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    Hi, everyone. I've got only a few days left to complete this site and it would be great if you could let me know what I should spend my time working on! The address is http://www.comoxrealestate.com and it's one of my first websites so be nice :-)

    Thanks!

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    Originally posted by michaelwheaton
    ...and it's one of my first websites so be nice :-)Thanks!
    This maybe the wrong forum for that.

    Seriously, though, the site looks good overall. A couple of suggestions -

    *The black arc that runs along the bottom right of the main image is a little rough. You may want to consider reworking it.

    *The contact form should have some type of basic validation. Check out the javascript section of this Web site.

    *The image of Maureen Davidson on the meet Maureen page may look better if the text wraped under it. I'm not sure how you do that with Dreamweaver, though. I changed the code to remove one cell and align the picture on the left. You can just cut and paste.

    Code:
    <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="3">
            <tr>
              <td class="font" valign="top">
    <img src="maureenphoto.jpg" align="left" width="122" height="146" alt="My Photo">
    I first arrived in the Comox Valley with 
                my husband on posting from Ottawa in 1988. Yes, like most of us who 
                now reside here, we are from somewhere back east. The population of 
                the valley in now approximately 60,000 people and certainly has grown 
                from the 25,000 when I first arrived. The reasons for this increase 
                is mainly military posting, along with the RCMP and retired people 
                who are looking for the ultimate lifestyle. Where else in Canada can 
                you ski, golf, sail, swim, kayak, and canoe all in the same day, year 
                round? Our mild winters and wonderful summers will tantalize your 
                expectations. The Valley is a place with great restaurants, wonderful 
                shops, and lots of community involvement, whether you want to volunteer 
                or just come out and be part of it all, it truly is yours!</td>
            </tr>
          </table>
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    Hi and welcome,

    I would suggest that a second copy of the photo of Maureen is not needed on the Meet Maureen page.
    including the Children's Miracle Network. For more information on this, click here.
    The hot link should be Children's Miracle Network. Lose the last sentence, the one with the click here.
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    Consider carefully the double notification of meltable and created by meltable on the pages. The copyright could go into the header.
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    The selling? page needs some work. Again, there is that click here.

    But then the problem is how to convince the potential seller that Maureen is THE place to list. She can nail this down in seconds.
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    On the src tag for the graphics, using the border="0" may help in getting rid of the slight blue border now in evidence on some of the pictures, esp in the later pages.
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    Check the grammar and spelling. At one point works is used when work is might be more appropriate.
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    A suggestion, take all the information you have on the site and lay it out as to what is Comox Valley, Maureen, Sales, Selling, Links, and the home page. I get a lot of Maureen on the front page, maybe more than on Meet Maureen.
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    Code

    meta statements for the search engines need to be included on each of the pages.
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    accessability items are not used: alt= accesskey= and longdesc= could be very useful to elderly folks. But you are wise to get a final from the client and then put them in.
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    Your site is nice.

    The above comments are not a rant against any work that you have done. Rather, they are things that you might consider.

    Thanks for sharing.

    peace



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    Thank you very much for the help! I completely agree with everything that has been said so far. In the next couple of days I will be making those changes and having it read over by a couple people. I also have another question:

    I think I should be putting a disclaimer at the bottom of each page saying who is the owner of the content and more importantly, making sure they understand that the information in not guaranteed to be accurate. How would I word this as shortly as possible?

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    You should probably discuss it with your client. I would use a link, in small font size, that says something like, "Disclosure" or "Policy Statement". Link it to a page or pop-up of a legal-sounding disclosure.
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    +++++++++++
    Netscape4.75
    T1 Connection
    17 inch monitor
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    Comox Valley Real Estate is a local regional site. Try and emphasize that more. As a fellow British Columbian i was not quite sure "which" comox valley this was. And a majority of Canadian surfers are actually looking for Canadian Businesses and in this case i think more so.

