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brett7481
05-07-2009, 08:14 PM
Hello,

I would like to get some general feedback, any suggestions you might have, and help getting the mark-up valid.

http://www.whitehillphotography.com/blog

I'm using Wordpress to run the site, so I think some of the problems are from Wordpress. I'm also having some trouble remembering how to make Javascript valid, so any help there would be greatly appreciated.

I know that the right-click is disabled, and you'll have to go up to the main menu to view the source code. I would delete the java script for you all, but since it's part of what's making the site invalid, I thought I'd keep it up.

Thanks!

Fumigator
05-07-2009, 08:33 PM
You only have 10 errors, most of them are because your <script> tags are using deprecated syntax. The proper way to open a Javascript script tag is


<script type="text/javascript">


The other errors are trivial and can be taken care of by just reading the error message and correcting the problems.

http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.whitehillphotography.com%2Fblog%2F

brett7481
05-07-2009, 08:53 PM
Ah... Thanks for the java script. I couldn't remember that for the life of me. I know the rest are small, and I think being caused by Wordpress.

brett7481
05-08-2009, 03:43 AM
Anyone else have feedback on the site? I'd love to hear suggestions or thoughts.

Fumigator
05-08-2009, 06:11 AM
The photography is fantastic. That cute little baby has snot on his face which-- oh wait it's candy or something. Yeah that is just so distracting.

I have no idea what the point of the stationary background on the left is there for-- just kind of out of place imo.

And on the main website-- that flash gallery makes me crazy! It's TOO SLOW! I like a snappy response when I click next photo and that flash takes like 3 minutes to transition. I can't stand it... just my opinion ;) (same goes for the rolldown menu-- 45 minutes waiting for the menu options to roll down so I can finally click on one really pushes my ADD to the limit.

Apostropartheid
05-08-2009, 04:25 PM
That's beautiful.

Couple of suggestions:
1) Not so sure about the fixed background. At least, the right side seems a bit empty to me.
2) The "Book your session" seems so plain! What about a gradient? Curved corners, even? Something to spice that up!
3) The blue text at the bottom isn't appropriate. Black or brown would be better.

brett7481
05-08-2009, 07:14 PM
Fumigator, thanks for the feedback. I typically don't like Flash sites, but this is my wife's business and more or less most of the other photographers have them in our area. I am concerned about the slow speed though. What type of connection do you have? I'll have to see if I can find ways to improve the load speed.

CyanLight, thanks for the suggestions. I know the right side does look a little plain on higher screen resolutions, but a majority of people still use 1024x768 as their resolution, I think it was 65% as of 2007. I designed it for that resolution, so those of us with higher resolutions will just have to see a plain side. I will look into ways of better styling the "Book Your Session" link. I honestly, just did that fast and the easiest way possible. But perhaps you're right that it should look a bit better. I'll also get opinions of changing the font color at the bottom, the brown may work better. Any particular reason you find it "inappropriate" though? Just curious.

Also FYI, the fixed background on the left is of a hill, for Whitehill Photography. It will be used on other marketing, so I know it may seem a tad out of place to just see there, but it ties into the overall branding of the business.

Thanks for all the feedback so far. I always appreciate it!

Rowsdower!
05-08-2009, 08:02 PM
...I am concerned about the slow speed though. What type of connection do you have? I'll have to see if I can find ways to improve the load speed...

I think he's talking about the speed of the slideshow and the transitions in the flash, not the load time of the flash objects. My load time here was rocket fast getting the flash to start, but the animation for the gallery after a couple of frames was frustratingly slow. I also have to agree about the stuff on the baby's face. That's all I can look at when I'm on the blog page. :eek:

I just thought I'd chime in about that. I'm not good for much else though...

brett7481
05-08-2009, 10:28 PM
OK, I'll have to look at the gallery stuff, and see what's going on there.

I knew I'd have to change that photo, I just kind of forgot. I'll get it switched out.

woop
05-09-2009, 05:33 PM
Hey there. I'll only be able to comment on the aesthetics.

The margins of certain containers are odd. Recent posts is about 5px away from the right edge while the Subscriber container is about 20px away from the left edge. Also, the main/blog/entry containers have a greater left margin than right *which may be intentional, but I disagree with that. If you match your margins for these boxes, then I think it'll be nice because it will give you more space to work with. I'd also put more padding inside these containers since the text is hugging the edges.

"Like What You See " background color doesn't work with those borders you have.

Entry heading text size is a little large.

See my attachment, please. I think these changes would do well.

brett7481
05-10-2009, 03:49 AM
Woop, thanks for the feedback. I do like the background change. Good thought.



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