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    Please review my Japanese website

    Please let me know what you think of my website located here:
    http://preview.tinyurl.com/ysf8ju (Sorry, don't want this showing up in a cache)

    I had things changed on it last year by a designer but I know it could be improved a lot. Thanks for your input.

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    Why didn't you just provide the link?

    Linking to it via another page won't prevent it showing up in search engines caches if that's what you mean. If you want to avoid that, add rel="noindex" to the head of you pages.

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    I recommend changing your menu structure. Some of the things in your main menu are going to be of zero interest to your visitors including your privacy policy, terms of use etc. Keep your main menu only for the things people are most likely to use and have the less important things in your footer or some other out of the way place. If people are interested in them, they will go looking for them.

    Your text is very close to the edges of their boxes. Look at using margins and padding to provide a bit more space around the text. Typical blog designs would be a good source of inspiration for this type of site IMO.

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    Some quick thoughts (viewing in Firefox on Mac):

    1. Fluid width/Fixed width? - from the content it appears that your site would easier to read with a fixed width. The main content lines get very long on wider screens.
    2. The font sizes don't seem to have any consistency, and the main body font seems too small.
    3. The right column is at least half the width it needs to be.
    4. I wouldn't call this site "designed" at all, there are little, if any design elements to it. It's your typical header/3-column/footer layout maintaining basic boxes and solid color blocks.

    add those to what ryanhellyer said...

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    Just been looking at it with Firefox on PC and I have to agree with all the comments from the other two reviewers.
    As well as that:

    • The middle column needs to have a minimum width or the columns need to be defined as percentages, as the middle column quickly becomes to thin and is easily dominated by your right hand column.
    • I think you need to make the adverts a little less intrusive, they seam to dominate the content. Currently it feels like I'm being sold to all the time, not conducive to learn a language.
    • The site feels to "hard"... Soften the design a little (curved corners or blurring the box edges), lighten the colours and choose a larger font, perhaps a serif one, like Times New Roman.


    Hope these help....

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    i would make the right column wider, and add some padding the column areas. everything looks kinda cramped. create some air. let them breathe
    Steve Davis

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    Thanks for your input everyone!

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    I would definitely add some padding in those columns. Looks too cluttered at present. I would also set your margin to 0; and remove that white space at the top of your layout. Doesn't look right to me.

    Also your page currently has no Doctype and therefore isn't valid at all. Maybe try to make your page compliant with standards.

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    I recommend replacing the google ad at the top of your main page with your own banner.It should be something that represents the true content of your site.Good luck!


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