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    Personal Site

    Hey guys. I have started my own personal site, which contains my blog, portfolio and in the future a members area for personal photo albums and diaries. I am still working however I would like your opinions about what you think so far.

    You may all login using a test account to see a very early preview of what the user panel will look like. Be warned that almost everything apart from the main menu has been disabled though.

    Test account details:

    Username: test
    Password: testaccount147

    My site can be found at http://daveparr.com


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    i like the leafo hosted button. apart from that i think its way to early for a review. the layout needs organising. it just looks like a stack of links. a nice nav would be a good place to start try - http://www.cssplay.co.uk/menus/index.html - good for all sorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinG
    i like the leafo hosted button. apart from that i think its way to early for a review. the layout needs organising. it just looks like a stack of links. a nice nav would be a good place to start try - http://www.cssplay.co.uk/menus/index.html - good for all sorts.
    May I ask how exactly does the site look to you? Some people have mentioned that it doesn't show up correctly for them. Do you see the site as follows?

    http://img204.imageshack.us/my.php?image=screen25xw.jpg

    If so I know the layout still needs tweaking and I shall be adding more colour to it soon.

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    Looks good, I like, nice and simple.

    One thing which bugs me is that when you go over the menu options (Photo Album, Personal Diary etc) a border appears around them which makes the items jump down 2px (assuming that's a 1px border - I didn't check your CSS). I'd add a white border to them also when they are not being hovered over so you don't get the jumping.

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    Looks okay, I've never been too keen on all grey designs, they tend to be abit drab and dreary, and are sometimes just abit of a cop-out. Some colour would be very much beneficial to bring it to life abit - my main concern is that people might not give it a chance because the grey is so dull.

    Speaking entirely for myself here, here's a real-world analogy: I certainly wouldnt stay long in a grey house with grey walls and grey carpets, light grey curtains and dark grey doors.

    The jumping about links is distracting, this can be overcome by making the border white in the normal/non-hover state which will be easy enough.

    It seems that you might have some very interesting information though, and the private photo albums etc seems like a good, pretty original idea, so I think it's definitely worth putting in a little extra effort to get it looking better.
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    It looks like something out of 1998.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhead
    Looks okay, I've never been too keen on all grey designs, they tend to be abit drab and dreary, and are sometimes just abit of a cop-out. Some colour would be very much beneficial to bring it to life abit - my main concern is that people might not give it a chance because the grey is so dull.

    Speaking entirely for myself here, here's a real-world analogy: I certainly wouldnt stay long in a grey house with grey walls and grey carpets, light grey curtains and dark grey doors.

    The jumping about links is distracting, this can be overcome by making the border white in the normal/non-hover state which will be easy enough.

    It seems that you might have some very interesting information though, and the private photo albums etc seems like a good, pretty original idea, so I think it's definitely worth putting in a little extra effort to get it looking better.
    Thanks. I shall be fixing all those problems and will be revamping the design A LOT to get it looking good.

    I am really determined to get this site up and running well because it is an example project to show to all the universities I have applied for.

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    Ok guys I have started a redesign. Its only in early stages but please feel free to keep track of progress at http://www.daveparr.com/v2/


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    hmmm, it is looking somewhat better. But you are making the standard mistake, working on structural layout before content layout. You'll find that you will find it hard to incorporate content as fluidly.

    Always, you should design the whole page, before building it. It will set you a goal, and target. That you can get, that you can perfect without constantly re-thinking, and even at times, re-coding the site style.


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    The red arrows are looking better, nice to have some colour in there (and refreshing to have someone who takes advice, rather than asking for a review then disappearing when people make suggestions )

    Maybe try incorporating some of that colour into the logo at the top as well? (Maybe try it as a background colour behind your name or something... just experiment about until you're happy with how it looks)

    Yeah, keep up the improvements
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    Ok guys I think Iv'e done enough coding for today. I will be working more on this tommorow. Thanks for the excellent advice you have provided. I shall be trying out a few of your suggestions such as implementing more of the red colour into perhaps the banner.

    Edit: Would some of you mind testing my registration/login system I just coded? The signup page is http://daveparr.com/v2/register.php

    Also my the index page has the first blog for version 2! The great thing about all this is that I have coded a template engine so its easy for me to make skins and modify the layout without any need to worry about content.
    Last edited by Felix9Lives; 12-01-2005 at 11:19 PM.

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    It's looking much better.

    I haven't tried using the register page but my first impression is that it's far too cluttered and the text boxes are too wide.

    I'd space out each field more and perhaps place the password validation / email validation text boxes side by side, as well as making them all shorter.

    You've repeated 'Please enter the code shown in the image below. This is to verify that you are not some automated process!' twice and I don't think the second sentence is even needed really but it's up to you. And I don't think 'the following are optional fields that you may fill out. however, we recommend that you choose the timezone that applies to you.' is really needed either - it sounds a little unprofessional (I don't know why) and I'm sure a user would choose their own time zone anyway.

    On a plus side the image verification is easy to read and there aren't too many fields for the user to fill out (which is good).

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    Thanks Mark. Im going off to code again now and sort out what you just suggested.

    Edit: I have no idea how this got posted twice :S. Anyway Mark tell me if you think the registration form looks any better like this
    Last edited by Felix9Lives; 12-02-2005 at 12:26 AM.

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    Thanks Mark. Im going off to code again now and sort out what you just suggested.

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    Much better!

    I know that if I were faced with that now, I'd have no problem in filling that in. - Although the username text box looks slightly out of place as it is not surrounded with a fieldset? My opinion though.

    One thing you may wish to consider is using a small piece of javascript to place the cursor into the username text box when the page loads. It would save the user having to click into it.


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