I was asked to design a website for a relative of mine, who works at a holiday park, and even though I don't have a lot of experience in web design, I took the offer.
So far, I came up with a design, but I'm still quite unsure of it. I'm sure about the structure (so the flashbanner + 2x3 columns), but not the part with the red background. Even though they asked for all this space on the front page, maybe one of you has better ideas how to organize it.
Furthermore, I'm afraid that the current layout is too business-like. Families with children need to be attracted by it aswell, and right now it's just a bit too strict in my opinion, but I don't know how to fix it.
Any other general ideas/critiques/suggestions are very welcome!
Seems like a tone of content that they need to put on the front page.
I would recommend getting rid of the red boxes and putting the article name and a short sentence of what the article is about. Seperating the articles with a sort of gray line that doesn't stretch the full length of the box that the article titles+short description are in.
Ign.com has a similar type of "top story navigation" bar on its site and you could try something more similar to that.(Article name over thumbnail image under the image bar with a short summery of the article on the side of the picture)
I agree with mike-z, a little intro with the rotational banner is a good idea. I guess we have to be strategic about the front page. But there is only so much that you can include.
This is why I suggest you include a search box. This way your visitors will be prompted to search for whatever they are looking for, and your boss won't feel like he has to jam EVERYTHING in the front page.
Plus, with the search statistics you guys will get an idea of what are your visitors looking for, and perhaps this will give better select what to place front page.