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    Go on - Slate my site!

    Hi everyone,

    I would really appreciate if you could have a look at my site. Its an affiliate site that reviews matchmaking and friend finder sites.

    The link is http://www.heartsaffection.com

    Any ideas on another colour to balance off all the pink?

    Are any of you annoyed by the fact I have removed right click/systembar info?

    To wordy on the front page?

    Anything else that you care to comment on.

    I would really appreciate if you could give me constructive criticism - i.e. 'I don't like this, but why not do it this way' rather than 'I think the bunny looks cr#p'.

    Sometime you can look at a site so many times that you just see what you're supposed to see rather than what the average user will actually see - if that makes sense.

    Oh, and its my first site using CSS - Yeah for me!

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    Well it's very pink, but it is kind of cute..

    The right hand column appears *under* the main page text in IE on the Mac, a quirk with the CSS i think.

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    I'm on Firefox 1.0.3, and the footer text is lower than where it is supposed to go, it is right over the bottom border of your big main box.

    Those two pinks do not go together well, the header versus the background color do not make for an appealing site. To balance the pink, try some blacks and grays instead.

    On the top right-hand menu, I'm not digging the two-column approach divided with the pipe, especially as it seems the first two lines are not two column.

    Try reducing the space between your header and where the content in the main box starts. Also, try reducing the size of the text in the body, especially the main content area.

    What's up with the logo? Looks like Bugs Bunny's girlfriend, so it doesn't look original.
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    It is rather pink. Isn't that bunny a Warner Brothers character? You could get in big trouble for that.

    I think I would lose the talk about you and your boyfriend,that does not instill a vote of professionalism.

    Over all it looks a little plain, try some nice emotional photos of couples or something along that lines.

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    I like the font you've used for the name of your site, and I like the columns (main content and extras on the right). I also think that it is nicely consistent between pages.

    I agree with trigger that the size of the main text seems too big. I suggest adding some padding around the picture on the About Us page, so that the text doesn't go right up to it (I'm viewing it in Firefox, if that helps).

    I think the bunny looks a bit cutesy, and agree with DCS - perhaps a romantic photographic image here?

    I don't have such a big problem with the pink, but wonder if it is a bit girlie. I may be showing my cultural bias here, but perhaps too much pink may turn off half the population?
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    Definetly invest in a real logo. Spend some money on it, you won't be disappointed!

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    DCS is definitely right about the bunny. If that's from Tiny Toons, expect Warner Brothers to come knocking on your door.

    You have GOT to be kidding me with this testimonial from your site:

    '...thank you for helping me to find 'Mr Right'. Andy, when I sent you that email I really didn't expect a reply - so many sites just don't respond. To get a personal reply from you so quickly with such valuable information was a God send...'.
    A Godsend?

    I don't know if you're writing your own testimonials or if the testimonials are legit. But if they are legit, you might want to post testimonials that don't sound so... well, over the top.

    I'm not even sure I understand the one from "Mike Woods." I mean, you appear to just be a directory/ review site, but in his testimonial, he's asking to unsubscribe from your services. What *services* is he talking about? Do you provide a service in addition to the listing and reviewing of sites?
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    Very pink. If you can lesson the pink it migh help. Play around w/ it
    I think the text size is a little large but that's just my opinion.
    Possibly put a line between the header and the content to define it more.

    Other than that it looks fine

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    Ok,

    1. Pink has gone. I'm rubbish at choosing colours though - any suggestions as I'm really not sure?
    2. Changed the logo - it's now all my own work.
    3. FireFox only - rounded corners on the tables on right side. IE is not compatible with this feature :-(

    I think I should reduce the amount of text on the front page, as many of you have said to reduce the size font. Is it acceptable to use bullet points - from both a user perspective and that of Google - would it get flagged as keyword stuffing?

    I've not changed anything else around yet, as I'd like some feedback on it so far.

    Like I say, I really am having difficulty with the colour scheme. I've used www.colorcombos.com to help, but nothing really shouts 'Hearts' and 'Affection' to me.

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    Bullet points are fine. I wouldn't reduce the amount of content Unless you really need to. Content is good.

    Not sure if its supposed look like this but this is what I'm seeing now:



    I liked it all on one line better.

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    Hi Mr. Tech,

    By the looks of it you need to refresh the screen. I think pressing 'shift-F5' does it. Your system is still picking up the old css file as well as the old logo.

