Site Review - I'd welcome feedback on my site before I go too much further

Site Review - I'd welcome feedback on my site before I go too much further

Post by Lesure » Sun, 05 Jun 2005 10:18:11


I am revamping a church website and before I go too much further with it, I'd
welcome some feedback from you guys.

I decided to use tables for the layout, and CSS for the text formatting. The
person who will be maintaining the site (i.e. keeping the content up-to-date)
is not familiar with CSS and uses Front Page for editing. Are there any
compatibility issues I should be aware of before I proceed?

Here are the site links:

BEFORE: http://www.yqcomputer.com/

AFTER (draft of home page):
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

AFTER (draft of interior page):
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

What do you think of the design? Are there any glaring coding improvements
needed?

Thanks,
Leslie
 
 
 

Site Review - I'd welcome feedback on my site before I go too much further

Post by Tim Gallan » Sun, 05 Jun 2005 11:02:08


Question: did you check this in Firefox, or only Internet Explorer? You need
to see what your submenus are doing in other browsers. Doesn't look good.

You are also not using a DOCTYPE and you're employing deprecated attributes.
In addition, you are using an invalid CSS property (bgcolor). I suggest you
run your pages through these testers:

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

In general: I know you're trying to imitate a stained-glass look, but I
think you have too many colours going.

In addition: almost all the way around the main (white) area, there is a
black border - but not on the left nav. It makes it look "off."

I'd say it's a big improvement over the previous version, anyway.

tim
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Site Review - I'd welcome feedback on my site before I go too much further

Post by Lesure » Sun, 05 Jun 2005 12:52:54

Hi Tim - Thanks for all the ideas and questions. Like I told Anurag above, I
will look at them all in detail and use them to make improvements.

I noticed the submenu issue after I posted the links. DW is set up to check my
sites in IE, but I actually use Firefox as my primary browser. Do you have any
idea why that might be happening with my submenus? It's weird! I must have
something quirky with my menu styles. That is the same issue that causes the
other thing you commented on about the body border by the menu looking "off".

By deprecated attributes, do you mean the <strong> and <em>? Were there others
you noticed? Those were band-aid fix for my draft. I will fix them! :)

In general: I know you're trying to imitate a stained-glass look, but I
think you have too many colours going.

That is a good point. Any suggestions off the top of your head? It is
something I can definitely work on. Perhaps I can use more variation in shading
and contrast of one or two colors while still keeping the stained glas-like
borders.

Thanks so much! I really appreciate your time. Thanks too for the links. I
will run sites through there before anything else next time.
 
 
 

Site Review - I'd welcome feedback on my site before I go too much further

Post by Tim Gallan » Sun, 05 Jun 2005 13:22:25


No, those are not deprecated. I was referring to stuff that was coming up on
the w3validator. Can't remember them offhand, but if you run your page thru,
you'll catch them.

tim
 
 
 

Site Review - I'd welcome feedback on my site before I go too much further

Post by Katsue » Mon, 06 Jun 2005 05:25:36

> AFTER (draft of home page):

I will add that you've greatly improved on what they had, but
while your design is not "bad", it doesn't give me that "warm"
"welcome" look I'd expect from a church site. I will agree that
a lot of that "feel" is about colors. I'd also suggest that you use
a color matcher or whatever (Color Wheel Pro is good and it's
relatively inexpensive http://www.yqcomputer.com/ ) to
help you choose colors and shades that compliment each other.
 
 
 

Site Review - I'd welcome feedback on my site before I go too much further

Post by Dave Farme » Mon, 06 Jun 2005 07:07:25


The first three menu items have sub menus. You should put the right
pointing arrowhead on those main menu items instead of on the sub menu
items.

This will indicate that for the first three main menu items there are more
options.
 
 
 

Site Review - I'd welcome feedback on my site before I go too much further

Post by Lesure » Mon, 06 Jun 2005 11:25:58

I still have plenty to do, including improving the css formatting and such. But
I have taken many of your suggestions and so far have come up with a revised
version.

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

It still needs a little oomph.... I need to sleep on it. Any suggestions and
further comments are very welcome. You all have been a tremendous help to me
already!
 
 
 

Site Review - I'd welcome feedback on my site before I go too much further

Post by Lesure » Tue, 14 Jun 2005 23:05:13

Here is the version I've come up with using your ideas:
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

If you guys have any other suggestions or critiques, I would welcome them. I
am always happy to learn more!

Thanks for all the tips on CSS formatting, especially. I have done a lot of
research and tutorials on it in the past week and I think I'm starting to get
the hang of it.

Thanks again,
Leslie