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    SITE UPDATED: Please critique my site, beginner on rise :-)

    Hey everyone!
    I had a personal site up for review about a month ago. The URL for it is: www.geocities.com/swimm5001/home.html
    It was one of my first sites ever and I used Photoimpact 6 to make it. I was surprised to get some pretty good reviews!
    http://www.sitepointforums.com/showt...threadid=23663
    I was also happy. Anyways, I took the advice, and have gotten even more involved in web design.

    Since then I bought DW4, FW4, and Swish.

    A couple days ago I was in FW4 just messing around and came up with a graphic that eventually turned into a pretty cool looking title page. I worked for about 4 hours and come up with a new personal site, which I'm actually pretty proud of. (4 hours ain't too shaby, eh?) Anyways, check it out. I hope you guys like it.

    The URL is: www.geocities.com/adampolselli

    BTW, the e-mail me form isn't workin' yet, so don't bother using it. It'll be workin' soon.
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    Well I reckon I should say that is pretty good work! It's hard to know what to say about these personal sites, because, and don't take this the wrong, I'm not really interested in you!

    That said...

    The graphics are great - you obviously take a lot of pride in them which is good - the site generally is great to look at (as well as being fast). The colours work well. Finding faults was hard...

    The only things I'd say (which aren't much...)

    - You should consider learning about CSS - apart from being near enough industry standard these days you have an awful lot of FONT tags in the code which, if you wanted to change something (colour, text size etc) it would be a painful task, should the site become much bigger.

    - some JS mouseovers might make the links more interesting (say have the boxes change colour...)

    - your links open in the same page. Not a big deal for your kind of site but something to remember in future.

    - maybe consider some more content. Presumably the only people looking at the pages are you and your friends etc, so give them something to look at.

    Like I said it is hard to criticise this kind of site... good work though (especially for a first/second effort thing)...
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    Former Staff Member silver trophy Adam P.'s Avatar
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    hey, thanks for the review. Lots of good ideas. Yeah, i'm kinda new with web design but i do know what CSS is and i have DW4, so it would be easy for me to apply. i'll do that.

    i also like the rollover idea. i could make the box colors rotate or something when you click.

    and for the links thing, which i should have thought of, how do you make it open in a different window?
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    First off, www.studiococo.com/old/window.html for opening stuff in new windows.

    Straight up, I like it, very creative, very original.

    However, your menu buttons are nearly impossible to read full size and even worse once I go into the individual sections. Perhaps the best way to fix this would be to lose the drop shadow and then put it in when the mouse goes over the image.

    Okay, next up... Don't use times new roman... it doesn't fit your design.

    Also, I'm not entireyl sure they fonts you've chosen work that well together...

    I also think the little dude should be shinier (as the rest of the design is) but that's just me as I'd like to see that effect carry throughout the whole site.

    Okey, my 2 cents.

    Overall, nice site but to come back I'd really need something invigorating to look at... Something that is uniquely you like artwork (www.mypetskeleton), ideas (www.spawned.co.uk) or whatever.
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    Former Staff Member silver trophy Adam P.'s Avatar
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    Whoops, I forgot to give the new URL.

    It's not www.geocities.com/swimm5001/home.html

    That was my OLD one.

    The new one that I wanted reviewed is:
    www.geocities.com/adampolselli

    Sorry for the trouble. My guess is that weirdbeardmt reviewed the old site too. Sorry
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    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy Jeremy W.'s Avatar
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    I liked the old one (with the changes we outlined) much better... Sorry to disappoint, but I think it had more life and creativity.
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    Former Staff Member silver trophy Adam P.'s Avatar
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    wow............ that really sux........

    and here i am thinkin' i'm getting better
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    Naw, nothing like that. Just your old site with the bright colours, glow and fun little dude had more character whereas this feels... sterile.

    It's really up to you if you're getting better through stretching yourself, techniques, creativity, etc.

    All we can say is what we do and don't like about those things s
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    Originally posted by weirdbeardmt
    - maybe consider some more content. Presumably the only people looking at the pages are you and your friends etc, so give them something to look at.
    I have to agree with weirdbeardmt on this one. I really like the layout, but I think I'm losing touch with my inner child.
    If your site is for your friends to see, after they see it, is there reason for them to come back?

    Otherwise, it looks good to me. I'm looking at it on a 19-in monitor at 800x600 and everything seems in place.

    Content wise may I suggest "blogging"? Or is that a dirty word?

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    New windows

    I'm just a novice, so many probably know a lot more about this than I do, but this was something I wanted to know early on and what I do is, after a link - well here, I'll give you an example:
    <a href="someonessite.com" target="Resource Window">I really want this link to open in a new window!</a>
    That will open it in a new window. Some, I've just discovered, work only with "target="new" -maybe someone more proficient could explain that - I only know that in some of my affiliate links, that is what works - the Resource Window doesn't - no idea why..
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    www.studiococo.com/old/window.html

    That will make your window opening code for you so you have more control.

