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ahallicks
02-06-2007, 11:10 AM
I say commercial, but it's really a bit of a learning experience for me and I'm doing it for a friend so getting no monies from it. This contains a couple of flash elements, so please be advised I'm not overly brilliant with the Flash stuff, so any tips to make things better would be very useful.

I used a template to start with and edited/modified it to what I want. There are a few pages there, however the site is not complete by any means, and the links in the top 'slider' don't work as yet as I have no content for them.

Eurobudo (http://www.eurobudo.co.uk/home.php)

Muchos thanks guys

Powered
02-06-2007, 09:51 PM
Great site, clean design with useful information. There are few points which may help:

- a site map
- a forum
- remove the firefox thing and foucs on the martial arts.
- change 'feedback' to 'contact us'
- change the 'click me' area to a permanent navigation box.
- im using IE7 and everytime I want to use the main navbar I have to click it first plus the logo doesn't hold a link.

This is a clean design but almost to clean, many 'ugly' sites can be very interactive.

One thing in pirticular that could really work is to fit a chunky site map of links between the inner boxes and the outerbox - just about above the site names, I think this will make it look more like a regular site and greatly add to usability for regular users.

ahallicks
02-07-2007, 01:00 AM
Hey thanks for the reply... your points will be taken into consideration. I'll just give my two-cents on what I know so far:





- a site map I have an XML Sitemap for Search Engine purposes, but was told that I shouldn't need one for users as the site is not that extensive yet
- a forum Possibly in the future when the guy finally gets his hosting sorted, didn't think of it, but it could work nicely
- remove the firefox thing and foucs on the martial arts. That is there as a placeholder because I'm currently waiting on some contact information on the club, which isd going to go in that space
- change 'feedback' to 'contact us' Hmmm... it's for both so I could indeed... I'll run that past the client
- change the 'click me' area to a permanent navigation box. The reason it's not is because it's not the most important section of the site, and I created it as an addition for those that have broswed the site and need those specific links
- im using IE7 and everytime I want to use the main navbar I have to click it first plus the logo doesn't hold a link. IE Is ****e :) and that is an issue with IE7 that it doesn't allow active content to be displayed until you click it. I have a php work around that is going to be put in tomorrow hopefully

Graft-Creative
02-07-2007, 03:15 AM
Good job Alex :thumbsup:

I think perhaps you could do with beefing the presentation of the content up a bit though - making the font-size larger would be a start - at the moment the visual focus is all on the top and left 'L' shape that the header and navigation make up.

Maybe with the content, think about hierarchy of information too - how about making the welcome/site intro section a lot stronger?

The Firefox ad thing has already been covered, but I'll add my tuppence anyway - personally I'm beginning to find this whole "get Firefox" thing really mawkish and tiresome (as much as I love Firefox!) - it doesn't belong on a commercial site - at least not in such a major way.

I'd lose the W3C buttons too - they are really at odds with the rest of the design, and at the moment jumping out to the front of the design due to the only other strong colours being the said firefox ad, and the photo of the Karate belts.

Maybe just have them as a text link somewhere, or lose altogether?
If anyone is that intent on vlidating your site, I'm sure they know how to do it - without the links ;)

ahallicks
02-07-2007, 11:17 AM
I think perhaps you could do with beefing the presentation of the content up a bit though - making the font-size larger would be a start - at the moment the visual focus is all on the top and left 'L' shape that the header and navigation make up.

Yeah, I read on W3C that font sizes should be made quite large because of the fact that not everyone can see that great. But I hate to say that I am one of those people who is a fan of small text and although I know it's a load of rubbish I like to think it makes the site look more tidy :(

Maybe with the content, think about hierarchy of information too - how about making the welcome/site intro section a lot stronger?

By this do you mean bold? Or larger text, or maybe a different text colour?

The Firefox ad thing has already been covered, but I'll add my tuppence anyway - personally I'm beginning to find this whole "get Firefox" thing really mawkish and tiresome (as much as I love Firefox!) - it doesn't belong on a commercial site - at least not in such a major way.

Yeah, waiting on the address details, unless you have any other ideas of what to fill that space with...??

I'd lose the W3C buttons too - they are really at odds with the rest of the design, and at the moment jumping out to the front of the design due to the only other strong colours being the said firefox ad, and the photo of the Karate belts.

Hmmm... I agree totally with this, but creating a completely valid site is not always easy and I like to show it off :p so instead of getting rid of them I made my own to fit in a little better with the site template ;)

Thanks for your input I will make the changes needed and hopefully should be in contact with the client today to ask about the other bits :)



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