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    Please review http://freetutorials.name

    I am slowly converting tables to CSS (over 100 pages)
    I am not very good with HTML and just learning CSS
    At freetutorials under computers and computer applications is Design & Photo also Utilities & Drivers. I just completed converting them to CSS with a lot of help from forums like this. Also FTP, HTML tutorials and HTML editors are converted. Any suggestions on the site, format, content, or anything else would be appreciated
    I have about 50 more pages with content including plumbing tutorials with faucet repair and tips (including parts breakdown and illustrations from the manufactures) also how to install with illustrations
    will try and include when this is complete
    Thank You for your time and help
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    Hi there,

    The quality of the contents is good. You can make major improvement by organizing the navigation into either Tabs with sub menus or main categories with sub categories underneath. You want to have the navigation menus visible throughout the site as it would make it more convenient for visitors to navigate the site.
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    Great Idea - but don't quite understand - Do you mean CSS dropdowns with submenus - also do you mean a sitemap, probably at the bottom - I definately want to do this but how on the other pages (other than index page) - must be at the top - static or dropdown ??
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    I do like the patriotic theme with the blue background. When I go to another page, they are all in a tan/beige color. Is there a reason for the color change such as honoring those who died in 9/11? If not, then why the color change? For me it is easier to read the words on the tan/beige color background.

    Also, think about putting the purpose of the site above the links to the trades, computers, programming, and etc. The eye doesn't naturally fall to the purpose under all those links. A person can easily be drilling down in your site not knowing what exactly what the purpose is or focus of your site is. I started to wonder why so many various tutorials without a single focus. The purpose explains that.

    Also if you decide to keep your main navigation in this fashion, it would be easier to expand it later on if you wish to do so. Then you could create a whole other row with headers and links to different tutorials without having to worry about having to push the purpose of your site even further down on the page.

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    I think I would get rid of the background.

    Move to a more image driven site with a lot less text.

    Remember, in general people do not read.

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    Just ran through the site. A few things to improve on in my opinion:

    1) The design needs to be more consistent. I was pretty thrown off by the pink sub-pages after the blue.

    2) I'd get rid of the textured backgrounds. They make the site look older

    3) The information should be organized a bit differently. The home page has way too much content and way too many links. It's easier to separate things out into top level categories that people can browse through and have concise content on the landing page

    4) I was a bit confused at first as far as the overall purpose of the site. This could go along with a content change, but should be more apparent. When I think of tutorials, I don't think of anything to do with the school system...

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    to: Bible Topics KJV
    Thank you for your suggestions
    I will seriously consider moving purpose as I do have 5 more topics (about 50 pages)
    The color scheme has me wondering - I will try and make it more consistant
    The color started when I had the california flag and seal until I was informed that I couldn't use them so I am slowly changing
    The site started when I was a member of a cadet unit as support and counseling but they didn't see the potential and advantage in assisting the youth this way so now I am on my own to continue. I feel that they need help in deciding what they want to do. There are no jobs on here for them (no MacDonald or Jack-in-the box) only careers and how to persue them (training school, college, apprentice, etc.) and help obtaining them (guidance and support).
    Thank You
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    Note: I am also working on study guides for the KJV Bible (an indepth CD with references to be given (at cost to reproduce) or downloaded (free)
    want to help - most of the information comes from the internet or library (reference desk) and is either history backed up by archiological digs around the areas studied or religious interpretations.
    Thank You again
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    To: BlkStormy
    As stated in the previous post, I agree and will try and change them
    Thank you for your suggestions
    ?Why don't you think of tutorials associated with schools ?
    I was a teacher for many years and I know they are needed. It might help someone get through a class they otherwise wouldn't or help a student improve their grades.
    Thank You
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    Quote Originally Posted by wincyclopedia View Post
    I think I would get rid of the background.

    Move to a more image driven site with a lot less text.

    Remember, in general people do not read.
    I agree and like the idea and you are right, but how ??

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    I'd suggest getting a design that will attract many people, not just long time internet users, you know something web 2.0 :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Marchuk View Post
    I'd suggest getting a design that will attract many people, not just long time internet users, you know something web 2.0 :P
    OK any suggestions
    thank You
    falcon

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    Quote Originally Posted by itssangy View Post
    Hi there,

    The quality of the contents is good. You can make major improvement by organizing the navigation into either Tabs with sub menus or main categories with sub categories underneath. You want to have the navigation menus visible throughout the site as it would make it more convenient for visitors to navigate the site.
    I changed Design & Photo under computer applications
    reorganized items into categories then put under topics
    This way they can be placed in a menu and direct visitors to the category
    Is this what you meant ???
    Thank You
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    I tried to put in local style to override the external style (tried to change the image), it didn't work (just left the image area blank)
    Does anybody know how I can do this ??
    Tried on aerospace engineering - wanted to change the images to aerospace mechanics.
    http://freetutorials.name
    Aerospace Engineering

