Feedback on new website

Hi,

I’ve just pretty much complete a website that I’m doing as a freebie to build up a portfolio. Most the text on the website is also done using WebYep and Max Izzat’s action (which is fantastic by the way!). Just thought I’d come and see what everyone thought of it… any feedback would be much appreciated. Also, what price tag would you put on a website like this?

Link:
http://www.bogbainfarm.com/home.php

Thanks,

FT


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Hello again…anyone have any comments on the website?

Thanks,

FT


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Pretty nice for a freebie. A few small items.

I am not much of a fan of the Times font.

The photos on the top right causes the center point to move to the right, so you have more of the wood plank background showing on that side.

I am not sure what the dark bar between the various menu items on the right is for.

Overall, it is a professional looking site and good navigation.

As for price, I can’t help since I don’t make sites for a living.

Good luck


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This ad is fairly typical of pricing in US:

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/muc/890541173.html

Suggestions: center text on buttons of top menu bar; also site seems to jump quite a bit between pages (Safari 3.1).

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Hi, thanks for the replies… I’m not quite sure what you mean about the black bars? As for the text it’s actually supposed to be Trebuchet MS, perhaps you don’t have that font on you computer…I just presumed it was a common one! Any other font suggestions?

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Just realised from using Browser Shots what you mean about the black bars…will have to see to that!

As for the fonts I noticed that too…just depends on browser again!

Are there any fonts that will show on all browsers and are a bit easier on the eye than Times?

Thanks

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Verdana is a safe one

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You must be working on the site, some graphics aren’t loading and a call to a “sheet1.css” file is not to be found. You should be able to use Trebuchet MS for your font style, I know I have it and it’s still all Times for me.

I also use that font style (Trebuchet) on a few of my sites and the font loads up on my Mac and PC, but not here.

I also see you’re using Express for this site, shweet. A few fix’ins and it works.


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http://dump.vanheukelum.net/bogbainfarm_menu.png
This is not going well either …


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All I can say is that your site is a lot easier on the eye than the place is itself.

I just drove past it today and to say the least it is not the most attractive looking place - when viewed from the A9 that is.

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Ah so it is >that< Bogbain then! The owner is er… a bit of a colourful character - allegedly.

There seems to be a preponderance of Scottish stuff on here all of a sudden - is the crap weather driving us indoors for fire, malt and webby stuff?


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Hi…thanks for all the replies!

DanJ: Thanks, to be honest I have very little knowledge of CSS etc. and don’t have a clue about the need for a CSS Sytle Sheet…how would I create one that would allow me to show this font?

Richard van Heukelum: Any ideas about how to fix that?

DeltaDave: Really…small world!

Thanks again,

FT


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For the sake of not messing up your project, you could create a new project and add in a “body” tag into your HTML markup "Before " that read:

<style type="text/css">
    body {
    font: 12px "Trebuchet MS", Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    color: #000000;
    }
</style>

Which would be saying “my default text style should be Trebuchet MS, with a font size of 12, and a color of Black (#000000).” Right now it looks like you have lots and lots of styles Express creates on it’s own with some of them having font-family’s already. You’d have to go through and comb it, so perhaps for future reference if you’re not up to it.


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Thanks DanJ…what would happen if I were just to insert this into the current project?


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Well it could be a trial and error situation. You could put that in there and be fine with a few fixes or it may mess up some things. If it really matters to you then I suggest saving out to a new file and new site folder, add the line in there, and then publish locally to see what happens. Then you can decide if it’s necessary or if it’s going to be a beast.

It’s your call.


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Okay thanks! Is there any other way of making it work without the possibility of messing things up?


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That’s why I recommended trying it out in a separate file because then your original isn’t all goofed up.

It’s harder to determine the outcome of it since it is done in Express. Since you lose your CSS palette like you have in Pro it’s hard to see site-wide changes once they are made without first creating a duplicate of the existing site and trying it out.

Earlier today I was working on a screen-cast about setting up table ID’s for Express users where you could target specific things about specific tables, much like CSS has it’s DIV ID’s because of this site. You’d be able to style table items using an external editor like CSSEdit and then pasting that code into the HTML Markup area. It worked well, but I’m not sure about the base knowledge of CSS that Express users work at. It’d be great if there was an action that allowed you to add an external stylesheet to your published Express pages like the one available for Pro. Then you’d at least get a “sheet” to put CSS properties on and be able to style something’s to overcome Express’s purposely limited feature-set using an external program.

But back on topic again, duplicate, rinse, recycle, and reuse and find out if it works or not.

I’d be interested in hearing if it was a beast or not after being added.


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Ironically, I’ve noticed a much higher level of skill among some of
the Express users, simply because they were forced to “get out and
push” so often. Granted, that’s not who it’s marketed to, and
certainly not the entire user community is on that kick, but it’s
funny sometimes how motivating limitations can be.

Walter

On Oct 24, 2008, at 6:17 PM, Dan J wrote:

You’d be able to style table items using an external editor like
CSSEdit and then pasting that code into the HTML Markup area. It
worked well, but I’m not sure about the base knowledge of CSS that
Express users work at.


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I agree, motivation beyond expectations always deserve respect.

However, I feel like sometimes that Express could use a make-over in it’s feature development to not limit the user for things such as anything and everything for text styling, but I’d still keep the layout output to be tables. There’s also things I like about Express over Pro and right off the bat the Color Palette options are better. I like the idea of color lists and that seems more of a DTP then the color palette in Pro. It’d be great if you could store color lists in Pro and then pull them up from a drop down in the palette to use in any project document. I know you can import colors, but organizationally it could be cool to use. Right now I use Tangerine for my color options and in Express Tangerine is right in the palette while in Pro I have to create a new color and go over to Tangerine. Just nit-picky things.

But at times, what do i know?


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I agree too being made to push the limits is always motivating…though often very annoying! I’m definately going to invest in a Freeway 5 (pro!).

Thanks Danj…I’ll give it a shot and get back to with with the results (fingers-crossed).


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