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    New Site

    I built this site from scratch using html coding. Numbness In Hands

    I know that it needs something, but I'm not sure what.

    I like building my own sites instead of using Word Press because I like have 100% control over how my site looks and where I can place photos and ads.

    Please give me your imput whather good or bad along with your views on the content.

    All comments will be taken seriously.

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    I like your manual HTML style instead of using WordPress - I'm the same kind of person.

    Design-wise, I think the text is too spread-out through the screen. It is easier to read if you add some more blue to the sides of the page to squeeze the content part together more, or even add a margin inside the white area. I also noticed a few spelling mistakes.

    In your fourth paragraph, you spelled itchiness wrong (you have "itchuness". It's in the last sentence). I also think you're using the phrase "numbness in hands" too much, especially in your introduction section. You could substitute a few of the usages with "this aliment" or maybe "hand numbness".

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    The first question that comes to my mind would be: What is the purpose of the site? The content of a site should determine the design approach. Don’t just use a generic page template and put content in it. First you have to think what you want to present, then how to present it. There is a general rule of thumb that you should bring the overall message across within a time frame of 20 seconds; this is the average attention span of an average visitor. If they have to read too much text they will go away.

    Your site is the perfect example of this. There is a lot of text (that spans across the entire width and is therefore harder to read than narrow columns) and I have no idea what you are trying to tell me. So, first thing to enhance your site would be to think about the copy. What do you want to sell and who do you want to sell it to? You have to think about your target audience. Young people have different habits, needs, and expectations than old people.

    If the content is clear then the design comes in to complement/support the content. Therefore, you need to consider what would be the best page layout to make your content fun to browse. You also need to think about a color scheme that represents the content’s intention. Different colors have different meanings in different cultures. And again, the target audience is important. You can have a playful design that appears young and informal or you can have a more conservative design that’s supposed to look sincere and formal (and any combination in between, of course).

    There is a lot of thinking required in advance before you can actually get to getting your hands dirty on drawing and coding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alternative View Post
    I like your manual HTML style instead of using WordPress - I'm the same kind of person.

    Design-wise, I think the text is too spread-out through the screen. It is easier to read if you add some more blue to the sides of the page to squeeze the content part together more, or even add a margin inside the white area. I also noticed a few spelling mistakes.

    In your fourth paragraph, you spelled itchiness wrong (you have "itchuness". It's in the last sentence). I also think you're using the phrase "numbness in hands" too much, especially in your introduction section. You could substitute a few of the usages with "this aliment" or maybe "hand numbness".
    Thanks for pointing these things out to me. I have corrected the mispelled word "itchiness".

    I would like to add a box going done the left or right side and put my navigation bar inside it, but I will have to hone in on css coding to learn how to do it. If you know the code for it, please let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VIPStephan View Post
    The first question that comes to my mind would be: What is the purpose of the site? The content of a site should determine the design approach. Don’t just use a generic page template and put content in it. First you have to think what you want to present, then how to present it. There is a general rule of thumb that you should bring the overall message across within a time frame of 20 seconds; this is the average attention span of an average visitor. If they have to read too much text they will go away.

    Your site is the perfect example of this. There is a lot of text (that spans across the entire width and is therefore harder to read than narrow columns) and I have no idea what you are trying to tell me. So, first thing to enhance your site would be to think about the copy. What do you want to sell and who do you want to sell it to? You have to think about your target audience. Young people have different habits, needs, and expectations than old people.

    If the content is clear then the design comes in to complement/support the content. Therefore, you need to consider what would be the best page layout to make your content fun to browse. You also need to think about a color scheme that represents the content’s intention. Different colors have different meanings in different cultures. And again, the target audience is important. You can have a playful design that appears young and informal or you can have a more conservative design that’s supposed to look sincere and formal (and any combination in between, of course).

    There is a lot of thinking required in advance before you can actually get to getting your hands dirty on drawing and coding.
    VIPStephan, that's deep.

    I usually build simple websites as a hobby. I get joy from seeing them rise in the search engine. Last week this site was doing the dance in the search engine. It was on page 3 then it dropped out of site for a few days and now it's on page 6.

    You made a very good point. I really would like to make the site look better and that is why I asked for a review of this site. It's hard for me to think outside the box when it comes to web designs. I do not plan on selling anything on this site, it will purely be for information purposes. I want it to help readers.

    I wrote part of the content and paid someone to write most of it. I plan on rewriting it to bring more order to the page as some of the content does seem to be out of place.

    I really would like to improve on the design of this site before it reaches page 1 of the search engine. I am open to all suggestions please.


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