    Thank You
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    External Style Sheet
    * {
    margin: 0;
    padding: 0;
    }
    body {
    background-color: #FAEBD7;
    font-family: "Times New Roman", Times, serif;
    font-size: 14px;
    color: #000000;
    padding: 10px;
    }
    a:hover {
    color: purple;
    background-color: white;
    font-weight: bold
    }
    #banner {
    text-align: center;
    border:1px solid darkblue;
    background-image: url(Images/2R131.gif);
    background-repeat: no-repeat;
    background-position: 5px center;
    }
    #banner b {
    display: block;
    min-height: 120px;
    background-image: url(Images/3C331.gif);
    background-repeat: no-repeat;
    background-position: right center;
    margin: 0 5px;
    padding: 0 200px;
    font-weight: normal;
    }
    * html #banner b {
    height: 120px;
    }
    #banner h2 {
    color: #FF0000;
    font-size: 180%;
    margin-bottom: 10px;
    }
    #homelink {
    float: left;
    width: 64px;
    height: 17px;
    background-image: url(Images/ltblue-button.gif);
    margin-top: 7px;
    font-size: 1px;
    color: #428AFC;
    }
    #testlink {
    float: right;
    width: 64px;
    height: 17px;
    background-image: url(Images/lt_blue-button.gif);
    margin-top: 7px;
    font-size: 1px;
    color: #3C8FFC;
    }
    h3 {
    text-align: center;
    color: #FF0000;
    line-height: 30px;
    font-size: 130%;
    }

    #lftcol {
    position: absolute;
    left:1%;
    width:24.5%;
    top:50px;
    background-color: #FAEBD7;
    }

    #lftmid {
    position: absolute;
    left:25.7%;
    width:24.5%;
    top:50px;
    background-color: #FAEBD7;
    }

    #rtmid {
    position: absolute;
    left:50.5%;
    width:24.5%;
    top:50px;
    background-color: #FAEBD7;
    }

    #rtcol {
    position: absolute;
    left:75.3%;
    width:24.5%;
    top:50px;
    background-color: #FAEBD7;
    }

    #rtcol, #rtmid, #lftmid, #lftcol {
    border:1px solid darkblue;
    }

    #rtcol, #rtmid, #lftmid, #lftcol, .leftcol, .rightcol {
    border:1px solid darkblue;
    margin-bottom: 5px;
    }

    .leftcol {
    float: left;
    width: 49.5%;
    }
    .rightcol {
    float: right;
    width: 49.5%;
    }
    .leftcol a, .rightcol a
    {
    margin-left: 5px;
    line-height: 1.5ex
    }
    .leftcol dt, .rightcol dt {
    padding-top: 3px;
    }
    .leftcol dd, .rightcol dd {
    padding: 2px 5px 2px 30px;
    }
    .leftcol b, .rightcol b {
    display: block;
    padding: 2px 5px 2px 30px;
    }
    .clear {
    clear: both;
    }

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    Quote Originally Posted by itssangy View Post
    Hi there,

    The quality of the contents is good. You can make major improvement by organizing the navigation into either Tabs with sub menus or main categories with sub categories underneath. You want to have the navigation menus visible throughout the site as it would make it more convenient for visitors to navigate the site.
    http://freetutorials.name

    Under Computer Applications
    Utilities & Drivers
    Changed layout - divided it up into subcategories so I could use a menu for the page. Is this what you suggest, a menu at the top of the page ??
    Do you think a tabs menu at the top would improve it ??
    Thank You
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    Quote Originally Posted by itssangy View Post
    Hi there,

    The quality of the contents is good. You can make major improvement by organizing the navigation into either Tabs with sub menus or main categories with sub categories underneath. You want to have the navigation menus visible throughout the site as it would make it more convenient for visitors to navigate the site.
    I have put a dropdown menu on "Design & Photo" under "Computer Applications"
    is this what you mean ??
    Thank You
    falcon

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    This is a very useful site to new comers. Welcome.

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    http://freetutorials.name
    added more content
    see "computer applications" > Design & Photo
    put in a lot of information on "GIMP" a free photo editor (similar to
    Photoshop)
    also put in a javascript menu
    Problem: the menu items don't go where I set them to go (the headings
    for the section (ie tutorials or software)
    Can anybody suggest a tutorial where I could get a free CSS external
    menu to do the same, I looked at several that don't seem to be
    designed for the same page menu.
    any suggestions ??
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    The content is nice and will get you some traffic, however, if you want to keep the visitors, you definetely need to work on design. The design looks very simple - too simple I would say.
    Add some ads, see how the traffic goes, when the site will start to pay out, hire someone who would redesign.

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    Good Idea
    meanwhile: anyone know how to fix the menu
    Thank You
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    Pay for a complete professional redesign. The site is way to simple, and very 1990's. Most users will leave your website as soon as they see it.

    Sorry to be harsh, but it's true.
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    I agree... it looks old fashioned

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paintingblack View Post
    Pay for a complete professional redesign. The site is way to simple, and very 1990's. Most users will leave your website as soon as they see it.

    Sorry to be harsh, but it's true.
    OK how would you change it ??
    Any Suggestions ??
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    SitePoint Guru navyfalcon's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by lele232323 View Post
    I agree... it looks old fashioned
    What would you do to change it short of hiring a designer to redo the whole thing ??
    Your suggestions are appreciated
    falcon

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    can i ask you a question... don't be upset... but... where's the website? i've only seen a table with some links to some sub-pages and links to other websites it's true that those links are ok :| but you have to do much more. try taking a free template from http://templatesbox.com and implement those links into a nice menu there, maybe create a great banner and so on... if you want that website to get more visitors you clearly need to do better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nosfer View Post
    can i ask you a question... don't be upset... but... where's the website? i've only seen a table with some links to some sub-pages and links to other websites it's true that those links are ok :| but you have to do much more. try taking a free template from http://templatesbox.com and implement those links into a nice menu there, maybe create a great banner and so on... if you want that website to get more visitors you clearly need to do better
    Thank You
    will try to do better
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