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    New site layout, what do you think?

    I have been making a Linux Package search engine, and it's not yet finished, but before I go any further with it I would like to see what you think of the design:

    http://www.netshed.info

    Please be as harsh as you want, at the end of the day I need what's best for my site.

    As you can see I went for the minimal approach for fast loadings.

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    As it is a basic layout, the only thing I can suggest is to have a hover effect on the two links at the bottom.

    As for what is there, are you going to have an about page of some sort to describe that the site does?

    Edit: Just clicked on your submit a package link. Add some spacing in between the form fields.

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    Moved to site reviews section.

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    While I can appreciate the minimalist layout, I think the content is too far down on the screen. You should move it up some since when the page first loads you don't see anything and then have to move you eyes down.

    Also your CSS should be in an external file so it gets cached or is that just temporary while you are working on the layout?
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    As for what is there, are you going to have an about page of some sort to describe that the site does?
    Do you think I need one? I thought it was self explanatory, what do you think?

    Quote Originally Posted by oracleguy View Post
    Also your CSS should be in an external file so it gets cached or is that just temporary while you are working on the layout?
    I could pretend It was temporary, but no it's not. I'm going to change that right away.

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    While you might have a minimalistic approach, why not do a few things that add some flair?

    Have an onload focus to the search box, so the cursor starts to blink right away.

    Maybe style the text box so it is bigger.

    I find the search button terribly bland.

    I agree that it goes too far down, my screen shows it over half way down. It would be rather annoying if someone with a smaller screen had to scroll on a minimal design.

    I think the arrangement of the text/images/form could be better balanced. I'm not going to say how, but right now it seems a little 'off kilter' the way they are aligned slightly left/right/left/right.

    While I agree it seems rather self-explanatory (if you know what linux is) you might consider adding a link with some information about the site, and that jazz.

    I think if you find a few things to spice up even in a minimalistic design, you can take that design to a level of professional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremywilken View Post
    While you might have a minimalistic approach, why not do a few things that add some flair?

    Have an onload focus to the search box, so the cursor starts to blink right away.

    Maybe style the text box so it is bigger.

    I find the search button terribly bland.

    I agree that it goes too far down, my screen shows it over half way down. It would be rather annoying if someone with a smaller screen had to scroll on a minimal design.

    I think the arrangement of the text/images/form could be better balanced. I'm not going to say how, but right now it seems a little 'off kilter' the way they are aligned slightly left/right/left/right.

    While I agree it seems rather self-explanatory (if you know what linux is) you might consider adding a link with some information about the site, and that jazz.

    I think if you find a few things to spice up even in a minimalistic design, you can take that design to a level of professional.
    Thanks for these suggestions everyone
    I'm going to add a What is This? type of page as soon as I can.
    I'm going to add some styling to the search button, maybe colored text at least.
    I'm going to extent the search box.

    Have an onload focus to the search box, so the cursor starts to blink right away.
    What do you mean by this?

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    I mean something like this article talks about.

    http://www.sitepoint.com/article/sim...-usable-forms/
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremywilken View Post
    I mean something like this article talks about.

    http://www.sitepoint.com/article/sim...-usable-forms/
    Thanks for that, I'm definitely going to use it.

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    I'd recommend aligning things. The logotype is a little bit offset from the text below, and the form is further off.

    Simple is usually good and plain usually isn't. I'd recommend adding adding a few more grayscale tones for a start.


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