Critique the Site gives users a place to post reviews and comments about the websites they frequent. The application provides the user with a simple, convenient form. The top of the form asks the user for the URL they wish to critique. After entering it, the user is presented with the website along the right side of the page. This gives the user the ability to review the site while they write their review. Critique the Site asks the user to log in and gives the user the ability to share a site they critiqued through Google, Twitter, Friend Feed and Yahoo. The user can then write out their review and add any relevant images. Follow features are also provided so the user can sign up for email notifications when someone comments and/or an RSS stream version of their comments. The user can also see comments made by past Critique the Site users.
Critique the Site was created to give users an easy way to share their opinions about various websites. The application works with any websites currently available on the internet. The review submission form is kept simple but gives the user a number of options to stay updated on comments or to share the URL with those that they know. Today, Critique the Site gives users a fast way to share feedback on the websites they frequent.
The concept of a website review is by far not original. Many websites have been presenting user created reviews for years. What makes Critique the Site so appealing is the layout of the form. The user is given access to the simple review form along with a larger view of the website they are reviewing. The form can also be toggled on and off so the user can see as much as they need to while crafting their review.
Critique the Site uses a clever design that works exceptionally well for its intended purpose. The user can view the application in a dark grey box that runs down the left side of the page. The box contains the review tools as well as the URL entry field. The top features a yellow highlighted logo complete with a felt tipped marker image. Along the right side, the user can view the URL they have entered exactly as it currently appears. A black and white “Close” button is available in the upper, right hand corner of the Critique the Site box that allows the user to minimize the review field (with a similar “Open” button on the website to make it reappear).
To join the Critique the Site community, the user can click the yellow bar highlighted the “Login” field in the review box. Critique the Site gives the user a number of log in options, which appear as a drop down under the “Login” button. The user must check the box that corresponds with their preferred login choice. Options include Google, Twitter, Friend Feed, Yahoo, Blogger, JS-Kit and OpenID credentials.
Critique the Site is a very simple application that serves a single purpose: allow regular internet users to review websites. This is not really a function that would justify a subscription fee. Anyone can use Critique the Site for free. There are no costs associated with doing so. The application also offers many login options, each of which is available for free.
Critique the Site is a tool for anyone who would like to review a website. The application works with any site and gives the user a simple form to create their critique.