09-13-2007, 04:10 PM
so this design started off nice and simple, but since I've started to add affiliate and google ads I don't think it has the same professional feel it had
with ads - http://www.shoppingcenter-advisor.com
without ads - http://www.shoppingcenter-advisor.com/articles.php
my boss really likes the mall image on the side and I did have a nice gradient in the right column but I think the image is taking up too much space now; I think the font is too small, the colors no longer appeal to me, and I'm having a devil of a time deciding where to place all of these ads (at some point I'd like to use some js to randomize the affiliate ads)...what do you guys think?
I'm not above redesigning from scratch if someone can give me some ideas - I've done the whole owd (as well as other free template sites) thing to try to get some inspiration and I'm totally at a loss
09-14-2007, 12:55 AM
I think it's still working out fine. The ads so make it look a little less than clean but all ads do as you can work thier sizes in to a layout, but not much control on the way they look.
You thought about making the site fluid at all?
i was thinking alittle more padding on the content. making the sidebars fixed width and having the site maybe max-width around 1000-1100 and min-width to what you hav now. it might open it up some on larger screens.
09-14-2007, 02:49 PM
thanks harbinger - I will try a fluid layout and see how it goes
edit: actually I had originally started with a fluid layout but then the banner kinda got lost...any thoughts on maybe a different type of banner?
09-15-2007, 06:22 PM
Tone down the dropshadow in the banner. For fluid layouts I put a gradient in the banner and crop it to 1 pixel wide. Then I repeat the image horizontally (repeat-x).
Personally I've never been a fan of ads. I'd keep them all to the right hand column and I would consider the randomization js thing.
09-17-2007, 08:18 AM
People can spot an AdSense column a mile away. I agree it looks best without it, but the question is does it generate enough income to be worth the clutter? You maybe could try it with and without for a time to see if conversion goals change.
Put your ads in only one place, otherwise it looks like too much is going on. If you can limit them some that might also help. If you have more ads than you have content I begin to think the page is something that was just randomly created based on my search query.
I agree on the fluid layout, on my 20.1 LCD it looks small. Giving it some breathing room would provide a better feel on bigger screens.
09-17-2007, 02:13 PM
thank you all so much for your input :)
unfortunately I don't have much choice about the ads - they are required - but hopefully with a fluid layout I might be able to make a bit more sense out of them :(
however, today I will begin working on a new fluid layout - looks like I'll be needing a mobile layout as well...
09-18-2007, 01:03 AM
For fluid layouts I put a gradient in the banner and crop it to 1 pixel wide. Then I repeat the image horizontally (repeat-x).
took me a second to catch what you were saying - but it makes sense and I'll give it a shot!
09-20-2007, 03:44 PM
ok so I've been working kinda hard on this - just staring at the screen to find just exactly what to change - http://www.shoppingcenter-advisor.com (the old design)
I was successful in creating a fluid layout (I still need to test it in aol and netscape) and I've changed some of the color and tone - including changing the adsense colors - http://www.shoppingcenter-advisor.com/test (the new design)
the banner is still causing me a problem though...
even though there's that nice mall image on the left the overall design still doesn't scream SHOPPING CENTER INFO - if you know what I mean?
so am I getting closer?
edit: and the google ads and other affiliate ads will have to stay...I have no choice about that