    Try adding regional specific words to your home page like:
    Maureen Davidson has sold real estate successfully in the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, BC for 10 years and has lived in the area since 1988. You get the drift

    ->Site needs a privacy policy.
    ->on the meet maureen page don't really need her picture there as its on every other page. I think I know what she looks like now! If you must keep the pic then try wrapping the text around it
    ->the comox.htm page uses a different font than the rest of the site. Why?
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    ->the page titles inbetween the title tags all need to be adjusted to accurately reflect the content of each page. Don't just jus the file name!
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    ->Perhaps a text link to the home page on each page within your site would be appropriate. Not every surfer knows about clicking the logo to go home. Also the alt tag on the logo should say home.
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    Thanks for all your help everyone. At the last minute the client asked me to make a major change to the design and extended the deadline until Monday. Could some of you take a look at how it is now? How long does it take to load? Are there any problems with size since I used relative widths on the tables? How is the new colour scheme? Thanks for the help!

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    Hi

    I really like the changes you have made. The bg is great. I do not know what the load time is because I use dsl and either get the page in a flas or when the phone company get around to it.

    I have two code items that may be of interest.

    From the original I recall that a major part of the target audience is the retired RCMP. Acccessability is possibly a major interest. So I would mention that the alt= is important.

    Then there is the center at the start of the page that does not have its own /center.

    Try instead using the <div align="center"> to force the page to the center. This would go just below the body tag. Just before the /body close with the </div>.

    If there are any questions that I may be able to help with, please do not hesitate.

    Thanks for sharing your work.

    peace

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    nice looking site. good graphics, and simple navigation.

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    Like the site. Easy to follow navigation.Some suggestions:--On this page: http://www.comoxrealestate.com/evaluation.htm the CSS is not applied to the form--On home page and some other pages try and break up the long text blocks into some more easily readable shorter paragraphs.--maybe some text links to all the main pages at the bottom of every page?--I like the evaluation form. Maybe you could display it more prominently? --Also with regard to the listings. Maybe you could tell me what the total number available is. Because when I click next i dont know how many more pages I have got to view. Tell me if i am on page 3 of 20 or something like that.I really did not like looking through the listings. I found it slow.peace
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    Thanks for the help everyone! I have made a bunch of updates and added a completely new design. Please give me your opinions on it. Thanks, again!

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    Hi

    You have done wonders.

    Two things to consider. First, the photo of the boss. Note the distance from the menu on the left and make the distance to he text on the right the same horizontally.

    Second, meta tags.

    Great job

    edshuck

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    I like the new design better. Its the best one yet.Some points to note:*Your pages may be in need of Titles (not the title tag)When I click on a category, say Comox, why not put a title saying "Comox", same goes for "Meet Maureen" and all the other pages.*I don't like the fact that to go home the only way I can go there is by scrolling to the bottom of a page and clickin the small text link saying home*On the links page why not have a link to ReMax. Isn't that who she represents?*CSS is not applied to the forms*I mentioned it before, but i think its worth mentioning again, Let the user know the Total Number of Listing before they have to click through an unknown # of pages to view three listings at a time. This will ultimately lead to frustration and a quick exit from the site. This area needs to be better organized. Perhaps with a page or two with all the listings accompanied by thumbnails and categorized by price or location.Peace
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    Hi, everyone. Thanks for your help, my client has finally decided after many redesigns that she is satisfied with the site. One problem, though, for you Javascript experts:In Opera 5 the menu bar rollovers work just fine, the picture is replaced like it should be. When viewed in Internet Explorer 5 the graphics do not change on rollover! I'm assuming this is a problem with Dreamweaver 4's Javascript. A little help please?

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    i need to stop using internet explorer.macintosh/ie is what i am using.fr y our first site it is great. for what it's purpose is the site works for me.there is no need for a home page link on the homepage, i am already there i don't need to have al ink to go there. i know you are using templates to do this. either take it out, or make a homepage link on the menu. either take out the link t the homepage on her name or make it more visible that it will go to the homepage. i just was clicking everywhere and i randomly clicked on it.the rollovers work fine for me, but dreamweaver doesn't do good with plug and play java. go somewhere else and steal there java code to do rollovers. dreamweavers preloading images code doesn't work that well either. so the first time you go to the site you have to wait for the images to load.you should optimize the images in the houses section. i also think that that section should be more visible, i only want to know two things: i want to know if i can trust this lady to sell me a house, and i want to see some houses that she thinks i should buy.you do this a lot, but when i go to a section i want to go to that section. i don't want to have to click twice to get there. but again overall very good, just needs some fine tuning.
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