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2.0 out of 5 stars Award for most annoying and user-unfriendly product ever, 12 Mar 2008
This review is from: Mr Site Professional (PC/Mac) (CD-ROM)
Despite actually working for a web design company I recommended Mr Site to my husband who has a small business and needed a simple website. In terms of functionality, it wasn't worth paying a 'proper' company or developer to do the work....or so it seemed.
One week after buying Mr Site, we have both spend hours and hours trying to format stuff (it makes Windows crash repeatedly, we can only use it with Firefox) and the test site still looks absolutely terrible. The issue is, if you have a corporate identity/look and feel already - ie. logo/letterheads/a colour palette etc then it's next to impossible to then reflect this using any of the templates that Mr Site provides. Then, trying to personalise any of the site - eg. the top banner, has been a nightmare - involving graphic designers repeately creating graphics to the exact spec provided only for it to pixelate and go totally wacky once uploaded.
In essence - if you have no experience and pretty low standards, you might actually be okay using Mr Site, especially if you have no visual style established for your company and can use the website to create one - from which you then generate your stationary and other marketing material.
If you have a look and feel and reasonable expectations of the kind of quality you want at the end - it's incredible badly designed and not worth the money at all. We're going to try and get a refund - in terms of time, it's cost us days and just isn't worth it. Better off giving the money to a real human being - a web developer - than the annoying Mr Site!
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Showing 1-6 of 6 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 4 Apr 2008 21:03:53 BDT
Mr says:
Did you ever get a refund ????

Posted on 6 May 2008 21:03:59 BDT
O. Patterson says:
I can only use it in firefox too.

Posted on 3 Jun 2008 10:05:10 BDT
Bookish says:
I am completely baffled by this Mr Site thing - if I design my Mr Site site through IE, it won't display correctly in Firefox and vice versa. Blinkin' nightmare..... Any recommendations for a better one??

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2009 13:58:00 GMT
Mr Lothian says:
I too have been led from pillar to post "oh it's your browser" "oh it's your broadband" "oh it's your computer" - and finally pretty much being told to use firefox or bog off! Sometimes the site works, sometimes it doesn't. It crashes continuously.

And if the end product was worth all this hassle I'd shrug my shoulders and get on, but as you say - try changing the colour pallette of their limited templates! I had to redesign all my graphics to match THEIR colours!!

Utterly useless

(Oh and I imported a URL in that I had already bought for 2 years. suddenly I have to pay again in 1)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2009 03:22:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Sep 2009 03:24:43 BDT
Website X5 Evolution and Serif WebPlus X2 have been getting good reviews, and they're each cheaper than Mr Site in Amazon U.K. I've recently purchased Website X5 Evolution and also Serif Weblus 10 (version before X2) but have yet to get around to testing them. It seems that Mr. Site is good and easy for people who are happy to take the kind of pre-fabricated mix and match styles from templates that are not unlike the free web site providers, but it's not for a complete 'a la carte' service if you kind of have specifications which would come before seeing what Mr. Site offers. Though with it seems decent online commerce facility and search engine placement. (I was thinking of anyway buying Mr. Site just for the website presence optimisation as the reviews suggest is good, as that can happen to be expensive depending on which trail you happen to take and there are no guarantees to what can happen).

As many have said, this kind of thing it is offering is as professional as you find it, I found a couple of sites from these reviews on the web and they're simple and fine and attractive. I don't really see what 'professional' means so much anyway. If you want exact specifications, I think this isn't for you, and it's natural that many prefer completely their own vision to the kind of mix and match semi-fabricated suggestions. And on the other hand you can't expect the kind of graphic design site that companies produce for you at this price - and also flashy and filled with graphics like a Hollywood thriller that never made sense in the first place but is certainly diverting (or something) doesn't really mean "professional" in the end.

Posted on 3 Jan 2010 21:43:31 GMT
Mark Sweeney says:
Very true! It is near impossible to keep inline with a current company image.
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