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Dovey
10-25-2006, 10:43 PM
Hi guys, i'm new to web design and i have almost finished my very first website it would be great if anyone could give me feed back on the design :)

Its a christmas website that sells lights and figures etc

here is the address

www.wonderfulworldofchristmas.affiliatemonkeys.com

this is just the test space, as i said its not quite finished yet and the link to the home page needs sorting

cheers :thumbsup:

_Aerospace_Eng_
10-25-2006, 10:52 PM
The edges on the graphics look it a little rugged. What did you use to make them? The rollovers make the graphics almost impossible to read. I see the words "Search for Products Here" at the bottom in white. Is that going to be a form of some type or is that all its going to say? If thats all its going to say then I would make that text a different color as its almost invisible. I like the snowmen fighting with snowballs. I say put a star on the x-mas tree. The "Home" link doesn't seem to work properly. You also have a few coding errors. See them here (http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wonderfulworldofchristmas.affiliatemonkeys.com%2F).

Once you've fixed those validate your CSS as well.

Dovey
10-25-2006, 11:16 PM
I agree the navigation graphics do look a litte rugged, they were done in photoshop. The thing is i had to use alpha transparent images as the background of the navigation is patterned and i didn't want to use links in boxes if you know what i mean? to keep the design. I would use 24bit alpha images if i was just doing the site for FF or Safari but unfortunatley its for IE too which doesn't support high quality alph images. The text at the bottom 'is' going to be a form and i said the home link needs fixing in my original post.

Thanks for your feedback and if you know how i can overcome my image problem without comprimising the design any help would be ace

Cheers :thumbsup:

oracleguy
10-26-2006, 04:47 AM
I'd lose the javascript for if they are running below 1024x768 resolution. Because a) your script tag isn't valid XHTML (you need to use the type attribute, the w3c validator has more information.) b) The onload attribute doesn't exist in XHTML 1.0 c) Anyone that is using that resolution, probably can't or isn't going to change it to view the site so there is no sense in prompting them.

Dovey
10-26-2006, 12:09 PM
ok, i was just trying to cover all the bases 'so to speak', but your points are valid so i'll make the changes

thanks :thumbsup:

_Aerospace_Eng_
10-26-2006, 02:05 PM
Hmm as for the images on the left nav you could import that chimney image into photoshop and cut out the images that way. This way they won't be transparent but will still fit into the design. As for the top links I say make that text instead. Seems like the better choice mainly for accessibility reasons.

Dovey
10-26-2006, 02:21 PM
yeah i can give that a try, not sure if i made the links space by a percentage though (to fill out if someone has a larger resolution), if i cut the images out of the chimney they will have to be pixel perfect if you know what i mean. I will give it a go though and see how it turns out. I hate IE sometimes..it really knows how to hinder your designs :)

Thanks for the input

mlseim
10-26-2006, 06:17 PM
Instead of explaining how to use the links on the left, I would rather read
some more about what you can do for me. People visiting will read that
center paragraph and either continue looking or exit. You need to grab them
right away and let them know what your company is all about.

People using the internet usually know that the words on the left are your links.

Keep all the important stuff in the upper fold of a 600 pixel tall browser.
Although, more and more people are purchasing larger monitors, you'll be sure
that the important information is viewable without vertical scrolling.

... and make sure you do spell-checking (suit, not suite).

... just my two cents.

Carradee
10-26-2006, 09:59 PM
I really like your setup idea but it seems kinda... blurred, I guess. I don't know enough 'bout website critique to identify why, yet; sorry. Probably images?

I noticed something about your sales copy... It's kinda bland. Mind if I suggest livened speech by example for you to play with?

Possible rewrite:


Get the best in high-quality lighting products to display the Wonderful World of Christmas! Put pinprick lights on the mantle, icicle ones on the roof, [You insert an adjective; I don't celebrate Christmas] lights in the garden or illuminated figures in the yard—or enter the holiday spirit with them all!

Browse our products, or use the search window below to find what you want. Here at Wonderful World of Christmas, we take care of all your holiday lighting needs.


[smiles sheepishly] Please don't take offense. I write online content as my job. I've never been hired to write advertisements, though, so please don't take that suggestion as gospel.

-'Dee

Dovey
10-27-2006, 11:54 AM
Thanks guys for your comments, the text on the home page was just something i mocked up to fill the space. The proper text is being written at the moment (not by me :) )

when you say it looks blurred, is it all the graphics you are reffering to or just the nav text?

cheers:)

Dovey
10-29-2006, 12:05 PM
i would have done that but the site is very graphics heavy. If i had done it to fit an 800x600 resolution it would have looked totally lost on anything higher than that..i don't know why anyone would want to use 800x600 anyway these days?

Thanks for commenting :)

Carradee
10-30-2006, 01:26 PM
What looks blurred? ...I think it's the images, but I'm not certain. As I said, that's the general impression I get, but I'm too fresh at critiquing webpages to identify why.

Why would anyone use the lesser resolution? That's all some people have.

-'Dee

Dovey
10-30-2006, 01:34 PM
what i meant was..is it just the navigation text which looks blurred or is it the snowmen? the tree? the footer? the photo images on the product pages?

I know some people only have 800x600 but after much research i found that it was only a tiny tiny percentage as more and more people are switching to large monitors. The average user is on 1024x768 and like i said..the site is very graphics heavy and if i made it viewable on 800x600 it would look barron and lost on anything higher due to the design.

Thanks for replying and if you could be more specific about which images you mean that would help me out loads

cheers Carradee :thumbsup:

crake2
11-07-2006, 08:06 PM
very nice design bit early for xmas if you ask me:p

but were here to review design so..here i go


very nice nice coulers roll overs nice maybe a bit clearer to read

dont really like the bit at the bottom

nice font

nice coulers used

7/10
nice!:thumbsup:



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