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    Site completely revamped please review

    I would very much like to have some feedback on

    www.design.monakmore.co.uk


    Thanks in advance

    John

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    Not bad. A few points though:

    - I don't like the red links. Try not such a harsh colour.

    - Resizes very well. Good.

    - You don't need :- when just : will suffice.

    - You have an excellent opportunity to have a different header background image, that you are not taking advantage of.

    - Stop keyword spamming your <title>s. They must be consistent. Instead of:
    Home - Affordable website design by UK based designers
    Pricing - Low cost, high quality website design by UK based designers
    Free Website - Free, high quality website design for charities
    Articles - Articles on Website design from Monakmore Design
    Which is quite frankly a mess and not user friendly, try:
    Home - Monkamore Design - Affordable UK based website design
    Pricing - Monkamore Design - Pricing Guide
    Free Website - Monkamore Design - Free Charity Website
    Articles - Monkamore Design - Website design articles
    - Your footer links are right flush against the bottom of the screen when you scroll down. Add some white space between the bottom of your design and the bottom of the browser window.

    - Your free counter page shouldn't be such a main thing. It should be tucked away in a tools section. Your a web design company, not a "jack-of-all-trades" site.
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    Thanks alecrust for your helpful review.

    I take your point about the page titles and have altered them.

    The lack of white space at the bottom only happened in IE (of course!!!!). I've fixed that.

    Not quite sure what you mean by missing an opportunity to have a different header background image. Different image altogether, different one on each page or different text on image?

    Not sure I agree with your comment on the Free Counter. The jury is still out on that one

    John

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    Yes, I think you should have a different image on each page.
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    It works, but the mix of colors, graphics, and fonts you are using all together makes it look somewhat dated.

    The logo seems out of place, and weirdly pixelated in the right hand corner. Why not move it to the left of the name?

    I like the fact that you went with a liquid design, that's nice. The font is nice and easy to read, but adding a little line height may make it look more professional.

    PS. Nobody really wants a free counter anymore

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    the ui style of the site is a bit old. this will hurt the confidence of customers to your service.

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    kinda nice. I like the floating page in the middle with the round corners.

    I don't like the font though of Monakmore Design at the top of the page.

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    Thanks to everyone who posted so far. Now I need to pick your brains.

    jesse1- Any suggestions as to the font for Monakmore Design.

    voosend- Could you elaborate on 'ui style is a bit old'. What have you in mind.

    c-Unit - What do you see as an up-to-date combination? Thanks for the suggestion about line height I'll change it and see. By the way I have quite a few counter registrations every week. Personally I wouldn't put a counter on a site but there are still plenty out there apparently who do, presumably they can't be bothered with interpreting webstats, and it leads to a nice few back links.

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    I don't like the color combo or the font-family.

    If I remember correctly, fonts over the size of 12PT, such as your header, look better with Verdana.

    Also, I see you used a black stroke on your white content area. If you're using photoshop, you could give that rounded/white content a smoother border by using a thin outer glow (not stroke) that is black.

    Where you have yellow and purple, how about two different shades of yellow?

    The layout is fine, it is just the colors and fonts holding you back.

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    Thanks to all those who posted some very thought provoking replies.

    Have now:
    Altered some of the fonts.
    Worked on a red-orange color theme.
    Got rid of all the white areas and text replacing them with very light grey/blue to complement the main theme.
    Introduced some textures to provide depth and interest.

    John

    Oh! and moved the logo.

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    Nice site. It's neat, compact and easy to navigate.

    The picture of the spider web is VERY distracting to me and nagging my eyes. Its hard to read the text.
    If it were me I would take it out and move the rounded oval content up more, and replace that picture with either a solid color, or a picture that is calming and soothing to the eye. The spider web really doesn't add to the site. I think it detracts.

    Also, for me, its hard to read the "Monakmore Design" up top with that bright brass bar behind it.
    If it were me I'd take it out and just have maybe white behind it. Just like the logo here on http://www.sitepoint.com/ has white behind it. It looks cleaner, pleasant to the eye, and professional, in my opinion.
    You want potential customers to remember your company's logo, not the brass bar.
    My motto is: Simple Sells.

    In my opinion, the MD logo on the top left should be clickable to go back to the home page. People naturally click any picture on the top left.

    Any text thats on that orange patchwork, like the "No pressure" text, should have a solid color behind it to make it easier to read. Its hard to read small text with a design element right behind it.

    You should mention your company's name more to sound more like a company.
    Instead of "We offer a free website"
    I would say something like "Monakmore Design offer's a free website design to non profit organizations...."
    It makes it sound lke a business with an office.

    Everything else is very nice.

    In your contact us page it says "Validation". I dont know what Im supposed to put in there.

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    Thanks Mfashion

    Validation field
    There is text to the right of the form but if you didn't notice it then obviously others may not so I've modified the Validation label to include 'see right'.

    I'm looking for a good selection of images to use instead of the spider web to try a suggestion from another poster who suggested different images on each page.

    I agree about the logo being clickable. It was my original intention but somewhere along the line I forgot all about it. Thanks for the reminder

    John

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    Where is your portfolio page?
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    For a design site, that's going to need some improvements. The logo is very plain and doesn't look good over the top of that bronze bar. I think you should at least apply some layer styles to it and let it stand on its own. An image (with IR) wouldn't be a bad idea for the main heading.

    I appreciate liquid layouts but that spider web image doesn't tile correctly so when it gets wide enough theres a big seam in the picture. That crosshatch background is overdone and shouldn't be used nearly everywhere on the page.

    Your whitespace usage throughout the layout and in the text is not consistent, I think you should read some "grid-based design" articles for layout and type, like the ones here on Sitepoint and at A List Apart. These ones are great:
    http://www.alistapart.com/articles/settingtypeontheweb
    http://24ways.org/2006/compose-to-a-vertical-rhythm
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    I must agree. The color scheme is a bit off for me. The texture isn't easy on my eyes. But then again I've been sitting here all day. If your main service is web design I would suggest that you make your site design as eye catching as possible without it being too much. The layout is good. The flow of information works as well. Hopes this helps.
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    Looks beautiful. I really like this type of design. Fresh, easy to read and look at, everything fits together really nicely.

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    I think it looks good, but I would agree with some of the previous posts that the links in the header are too small and hard to see.

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    The site looks out of date. The banner is the low point in the design and I would replace it. The color choices are off putting too.

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    Looks too much like a generic template. I'd say look into the colors, make them match slightly more. Contrast is good, but not the way you did it.

    Unfortunately, the website is boring. Nothing eye catching.

    Work on it a bit more, and I'm sure you'll come up with something extraordinary.


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