    And, it should read target="_blank" when you want it to open in the user's default settings.
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    There are a whole series of options you can have under the target tag, for e.g:

    TARGET="_self" - will open the new page into current window (same as "_top")
    TARGET="_blank" - will open in a whole new browser window
    TARGET="_blank" - will open in the immediate parent window (if it exists else the whole window)

    And of course you can name different frames and specify where they go. Your frameset might look like this:

    <FRAMESET COLS="100,*>

    <FRAME SRC="nav.html" NAME="nav">

    <FRAMESET ROWS="100,*>
    <FRAME SRC="header.html" NAME="header">
    <FRAME SRC="bottom.html" NAME="bottom">

    </FRAMESET></FRAMESET>

    Then in nav.html you could specify:

    <A HREF="newheader.html" TARGET="_header">. Alternatively you use a little Javascript and make the same link change both frames...

    <HEAD>
    <SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">

    function loadFrames(frame1,page1,frame2,page2) {
    eval("parent."+frame1+".location='"+page1+"'");
    eval("parent."+frame2+".location='"+page2+"'");
    }
    </script>
    </HEAD>

    <BODY>
    <a href="javascript:loadFrames('header', 'newheader.html', 'bottom', 'newbottompage.html')">Load Page 1 & Page 2</a>

    </BODY>

    Hope this helps!
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    Just realised the mistake in that last post

    TARGET="_blank" - will open in the immediate parent window (if it exists else the whole window)
    Should have read target="_blank"

    and "_top" is equivalent to "_parent" not "_blank"

    For this reason, never name your "top" frame "top" otherwise it will wipe the frameset!

    Sorry for any confusion!
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    OK I need to wake up!

    I hope you know what I was going on about. I corrected myself wrong!

    The second target="_blank" in the first post should have been target="_parent".

    I'm pretty sure that is it.

    More sleep.
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    The site has a new look, so if you already reviewed it, check it out again! (6/22)
    Last edited by Adam P.; Jun 22, 2001 at 07:19.
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    and for the links thing, which i should have thought of, how do you make it open in a different window?
    UM. I think you'll find YOU actually asked how to open a link in a new window.
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    "and for the links thing, which i should have thought of, how do you make it open in a different window?"


    You Asked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    "UM. I think you'll find YOU actually asked how to open a link in a new window."

    I see great minds are thinking alike..lol.
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    I like the style of your new page!
    Has something ultra modern!

    It reminds me also of some cool Flash pages!

    Hmmm...
    I think I'm just a Flash freak!

    Anyway, you could use Flash to make the cubes turing!
    That would look awesome!

    The main design is very good!
    You can make a real stylish show-off page out of it!

    Don't stop working on it!

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    Former Staff Member silver trophy Adam P.'s Avatar
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    Sorry, I know I asked. I guess I only wanted one reply on it. Not like 10!! Thanks for trying to help! I guess I got carried away with myself.

    Keep reviewing!
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    Fair play -- I was trying to explain the use of the Target tag, but got it wrong, so corrected myself, but incorrectly, so then had to recorrect my incorrect correction.

    See?!

    Remember it isn't just you reading these reviews, other people will be reading and using some of the stuff mentioned (which is why I thought it important to keep correcting! It shouldn't have taken so many posts though!)
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    Former Staff Member silver trophy Adam P.'s Avatar
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    Yeah, I understand. Thanx!

    BTW, the website has a new look. A couple of you like the old one better, so I used that color scheme with my the layout I was using. I do actually like this one better. (6/22)

    I also used rollovers for the buttuns. I made the text change color, not the cube.

    Review the updated site, please!
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    Hi,

    I must say that is one of the best personal sites I've ever seen, it is so simple which fits the mood perfectly. Although a few suggestions

    1. You intro page is very boring, your site is too simple. If you learnt a little bit of flash or got someone to design you something for the frontpage it'd be great (index.html). The Rest of the site is brilliant.

    2. Everyone else has said it, but I migth aswell say it again. Your cubes should rotate, it'd look really good. www.edevcafe.com has a good article on javascript rolloevers which you could use.

    3. On the friends and links page, add a new line to the bottom of the text sepearting it from the bottom image otherwise it looks crowded.

    4. More content, may you should have a section on your family, or pictures of you or school related stuff, that'd make the site look fuller and hopefully gain you a few more visitors, whether it be friends or strangers.

    Hope this helps,
    -Peter

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    Former Staff Member silver trophy Adam P.'s Avatar
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    Thanks, all of that helps!

    Yeah, I knew someone was gonna say something about the intro. page. I threw it together in a couple of minutes, so I'll work on that.

    I also noticed that about the text coming right up to the bottom image. I'll fix that. Yeah, I wanna add more content. I just gotta think of something. It isn't dangerous to have pic's on the web, is it? That's why I have been stalling on those. I already have where I go to school and my last name, I don't want to reveal too much about myself.

    About the cubes. Should I make them "spin"?? Or did u mean make the colors change (rotate around the cube). Maybe I'll do that.

    Thanks,

    Keep reviewing!
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    Hi,

    Anything to animate the cubes would be good, it is all your choice. Yeah, it's pretty safe to put pictures on the net. If you had your own domain I could probably easily find out exactly where you live and your telephone number if i wanted to, so pictures shouldn't matter.

    -Peter


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