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    site review plz

    hi

    i have asked to fix this website... well i can see alot of things wrong but i would like to know what everyone else things need to be fixed /

    the url is www.healthline.ws

    thanx
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    Tables, tables...

    First of all, look into CSS for covering things like font sizes and families; definitely get rid of the font elements.
    While you're at it: most of the tables could go; keep one three-cell one for the three columns in the center section (in between the header and the footer) to avoid CSS positioning tricks, and maybe one for the menu, although applying a list for such a thing is fairly easy and well documented (make up your mind first, then ask for more is you want to).

    Design-wise: nice layout, although nothing too hot (which doesn't have to be a bad thing!!!). I'm not too wild about the blue-green combo in the header; at any rate, the utility links in the top left corner are poorly visible. Downplaying is good, illegibility is wrong.

    Instead of explaining what this site is about (which stands a good chance of not being read), an subtitle may work better to explain in one glance what "Healthline" stands for, such as "providing free advisory health care service online".

    Furthermore, the menu items could be a little more descriptive (something like "bodies" in relation to "health" could get misinterpreted), and surprisingly, "Heart news" only appears on pages other then Home. The menu items, although fairly well reckognisable, could do with a little indication when hovered.
    While almost all link names are equal to page names, "Health tips" turns into "Daily tips"; this may be confusing, so consider making them identical.

    Lastly, don]'t open every menu link in a new window!!! The convention for internal links is to open in the same window, and I found it extremely annoying to have to prune a whole bunch of unsolicited windows after skipping around for a little while.

    Well, that should keep you busy for a while...
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    thanx alot Ronald

    well i made something a bit clean coded..at http://www.pindiplus.com/fix/

    The menu i have used is DHTML one. The need was becoz i saw that there are many subsections of each category.so i was asked to put vertical menu .SO i used this Folding Menu on left. Forgive me for the tables n tables but its just a bit clean code i wanted so temporarily used the nested tables.

    I still have to do alot on the temporary workout i know. putting alt tags and links hover information . i showed the DHTML menu to the client and he liked it. ofcos i am designing for the practical purpose so Do u think DHTMk menu the one i used at http://www.pindiplus.com/fix/ is good? or if not what do u suggest how can i cover same details of subcategories ?? should i go for horizental dropdown menu??

    i talked to my client and unluckily he WANTS to open all the links clicked in to new window. which ofcos i know is practically annoying .So i am thinking of giving option infront of links. open in same window/ open in new window <<
    what do u say about that?

    the previous designer has not made use of INCLUDE method otherwise missing menu links as u pointed out could be avioded. I found it very useful when i used include method as it cuts down the total website File size and with good control on changes. Should i use Include method SSI for design fixing ?Any thing bad about using it .?what you say?

    well the more anyone suggests the more it will be easier for me to fix it.

    ????
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    I think the tables issue has been covered, so I'll hit the design points:
    - It's nice that the top menu is a blatant microsoft rip off (see their home site), but that color green has to go. It's poor contrast from the blue backdrop -- this leads us into
    - The color scheme. Though it's not so poor, I would recommend sticking with a scale -- if the blue must stay, then work with blues (dark and light) grays and blacks, as that is your current left bar look. The top header is rather boring and does not catch my eye - I completely lose interest navigating to the site because of this -- as you notice, beneath that bar is the nasty rainbow, blank space, etc. Something to grab the viewers attention is in order -- namely important text, white space, and larger headlines (what am I reading? Need bold emphasized points of interest). The rainbow color scale is worthless -- it's placement is pointless, it's tacky and poorly designed -- no salvaging it, just let it go.

    The design, all around, needs more unification -- everything seems as though it's on it's own -- by that I mean the header, left bar, middle, right bar -- they don't play well in a unified look. This throws off the reader, and loses their interest. Use your design and typography to point your readers into the important information -- you're not forcing them, you're guiding them.
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    thanx alot for the color scheme ..well looking at the site i did find a lot of wasted spaces and much congestion at others.. but the pattern the client is following involves
    header.
    ...left menu ..middle.right menu
    footer

    and i have to stick to that .unless i create a new design instead of fixing it?
    what u suggest should i create new web design instead of putting too much into fixing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kab_184
    thanx alot for the color scheme ..well looking at the site i did find a lot of wasted spaces and much congestion at others.. but the pattern the client is following involves
    header.
    ...left menu ..middle.right menu
    footer

    and i have to stick to that .unless i create a new design instead of fixing it?
    what u suggest should i create new web design instead of putting too much into fixing?
    No, I think the column structure is just fine -- it's good for information, and comfortable to most people. I would just focus on improving the text headlines, the color schemes, the look of the left and right bar -- and especially the look of the header. The most important sections should get the most emphasis, directing the appropriate attention and creating a clean look. Fixing it will probably be faster for you, just spruce it up a bit
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    User advocate

    he WANTS to open all the links clicked in to new window
    Then point your client to the fact that this site is meant for users, not for him (her?). Stress the fact that it is very bad habit to open every link in a new window and that it will cause users to leave prematurely and highten the chance that they won't return.
    I'm not saying that you're to blame, but you do have an opportunity to influence a bad decision made by the client and to improve on the site.

    I for one am really curious what reasons someone would have to want an annoying user experience.
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    Ronald.
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