page everyday, even though I don’t have Facebook, or want it. I just found it from Google, and saved it to my Favorites. I enjoy all the links you include, though I wish I could have a look at your collection of All Four Feet Off the Ground pics!

     
  124. Linda Snyder

    May 16, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Stacy
    I love the pictures, especially with the training videos. Contest are great, freebies too. I like to be able to manuver back and forth easily around the site. You do a great job of making your site so personal and friendly. I love that you ‘re keeping us up to date on your where abouts and activities. I’m still sad you left Ohio, but I’m willing to bet you will be back, someday, to stay!

     
  125. Bobbie Kiser

    May 16, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Training videos are my favorite. Your training on Jac has been great and I appreciate your time and sharing your knowledge. Ease of moving about a web site is good for the older generation who did not grow up with computers–keep it simple!

     
  126. L.Dwyer

    May 16, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Stacy, I love a weekly training tip accompanied by photos and or short video. If weekly is too frequent, a monthly one is always appreciated. Thx for all the advice you give us!

     
  127. carlacarrabino

    May 16, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    I love your family stories. They make everything in your teaching the horses and us very real and doable. Thank you for caring.

    Sent from my iPhone

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  128. CJ

    May 16, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Links to any reference. Example, if referencing a previous episode or product, put the link to that portion of your site or place off your site. Makes it so handy to keep on following what you do and show us so well.

     
  129. Savanna

    May 16, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    When I visit a website I love to see lots of photos. Photos of whatever the writer is talking about or trying to explain etc. In the newsletter I would to see all that is listed! I love your website just as it is but I’m sure if your are updating it will be great!

     
  130. Jojo

    May 17, 2014 at 12:10 am

    To have a good website it is essential for the important things to be easily accessible on the home page and the other things to be easily found with a search button. Personally I like it when the home page is fairly basic with not too many things going on, it makes it easier to navigate the website 🙂 Pictures also help with this a lot by using a picture like a button e.g. A photo of Jac with words saying ‘follow Jac’s progress/training’, when pressed it takes you to a playlist of Jac’s videos from YouTube. Hope this helps and I look forward to seeing your new website!

     
  131. Karen Montgomery

    May 17, 2014 at 1:16 am

    Stacy the home page should load quickly and be an index to things within your website. If it doesn’t load quickly, people will exit and go look somewhere else. All pictures should be compressed and lad quickly. A thumbnail is preferred by me, if I want to see it larger I will double click to enlarge.
    Organization is important and information easy to find. I personally like drop down menus.
    Clutter will also make me leave, if it is difficult to find a link to something, I will leave and I believe you lose a lot of traffic that way!

     
  132. Trisha Naundorf

    May 17, 2014 at 3:04 am

    I find that your current website is more than user friendly, also the colors and format suit you and your lifestyle to a T. Search button could use a little tweaking but generally I find what I’m looking for. I really like the date tab on each of your blogs and enteries, easy to keep track of what is happening with you and your training program with Jac.
    Pictures, pictures, pictures, lots of pictures, many of us learn best when having visual aids. I could use a few more videos on simple things than many trainers don’t seem to think are relevant, such as teaching a horse to get in a horse trailer, teaching a horse to accept a bath or clippers, or even cleaning small cuts or injuries, or applying bug spray.
    A big question for me has to do with several of your videos in which you mention Jac asking to come into your space and you sending him back away. When do you let him come into your space and how do you let him know that hugs are okay at certain times and not at others? Maybe a quick info video on that 🙂
    I agree with some of the others in that a newsletter may not be needed as long as your fans are receiving notifications on your blog post, which I love!
    Event calendar, another good idea.
    Bios on your horses, how they came to be, and how you made them what they are. We all love to read up on other horses, the ones with us now and those that have come before.
    Keep smiling, can’t wait to see what happens next!

     
  133. tonya matesick

    May 17, 2014 at 3:12 am

    I like FREE …like educational vidios. Have a topic so you can search what yiur looking for.ex…different topics on training. Different topicd on problems(biting, headtossing, maybe evrn a section on health.symtons(including what may look like behavioral prob) cures.

     
  134. Helen Johnson

    May 17, 2014 at 3:26 am

    The ability to search the site well.
    Love pics and videos too.
    Good organization. Actually I like your current site a lot.
    I like all the categories you have listed at the side.bar. Very easy to find.
    Q & A always nice.
    FAQ s
    Nice to see where you are appearing or showing.

    Above all, regular updates

     
  135. Kim Chura

    May 17, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Up coming events is one of my favorite taunts. I also love the ongoing story of Jack. Contests are fun also. Yet what I love about your current site is the clearly personal touch. That is something I feel is quite unique and keeps me coming back.

