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    !!!Help!!!

    I'm in the middle of setting up a web design buisness. I'm competant programmer in PHP PERL and JavaScript. and learning Java and C. Iv'e built the site to help to pay for commercial flight training, as any aviation adicts out there know, aviation is as addicitve as Heroin.

    I need some guidence - I have just got my hands on a copy of FlashMX and don't know what the hell to do with it, and also I'm no artist, and acctual page design is, to put it mildly a difficulty for me.

    Here is my website; www.dragondesigns.org.uk It's a bit of a shambles, but it's only had 3 hits so it's not too much of an embaressment.

    !!!Please Help me!!!

    WF.

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    First off, let me point out that you should be aware of our posting guidelines, pay attention to the part about properly naming your threads.

    Secondly, what are you asking exactly? You never really ask a specific question.

    Thirdly, you should run your code through the validator, you got some coding mistakes.

    Not trying to be mean or anything, just doing my job...
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    I'm worried that I'm going to make an A*** of myself on my current "buisness" website and would like some advice to help me make it top notch.

    Also I would like some advice on the right software to use, tips to make me as a web development buisness more attractive. Some criticism, and comments. Please give me a little guidence as to more design issues - I'm good at programming, but hopeless at acctual design.

    WF.

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    design tips and comments:
    1. fluoresent green on black is a no no! In general, black background is not advised when there is masses of text to be read. It becomes very tiring to the eye. Still, if you insist on using a dark background, at least use an easy to read font (i.e. verdana)and preferably in white or very light grey (pastel colours are better on black).
    2. get rid of one of your dragon gifs. I would get rid of the one on the right personally. To be honest, I would have that animated gif at all. it's too "clipartish", if you know what I mean.
    3. personalise your contact form so that the text area and buttons match the design of the site.
    4. create a logo for "Dragon Designs" which you will be able to use not only on your site, but also on a business card, letterhead, etc etc.
    5. make the "professional web design" stand out more so that people know what the point of the site is.

    content comments:
    1. you use way too much "ME" and "I". it doesn't come across as very professional.
    2. you say on the site that the reason you are doing web design is because you want to fund your flying classes. No no no! People need to feel that this is more important to you than anything else. It comes across as you are doing it half heartedly. Actually, nobody who wants a web site cares about the "profile" info. I would get rid of it.
    3. I would change the items in the menu to "home, services, portfolio, prices, contact"

    general tips:
    1. have a look around for web sites that do what you are doing and see what their websites are like.
    2. check out http://www.coolhomepages.com/ it's got some great design stuff. Good sourse for inspiration and for design help!

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    Ok, I am not being mean, but the title says that you're offering "Professional web design service". If you are, then you should probably use more than 20 minutes to build your site. You also should re-consider what color to use and these days "Professional web designers" should be able to write Strict or at least Transitional XHTML. And as oracleguy said, the Validator (or validators) will help you alot. But overall I'd say that's a great start. Oh, and read Sardonic76's post, he pointed out some important things.

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    "Oh, and read Sardonic76's post, he pointed out some important things."

    SHE pointed out some important things.
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    Oh, sorry. I didin't mean to offend you or anything .
    I assumed that you we're a guy like most of the people in these forums (right?). And welcome aboard btw

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    no probs!
    thnx for the welcome note!

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    Learn standards

    WelshFlyer,

    I'd throw the FlashMX in a dark corner for the time being if I were you, and start learning about web standards and coding practices; if you want to offer "professional web design" services, better be damn sure that your site reflects your professionalism. Not every client knows enough about web design to assess this, but there always are a couple that do, and lack of professionalism will surely drive them away.

    Personally, as stated before, I'd be very cautious with a black or even dark background; sites using dark backgrounds often are more personal than professional, or are about games, or offer "adult content", so be aware of the message a dark background communicates.
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    WelshFlyer........you have a long way to go to offer professional web services. I would contentrate on HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript and take a look at design books to get some ideas.

    Also eliminate your BIO page. Nobody that hires you cares about your programming skills, they want a web site.

    And another point.......your price list makes no sense. Your 1mb "Advanced Dynamic Content" site with user-submitted photo gallery will balloon too way over 1mb very fast, and charging an extra 20 per 1mb is TOO much. So this leads me to believe that the rest of your prices are all wrong.

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    Originally posted by Len Whistler
    Nobody that hires you cares about your programming skills, they want a web site.
    I seriously doubt that, altough I don't have any experience on that matter. Could anyone with more info on this subject to lighten it up for me?

    Thanks!

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    Well, my homepage is now deleted. I'm going to rebuild it from the ground up. My main problem is that I'm good with back-end scripting and PHP, etc, etc, and am building a couple of sites for other people, and they are turning out ok, but my main problem is that I'm a programmer not a "designer" if someone wants me to make a site, and says "I want it to look like this" I'm ok. It's designing my own that's the problem.

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    I would suggest that since you are starting from scratch, first you need to rethink the structure and content. Decide on the main menu items, then rewrite everything. Once you have done all that, then procceed to the actual design of the site.

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    Design?!! Arrghh!!!

    WelshFlyer,

    It's designing my own that's the problem.
    My problem exactly. All I can suggest is: start simple, get the content and structure right (as Sardonic76 so rightly suggested), and give the basic layout some thought: header, footer, nav bar, menu, two column, three, whatever.
    If your document and site structure are sound and enough handles for styling are appropriately assigned, adding visual adornment shouldn't be too hard, even if you decide to change or tweak it lateron.
    Regards,
    Ronald.
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    yup

    best thing to do in this case is to throw something together and get it working first, AND THEN make it look appealing...
    i'm always learning


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