Landing Page Feedback October 18, 2020

Spellchecker - Is it too simple?

keith_moua

As a developer I found myself making typos when writing code that isn't easily caught by code editors. There had to be a simpler way to detect spelling mistakes across entire websites. I did some research and found there are sites out there already providing a similar spellcheck service but the interfaces were generic and bland.

I figured there had to be a better way so I created a tool to spellcheck websites with a much friendlier user interface that visually detect typos on websites. I'd love to hear some of your feedback about the concept and the landing page.

A few of my initial questions:

  1. Is the landing page too simple and should I provide more info about what it does on this page?
  2. Would you use this product?

https://www.websitespellchecker.io/

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    • Does not use https for searching the site by default?
    • After submitting a site it seems that "Sign up for free" is a button, but from a UI perspective it looks like a title h1/h2
    • I gave the site a url (my blog) and nothing came out from the other end, just endless spinning...does this mean it's currently under heavy load/not working or something else?
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      Thanks for checking out the site orliesaurus.

      Does not use https for searching the site by default?
      The site will search for http by default unless you specify https (or if you automatically set your website to redirect to https)

      After submitting a site it seems that "Sign up for free" is a button, but from a UI perspective it looks like a title h1/h2
      You're right, this does look too much like an h1/h2 tag. I'll take your feedback and change this in the next version.

      I gave the site a url (my blog) and nothing came out from the other end, just endless spinning...does this mean it's currently under heavy load/not working or something else?
      I think your site is opensauce.it? It usually takes about 45 seconds to complete a scan. I see that your site has been scanned up to 10 pages now: https://www.websitespellchecker.io/website/https-opensauce-it

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        Correct, I think that's another issue, the fact it takes long and doesnt email you when the report is ready is an issue. Happy to chat offline about other improivements or feel free to submit it to me for a YouTube video review breakdown :)

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    Hey Keith,

    Awesome spell checking service. Loved your product.
    Just some thoughts and suggestions as a user:

    1. Is the landing page too simple and should I provide more info about what it does on this page?

    • Yes, its good as it directly tells me to input a website and it will provide me the spell check for the same. But I would also like to know what other features do you offer extra than the already available spell checkers online.

    2. Would you use this product?

    • Yes and no, because its mostly a one time check and not think of paying it monthly. Maybe creators who are in writing, blogging or website building may be your target customers.

    Some suggestions as a UI designer:

    1. Maybe the landing page must be a little more informative.
    2. You can remove the sidebar as it is only useful when the user is either logged in or checking his website's spell check.
    3. The website's design seems to bit outdated in terms of sidebar and background color.
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    Hi Keith,

    Interesting idea! I've definitely experienced this first hand, both with website copy and variable naming in the source code.

    I gave it a try with my site and the UI was fairly intuitive. The only thing when it comes to the UI is that at first I didn't pay attention that this left drawer opened with all the spellchecked words, and I didn't understand how to get to the next word. At that point I thought that maybe I'd be able to scroll and see all the mistakes. Once I noticed the left drawer then it felt obvious how to use it. I like that it spidered the site. It could be more useful for us to provide a sitemap though since we have literally millions of generated pages but only a few templates.

    Regarding spellchecking, it found a ton of words, but 98% are correct. Out of 56 words flagged only one is a spelling mistake. In addition that word is UGC, so not part of the code base. There are a lot of brands, people names, and technical terms on our site, and the spellchecker doesn't like them (including our own brand). It also flagged numbers represented with K's, like 1,500 becomes 1.5K.

    So for sites that rely on UGC, or maybe even anything that has a CMS, I would say the tool isn't ideal, but for apps or marketing sites I think it could be very useful.

    Cheers,
    Ben

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      Thanks for the feedback Ben.

      Based upon your first interaction with the site it sounds like I should add a small tutorial to show people how to use and navigate the interface. I may add this into the next version and I'm glad you commented about how it wasn't easy to understand left drawer's purpose.

      UGC is definitely a lot harder to spellcheck since there are so many variations, especially with brand names. I'll take this comment into consideration and rework the spellchecker to better understand the content it is scanning and produce the correct misspellings.

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