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wwehq
06-27-2011, 02:13 PM
Hi All,

Below you can find: www.wwehq.com.

This is a brand new project of mine where we provide up to date news with regards to the wrestling world.

We also have a community forum: www.wwehq.com/forum.

Thanks and I am up for constructive criticisms!

wwehq
06-28-2011, 02:59 PM
bump*

teedoff
06-29-2011, 05:02 PM
Just quickly glancing at your site...I didnt look at all your pages, but it looks very nice. One criticisim I have is some of the text is a little small. Also, in reading your slideshow news articles, I took me awhile to find the pause button, so I had to keep backing it up. The small pause button is made harder to see because its color is close to its background.

Otheriwse pretty cool design.

Rowsdower!
06-29-2011, 05:52 PM
[Reviewed based on FF3.6 page rendering]

Well, it fits on a 1200px wide resolution so that's good for user accessibility. The PPV countdown numbers look nice.

The bad news...

First, the page doesn't validate:
http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wwehq.com%2Fwordpress%2F&charset=%28detect+automatically%29&doctype=Inline&group=0&ss=1&verbose=1

That's more mechanical than aesthetic, but still very important.

The big red/pink background image strip took a while to download on a very fast connection. That's more of a hosting issue though, I suppose. Subjective criticism about the design with this, though, is that I don't much care for the red/pink tone and the edges of the image appear to be choppy when smooth would look better. I understand why you put the image there, I just don't think it works too well.

I don't like that the images for your posts are flush against the edge of the main content. I feel like there should be some of the background color showing along the left side. Remove the negative margins and just reduce the width to 630px and that makes an improvement.

I agree with teedoff about the pause button on the scrolling banner. I'm not accustomed to looking in the top right corner for scroll controls and the color does blend in quite a bit with the background. You might center it along the bottom just above the preview bar for better visibility. I would put it in its own bar with a 50% black transparent background.

The breadcrumb looks a bit plain and it isn't immediately clear without hovering the mouse that it's actually a link. It just looks like plain text. Also, like the posts in the main section, this is flush against the left edge of the main content block. There really should be some padding or margin added to this.

Overall, why so much pink? Background gradients, text, links, the big background image... They're all rather pink, which seems a strange choice for a wrestling site (for as macho as pro wrestling is, at least :p). Plus, I think pink looks bad aesthetically. It's the one big reason I have to dislike Victoria's secret, really. Anyway, tone that down a bit with the pink. It feels like I'm looking at a gossip column the way it is now, which is not a good thing.

The shadowed text in your information blocks at the top of each section is blurring the text and doesn't look good anyway. I'd lose that. Also, on one of those you have a blue image on a blue background, which washes it out. You need at least a little bit of contrast there.

The forum has a totally different layout than the main site and there is no link back to the main site from the forum. That seems odd. Page load on the forum is fairly slow, also. Not sure what's up with that.

The login form for the forum overlapping itself in some places (login button and "remember me" text).

As I always end up saying when I review a site, I'm not trying to be mean, I'm just pointing out what I think needs to be improved. I'm not a pro designer by any means myself so this is just my layman's opinion.

ILISacramento
08-28-2011, 05:56 AM
I like the look of this site. I do agree with a previous poster who stated that the pause button is in a strange place, as I am used to seeing the controls in the middle at the bottom. Oh the plus side, the scrolling banner moves at a nice speed, giving the viewer a chance to see what you have to offer while still having enough chance to pause the banner if they find something they want to read.

I also agree that there should be a link back to the main site from the forum, and the login box / Remember Me option overlapping is a little annoying.

For the most part though, I do like the look of your site.



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