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Site URL: https://www.lakeandmarioncatholicschools.org

Hello!  Would love some feedback on this website.  Also, any ideas on how to fix the white line on the header right before the menu bar.  Initially I thought it was the message bar but that is disabled.  I have checked on several browsers and it is still there.  I would like to remove it since to me it looks like a distraction. Thoughts on how to do that?



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Hi Maria

School comms is my specialist subject!

Overall I think the design looks really good. The colours, typography, photos, copy and messaging all tie together cohesively and gives a distinctive sense of the schools and values. It could be a little more polished in places. There's a clear sense of what you're about.

A mishmash of suggestions:

  • There seems like rather too much vertical spacing in some pages, common on Squarespace 
  • The six icons on the homepage look !huge! on my wide monitor, as well as on mobile when they stack - can you reduce the size of these a bit?
  • Photos vary in quality a bit, I'm sure you know - and its always hard! The About us page one is very fuzzy.
  • Academics page - some headers here in all caps that don't match the site
  • Watch the formatting on mobile, some of it isn't looking as hot on a narrow screen
  • Four steps to a better education blue section - I really feel this is missing the ability to actually respond to this powerful call to action. It would be great paired immediately with somewhere I could actually tell you those things. The 'book a tour' thing below is related but not the same.
  • For me, it's missing real stories and people that give it emotional pull and authenticity - who are the team who make it happen and why are they inspiring? What real impact has it had on specific students or alumni whom I might identify with? Maybe develop the blog to include really good storytelling content that brings it all to life a bit. And don't call it blog but something that describes what it does 'our impact' or 'student stories' or something, I dunno.
  • Youtube embeds - these look way nicer if you add a custom thumbnail
  • Are you missing a trick here on teacher recruitment? That's going to be one of the main things we want to drive with the schools partnership sites I'm working on at the moment
  • I feel like there's an 'admissions/ how to join' type page missing too - beyond the contact box, there's not a whole heap of guidance for parents on joining the schools

Hope that's helpful. Good job!



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Most of the design looks good @mariadelamo 😊

Here are a few improvements:

  1. Decrease the height of the image slider.
  2. Add a heading where the image slider is now, and explain shortly what the school do.
  3. Decrease the height of the header.
  4. Make the icons a lot smaller. I don't know about your computer skills, but one way to make the icons smaller is to add transparent sides (in e.g. photoshop).

Good luck!

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