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seadog93
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Hello everyone,
I apologize if this has come up before, but I'm not quite sure how I would search for this specifically.

I am going to upgrade and redesign my website (finally!). I would like to have a first page that will lead a customer to the appropriate section, based on their interests (ie. children's shows vs. bizarre). What I'm wondering is how to initially divide these up.

The shows I do are: children's/family, kid's magic calsses, adult "straight" magic, mentalism, psychic readings/home psi parties and bizarre magick. ...seances (coming soon).

I'm not sure if the first page should be divided into adult and family, or magic and unusual entertainment, or perhaps three sections: family, adult (including mentalism and psychic stuff), and weerd/bizarre.

Also, I know some people recommend having completely separate sites and promotional material for each type of magic. If you recommend this, would you have any suggestions about letting people know about other types of magic you do? What I mean is, what if a birthday mom would love to host a home psychic party, but simply doesn't know that they exist and that I can do them?

I really appreciate any help you can give me.
Thank You all
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I agree, 3 sections:

1 - Children's and Family Shows and Classes
2 - Grownup Magic (don't you hate that you can say 'children's' but when you say 'adult' everyone first thinks of porn?
3 - Psychic and 'Spooky' magic (nobody outside the biz knows what 'weerd' means)

HOWEVER don't forget that any given style of show can fit into more than one category, and be included there.

My initial instinct would be to divide either the whole page, or just the header or sidebar, into 3 sections, with the front page allowing the visitor to select one full section by button ... however the sub-genres should also appear as simple text descriptions in their appropriate front-page sections. Then when the visitor gets to the right major category those sub-genres should get their own active button links.
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Don't forget, your 'home page' which is what I think you are describing will most often NOT be their 'first' page they visit.

Especially if they find you through a search engine.

So make sure that EACH page has a clear navigational structure that allows your visitor to go from one section to another.
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Rossmacrae,
Thank you, I think your right about the categories. Also, good point about cross over I'll make sure to include this in all the pages.

ScottRSullivan,
right, home page is what I meant. I'm not familiar with search engines at all, at this point I'm expecting people to get to the site through flyers, letters, handouts, et cetera. I hadn't thought of that, but yes I'm seeing that I'll need to integrate these into all the pages.

Posted: Jan 3, 2010 12:02am
Rossmacrae brought up a good point that's been bothering me. I certainly don't want to call the adult magic section "adult entertainment," and the word adult seems problematic in general. Does anyone have any other phrases or ideas?
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Or you could keep the phrase, get some dancers and offer "adult entertainment."
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For the "adult" page Smile ...

Why not title the page with the name of your show and in your description
provide that its for the audiences ages 20+ or whatever.

That way you can avoid the connotation...

For letting others know about your other shows, just remember that you should
always be marketing (I here this from the marketing guys all the time). So
at your children's show, for example, you give the mom a thank you with
advertisements (or just mention) about your other shows.
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Solrak29,
That's a thought. The thing is, I have multiple shows available in each category so I think it would be to cluttered to have the names to start off with. Also, if someone is specifically looking for a children's show, for example, I'd rather not have them accidently go to one page and start reading the letter just to realize that it is not an appropriate show. That seems too frustrating.
Good point about always marketing, I hadn't thought of advertising in the way you mentioned, good idea.

rossmacrae
I don't think my wife would be to happy with that idea ;-)


Does anyone have suggestions for a simple intro to website layout? I don't want to learn how to make them, just some helpful basic tips on these kind of layout questions. ...of course I'll be scouring the "Tricky Business" section as well.
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Does anyone have suggestions for a simple intro to website layout? I don't want to learn how to make them, just some helpful basic tips on these kind of layout questions. ...of course I'll be scouring the "Tricky Business" section as well.


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ScottRSullivan,
great point. Thank You.
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