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    Nice blend for me... it's not "too pinky" - good color scheme.

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    Well, the logo is definitely a HUGE, VAST improvement! Besides the fact that you're no longer in danger of copyright infringement, it makes your site look more serious and professional!

    The color scheme is nicer.

    The only thing I'd add is maybe a picture of a romantic couple in the header or somewhere on the front page of your site.

    Other than that suggestion, I'd say your site is good to go!
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    Thank you webfreebies. I will add that pic of a romantic couple as you suggested. I will just have to find one that won't get me done for copyright - no point taking out one picture just to add in another hey!

    I still think it might be worth bullet-pointing some of the front page - so people can read it at a glance. I've found that a fair few of the people visiting that don't go further into the site than the front-page, and I'm not going to get any affiliate cash that way.

    Anyone got any suggestions on how to increase click-thru's into the categories sections? And what are your opinions on bullet pointing? Mr.Tech says not to reduce the content, however I've had a few people mention to me that there is just too much to read, and that people want to know what a site is about asap.

    I'm also still not sure about the colour at the top of the page. Does it go? I seem to be getting a mixed opinion from my friends.

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    I like the new logo. The colors are okay, but I would try some more combinations. I would try for a more mature look. The pink and blue still seems kind of cutesy for this type of site. You also want something that would cater to both genders. I think the pink goes more towards the female audience. But that may be your aim. Try these sites for some color combinations:
    http://www.colorschemer.com/online.html
    http://www.colormatch.dk/

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    I find the text difficult to read-- not because the font is too large, but rather because you need to increase the line-height. Additionally, the extensive use of italic is more distracting than readable. The nature of the market is such that you're bound to get a lot of IE users-- that being the case, it may be to your advantage to use relative font sizes, so the can zoom the text. You have a couple of CSS errors to fix before that file will validate.
    Good luck.

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    I don't think the CSS has errors in it - I've checked it in detail. It won't validate however because I'm using -moz-border-radius: 1em; which gives rounded corners on tables in FireFox. The second error shown is also due to this I think, as it is on the same tag, but I really can't find anything wrong with it.

    I will have a play around with the line height as you suggested, and view it in both IE & FF to see if I can get it to look any better.

    When you say relative font size, what do you mean? Could you just give me an example of the css line? I'm a bit new to it all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartsaffection
    Thank you webfreebies. I will add that pic of a romantic couple as you suggested. I will just have to find one that won't get me done for copyright - no point taking out one picture just to add in another hey!
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    Wow - Microsoft is useful for something!

    Thank you.

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    You aren't validating because you did not properly close your <img> tag and your CSS will not validate with -moz-border-radius as that is not valid CSS

    By relative font sizes he means either use ems or % not points as you are using now

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    Maybe its just me but I would break up some of that text into defined areas or columns.

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    Thanks DCS - I had missed that img. I'm really not sure on the whole ems thing. I'll have to have a read up on it. As for the -moz-border-radius making the CSS invalid, I believe that improving a site for the user should come before validating CSS.

    Before this thread goes off on a tangent about this comment, let me explain:

    That line in the css is a FireFox/Mozilla only line that results in the borders around the 'tables' have curved corners. I think it makes the page look better in FireFox so I am happy to sacrifice the validation. I would rather that that sticking a whole load of images on my site for the round corners. It's much easier to do it this way.

    I'm not talking about 'to hell with the css - I don't care what it looks like'. It's always good to validate if you can, but in certain circumstances like this I am happy to make an exception.

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    The pink gives me an uber-headache, but it's good for the theme of th site.

    Edit:


    I meant to comment on this the other day, but I never got around to it, and I've seen you've fixed the pink

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    Thanks for the comments guys. One final question. With the Internet being what it is, could anyone give me some suggestions on how to market this site (cheaply if possible) so that I can increase my hits?

    I'm getting about 20 per day at the moment.

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    I just visited your site, and my thoughts:

    When first loading up the page, it takes a few seconds to work out what your site offers.

    Then there is a fairly long letter. The text i must say, is very well written, but you should probably cut down on the text and provide more visuals, to tempt a visitor into reading more, rather than bombarding them with a few paragraphs on the first page.

    Also the links in the categories section on the right-top are not very visible as links until you drag the mouse over them.

    I would perhaps place a nav bar underneath the red header with some eye catching links that will drag users deeper into your site.

    Just remember, internet users are impatient!

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