View Full Version : Am I on the right track?

02-25-2009, 01:35 PM
This is my site I would like reviewing....still lots to do but before I invest anymore time on it I would like some reviews to ensure I am on the right track with this.


02-25-2009, 04:45 PM
I think the red is too dark. Your left column goes below your content when javascript is disabled. Your content shouldn't be centered and you should be using a different font-family. Your header is cool but it starts to repeat and it looks weird. That little guy with his hand pointing down to the sidebar is out of place. Its done in tables. Read the link in my sig titled "Why Tables for Layout is Stupid?"

You aren't using a valid doctype. Read the sticky in the html/css forum about doctypes.

Your code doesn't validate. See your errors here (http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wellheeledwomen.net%2F&charset=(detect+automatically)&doctype=Inline&group=0).

There is no need for 3 different stylesheets. One is okay.
Your stylesheets don't validate either. See your errors here (http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validator?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wellheeledwomen.net%2F&profile=css21&usermedium=all&warning=1&lang=en).

Your menu is massive and the colors are clashing with the red. Menu should be smaller in size. Maybe think about breaking it up a bit more. It also relies on javascript. There are alternatives such as the suckerfish menus.

Also what is up with the "glow/shadow" effect on your menu links in IE? It makes things hard to read. I suggest you test your site in firefox and make it work then hack it for IE.

02-25-2009, 05:33 PM
General English style and grammar is a problem here too. You shouldn't use capitals within the title element of your page--this is generally accepted to be shouting rather than typographic expression. Within headings it's usually okay, but I've modified your page and it's much easier to read and looks better in u&lc. Womens is not a word (possessive of women is women's).

I do adore the header and footer! I don't, though, think it goes with the red and the rest of it; perhaps you should keep with the color scheme within the images? As Aero said, they repeat and look odd.

02-25-2009, 06:27 PM
On my low resolution (although common), when your page loads, all I see is your header and adsense. I don't actually see any content. Ads like that put me off spending time on a site.

03-08-2009, 10:54 PM
I appreciate your feedback and have done some modifications, but I still have a lot more to do!. This is my first site so I appreciate I have so much to learn. Now to try to get to grips with the code, can you recommend where I can learn to put this right?.

"Your left column goes below your content when javascript is disabled. Your content shouldn't be centered and you should be using a different font-family"
What do I need to do to correct the problem with the left column? what proportion of people have jacascript disabled?. What font family do you think would be a better choice?

"Menu should be smaller in size. Maybe think about breaking it up a bit more. It also relies on javascript."
I made the menu large for ease of seeing the list, I will look at other options like suckerfsh as you recommend. Again a concern over the use of javascript! I will look at options on this, any pointers as to which sites have a better menu would be apreciated.

"what is up with the "glow/shadow" effect on your menu links in IE" I checked in Firefox and it looked fine. I will look using IE and make some modifications.

I really appreciate your feedback and will carry on working on the modifications.

03-08-2009, 11:07 PM
Well personally, I think your site is excessive on the advertising. I mean it's not even well thought out advertising. The first AdSense code should be a banner width and height.

Then you have all of those what I'm assuming are affiliate banners going down your entire navigation bar.

Lastly, you have those "now just in" boxes. They are adding size to your size. It should be on the bottom of the page, if at all. Your goal should be to keep users on your size is it not?

So pretty much, I'm going with the fact that if you want to get your site off the ground, you're probably going to need to reduce the advertising on a huge scale.

Instead of making all those large affiliate banners, why not make your navigation bar look a bit neated. Decrease the size of the link fonts in the navigation bar, and make more links instead of having one main topic with about 15 choices from there. The easier the user can find what they are looking for, the better you'll do in educating them and keeping them coming back.

Hopefully you see that I'm trying to help you :D

03-09-2009, 07:10 AM
Breaks for low resolutions (800x600) and high resolutions. Repeating background.

03-10-2009, 05:54 PM
Here is my opinions.

The right template border is broken in my browser. FF2 1024X768.

The webpage is extremely long, you have to scroll forever to find what you want. You should spread it out on alot of pages or use pagination.

You have 5 words all linked to the same menu. This can be change to just like "Articles" or something.

The white text in the bar at the top is top-aligned. It should be centered in the bar.

Also the blue colored links on the footer are unreadable.

I hope this information is helpful.

03-21-2009, 11:45 PM
I would suggest looking at your fonts and readability of the page. The sides look like they have been cut off too. Sorry if this sounds a bit harsh buddy but this is a review of the site. I do however like the header and footer. Just think you should shuffle things around a bit to see what you come up with and then ask us again.