     
  136. Michelle Bowser

    May 17, 2014 at 9:56 am

    How about some do’s and don’t s, I know you cover things in your training session but I am working with a two year old, he has been in the pasture all winter so it seems like I have to start all over even with simple things like walking on a lead rope, but it would kind of be nice to know some things not to do, that will just create problems I have to fix in the future, I am just an ordinary person with horses who is learning from what I see on RFD tv and the computer. Have a great day and I love following you, you make things look real easy. And I am just in awe with your bridle less riding, I have watched you perform at The equine affaire in Columbus more than once. Take care,
    Michelle

     
  137. Stephanie

    May 17, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Hi Stacy,

    For the design and layout : I really like them, brown is not so easy to work with but you did a really good job with it and it’s navigate on it.

    pictures-lots or few : Not too much, not too many. Pictures can be very useful to show some particular actions or things. But if you put too many of them it wpn’t mean anything anymore. You are already doing some very good videos to show to people what to see and what to do. So you don’t need to put too many. I think your articles at the moment are the good balance between not enough and too much. So I would say just keep it like you do it now.

    search button : Very useful ! If you start using keyword for your articles it can be very convenient. For exemple if I’m looking for an old video I won’t remember the eaxct title of it. So a keyword will help me to find it again. Or if I have a problem with my horse and I’m looking for solutions, I can put a keyword as well and see if you have already made a video about my issue.

    members only section : I would say no… Why ? Well, as an abroad person it’s psychological more difficult for me to made payments to access to “I don’t know what more”. I give you an exemple I started to learn horsemanship with Clinton Anderson. I was working in an Australian ranch which is training in the same way. I was first going to his website to try to grab informations. But I’m not going there at all anymore. Every explanation is locked by his membership thing… And unfortunately it’s not as easy for me to suscribe . I know that I won’t have any help from him or his team if I’m having a huge issue with my horse as I’m just leaving on the other side of the world. The reason why I like you and your website is because you let people access to your knowledge and experiences. You really want to change the world for horses and not thinking money first.

    about us page : Very important. When people are coming for the first time they like to feel the athmosphere that you’re going to bring them. To understand you motivations, your past and why you like what you do !

    shopping page : Yes ! If you do it right and handy it can be a great opportunity for people to know where to buy good quality items.

    contact page : Really important. Let people give your their opinon, ask for help or congratulate you. We always need opinions even from people that we think worst than us to make us better trainer.

    FAQ page :
    It can be very useful but I don’t see which can of question you’ll put in it. The answer is maybe what are the repetitive question that people are asking you by email.

    What do you like to have in a newsletter?
    I don’t like newsletter so please let the choice to people to subscribe and unsubscribe easily.
    You can share you’re upcoming events for sure but too much sale items won’t be very appropriate.
    Contests are a really good idea ! you may have a lot of good surprises by doing them.

    Point of view from a nice French girl who likes your website how it is now and who likes to learn more and more with your advices and videos. =)

     
  138. Morgan gaston

    May 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Lots of pictures! 🙂 and a descriptive caption for them all ( I don’t like when I see a picture but don’t know what is going on or who it is) a spot for people to ask you questions and have them answered. in vedio type or picture.

     
  139. Karen

    May 17, 2014 at 11:59 am

    The home page should show a picture of the person/subject to say to the viewer that “I have found the right site” . Then it should be easy to navigate and have buttons clearly laid out (with driop menus further expanding on the topic) . FAQ’ s is a must and I like links to other documents. Depending on the subject an online store could be useful. Pictures of work in progress, finished pieces or just plain for fun stuff is good. Then videos of the work being done. So, it should have “everything” .

     
  140. Brenda Braden

    May 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I think your webpage is great, it is very easy to navigate and informative. I love the videos about Jax’s training and your insight into the different aspects of his personality as well as that of horses in general. Definitely keep the “DO NOT ENTER”page. The search option is always good. I also like that you share stories about your “followers” and the progress they are making learning from you. The only thing I can think of to add is a page directed at children to get them interested in your training at an earlier age. I personally would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings about the loss of Roxy. I have read your postings and the poem multiple times and it helps with the loss of my Clyde after 28 years together. Some days are so hard, I miss him terribly…as I sit here with tears streaming down my face, I will be listening to you recite the poem after I post this, it always seems to help. Thank you

     
  141. Brenda Braden

    May 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    My apology, I misspelled Jac.

     
  142. Kathryn

    May 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I love your website and your generosity–I’ve learned so much from watching the Jac videos you’ve shared. I don’t have the speediest connection, so its always better for me if images lean towards lower res. (I need to stop and start videos a lot, waiting for my computer to catch up). I’m not loving the idea of a “members only” section because its at odds with the openness and generosity of your site that I’ve appreciated so much. But hey, everyone needs to make a living, and that might make sense for you. Thank you so much for everything you’ve shared!

