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    I want unbiased opinions on my site design/layout and content. Dont hold back I wanna know what you like what you hate etc.. Im planning on revamping and adding several new things in the near future and want to know what you think are some good ideas for improvement.

    the url is http://www.freewebtemplates.com

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    Hi Doni

    Welcome to Website Reviews. You ask for an open and honest review. I will try.

    I will tell you right now that I like the page.

    I love old hardware stores and lumber yards. No matter where you look there is something to see, and everything brings ideas bursting forth. Your site is like that, to me.

    I am going to look at the front page code:

    marginheight and marginwidth are not attributes of the body element.

    <IMG SRC="http://service.bfast.com/bfast/serve?bfmid=222757&sourceid=36139921&categoryid=search1" BORDER="0" WIDTH="1" HEIGHT="1" NOSAVE >

    Nosave is not a recognized attribute in the img element

    <INPUT TYPE=IMAGE SRC="http://www.freewebtemplates.com/newtemp/images/mail_05.gif" WIDTH=102 HEIGHT=28 border=0>

    Height and width are not a recognized attribute of element input.

    <IFRAME SRC="http://ad-adex3.flycast.com/server/iframe/FreeClipImages/11249614_freewebtemplatescom/123" scrolling="no" marginwidth=0 marginheight=0 frameborder=0 vspace=0 hspace=0 WIDTH=468 HEIGHT=60>

    hspace and vspace are not recognized attribute of element iframe.

    Then there are the accessability items. alt= longdesc= and accesskey= are not used and could be sprinkled liberaly throughout. With your page it would be a problem including them, esp the access= for the a tags. There are vast possibilities. But, done correctly and publicized, would be worthwhile.

    There is a showstopper in the code. As far as I know, you can have only one set of html tages in the code but for some reason, there is a /html in the middle of the page, it also has a /body and this is not allowed also. It is at:

    </body>
    </html>
    <!-- Version: 3.0.2 Ranking By: srt::byin Rerank: 3600 Reset: 86400 -->
    </TD>
    </TR></tABLE>
    <BR>
    <IMG SRC="http://www.freewebtemplates.com/newtemp/images/templateheader.gif" border=0><BR>
    <TABLE BORDER=0 WIDTH=98% CELLPADDING=1 CELLSPACING=1 align=center>
    <TR>
    <TD><FONT SIZE=1 FACE="verdana,arial,helvetica"><CENTER><A HREF="http://www.freewebtemplates.com/templates/business"><IMG SRC="http://www.freewebtemplates.com/newtemp/images/businesstemp.gif" border=0 width=85 height=74></A></CENTER></FONT></TD>
    <TD><FONT SIZE=1 FACE="verdana,arial,helvetica"> <A HREF="http://www.freewebtemplates.com/templates/business"><B>Business Templates</B></A> <FONT COLOR=RED size=1><B>(6)</B></FONT><BR>
    Give your business a more professional look or just spruce it up a bit.</FONT></TD>

    There may be some other problems but this is a bundle for now. Those problems I mention in the beginning are common. There are a couple of editors that allow the attributes to kind of be left behind.

    But the double ending of the html will have to be worked.

    I like the design.

    peace


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    Doni,

    My first thought was that it was too active. 12 ads on a site is way too much no matter HOW they are structured. Plus the popup ad, which makes it even worse.

    "Poll it" is in a different font than the other headers such as "Cool Board." "Webmasters add this offer to your site" should have a comma after "Webmasters." The gradient behind "Top Referers" is unnecessary. I also question if the actual idea of the "Top Referers" is relevant to what _I_ need as a Web surfer.

    Also, you're a templates site. List those first. I went to your site for templates but instead you shove commision ads into my face under a "Cool Web Tools" heading. I can't even find where to go for templates. I can't read the titles on the right vertical bar, nor do I understand what the icon signifies.

    "Webmaster add this offer to your site" is red, and it doesn't look like a link. "Business Templates" and its corresponding image are apart from eachother. On the top horizontal navigation bar, it looks like "emplates" is a destination as well. What relevance does a pirate with a bow-and-arrow have to templates?

    Just my $.02.

    PS: Do you remember me? I used to own fourthdev.com. I put a link up to your page and you promised to but never did, but kept saying you would. OK, now I feel much better than my biases are known.

