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arthurakay
06-13-2008, 09:35 PM
I decided to create a portfolio website for myself, so i'd appreciate as much feedback as I can get!

www.akawebdesign.com

The only thing I haven't done yet is place an image-rotator on the homepage to add some 'spice'. Try to keep that in mind :)

Thanks!

gnomeontherun
06-13-2008, 09:51 PM
Strengths:
- Simple and straightforward
- Not overloaded with information but provided a good description
- Clean code at a glance
- Valid

Weaknesses:
- The design is simple, but has a few elements that seem odd
- The header and logo seem to be basic photoshop or something with just a basic gradient. It just looks 1999 to me.
- Footer is a poor color choice to me, and its almost like you have two footers, maybe consolidate?
- No samples on the homepage
- Examples could be better displayed, show your different skillsets
- Think about your localization, you say nothing about your location - what if someone near you wants to find a local designer?

Problems:
- Drop the links on the whole site for SEO, the self-links on your site is probably more likely to get you on a spam list than improve anything (its links from OTHER sites that help the most), or make pages for each of those links, but don't just link to the homepage

arthurakay
06-13-2008, 10:18 PM
Jeremy,

Thanks for the quick feedback! I appreciate all of your thoughts... specifically about my logo. Notice I don't claim to be a graphic designer :)




- Drop the links on the whole site for SEO, the self-links on your site is probably more likely to get you on a spam list than improve anything (its links from OTHER sites that help the most), or make pages for each of those links, but don't just link to the homepage



Actually, there's plenty of evidence (articles, case studies, etc) out there to show internal-links help quite a bit with SEO. I should have those links point to other pages on the site though, so thanks for pointing that out. And, you're absolutely right in saying that external-links help the most... but internal links are also important.

gnomeontherun
06-13-2008, 10:27 PM
Jeremy,

Thanks for the quick feedback! I appreciate all of your thoughts... specifically about my logo. Notice I don't claim to be a graphic designer :)

Actually, there's plenty of evidence (articles, case studies, etc) out there to show internal-links help quite a bit with SEO. I should have those links point to other pages on the site though, so thanks for pointing that out. And, you're absolutely right in saying that external-links help the most... but internal links are also important.

Having keywords in links to your site is important, but I think its a little bit awkward for the visitor as well. If they click it, expecting it to tell them something, and they land on the homepage they will get confused.

I prefer making landing pages for various keywords, that way I can keep the real site clean of such things to help facilitate a better experience for the user, but that is my opinion at least!

bazz
06-13-2008, 11:34 PM
Just a quick note before I look/forget ;)

Internal links can be useful when trying to make you site more 'spiderable' by search engines. I think they offer little value in temrs of page ranking other than that and so, it may be simpler if you just make a good sitemap.

now I am off to take a peek.

bazz

bazz
06-13-2008, 11:41 PM
OK, the site pretty much validates the html, which is goood.

Layout is clean and simple - good.
'two' footers might be better moved to the grey section and blended / consoldiated into one (as said),
text-size could be smaller for the body text, and the main nav menu. perhaps, too, for the 'footers'
graphics need to improve. (I should know as the graphics part of my brain is tiny). In fact, I think it may have vanished.

Overall though, I like the layout. clean simple and to the point. I dislike sites which flood the page with content/ads/stuff and where there is no real draw to the eye. Yours excels on those issues - I think anyway.


ON your portfolio page, you have highlighted the 'free web design', when in fact it seems that the consultation is free. Perhaps that is either a mistake or an example of today's type of marketing. I consider it to be naughty and it puts me off.

It might be an idea to look again at all your text and write it as if you were the customer. They don;lt care how difficult it is to build a site - they just want a site and often (where I live), they have no clue about the more fundamental issues, like, how to get it seen/make sales etc.
my2c.


bazz

arthurakay
06-14-2008, 12:03 AM
bazz - thanks for the feedback.

the content does need some work. a lot of what i have up there is off the top of my head, geared more for SEO than anything else at this point. since i have the site blocked with robots.txt, i've got time to re-word a few things.

since the logo/graphics are point of contention... anyone have some suggestions? the logo in the top-left is pretty average, but I kinda like my main logo...

bazz
06-14-2008, 02:53 AM
Well, the OP in this post (below), has only been around here for a day or two but, I think, you'll agree his graphics are goood.

http://www.codingforums.com/showthread.php?t=141936

check out his sig.

bazz



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