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    SitePoint Member roryaustin's Avatar
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    Hi everyone

    I need to have my site reviewed. I have just redone some of the designing but I'm still going to get another logo at the top and a cartoon character which is nearly finished.

    The site is to sell a CGI script I made for people that want to add the Open Directory Project to their site.

    http://servicesdir.com/mozzy/

    Thanks a TON to everyone who reviews it...


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    The colors are a bit straining to the eyes you could make them a bit darker and i found it hard to read on the main page because of the colors. I can't really think of anything else to say so good luck!



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    I, too, think the colors are harsh

    Mostly, after moving around a bit, it's still fuzzy what exactly 'Mozzy' is. Your visitors should be able to quickly determine whether or not they're in the right ballpark.

    I like the 'Mozzy' image.
    Navigation is good.

    Content-wise, it looks like you know where you want to go.
    Work more on visual appeal.

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    Since the colors have been discussed, I won't. One thing I see is (this may just be a personal thing) never use the "click here" phrase. Write it up like you would for a magazine article or whatever and link the open directory project from that sentence. Also the bsa.org picture is a little hard to read and there is no link. Maybe you just forgot to link it but I thought I would mention it anyway. Other than that it looks like a good program your selling and the download speed is great. Good luck! IE 5.5 @ 800x600 & 1024x768 16 bit color, 56k.

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    Fast to load, easy to navigate - could be a little less bight! Looks a little square if you know what I mean, maybe you could add a few curves to the homepage. Overall quite good, good luck.

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    Hi

    Thanks to all the people who have replied so far. After the first post I did make the orange/yellow a more blue/brown type thing but I guess I should work on the other colors too.

    I'll also change the squareness but I'm still waiting for the graphic designer to get me the banner for the top before I do that.

    I'll link the bsa button on the next update. I'm afraid it's their button that isn't too cleat to read but maybe I'll edit it. I also think the anmation is far too slow.

    I guess I'll get rid of the "click heres" too.

    I did originally plan on a more round, smooth, drop shadowed and slightly 3D site but it does add kilobytes. I'll do some experimenting next week.

    Thanks so much for all of the good luck. It is very much appreciated.

    Rory

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    I would suggest you experiment with
    fonts. And since you have such a limited
    range of available fonts in strict html,
    I'd consider using some graphics for
    some of the headlines or links.

    If your goal is to make the site load
    fast, that's one thing, but there's a
    certain - sorry - amateurishness to the
    pages I saw, and it's my experience that users
    tend to equate this with hucksterism and -
    let me invent a word here - fly-by-night-iness.
    I certainly mean that to be more
    constructive than it probably sounds!

    Medchen

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    Some suggestions for you:

    I'd change the striped background image to something a little less contrasting.. its straining to the eyes..

    The colors are a bit bright. Especially the red and green together. I would choose a couple of other colors (maybe blue and yellow? Mozzy sounds like a blue and yellow site to me!) that would turn into the basic color scheme for your site. I understand that you want people to catch the main headlines and information on your site by using different colors, but if anything, it bothers them and drives them away! :lookout:

    Hope this helps!
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    I liked the way the site was set up except for the background pajama lines, which I found hard on the eyes.

    The only thing I came away thinking was why would I spend $150. to have users link to the open directory database when I could just provide them with a link to search it.

    I also didn't see anything which indicated that you fully complied with the http://dmoz.org/license.html license terms and conditions

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    Hi

    Sorry I didn't reply sooner.

    I've posted a new version. Darker colors, no pyjamas, rounded edges, nice BSA button with link, no click heres, etc...
    http://www.servicesdir.com/mozzy/index.tst.html

    Just in case it doesn't render properly on your browser, I've posted an image of how it should look at:
    http://www.servicesdir.com/mozzy/_newsite.gif (31k)
    (the white/gray background is not right, mozzy pic doesn't blend)


    I'd really like it if the people who have said things already take a look and see if it meets their vision of how it would look good. Thanks again!

    Rory

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    Hey Rory...the site looks much better. I can read the bsa.org graphic and its linked. The "click here" and pajamas are gone. I did not like the green before but it doesn't look bad on the blue background. Only thing I see now is that "Intro to Mozzy" in your navagation menu is not on 1 line. Hope we helped

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    Hi

    I don't know why "Intro to MOZZY" isn't on one line. Can you give me your browser and resolution please. It seem that I can abuse the page as much as I want by turning off CSS and compacting the windows, etc.. and it it still on one line.

    Rory

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    The only thing that i could say bad about it is (dont know if its been said) to antialias the corners. but everything looks fine i think. I like the blues.
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