When building a website, one of the processes is usually gathering third-party, unbiased feedback on it. Usually that consists of selecting a few individuals and sending out a private link, or potentially tweeting out a screenshot “teaser” image. While that’s usually a very efficient way of going about it, your reach is usually limited with that approach.
Beyond the above methods, there are also plenty of review sites that you can submit it to, but none seem to be as simple and communal as Criticue. Criticue takes a minimal, yet effective approach to it in a few regards.
First, the process for submitting your website couldn’t be any easier; all you have to do is submit a URL on the Criticue homepage and you’re ready for the next step. By making it as simple as copying and pasting a URL, it makes the entire process “just work” in many regards.
There are going to be times when you are wanting a much more thorough review on your website where individuals can peep over every pixel, but a lot of the time a short, immediate opinion is beneficial. In fact, a lot of the time you’re doing major pixel-peeping, you sometimes overlook the entire scope of the website.
The second aspect that makes it unique is that after you have submitted your site, you are prompted to review someone else’s design. This is because unless you review someone else’s design, you won’t receive any feedback on yours; for each person’s website that you review, you will receive a review for yours.
This one feature makes the entire concept of Criticue extremely fun, enticing you to help out others so that you may, in return, be helped yourself. It’s a concept that is prevalent in quite a few apps, but very rarely is it done in the manner in which Criticue has implemented it. Instead of just offering the option, they enforce it, which not only makes you value other individuals comments on your design, but also pushes you to write something that will truly help someone else with their design.
The actual process of reviewing is as simple as it can be. The website is presented within the Critique website and a bar across the top has a comment box in which you leave your feedback. If you come across a site that’s not something you prefer to review, you can pass it up to go onto another one.
Criticue has some basic guidelines to follow, such as be at least a bit thorough in your critique – no one sentence mumbo-jumbo – and no using foul language. In case someone decides to not heed those warnings, moderators check every critique before they get sent to the person whose website is being reviewed.
Another thing worth noting is that if you don’t necessarily want to submit a website, you can still review. The option appears just below the URL entry form on the homepage. Every once in a while when I’m bored I’ve decided to just go and critique a few websites. It’s not unproductive, but it gets my mind off whatever it is I’m working on.
Criticue, to put it in the simplest terms, is a short-form website critique platform. It enforces the idea of a self-sustainable community by making you contribute before you get anything out of the service. It’s a great idea and I’m curious to see how they’ll improve upon it in the future, as there are definitely some UI elements worth fixing up and other features that could be added.
If you haven’t already used the service, hop over to Criticue and get on it. After using it, let us know your opinions in the comments below. Is it a worthwhile tool? Is there need for something such as Criticue with the other options out there? Let us know your thoughts!