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    Please review my portfolio website


    Can you please review my website that I designed as a portfolio for other websites I designed.

    Don't worry about the "splash" page. It sucks, i know. I just don't have the time right now to change it.

    Anything you see that should be changed, please tell me.

    Thank You.

    PS: The website does not work in old browsers like IE6.

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    nice site, however when I enter the index page my opinion was: "wow, I think this image is 1 terabyte"

    It loaded too slow. Reduce the size of that background/image.

    progress: HTML: 100% > CSS: 90% > Javascript: 55% > Php:10%
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    You're really not selling yourself on your homepage
    If this web site looks bad and you have an outdated browser, then you are retarded! Upgrade your browser and stop making everyone downgrade their sites because you are too stupid to get up to date with things!
    This is just unprofessional and unacceptable for any serious developer. IE6 is still used by 60% of users and will be for a long time. Not everyone has the option of upgrading their browser - eg schools and large companies

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    Thanks for your comments.

    I have got rid of the splash page, and i have edited that text to be less unprofessional .

    You guys see anything else that should be changed or edited?

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    You've put your pages are css3 valid. I didn't think css3 was 'out' yet?

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    I still can't take you seriously. I mean come on you are going to stop coding for IE6? Good luck with that. Nancy has a very good point. The fact that you are calling yourself a designer yet say your site doesn't work in IE6 doesn't say much about your skills.

    I also think you use too many divs. Your menu is a good example. That would be better coded as a list of some kind. I suggest you look into the term semantics.

    I also agree with Nightfire. CSS3 hasn't even been released yet. As a matter of fact there is NOTHING in your current CSS that is CSS3.

    As for coding in XHTML1.1. I really don't think you understand the benefits of XHTML1.1. You aren't even supposed to pass it as text/html. You are supposed to send the application/xhtml+xml headers. If you don't know how to do that then drop down to XHTML Strict.

    I guess in the end it really doesn't matter because you say you do sites for free so its your prerogative on what browsers they work in. If you were getting paid to do sites then it would be a different story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by _Aerospace_Eng_ View Post
    I still can't take you seriously. I mean come on you are going to stop coding for IE6? Good luck with that. Nancy has a very good point. The fact that you are calling yourself a designer yet say your site doesn't work in IE6 doesn't say much about your skills.
    Well its not that the site doesn't work in IE6. The only problems are that IE6 does not support the "min-height" property or the transparency I use. Other then those 2 the site works fine.

    I also think you use too many divs. Your menu is a good example. That would be better coded as a list of some kind. I suggest you look into the term semantics.
    Those divs were then only way I saw I could do the menu.

    I also agree with Nightfire. CSS3 hasn't even been released yet. As a matter of fact there is NOTHING in your current CSS that is CSS3.
    Even tho im not using any css3, its still css3 valid.......<= That was my reasoning. So i see your point and i have changed it.

    As for coding in XHTML1.1. I really don't think you understand the benefits of XHTML1.1. You aren't even supposed to pass it as text/html. You are supposed to send the application/xhtml+xml headers.
    Fixed! (I hope)

    Does anyone see anything else wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sman5109 View Post
    Those divs were then only way I saw I could do the menu.
    Give this a read: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/taminglists
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    For as much static as your getting, your handling yourself pretty good

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    Quote Originally Posted by iLLin View Post
    For as much static as your getting, your handling yourself pretty good
    I agree. It's good when someone asks for opinions and critisizm (sp) and when he/she gets it, doesn't take it personally and be rude, but uses it to improve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightfire View Post
    I agree. It's good when someone asks for opinions and critisizm (sp) and when he/she gets it, doesn't take it personally and be rude, but uses it to improve
    Thats the way it should be. I don't see the point of asking ones honest opinion, then arguing about what they say.

    I'm not perfect, nor do I know everything. Thats why I come here to get help on things I do wrong. So why would want to be rude to someone who is trying to help me.

    Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions.
    Not much, but its something.

