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    New site featuring movie reviews and articles (no news!)

    Hey everyone, thanks to lots of peoples' help on these forums I finally cleaned up my site enough to launch it today. From now until January 1st is Preview Week with a sample of each movie-related column we'll be writing. On 1-1-11 we'll begin updating daily for the "official" launch.

    Please review my site here: www.cineweekly.com

    Subscribe to our RSS feed if you like it. Thanks in advance!

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    No critique? Both good an bad reviews are welcome as long as they're constructive.

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    your dropdowns and buttons are kinda ugly,
    is this a movie review site?
    i don't understand what your going for here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by codelook View Post
    your dropdowns and buttons are kinda ugly,
    is this a movie review site?
    i don't understand what your going for here.
    Why are they ugly? No one's ever said anything about them before. It's a movie site with articles on non-current movies. It's no different from a magazine. One day we have a review of an older movie we like such as Apollo 13 and another day features behind-the-scenes pictures that are fairly uncommon. It's not that difficult to understand. Since you're new on here you should know that it will be more helpful on the forums if you explain your reasoning or at least offer a better suggestion.

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    Hi there Cineweekly

    First off, and most importantly, I think the content is interesting. I'm not particularly a film buff, but the content seems about the right level for the casual browse. I did actually read some of the content.

    You might well be stuck with this, but I find the size of the ad at the top of the page distracting, as it seems to be the banner rather than your logo, if you see what I mean. It might be better if this was under the CineWeekly logo.

    Re the top menu I think the look is OK, but it might be better just to make it a little more prominent, maybe just make the text a bit bigger, and give it a little more vertical padding.

    Links down the left side - Low Budget Spotlight etc - text seems unnecessarily small.

    Finally, I wonder, picking up a flavour of codelook's comment, whether you might add a little information for the first time visitor on the home page to encapsulate what the site is about, perhaps as a strapline to your logo - I know you've got "7 days of cinema" but that's not so obvious. Perhaps a one liner - "Daily movie reviews, aricles and discussion" - that kind of thing just so it's obvious to a casual visitor what's going on.

    Hope this is helpful.

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    Hey SB65, I actually posted a thread somewhere asking what a good one liner would be to describe my kind of site since it isn't a news site and no one had any suggestions. The tough part is making it obvious that it's not daily reviews, it is updated daily but each column posts only once each week and there are 7 columns. Sunday is Column 1, Monday is Column 2, etc. In page titles, SEO, Facebook, things like that I have used "7 Days of Cinema", "7 Days of Movie Reviews and Articles", and some others that are a couple of sentences. I figured it's obvious that it's a movie site with the logo, thumbnails of movies, and the ads are movie related (mostly) and then I have "100% Original Content" by the RSS feed, I don't really know how else to implement it without becoming too texty.

    As for the ad, I'm kind of surprised how often someone mentions it being noticeable when almost every movie site I check regularly has one the same size in the same location. CinemaBlend.com and ComingSoon.net for example. I would think putting the ad between the logo and the body would be more distracting but maybe not in some cases. Also, the menu text is actually bigger than that on the two sites I mentioned. I just wonder if there's some kind of illusion making things seem slightly off.

    Thanks for the construsctive criticism.

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    Its a nice site there is just one thing. When you read long articles the text is a little dark, try make a little brigther and the background a little darker like on Billig fiskegrej. This makes the article easyer to read

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    I don't think it's ugly, however I think that the color scheme (orange) of the rollover links doesn't quite match the rest of the site. I am nobody to judge because I am very new to all of this. I am still struggling to layout my first page. One thing I do notice about your page is that the menu bar that the links are in extends way past where it should to look correct. Maybe you have a place for something right there or you are going to extend out the rest of the content to match the navbar?

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    Oh and I like the idea for movie review site. Do you write the reviews yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisparis82 View Post
    Oh and I like the idea for movie review site. Do you write the reviews yourself?
    Sorry I haven't checked this thread in a while. I write the review portion of the site and am working with some other writers for the remaining articles. Since you posted I have changed the layout a little and color schemes and without even seeing your comments but I believe I resolved the contrast issue inadvertently. Also, when a movie spoiler comes up, I purposely put it in a color close to the background so you don't accidentally see a spoiler. Some popular sites make the text entirely invisible and you have to highlight the area to see it.

    What browser are you using that the menu is off? I have it working on the latest versions of Firefox, IE8 (I believe 7 too), Google Chrome, Opera, and Safari.


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