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    Please Review Dawgbone.Net


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    I like your treatment of the color theme. It comes off well, I think. (I might suggest a darker red for the text though, or possibly bolding it to make it easier to read.)

    I would also suggest not using Homestead SiteBuilder; It produces very bloated code. There are many good XHTML/CSS tutorials out there.

    All in all, though, I like the site. Good job!

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    I agree. The color scheme is good, and the site looks overall well done.

    Howerver, I took a look at the code...and yikes! I saw looooong lines of code encased in divs...I'm not sure if you need all those divs - you might be able to clean up the code some. Plus, please put line breaks between each tag (int he source) - very hard to read without!

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    Sorry to be harsh, but you asked for a review.

    1. The header graphic is very very unclear, and it looks harsh.

    2. Colour schemes clash. Not good. Black, red, and white, too much contrast, try using colours that compliment each other, instead of those that fight each other.

    3 Your source code:
    a. It is horrific, you use a lot of deprecated tags, e.g. <font>, <b>, <i>, and you lack any stylesheets for styling your page, and therefore have a lot of repetitive code.
    b. It throws out a whopping 248 errors. I've never seen anything like it. http://validator.w3.org

    4. In Opera 7 (XP Pro), the font is shown as Times New Roman; that does not suit the site at all.

    5. You've used a fixed width layout, but your white-area expands way past the content area. That needs fixing.

    You need to pay a lot of attention to www.w3schools.org and learn how to produce code that validates, that is clean, and that is efficient.

    At the moment your coding techniques lack, and your graphical abilities need a little re-vamp.

    Any questions, ask. That is why we at CodingForums.com are here for.

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    thanks. I have only done sites with Homestead Sitebuilder, which is basically "websites for dummies". I don't think there is anything I can do about the code. I'd like to learn enough so that I can quit using Homestead (although I have several sites with them and can imagine it would be quite a hassle to move the sites). What sites/tutorials do you recommend for me to learn more about XHTML/CSS. Good sugestion on the red text. It needs to be red though I will make it darker. Thanks again.

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    Images, contrast, coding

    Many of the images you have on your site aren't very well done, with jagged edges; spend some time with a good graphics editor and learn about the various options to overcome this. I stink at this sort of stuff myself, but I'm sure many other members can give you pointers on it.

    As indicated, the red-white-black color scheme is way too overpowering; reducing the contrast will calm this down (think darker red - pale gray - dark gray).
    Also, the font chosen doesn't work at all; a sans-serif font like the ubiquitous Verdana or a similar one will work a lot better. Especially the bold white menu texts against a black background are very nasty, and hard to read at that. Bit big, too.

    Lastly, as mentioned before: the coding is hideous... I never expected someone to build a package that churns out even worse code then Frontpage does...
    If you're into this web building stuff, I warmly recommend learning about coding, HTML, CSS, etc. It may seem daunting in the beginning, but the web is teaming with valuable resources, this forum being one of them!
    Start with exploring the resources mentioned in the "HTML & CSS documentation" sticky, and keep firing your questions in these forums.
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    thanks for the input. I've already starting learning some coding from some of the links you gave. The Red/Black color scheme is the color of the Dawgs. There's not much I can do about that. To represent the team the site HAS to at least be the same colors. I will remember you're opinions on the colors on future sites though.

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    Colors...

    Red/Black color scheme is the color of the Dawgs
    That may well be, but do keep in mind that colors work totally different on clothing (such as a uniform) then they do on a screen: on clothing, depending on lighting conditions, shadows, creases and folds, etc. the basic colors can be seen in a myriad of shades. On a screen however, only the glaring base colors are shown.
    With that in mind, I can't see any problem in using shades of the base colors to create a professional looking, visually appealing site while still honouring the Dawg color scheme!
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