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    I recommend purchasing a book called "CSS Mastery - Advanced Web Standards Solutions". This will be the best investment you ever make, when it comes to designing websites, that will work in ALL browsers.

    I don't like how the blog page has a different layout then the rest of the site. I find when I am surfing a site that has an inconsistent layout, I will get lost, and even frusterated, especially when I have to use the back button on my browser.

    You need to REtest the formmail script you are using on your contact page to validate and process the form. It isn't a very user-friendly form. Users shouldn't be able to see Server-side errors on your site.

    As mentioned above, I am truly turned off by your style of writting. Not only is it unprofessional, but it's a huge deterrant. You aren't in the business of designing websites. You are in the business of selling. A prospect could care less if you can code with the latest HTML standards, and your site uses CSS3... Most of them wouldn't even know what the hell that meant.

    Your prospects want to be assured that they will get better value from using your services, than the competition, (and I don't mean cost-value). They want to know their decision to chose you will be risk-free. By the way, people in general usually associate price with quality. So by stating that you don't charge anything for your layouts, may be saying goodbye to a potential client. And plus, you want to make money. Don't give your services away.


    I could go on and on about how to be a good sales person, but the main thing I wanted to recommend is to have someone proof read your site. I am assuming you don't have the means to hire a Technical Writter, so I would go with your mom or dad. Also, take out all the technical mumbo jumbo... Best way to do that would be to ask someone that doesn't know anything about ANYTHING(cause computers are everything) if they understand what you are saying.



    Hope this helps!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragol_67 View Post
    I don't like how the blog page has a different layout then the rest of the site. I find when I am surfing a site that has an inconsistent layout, I will get lost, and even frusterated, especially when I have to use the back button on my browser.
    I tried to make the theme look like the main website but it requires PHP knowledge and i know very little php so i gave up.
    You need to REtest the formmail script you are using on your contact page to validate and process the form. It isn't a very user-friendly form. Users shouldn't be able to see Server-side errors on your site.
    The error you got was because you didn't put in stuff in the required fields, and thats why it gave you a error.
    As mentioned above, I am truly turned off by your style of writting. Not only is it unprofessional, but it's a huge deterrant. You aren't in the business of designing websites. You are in the business of selling. A prospect could care less if you can code with the latest HTML standards, and your site uses CSS3... Most of them wouldn't even know what the hell that meant.

    Your prospects want to be assured that they will get better value from using your services, than the competition, (and I don't mean cost-value). They want to know their decision to chose you will be risk-free. By the way, people in general usually associate price with quality. So by stating that you don't charge anything for your layouts, may be saying goodbye to a potential client. And plus, you want to make money. Don't give your services away.


    I could go on and on about how to be a good sales person, but the main thing I wanted to recommend is to have someone proof read your site. I am assuming you don't have the means to hire a Technical Writter, so I would go with your mom or dad. Also, take out all the technical mumbo jumbo... Best way to do that would be to ask someone that doesn't know anything about ANYTHING(cause computers are everything) if they understand what you are saying.
    Thank you for all your advice, but you have to understand one thing. I cant be in the business of selling anything right now. Because I am under the age of 18 (Im 16) i have no means of receiving payment. I dont have any credit cards, a paypal account, nothing. Really the only thing i have ever bought for my website is the domain name which was $15, everything else I have gotten for free (including a great FREE cpanel reseller account with 2 (soon 5) Gb of space and 6 Gb of bandwidth.). So right now the website is just a portfolio of my designs, and i really dont want it to look like im selling anything at the moment.

    But thak you for your advice ragol_67.
    Not much, but its something.

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    Have you ever considered the use of conditional statements to help your site look good in IE6 too? Dead easy to use and implement and require you to control the way separate versions of IE look...

    And for the transparent PNG problem, there is a fix that can be used in the conditional stylesheet for IE6 that will alow you to use transparency... check that out here
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    I stopped coding for IE6. Microsoft is enforcing the merge to IE7 so many people are switching. You just have that select few that still use IE6, but who cares about them!
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