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    Hi Folks,

    Need more reviews. Esp. curious about the look in Mac and with Netscape, Mozilla and Opera.

    I really want to know what that double ending of the html does to the look.

    Please and Thanks in Advance.

    peace

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    Hello Doni and welcome to SitePoint!

    I'm going to be as honest about this critique as I can be. I've been a frequent visitor to your site in the past (Waaay back, I-Face Warehouse Days ), and overall I like how it has transitioned.

    First thing I noticed when I went to your site was that a pop up window came up advertising something that had nothing to do with web graphics. As soon as I exited that site, another one jumps up in its place. Argh! This method of referrals that clip-art/web template sites use always aggrivates me.

    I like your mascot. The indian with the paintbrushes is really cute. The color scheme is pretty good and easy to read. I liked the older, orange/blue/white one that you had a lot better, but this isn't bad either. The red/white you have now looks somewhat 'busy'.

    Otherwise the site looks pretty good. I like how you've done the screenshots of your templates. Everything looks good from here. I'm using IE 5.0, Windows 98 SE, 640x480 resolution, 56k Connection.

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    Im trying to figure how to remove that double /body /html tag autorank pro generates it and i cannot find where to remove it in the script.

    Keep the comments coming I'm working on lots of changes.

    Doni
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    I am a frequent visitor there. Good to hear from the man himself. I have always thought when I went there that there are too many advertisements. I seem to just block ALL of them out.

    I feel that if you cut them down a bit and focused on a few targeted ones others like myself would pay more attention.

    I like the overall look. I love the mascott.

    You might consider putting the templates section up above the cool web tools and referrs as that is what people are coming for.

    Are you the owner of Big Resources? or just part of them. It seems all there sites have the same theme which is good.

    Good site! Too many advertisments = I visit your competitors more.

    This is my opinion. Hope this helps.
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    Hi

    There may be an alternative of putting the item that provides the /body /html at the end of the html and not providing your own.

    But one thing to do for sure is to go back to the source and work with their folks to make certain that changes work for you and for them and that you do not mess them up or they do something that could mess you up.

    what it sounds like to me is that they have a normal html page and it got put in the middle of your page.

    the thing is running right now. so this is the perfect time to coordinate the actions. they may not see a potential problem. it is always harsh to be informed of a difficulty but it is far better than when it crashes a few sites. and i do not know that it would. i do know that it is not supposed to have this second /html. now is the best time to fix it.

    how can i help?

    my eMail works but if we could do it right here, we would all learn something from it.

    peace

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    I know why its happening i am calling the list via a PHP include. The script itself outputs a footer that links back to the creators website. In that footer it adds the </BODY</HTML tags i thaught i found it and erased that line but it still didnt work. Maybe the author has this line encrypted in the coding im not sure. I could let the script build my entire page but then i would have to go back and edit the template everytime i make changes to my header or footer.

    Im still workin on it but no luck so far.
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    I think some of the colours are a little too intense because they're too pure and aren't balanced at all. Your red for example. It's a great colour, but I think you need something to soften the intensity or else your visitors will be seeing blue outlines as soon as they go to the next page.

    The yellow/blue combination is a little much for me as well. I really like the layout, but I think the colours could use a little work.

    Just my opinion, I don't know what the rest of the guys here think.
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    Hi;
    I'm new here, and I even read the directions (review 3 before you ask for a review). I clicked to your site. It was like getting on a merry-go-round. Every time I started looking at something, a box would pop up, and I'd have to shut it down. Sometimes when I clicked on a page, a box would pop up before the page loaded and then I got confused as to where I was.....of course, that's not too difficult to do. You have to understand, I have 3 counts against me- I'm blond, Polish, and female. I like the info and the amount of resources, I just like things a little simpler.
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    Hey, I just visited the site...

    Firstly, there are WAY too many advertisements. The site took too long on my ghetto 56K modem to load up... and those pop-ups make me want to go away.

    Design wise, I think your color scheme is a bit whacked. I don't like how you have yellow, blue, red, and white being your primary colors. They all clash. Try to soften the red a bit (and try to remove or somehow not make the yellow clash so much).

