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Leilani57
09-22-2007, 08:37 AM
hi everyone. i have been updating my racing site, and have added some video. please let me know what you think:

http://leilanimunter.com

thanks!

oracleguy
09-22-2007, 10:10 PM
One thing that annoys me about websites is when they have audio/video content that automatically starts playing. So perhaps have the video on the right side bar not automatically start.

Other than that though I like the site, the content is easy to find through the top menu.

srule_
09-24-2007, 09:05 PM
A few things:

1- That "click to enter" page has no real point. You should get rid of it because you risk sending users away from your site before they even see it.

2- The coding of your web site uses tables. This has many drawbacks. I don't feel like explaining them all but other ppl here may inform u and of course google can.

3- Consider increasing the font size. I find it hard to skim over everything to quickly find stuff i am interested in.

Leilani57
09-25-2007, 02:04 AM
thanks for your feedback oracle and srule....

the point of my "click to enter" page's point is that there are two sections of my website, a racing section and an earth watch section. that page allows the user to decide which site they want to view-- the racing or the environmental side.

i don't really know how to get the effect i am looking for without using tables. i am a race car driver not a web programmer, and i just do the best i can with what i know how to do. if you could point me in the right direction as to how to get the different columns without using tables, i would be happy to attempt to get rid of the tables. but right now i wouldn't even know where to begin.

twodayslate
09-25-2007, 03:11 AM
Same thing as everyone else but I think the navigation should have some of that blue.

ahallicks
09-25-2007, 03:36 PM
I must admit that I do really like the splash page, and was a little bit let down that the rest of the site did have the same flair because I saw that splash page first and though "Wow, this looks nice" but upon entering the site it did not have the same flair. I think you need to think about changing your font and lining things up a little more. I would also place some form of 'text box' around the content section, rather than just having text placed on a white background because it will help to give some order to the text.

The splash page, now that we know what it does, is a good idea in this case. But rather than just have two images that are not overly clear on what they show and do (the enter site text was hard to read and there's nothing to suggest that the two links actually go to different pages). I'd suggest you add text links on top of the images you have there and make them stand out so that they are the first thing you see when you hit that page. Also use links such as "Enter the main site" and "Enter the green site" - or something that tells the person viewing that page that the links are there for completely separate pages that look at two different things. I like your twext at the bottom with another link though.

As for tables...

We designers like to use what is now called Semantic code. That is, using dividers to separate the page into sections. <p> tags for paragraphs... <h1> for the main heading and then subsequent subheadings with the correct header number. Mostly, semantic code means NOT using tables for layout because tables are meant for one thing and one thing only... tabular data. The layout for a web page is not considered tabular data.

Search the web for semantic coding techniques and have a read of this (www.hotdesign.com/seybold/), which tells you, step-by-step, the reason why tables are not for layout. For example... to center your page create a wrapper div that surrounds everything inside your body tags, give it a width (the maximum width your website should be) and use margin: auto; to center it. <center> is what we call deprecated, in that it is not accepted in modern web standards.

Also, as another hint. Remove all that crap that is on the <body> tag, because in general that should be left alone. I would also add that you should begin by splitting your page into sections, such as the header, main content, navigation and footer. Separate these into divs and start using CSS to position them where you want them with the positioning techniques dotted all over the web. Background-images can be used for those images that do not make up part of the content etc. and so on and so forth. If you would like any help in getting things underway in this method then PM me or ask in the HTML/CSS forums for some tips and tricks. But I would suggest you give things a go yourself first on a test page and then we'll be glad to help you along from there.

However, the site in general looks nice and works :)

Leilani57
09-28-2007, 02:19 PM
thank you for the feedback! this gives me a lot to work on! i have edited the splash page to make it more clear that they go to different sites:

http://leilanimunter.com

i am trying to figure out what flair is missing from the rest of the site-- do i need to have a flashy photo on every page? what do you think is missing? i will look into the text box idea as well. (anyone see office space? "i don't really like talking about my flair")

and next i will get working on semantic code... i really appreciate all the input, thank you!

leilani

Leilani57
09-29-2007, 06:20 AM
okay what do you think about the new home page? better?

http://leilanimunter.com/index2.html

twodayslate
09-29-2007, 05:28 PM
I like the splash page the best. This image looks nice. http://leilanimunter.com/Images/home/logo_sm.jpg Have the splash page inspire you.
The splash page has very little blue but index has a lot of blue.

You also might be able to make the splash page 800x600

BWiz
09-30-2007, 05:19 PM
You're splash page is beautiful. But when you get into the remainder of the site (the important part) it falls apart and turns into an eyesore.

I was under the impression that since your splash page was designed well, you're site would follow suit. You should change the design of your main pages to follow the splash page.

Leilani57
09-30-2007, 07:33 PM
ok, i see that you all like my splash page, that is great news and a good start. but the truth is it was very easy to make my splash page cool, as it's entire function is to let folks choose between the racing site or eco site. there are two links on that page that I just made into cool image links. the other pages inside my site obviously need a lot more information included in them - racing schedules, results, news stories, interviews, etc.

what is it about the other pages that you don't like? can you offer me any specifics?

and again, thanks for the feedback. i appreciate it!

Leilani57
09-30-2007, 09:48 PM
I like the splash page the best. This image looks nice. http://leilanimunter.com/Images/home/logo_sm.jpg Have the splash page inspire you.
The splash page has very little blue but index has a lot of blue.


I agree about too much blue on the http://leilanimunter.com/index2.html, I have reduced it by switching it out for grey.

nolvorite
10-11-2007, 01:32 AM
Concerning me, you should configure the color of the links (a:link) (gray - blue: boring)



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