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    Improving my website

    hey folks,

    anyone got any pros and cons on my website

    and how i can improve on the cons and what you think of the pros ?

    http://technolanecss.sitesled.com

    thanks guys

    James

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    I think this post might be better served in the 'site reviews' sub forum 'general web building'

    Things that I would improve:
    well it
    • doesn't validate
    • You're events (onclick, etc) are written directly into the markup (you should seperate style, content, and behavior)
    • you have a ton of  s for some reason, rather than using css margin or padding or something.
    • Also using 'CENTER' and 'BR' is deprecated/unnecessary where it is used.

    I'd read up on 'unobstusive JS', and 'dom scripting'.

    but design wise it looks like your doing ok.
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    the only reason it doesnt vaildate is because of the advertising of my free hosting at the bottom, and this will be changed when the site is ready to be launched. and the other stuff i will look up thanks

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    I can only add one thing to zro@rtv suggestions.

    Personally, I don't like the flash animation you have on the page.

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    I didn't even realize the animation though I agree. I think its big. Its taking away from the overall design. At most make it smaller. I still think you should be using swfobject for the flash rather than attempting to create your own javascript. If you can't get swfobject working then you should actually READ the documentation on it. That site TELLS YOU EVERYTHING you need to know on how to get it to work.

    Also will you be charging for your web design services? Judging from your past posts I think you should actually have a decent portfolio BEFORE you start charging people for web design.
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    On first sight the site looks really nice.

    On second sight there are a couple of things that can be improved:

    1. The mirror effect in the header doesn’t make sense. In fact, it’s more counterproductive actually. I’d suggest using the ”shiny table” method (if any mirror effect at all) where you put the mirror under the headline, fading out towards the bottom
    2. The tabs are too small for the text. They are probably static images. Better use the sliding doors technique.
    3. When hovering over the links (tabs) the sub navigation is kinda hanging there in the air with no point of reference… I mean it’s not clear what’s happening. Is this an error? Also the background color is the same as in the content section which makes it hard to distinguish.
    4. The main links link to the index pages which is kind of useless as well. Better remove the link entirely.
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    Thumbs down

    i find that quite offensive considering i am quite clearly more skilled at front end development, i.e. design than ive seen on your site or portfolio, i may not be amazing at the coding side but this shouldnt stop me getting business, looks are very important to a customer. and i learn so much more every day.

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    thanks for the advice VIPSteven. seems you have faith lol

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    Don't ask for the truth if you can't handle it you know... I have to agree with Aero's comment. It's just something we see too often nowadays: people making websites with tables and invalid code, and they're charging money for it.

    If you are clearly more skilled then why don't you show us some work?

    I suggest you sit down, learn CSS and code some websites with CSS, not tables. It's the only way you will get better at it, not by counting on us fixing up your code all the time.
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    Just based on design, you might want to consider adding some line-height. Reading all that serif text creates is hard on the eyes and looks a little sloppy with all the rivers created in the flow of reading. I would even consider choosing a different font. Perhaps a sans-serif? Especially on your menu. I think it would look more consistent with your sans-serif futuristic title.

    I also agree that the flash is distracting.

    As far as coding, definitely put some margin on your navigation div instead of using all those non-breaking spaces. And if your buttons are going to be the same on every page, consider putting all of the button JavaScript in it's own file so all your pages can get to it easily.h


    Ouch people.

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    Jutlander and Aero, as a web designer and a graphic design major I have to say that this guys work is much better than what I have just seen on the PR Designz portfolio. Not to be mean, but the design is more consistent and follows some nice design principles and rules. No there isn't as much, but he's not using drop shadows which is a classic sign that someone doesn't know how to use Photoshop or some other graphic design software that makes text hard to read. Sheesh, can't we all just be nice though?

    And from what I can tell, this page isn't using tables.

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    erm yeah so where exactly are these tables that your on about ?

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    how is there a right way to use photoshop that like saying theres a right way to draw when there isnt each to thier own with the way in which they impliment photoshop into projects

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    yeah and im updating and getting rid of those   thanks tho

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    Well I wasn't referring to you CSS, I was talking about Aero. There are some usability issues with putting gobs of drop shadow onto text. You can't read it very well. That is what I mean. And I think it happens too often unfortunately.

    Drop shadow has its place, but one must be careful. I was getting on to those people ganging up on you.
    Last edited by lithriel; 07-26-2007 at 08:47 PM.


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