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    Review requested.


    It's bin a while since i've updated my website. Yesterday i managed to put a twist towards it. I've integrated a forum also, which contain a few minor bugs, but it should be sufficient for now. Most of it it's valid, except for the contactpage, which has just unvalid-code, but sometimes you cant always keep upon the code.

    I think it's pretty decent, and the too much orange, personally i like it. Any suggestions?

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    I like it too, it's nice and simple, and if I knew German fluently then I would tell you that your Navigation is easy to use. (Which I don't but it sure looks it). I'm sure you could replace the block color orange with a gradient or something, maybe a border around it like 1px. It's missing some images.
    It validates! Finally a site review has a site that validates!

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    haha, thanks

    Validation is important. Most people only care about validation on the first page(s) with dirty hacks. The language is'nt German, it's Dutch. Replacing the Orange, mweh i think about it For now it's good.

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    Orange and grey simply don't match, and the clash is terrible.
    I can, however, manage you pulling it off if you switch the grey to black. I'm personally quite fond of orange, too (which you'd see quite glaringly if you read my blog.)

    Also, where's your footer? The site looks incomplete without it (and that's not just me--why do you think Google implemented it? They have no real reason to do so, but they found their users kept thinking all the content hadn't loaded yet. And Google's pretty thorough.)

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    Your right.

    Google's PR depends on a footer too. I might experiment a little with the bordercolor, i think grey really looks cool, but that's just mine opinion vs yours. I might do something with it these days. Thanks for the feedback.

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    I can read German, and this is definitely not Deutsch but Dutch! Ok I think you have a good foundation which would be fairly nice with a little spice.

    I think the colors are alright, but they need some careful adjustments. This particular gray looks poorly contrasted with the orange, and the orange seems overwhelmingly like a 100px border. I would make the whole page orange, or give the orange some softer gradient or a overlay design. The more I look at it, the more I agree with Cyan, the gray is awkward with the orange. You have a bright color which is dampened by the dismal gray, perhaps use a hue of another color but it could be a bit grayed too? I think also the black and orange makes me think of Halloween, maybe you don't celebrate it like the crazy Americans, but I think it gives a little bit of a negative impression.

    Your branding at the top of the page is far too basic. Spice up your header with a logo, and keep it clean!

    I don't know who your targeted clients are, but an adult site might be a bit much. From the American perspective, you wouldn't do that ever. From a European perspective, its not so much of a big deal. Culture...crazy.
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    I can read German, and this is definitely not Deutsch but Dutch!
    Luckily I know a a bit of German. That could have resulted in confusion!

    Oh by the way, I noticed your footer is incomplete...

    © Jvanderlinde.net - Put something here!

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    The Adult-site?

    It's a part of what i've done. You dont see any erotic nude content, there's a warning with 18+ material. About the colors, yes i agree, and yes i will need to look for the perfect color. About the header, i never really did anything else then my name and what i do

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    I definetly think you are getting some quality feedback from those above and it is a good site.

    My only criticism is that it seems to lack a bit of 'pizazz.' Maybe some fancy JavaScript to load your portfolio websites in a div layer on top of the page (as seems popular). If you implement a forward back backward arrow to that it will allow the user some easier navigation.

    On the whole, though, good work! It's refreshing to see a page validate.
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    Thanks guys. Appreciate it !!

    There's only 1 problem with Iframe'ing the forum. There is no code except for javascript, to make the height dynamic. That means i'm using a iframe that is fixed at 1100PX long. If the forum is bigger then 1100PX it will 'grow' under it, and you cannot scroll it. I can add a scrollbar but they will waste the layout, even tho it's not extending 1100px.
    Last edited by Jeroentje; 07-10-2008 at 11:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeroentje View Post
    The Adult-site?

    It's a part of what i've done. You dont see any erotic nude content, there's a warning with 18+ material.
    I was wanting to point it out as the culture I grew up in, America, does not look kindly upon adult content (even though the media is all about sex...). On a professional level though, its your call based on your expectations of your clients. I would not dream of putting a site which has an edgy apperance if I was targeting professionals in America, its a culture thing as I said. It might work for you though, and that is up to you. I put it out there as my opinion on the matter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremywilken View Post
    I was wanting to point it out as the culture I grew up in, America, does not look kindly upon adult content (even though the media is all about sex...). On a professional level though, its your call based on your expectations of your clients. I would not dream of putting a site which has an edgy apperance if I was targeting professionals in America, its a culture thing as I said. It might work for you though, and that is up to you. I put it out there as my opinion on the matter!
    I agree, but i think this is an culture-difference wether to place it or not. Sex is almost integrated on the internet, so why not have a site that was made by me placed on my portfolio, that gives an impression of adult-stuff?

    I have a couple of porn-sites, no doubt, and you will not see those on my portfolio neither. That website you reffering to is a legit company here in holland putting out a legit business, so why should i not post that on my portfolio? Cause it is shocking? Thats nonsense You dont see any sexual content going around on there, except for a video thats bin hidden deep, but dont look ackwark when visiting a website that does callgirls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeroentje View Post
    I have a couple of porn-sites, no doubt, and you will not see those on my portfolio neither. That website you reffering to is a legit company here in holland putting out a legit business, so why should i not post that on my portfolio? Cause it is shocking? Thats nonsense You dont see any sexual content going around on there, except for a video thats bin hidden deep, but dont look ackwark when visiting a website that does callgirls.
    For starters, it's sort of unprofessional and sends out a very wrong message. Someone intending to hire you probably won't take kindly to seeing a fully naked woman. Well, actually, they might--but not in the way you've put it in there as that's intended to be more erotic than tasteful. In Western media, nudity is frowned upon, and I know I wouldn't hire you upon seeing that, front a purely professional standpoint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeroentje View Post
    I agree, but i think this is an culture-difference wether to place it or not. Sex is almost integrated on the internet, so why not have a site that was made by me placed on my portfolio, that gives an impression of adult-stuff?

    I have a couple of porn-sites, no doubt, and you will not see those on my portfolio neither. That website you reffering to is a legit company here in holland putting out a legit business, so why should i not post that on my portfolio? Cause it is shocking? Thats nonsense You dont see any sexual content going around on there, except for a video thats bin hidden deep, but dont look ackwark when visiting a website that does callgirls.
    Like Cyan said, its frowned upon in Western culture particularly in the professional realm. I am an American, which makes it beyond taboo to put anything risqué on my portfolio. If I want clients in America, it would be freelance suicide. I'm even talking about putting a scantaly clad woman on a site is risky. Its cultural stuff, but its still illegal to show nudity on regular media, unlike in Europe. I'm just saying this from the perspective of American professionalism. I am not saying you can't do it, but there are obvious risks to it when attempting to get new clients unless you are targeting that audience.
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    Design: IMO looks great.
    - I personally would make the orange color the complete background color, without the light gray part

    Technical:
    - Good job on the validation, nice coding styles

    Not much to add on the whole adult content issue, except to reconfirm what Cyan and Jeremy have been saying. Its not good for business in the Western world to have suggestive (or worse) content on one's site.


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