    Furthermore, I don't think that the navigation is very... easy. I had trouble finding your templates for a little while. For a site like this, it should be *obvious* within seconds of loading the site where you can get the templates. I think the hard to navgiate site along with all the advertisements will drive people away.

    just my unbiased thoughts

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    Hi,

    1) I HATE pop-up windows. Take them off.

    2) The logo is a bit hard to read "Templates"

    3) I like the templates area, nice.

    And I gotta go now if I don't want to miss the bus Good job..


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    Hmm.
    I dont really like this new design.
    I dont like the logo, hard to read, and It's not interesting.

    The quality of the free graphics is high, but there is way to many adds, reduce the amount.

    The yellow color on the Top Refer's Box is bright, and it doesnt go well.

    But everything else is cool.
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    I like freebies as much as anyone but there's usually entirely too much going on on these sites. I was hoping to finally see a different approach, but I didn't.

    The red color, cartoon icons, and abundant ads don't comprise a personal style of your own. Things moving all around is always distracting. When your galleries load, they're moving too, instead of just landing in their final position.

    These factors alone would tend to lead me away, without ever finding out if you've actually got something I could use.

    Overall, I'd say tone it down - a lot.

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    I'm not a professional web designer. But hope to give you some valuable ideas:

    1. I like it becasue it has many content and the graphics seems quite funny.

    2. But I think that it may be too many graphics and cluster together.

    3. The color is too "red"

    4. Though your cool web tools are all affiliate programs, I don't mind it as people will judge whether or not those products and services can help them. If it helps, why don't you give a chance to earn money.

    5. Just curious: Are the sites you point to by your right hand side graphics are also maintained by you?
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    One more point forget to say, too many pop-up windows. I enter your site but it instantly pops up 2 ad windows. It makes me some confusion though I don't mind as I will close them.
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    I like the overall layout.

    I have several things to say though:

    1) For a while I thought that your navigation bar was just part of the NBCi ad at the top, and was scrolling up and down looking for the navigation... you have a fairly complicated logo, and icons... small fonts and the blue and white backround with very small place from the ad makes it difficult to find. You might try to insert a red bar or something like that if you want to keep it simple, and make it stand out.

    2) You have to survive, I understand why you have a popup. Can you make it smaller though?

    3) Instead of haaing ads on the right and links to your network on the left... try to do the opposite. I think you'll be driving some visitors away from your sites, because it is a reflex to many to look for navigation or useful links on the left. And if the browser window is small, people will see the left and not the right, it hapened to me (maybe you want to put more focus on your mayling list?).


    That's all I have to say, otherwise, great site... I'll bookmark it.


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    I like your site, and visit offten, although, I hate sites that use pop up windows as does your site. I understand the reason behind them, but they are a real pain! Thanks for a nice resource your site provides.

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    Too many ads! Too cluttered! Two popups?! Thats ridiculous. I've been to your site often, and each time I go there are no new templates and more ads!

    My suggestion: Get back on the topic, which is free templates. People don't need to get news from MoreOver.com on your site.
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    The site nearly crashed my system. It launched two pop-ups and than there were some scriipt errors or do I know waht. Get rid of those pop-ups. They're too intensive on a computer while also loading the fully graphical site you have.

    That's it. I just closed down the page. I only saw it's red.

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    I just want to say, keep the content up front like you have it now. I hate going looking for clipart only to find a bunch of sites that link to each other and I can't find content one any of them.

    Success Story: Visited last night to look around and found a template that fit perfect with a project I was working on. (I was having designers block.) Made some minor tweeks and poof --- website.
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    As I recall your site layout was at one point quite a bit different.

    1) Its way, way, way to busy. I'm an experienced webhead and the amount of information presented all at once is almost overwhelming. I suggest you cut some of the clutter.

    2) Personally, I'd tone the colors down a bit... red (way to much of), blue, yellow, black makes it look like a Christmas tree.

    3) I'd put the templates near the top of the page and everything else under them. I realize you may be trying to get traffic to visit other parts of your site first but they are there for the templates and they should be easily accessible.

    4) Too many columns... try to keep it to 2 maybe 3... you have 4.

    5) As others have mentioned target ads... 11 way too many!

    6) If possible... do away with those annoying pop-ups... for me it really hurts the credibility of a site that has to use those.

    I'm sorry if I've sounded a bit harsh... I visit your site all the time. The idea is great and it has a lot of potential. I wish you all the best!
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