02-17-2007, 03:08 AM
I've been around the forums for quite some time. I attempted to create a small site to help get myself some work, but it's a little too blank. Can anyone tell me what could make my site seem more "fuller"
02-17-2007, 03:27 AM
Center align it, bring the 'corners' closer to the middle. I'd make the page smaller, instead of spreading it out as it makes it look more bare. I wouldn't use grey either, grey's a dull boring colour
02-17-2007, 08:56 PM
Thank you sir.
02-17-2007, 09:33 PM
It seems to me that a web designer would want his website to reflect his web designing abilities.
Try validating (http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&uri=http://site-skills.com/) at least.
What Does Your Web Site Say About You? (http://webdesign.about.com/od/jobs/a/aa082106.htm)
02-17-2007, 11:01 PM
okay. from the site to the code and from top down.
The main title is kind of lost against the blue background.
The sketchy, chalk looking font is not doing anything for this. "Most" people want clean looking sites. Some want a more "grunge" feel. This is neither. the font looks bad. Sure it can be used on a site, but the site really needs to be made for a messy font like that.
The rollovers are not-to-nice either. since you just laid some blue over them, the borders fade out as well. Personally, it would look better if the borders remained dark on hover.
Since your using jps for the nav, make them cleaner. the rounded corners are grainy. Withthe font it's sort of like your doing pseudo-grunge but haven't fully commited to it.
Teh font on the title ("mission staement") does not look good at that size. Try something else or implement sFIR.
Content wise it's a little lacking. A one paragraph "mission" is probally fine for a resume when applying for an in-person job, but if your promoting your services online, you need to cut to the chase and present what you have right up.
Down to the copyright line. It's not 2006 anymore. Using php or asp you can easily make a variable to say 2006-"current year" there. Makes it look up to date.
No Doctype, no character encoding. Inline styles.
If you use a div as a clearing element you don't need a non-breaking space in there.
If your going to use your site as a design outlet, put more work into the design of it. People like to look at things. Your portfolio needs to show something that has design in it.
03-15-2007, 12:29 AM
I've debated on the use of proper coding. The majority of clients could care less on "propriety" as long as the job is done. Those who care that much, typically wish to do the job themselves anyway. But I will consider it. I just always have difficulty with Cross Browser once valid. :(
Also, I have trouble optimizing images for the web. Tutorials anyone ? :)
03-15-2007, 02:17 AM
You should really think about reconsidering that view. It's your job as a "professional" to produce the site to a high quality. When you go to hospital, doctors could go the cheap, simple, non-effective route (and they sometimes may do) but, you rely on them to choose a particular path.
Those that care about it have had the experience of dealing with developers before, or they have enough of an understanding to see crap.
Coding to a proper standard, getting rid of validation errors gets you closer to cross-browser compatibility. It won't get perfect (as lovely little differences exist between the browsers that don't make your life simple enough), but it's a learning experience.
03-15-2007, 04:39 AM
Ok.... well make the layout bigger, I have a 1024x768 rez and the site filled a whole 2% of my browsers window... anyways about the "not search engine friendly" use meta tags... I noticed that right now your site has few to none.....
Try these, I use 'em all on my site:
<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="application/xhtml+xml; charset=UTF-8" />
<meta name="title" content="QuickScriptz v3 - Home of the Radio DJ Panel." />
<meta http-equiv="Pragma" content="cache" />
<meta name="ROBOTS" content="INDEX,FOLLOW" />
<meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en" />
<meta name="description" content="A collection of free scripts and tutorials for webmasters and site developer\'s." />
<meta name="abstract" content="A free script collection." />
<meta name="keywords" content="Radio DJ Panel, Radio, DJ, Panel, Quick, Scriptz, Free, PHP, HTML, Scripts, QuickScriptz, Abshost" />
<meta name="author" content="QuickScriptz" />
<meta name="publisher" content="QuickScriptz Design" />
<meta name="copyright" content="QuickScriptz 2007 - All Rights Reserved" />
<meta name="rating" content="General" />
<meta http-equiv="Reply-to" content="firstname.lastname@example.org" />
<meta name="creation_Date" content="04/02/2007" />
<meta name="expires" content="" />
<meta name="revisit-after" content="2 days" />
<meta name="doc-rights" content="Copywritten work" />
<meta name="doc-class" content="Completed" />
<meta name="MSSmartTagsPreventParsing" content="true" />
<meta http-equiv="imagetoolbar" content="false" />
03-16-2007, 11:00 PM
I don't think any search engines look at meta tags anymore so that's pretty much a waste of effort.
03-17-2007, 06:18 AM
Huh... well after I added meta tags to my site it went from like 24th when I searched it to 3rd... so they helped in my case :S
Meta tags have been always helpful in ranking..