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    Lightbulb Opinions of a Web site for Class/Business

    I am currently taking a Web Page Design class, and as our final project, we must design a Web site that will be uploaded upon completion. Since I am going to be a Web Designer and eventually branch out into my own small business, I figured I would make the site my company site.

    Anyway, I wanted to get some opinions from the masses here, and perhaps get some constructive criticism or critiques.

    Here is the link: http://cwcafe.com/beta

    It's nowhere near finished, but I thought I would show it "as is" for now, before I get too caught up in the design, and proceed to add content.

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    Well, there's a slight problem with your background image when viewed in IE 6.0:



    A little tweaking with styles should fix that (e.g., background : no-repeat).

    And I find it curious that you choose to use just an image rather than HTML text over the image -- seems like that latter would be far easier to maintain with changes.
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    Well, that's odd, because I haven't seen that image repeat and I use IE 6.0 I guess I will have to add in that script, however, since you saw it.

    The other thing about the text ... I can't add text w/o the (br)'s effecting the height of the table. That's why I choose to make it an image.

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    That may help for layout, but if you're going into business for web design, you'll need to consider bandwidth. Having image based text will increase the download time for the page.

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    I completely agree, which is why I try to keep it minimal, but I am running into problems. I just wish when I entered text, the table cell(s) wouldn't expand.

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    The key is to design a layout such that it doesn't matter if it does.

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    You could use div's and css.

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    Would that work with this table layout?

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    Nice, clean site.

    Just my opinion here tho (and heck, you asked for opinions ):

    My first impression upon entering the site is the dull colors.

    I like the light blue font color but the grey/silver font color kind of detracts from the blue.

    And the grey/silver links at the bottom of the page are 'lost' against the background grey.

    Personal impression tho.
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    That is intentional (re: color scheme). I looked at a lot of Web Design Firms' Web sites, and most of them had blacks and grays as their "backdrop" colors, with one standout color (in this case, light blue).

    As for the text links on the bottom, that's for those who cannot use or see the javascript button links on the left.

    But thanks for the input/comments.

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    Try to make the table resize to the users res. It would make it much better. But seeing as you did use an image, I guess that would make it a bit harder to do. By the way, I dont really think that you would need to have a background image on that anyhow.

    Also, for a cafe style website, black/grey/blue would not be suitable for such a business. Try to make it lighter.



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    yeh...

    The white image-text thingy looks odd against the background - I would change it. Oh, and use text, not an image. The roll-over graphics work well, I liked the animation at the start but consider changing your colour scheme. Try this program - www.colourschemer.com
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    The rollover buttons occasionally don't load the onmouseout graphics (as you can see in the screenshot).
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    Originally posted by me'
    yeh...

    The white image-text thingy looks odd against the background - I would change it. Oh, and use text, not an image. The roll-over graphics work well, I liked the animation at the start but consider changing your colour scheme. Try this program - www.colourschemer.com
    That site is for home decor.

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    Originally posted by whammy
    The rollover buttons occasionally don't load the onmouseout graphics (as you can see in the screenshot).
    Yeah, I have noticed that. I don't know how to fix it, since it isn't 100% of the time. Any suggestions?


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