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    Please review, Thanks

    Hi everyone,

    I would appreciate greatly your comments / opinions about a website I had built last year. The original content was in a older site which I had made about 4 years ago and basically last year I 'ported' everything to a new design.

    The site originally started out as the offical site of a philharmonic society but is now also the site of a (mostly religious) community. Most visitors are pleased with the design, but I want a more professional opinion

    IMHO, this probably isn't the best site out there , but this summer I will try to improve it a lot so I would really like valuable comments and suggestions on the design and possible improvements. (Please dont look at the source code coz it needs a good clean up ) - there are also some small incompatibleities with firefox I think.

    The address is: www.bandasantamarija.com

    All comments are welcome,Thanks.

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    It's nice and professional, well done!

    I'm not sure if it's a bit cluttered and busy for my liking but I really can't keep myself on the site for long... Feels like it needs some room to breathe if that makes sense!

    I also don't like the fact you've replaced the status bar text and replaced the context menu.

    (....And yes your code is a big mess )

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    I quite like it....however I'm not too sure on the splash page and the large amount of blue

    When you say don't look at the code because it needs a good tidy up, I couldn't resist having a peek lol - I'd re code the whole lot personally. Also you need a dtd.

    I like the menu on the left and it's ability to transition between link categories, however there is padding/space on the left and not on the right.

    Overall the site looks nice, however as Mark said it does feel a little squashed.
    Last edited by JamieR; 06-12-2005 at 12:28 AM.

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    Thanks Mark & Weazel,

    About it being cluttered / squashed..yes I think you are right. The reason for that is that orginally I had just a small site in mind, with a few pages and a couple of galleries. However, you know, everyone keeps saying "add a page about this and another page about that" and the site has literally 'grown out' of the design. I think it needs a good overall restructuring.

    Thanks for liking the menu coz I've worked a lot on it hehe.

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    WOW! I'd say one of the best sites I've reviewed on coding forums... Oh well the code needs tidying, it is still functional. Oh and about not working in Fire Fox, I noticed the menu is semi-transparent, to get that effect in Firefox, just have the background image for the menu a semi transparent png. I LOVE THE SITE!!! Good work, good work. I like the context menu, too bad it doesn't work in Firefox. I like the fact that nothing is static. I hate sites where a link doesn't move or change color at least when it is moved over on. Overall, veerry good work
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    Not too bad for a 15 year old

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    Thanks for the positive comments

    Has anyone noticed (what I call) the 'easy scroll' feature ? basically if you move your mouse to the very top and bottom parts of any page (except splash page), the page scrolls automatically. do you thinks it's usefull or annoying ? should the scrolling be faster ?

    Also what about the local search engine? there is a link [search this site] on the main page (also available from the context menu). I tried to make it as dynamic as possible. what do you think?

    (note: these work only in IE for now )

    Actually in this site I tried to play a bit with javascript, sort of to experiment a bit, so I added many of these small 'features' but at the same time i tried to hide them to the unexpirienced web user (the main audiance of this site are not computer experts)

    (link: www.bandasantamarija.com)
    Last edited by happyCoder; 06-12-2005 at 02:23 PM.

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    <strike>Sorry... I didn't catch the easy scroll feature. How does it work?</strike>

    Now I see it! That's pretty spiffy. I can tell you are an expierienced javascripter.
    Last edited by Single Paradox; 06-12-2005 at 07:36 PM. Reason: Found the easy scroll!
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    Oh, I was just looking at the "search this site" feature... I think it is very well done =)
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