Mefferts, like Cube4You, is a website devoted to selling puzzles to those who want new and interesting challenges. Unlike Cube4You, it is riddled with nothing but bad design and poor content.
First, let’s address Mefferts’ design. The website is not enabled to be viewed on a mobile device. This wouldn’t be a huge problem, except Mefferts uses animations that slow loading on mobile devices or won’t allow it at all. The website’s homepage is very busy and distracting, making it difficult to immediately determine where you need to go do buy puzzles or learn about them. From within the homepage, you can visit three other pages: the shop page, the gallery page, and the puzzle video page.
The shop page does not have tabs like every other website in this day and age. Instead, it is a 3×89 list of products ranging from small puzzles, to large puzzles, to puzzle parts and puzzle accessories. The shop page is not even organized into sections. Every product that the site has to offer is on the same page and they’re all jumbled around. Good luck to those searching for something specific, I hope you know how to use ctrl+F.
The shop page also has a twin, referred to as the “Puzzle Information” page. Don’t let the name fool you, though, it is not a different page. The puzzle information page is a carbon copy of the puzzle shop page.
The puzzle gallery is one page that I actually did like regarding this website. This page is intended to show you close-ups from multiple angles of every puzzle Mefferts offers. This is very helpful to people who want to see visual details of their puzzle, like myself. The page features multiple pictures of each puzzle, along with a dropdown list containing every puzzle offered by the site. These pages, however, lack a certain degree of consistency in that the number of pictures available is not always the same and every now and then you can see one picture of a puzzle that is scrambled.
The puzzle video page is supposedly a page where you can select your desired puzzle and see a video of it being scrambled and solved. This is an excellent feature to have on a puzzle site. Many “puzzlers” want to see a product in action before they invest. Why, then, do I say “supposedly”? My skepticism comes from the fact that the videos won’t load in chrome, explorer, firefox, or opera. It was a good idea, though, just not properly executed. I can also assume from the short list of video links on that page that videos are not available for every type of puzzle.
The homepage of the website also contains one more link of consequence, among one or two that are irrelevant to this post. The link in question reroutes you to the Mefferts flash website. This website looks nicer, has tabs to separate content, and even has contact functions, but it entirely unloadable on a mobile device. That wouldn’t be a huge problem either, except for the fact that it takes a long time to load on a computer as well. The design of the site is better, at least on the home page. However, once you start to visit the various tabs you can see that the flash site is no better designed than the previous one.