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    Thumbs up MultiSource Website

    Alright, I learned a lot from the last topic and now I think I'm ready to go for another site review of another one of my websites. This website is designed much better than my other one and follows many web standards. Here it is:

    http://www.multisrc.org

    Please let me know what you think.

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    The navigation is easy and looks good, and the design is pretty cool, it's a good website. But 1 question, is it meant to function yet? Because some pages that links follow are broken, like the ones on the project page.

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    Tables for layout...not good.
    There is no ending tag for <body> or <html>, I'm not sure why its validating?
    You are not an Inc. Unless you are an incorporated business this is an invalid term.
    Did you really trademark that saying? If not, you can't say you did.
    You really like red/black, but I still think its one of the worst color combinations out there. Its hard on the eyes and just doesn't look professional. It looks like a basic gradient that you made to cover too broad of a spectrum.
    Some of your text boxes have the text align right on the edge. Pad them.
    Your copy text is pretty rough, it needs a more professional approach. You can be cool and yourself with it, but its not a conversation over IM.

    It is a step in the right direction compared with the other site.

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    @ Jeremy: he’s using HTML 4.01 Transitional, which allows omission of the end tag for an uncomfortable amount of elements.

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: get rid of the text justification. It just doesn’t look nice full flush (again, vast amounts of whitespace.)

    To reiterate what jeremy said, you’re not an incorporated business and you shouldn’t mislead your users into thinking so. There’s also a full possibility that someone actually has trademarked “Take pride in what you make”, and you could get into some trouble for that.

    You’ve passed my first couple of tests for grammar and punctuation.

    Your copy text is pretty rough, it needs a more professional approach. You can be cool and yourself with it, but its [sic.] not a conversation over IM.
    I agree, but it’s going vaguely in the right direction. It’s fully possible to use an informal tone for copy—indeed, lots of websites have been adopting this of late, and it’s rather successful, leading to a more…‘fun’ experience—but you seem halfway in between, if you understand me. It looks unnessarily bloated, too: consider cutting down some.
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    Assuming you are not a legally formed corporation, the others are correct. But not only would the use of "Inc", "Corp", "Corporation", "Ltd", "Limited" be misleading, it would be considered 'intentionally misleading'. In addition, the use of those designators by any entity other than a legally formed corporation is illegal. Assuming you engage in interstate or international commerce, this illegality would come under the realm of the federal government.

    Registration of the trademark is not required to use the 'TM' mark. This is referred to as common law trademark, the ownership of which can be established by the actual use of the trademarked phrase "in the marketplace". That said, a common law trademark can usually only be protected in the immediate geographic area of the business. Also, if the phrase has been trademarked through registration by another business, the registered trademark (the circle R) would generally take precedence over the common law trademark.

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    I should also mention that the improper use of the corporate designators is inviting a fair share of tax headaches as well.
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    interesting. although it was a bit dull/blurry and over-in-your-face at first glance... not very clean or slick looking,... i finally found my way to "projects" and i love the feature on that page with the 4 objects...


    now that your html validates, you can extend your accessibility by creating logical document outlines. heading tags would help with seo too. see: http://www.w3.org/2005/08/online_xsl...t-semantic.xsl

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    OK, I'm getting rid of the "Inc." and the "TM" because I see you are all correct about that. I am also going to change the header's background gradient to something more enjoyable.

    About the copy text, I was just trying to connect with the visitors and show them what the site is all about because it's kind of hard to follow. But, unlike an IM, the grammar is there. Also, I will get rid of the justifying text and add padding to the text boxes with the dark-grey backgrounds.

    Thanks again for your tips, guys. Much appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremywilken View Post
    You really like red/black, but I still think its one of the worst color combinations out there.
    Red and black is a beautiful color combination – if used wisely. If you don't use solid red and black but different shades of it you can create beautiful things. I must admit that the color combination and gradient used for the header is a little too obtrusive. Scrap that gray in the middle and go directly from red to… uhm… dark red (i.e. not 100% black). That and a non-embossed title (either a solid color or some subtle gradient, too, would be nice here) will make it look a lot more professional. It just looks too 1995 currently – as looks the source code… if you’re seriously offering website development you can’t do that! Look into semantic HTML and only write valid (X)HTML strict.

    In a nutshell: Less is more. Your gradients, shadows, glows, and embossments just look too much in-your-face. Make it lighter, less obtrusive, and you’ll get closer to current standards and practices.

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    I use red and black (if anyone has seen my website in a thread) and they look awesome together

    Look at it here: http://exitfegs.co.uk/wifee/Index.html
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    Black/Red/White is just my opinion, as I said, but I can recognize when it is done right I think often the issue is using too strong versions of the colors, which create such a stark contrast and can hurt the eyes. Maybe the gradient should be only a red/red gradient?

    @Wifee, yours is a maroon or something. Not quite the brighter red he had.

    I like the color choice now, its more soothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremywilken View Post
    I like the color choice now, its more soothing.
    Thanks. I changed it up a bit and added some more effects to it. I'm also thinking of using XHTML instead of HTML, just like VIPStephan had said. Thanks for the info.

    By the way, I got rid of the "Inc." and replaced it with "Group." That way, there are no legal constrains.

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    Stephan didn’t say to switch to XHTML (which is why he used brackets). He said to switch the Strict flavour of your language—in this case, HTML 4.01 Strict.

    The new header looks awesome. I would change the font on your navigation bar, though—it looks a bit weird.

    And now that you’ve got a fresh-y sort of header, try switching the content background away from that *really* light grey to white. That would make it look more light and clean.
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    I think the light gray looks better with the template, though. Looks a little more professional, too, don't you think?

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    I like the grey around the sides, but having it as the normal text background reminds me very slightly of the dawn of the web. I’m just offering what I feel is good advice: if you don’t think what I say is right you’re under no obligation to acknowledge it, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyanLight View Post
    I like the grey around the sides, but having it as the normal text background reminds me very slightly of the dawn of the web. I’m just offering what I feel is good advice: if you don’t think what I say is right you’re under no obligation to acknowledge it, of course.
    I know. I appreciate your feedback, though.


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