     
  143. judy simmons

    May 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    really don’t like sites where you have to search for a “contact us” tab. Are you doing any clinics in Texas?

     
  144. Kelley Sanger

    May 17, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Everyone had great ideas don’t know if this was mentioned yet, a trainer I worked with had on her website a specific tab with drop down info about a competition (tb makeover) and she did a weekly update to count down to the competition she didn’t always post pics or videos but it was neat to follow her to the competition. With everything with Jac it might be nice to have a specific tab for him where we could find more info and also links to all his videos, I did have a hard time finding them all and in order when just searching youtube. Just a thought!
    Thank! God Bless
    Kelley

     
  145. Rebecca Payne

    May 17, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I like your current layout, with a search button to make it more user friendly to navigate to those older post that I may have recalled as being gold and want to see again. I like fewer pictures so I don’t crash my computer! FAQ, about us, and contact pages are also important and should be easy to find.
    For a newsletter, I’d like upcoming events and am always drawn to a feature article no matter what it is on. I really don’t like private sections, they make me think of some elite club (that i never seen to be a member of..). I love information that is easy for anyone to be able to access and like that I can tell a friend of something I have seen on your current page and they can easily access it to get value from it too. Happy redesigning!

     
    • Stacy

      May 28, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Rebecca-YOU ARE A WINNER! Can you contact me with your info? Shoot me an email at info@westfallhorsemanship(dot) com and put your name and contest winner in the subject line. I need your address to mail you your DVD!

       
  146. Patricia A. Woodruff

    May 17, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    hi Stacy…keep the videos, especially with music and/or talking in the background. Pictures are good also. some ideas: Horses for sale, Vet list, about 3-4 each month, keep changing them, Trail Ride areas, and/or “camping with your horse”. Fun ideas, activities to do during the summer to keep your horses from being board. Search Button stays in
    . A special section: The Funniest Thing my Horse(s) ever did”. .could be a photo or video…win a prize as the readers judge who is funniest, naturally you will also be a part in judging.
    At least once, have a FULL list of all the types of breeds, the names and a few short sentences about each horse, include ponies. This would be good for the people who are not too familiar with the different breeds.
    Pick a “Horse-of-the Month” and give the history about that horse…where it originated…what is it used for. .you get the idea.
    Show pictures and “how to” braid manes in different ways and styles.
    Keep the EVENTS list, dates, schedules.
    Another section: My first “REAL RIDE” on my first horse, prefer video, picture will be okay, but add a caption. This should be so funny!
    Q & A section…everyone can give answers.
    List of good Horse Books that could be helpful, there might be a few of us that still like to read books!
    I hope I added a few ideas for you……Happy Trails!

     
  147. Rachel

    May 18, 2014 at 12:10 am

    I would like to see a weekly or monthly video on how to retrain an abused or spoiled horse. It would also be nice to see lots of pictures or short videos of all of your horses at shows or during training.

     
  148. Danielle

    May 18, 2014 at 12:12 am

    I like the videos of Jac every week, enjoy reading the different questions people have and find the blog very helpful. I would like to see lots of videos and pictures.

     
  149. Suzanne Rowe

    May 18, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Wow you have gotten a lot of great answers so far!

    I like enough pictures to get the point of the page.
    I like tabs better than a search button.

    I didn’t realize you had a membership. =) It does make sense to have a members only section
    if there are privileges over and above for being a member.

    about us page is always great.
    It is nice to have the goods separated from the information.
    I personally like contact information on each page so that if I am just looking at one page I
    don’t have to go somewhere else to get it, but if it is tabbed that’s not bad either.
    FAQ page yes it is good to know what is going on.

    I like contests as long as they are not too complicated to sign up for.

    mtsuz@yahoo.com

     
  150. Cassandra Holtz

    May 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I love the way you explain things so the average horse person can understand them & that it can give those who need it the confidence to put them to work! Also for the new website love the idea of having contests . Also a DVD tab that you could click on a certain DVD & it might give the particular steps that would be being worked on & explained!!

     
  151. Stephanie Hobson

    May 18, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I like pictures. I do prefer quality over quantity.

    For some reason I don’t like to watch videos very much but I know they are extremely popular with most people. Obviously you can’t do this with your instructional videos but I am often irritated by the news sites that post a video of a story without a transcript. I would rather read than watch.

    About us page – totally necessary.

    FAQ page – could be extremely helpful. You could use it to explain that you are not deaf or and you don’t ride without bridle or saddle after only three weeks of training! lol. Seriously though I bet you get lots of the same questions over and over as new fans find you; a lot of those could be compiled in a FAQ page. Then all you have to do is get folks to actually look at it! However that video and the totally untrue story with it is exactly how I found you, so for once I’m thankful for an erroneous story!

    Being able to search a site is good. For instance I wanted to re-read your post about the above ride and was able to find it by searching the word deaf. But I have seen sites where the search function was so limited that it was pretty useless.

    Members Only page – depends on the purpose. Paid membership? It does seem a little off putting to me but I’m probably in the minority here anyway. I’m 69, don’t ride, have never ridden, don’t own horses, did work for an equine vet 25+ years ago. I just never lost my girlhood love for horses. One of the things I like best about your site is your personality and that you actually engage with your fans.

    I had not even looked at your Contact Us page until now and didn’t realize how you are using it. I expected it to be the typical fill-in-the-blank or email link page and was very pleasantly surprised! You may need a new name for it though. There does seem to be a formatting problem on it right now though – the last few entries are on the dark background and are unreadable unless you highlight them.

    Oh, and I was one of those who clicked the Do Not Enter page on my very first visit here! Have always been kind of rebellious. lol

    That’s all I can think of at the moment. Except whatever you do or do not do, I’m grateful for you.

     
  152. Karli M

    May 19, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Stacy, I think the most important thing is to keep it simple and organized, easy to follow. I think you already do a very good job with that though. I do like seeing pictures, they often draw my attension quickly. Hopes this helps.

     
  153. lisa w

    May 19, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    I would like a few one or two, pictures on the home page and not too much going on…..simple. so I don’t have information overload and can see what is relevant when I visit.
    I’ve really enjoyed the Jac videos. They are informative & encouraging. Thank you for demonstrating through this what being an overcommer is.

     
  154. Sharon Hill

    May 21, 2014 at 12:02 am

    One more thought. Make the font larger, please. Even with readers I’m squinting a bit.

     
    • Stacy

      May 21, 2014 at 8:23 am

      Sharon- can you let me know what device you are viewing the site from (laptop, desktop, brand name, etc) then I can have my web guy look at this issue.

       
  155. Mikel Basque

    May 21, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Hi Stacy,

    I would be very interesting more videos about trainning lessons. It is very nice to read you, but sometimes is more “understandable” watching a video.

    Congrats for your site and thanks for share with us your knowledge and experiences.

    Regards

     
  156. Erin

    May 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Sharon, if you’re using a pc hold down the Ctrl key and tap the ‘+’ key to zoom in as many times as you want. Hold Ctrl and tap the minus key ‘-‘ to zoom out. It should make the font bigger.

     
  157. Shelley Massey

    May 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    The Jac series has been a pleasure. If I have a few extra minutes, I open the next one! Easy navigation and keep the inspirational quotes coming!! Love the entertaining pictures!!!

     
  158. Bill Chapman

    May 22, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    I like to be able to navigate a website easily. I’m not much of a computer person. I always say if I can point and click I’m good. I do like the “about us” page. It’s always nice to know about the person/people on a more personal level; what makes them “tick”. Love pictures, especially when used to help explain/show things. Calendar of events/appearances. The big thing is that the website is kept updated where necessary which I know can become difficult when travelling as much as you do. In a newsletter upcoming events, product sales/specials, news on any new products, contests (always fun)

     
  159. Anne

    May 26, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    When you have a busy life, and go to a website to find out information, I like to be able to click on what I am looking for and get that information. I hate it when it says click on here for such and such information and you still don’t get what you are looking for. I just want a simple, and an appealing to the eye website. I hate it when you have to hunt for the “Contact us” area or any other information area. Oh and something that isn’t too deep. I don’t like it when I’m not sure if I have gone to that section or not.

    Hope this helps.

     
  160. Maria

    May 29, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I find many websites confusing and hard to find the information I am looking for. Some suggestions I have come up with are:

    Clearly separate the information provided by tabs and/or table of contents.

    On the Shopping tab, enable the viewer to zoom in on products for sale and have detailed descriptions. So many websites have tiny pictures of items available and you have no way of clearly seeing the item.

    When adding an item to the cart, enable the purchaser to continue shopping and have the view return to the previous screen, not take them all the way out to the general shopping area. I was purchasing essential oils the other day and every time I added an oil to the cart it would return me to the main menu and I would have to go into essential oils again and do a search on the items I was looking for over and over again.

    A question and answer tab is helpful especially if broken down by subject such as, bucking, rearing, pulling back, etc.

    Testimonials are always inspiring.

    Definitely a tab to tell your story. So many websites offer training dvds and equipment but do not really tell the trainers story. Making it personal makes the sale.

    A blog tab would be great. You could incorporate all of your blogs, horse related or not in this tab.

    An article tab of past articles you’ve written would be nice.

    A video tab of the Jac series would be great!

    I like a blogging tab for followers but have seen them go awry if there is no one there to monitor them.

    Would love to see a contest or sweepstakes tab for your followers 🙂

    Hope this helps,
    Maria

     

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