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    Review please of TV voice site

    My site is www.peterderek.com



    I changed from HTML5, CSS editing software I used on my earlier site
    www.englishvoicestudio.com



    Many thanks ? and do let me know what you use as maybe I should go back to
    using previous software
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    Please review my site and please mention the web authoring software you use

    I am so impressed by the quality of designs, technical competences and qualified reviews here.
    There is a reason for the detail below so please bear with me

    For example Connor4312 and his reply to corwinm
    http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/show...49#post5172349

    Or for example the superb presentation of the site by cgCody who modestly states he is returning to web design after 5 years and producing now to my mind a superb site http://warriorsofdesign.com/test.html
    A true picture.

    Or the superb images and the way they overlap so well in http://www.hypernovadesign.com/ by hypernovadesign

    My first designs over 5 years ago where written in raw HTML and hotdog, so now I take the plunge and ask for your reviews AND comments please on which web page authoring software you use. My site is www.peterderek.com
    I use two types of play button so one is visible on iphones while the other plays on a PC page view without opening another window - For that I use a mp3 to SWF convertor and hence flash.

    I changed my software for this new site but having reviewed superb sites on this forum my confidence in my site is severely dented! And I question now if I should return to my original authoring software that allows control of CSS and also includes HTML5 and also I used JW player for video files It is harder to use and I do not think I can mention the software name on the forum, but with it I produced my old site www.englishvoicestudio.com and wonder if I should return to the earlier software and the more open impression it allows to express. A PR wiz recommended I use a site with my name to harness better the social media so hence the domain change

    My new site gets 29 warnings on html - I believe mainly because it still uses html4. The software supplier states that as 5 is still not overall agreed they are not launching a new product yet. Their software is so easy to use but sometimes I feel I do not have the freshness of original design as seen in the site by cgCody.

    So what is the best software? Are you all using .NET or Java products or something else? I am clearly in need of a severe learning update. Thank you for any time you can spare for a review to add comments and or software recommendations. My sites aim is to raise search engine placing so if and when a station manager looks in the net he will find my service. Whether they do and not just use their own phone list is indeed another question! Thanks

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    I'm bumping this thread as I've moved it from another forum.

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    To be honest, I really feel the site could do with a professional design. For the level of work this is pitched at (TV, radio etc.), the site doesn't put the services in a good light. From grainy logos, to clunky navigation, confusing buttons (two On Air buttons, one of which doesn't work?) and awkward page layout, I'd expect a professional TV/radio station etc. to be put off by this.

    I don't like to be critical like this, but the few dollars saved on a 'home made' site may lose many dollars of employment.

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    Threads merged to avoid further confusion.
    Don't be arrogant. Be kind to a koala that thinks it's a bear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by audiotx View Post
    I question now if I should return to my original authoring software that allows control of CSS and also includes HTML5 and also I used JW player for video files It is harder to use and I do not think I can mention the software name on the forum
    Yes, it's fine to mention what you use. But the software tools you use to create a site should be irrelevant—like what brand of hammer you used to build your house. At the end of the project, the product should be independent of the tools used. So any one of the many code editors available for use is fine. If you are using a WYSIWYG editor—which creates the code for you—you are going to produce something less than ideal, as they create a lot of rubbish code along the way.

    My new site gets 29 warnings on html - I believe mainly because it still uses html4.
    O no, that's not the cause of the warnings. They are caused by errors in your code.

    So what is the best software? Are you all using .NET or Java products or something else?
    To build a website, you need HTML, CSS, possibly JavaScript and some other server-side language for more dynamic functionality. Whether you use PHP, .NET or whatever doesn't really matter. But preferably, write the code yourself, rather than letting some editor spew it out.

    It's common these days to use a CMS (content management system), which is often written in PHP and which handles the dynamic functionality for you. Still, the better ones leave you in control of the HTML and CSS etc.—the bits that your visitors actually see in the browser.

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    Thank you very much for your review. I agree, you are right.

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    Thank you very much ralph.m for all the detail.

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    Problem: You have 66 characters (including spaces) in the title. Use them effectively.
    You are using only 22 characters
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    Example:Professional British voiceover artist - Peter Derek
    This way the most important information is first "Professional British voiceover artist"
    then your name (for recognition).
    Any change similar to this will help
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    <title>Peter Derek Voice over</title>

    <meta name="description" content="Professional British voiceover artist and recording studio.
    English voice on France 24 TV, Radio commercials, heard all over the world">
    Many good Free Tutorials at:
    http://freetutorials.name

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    I use free software that gives me both HTML and CSS editing. It has a good help file and tutorial.
    AlleyCode http://download.cnet.com/Alleycode-H...-10203690.html
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    Not the best but for me great to update my site (I also used it to build the site)
    It is not a WYSIWYG editor - you need to know some code
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    falcon
    Many good Free Tutorials at:
    http://freetutorials.name

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    To repair the validation errors and warnings, try using HTML Tidy
    http://infohound.net/tidy/ and/or http://www.freehtmlvalidator.com/
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    hope this helps
    falcon
    Many good Free Tutorials at:
    http://freetutorials.name

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    Huge thanks to navyfalcon - thank you for all the info
    I shall make the changes and also review the sw
    I did coding years ago (raw html! ) so can handle the solution
    The html critique I ran identified errors of missing syntax eg ' etc but they were in place so I think there is some issue in the way the WSYWIG lays down the code
    The chr count you mention of 66 chs - to where are you referring? Not the page text, but in the meta data? Thanks v much

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    The chr count you mention of 66 chs - to where are you referring? Not the page text, but in the meta data? Thanks v much
    Google allows (will display up to) 66 characters (including spaces) in the title. Use them wisely, grasshopper.
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    Many good Free Tutorials at:
    http://freetutorials.name

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    You may also need a free photo editor
    Photo Pos Pro
    http://photopos.com/
    It has many features you would not expect in a free photo editor
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    hope this helps
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    Many good Free Tutorials at:
    http://freetutorials.name

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    Wow that photo prog is superb - as you say it does a lot more than one expects and it really does improve image quality.

    I am waiting to hear back from the photo journalist with the digital source image files that were taken as I used scanned images from prints! hence poor quality
    I tried scanning on domestic scanner at high resolution but the results are not good. Even so your tip has made improvements THANK YOU

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    Please Google "British voice overs" and get some ideas to make your site more competitive.
    You can get page #1, position #1 with time, good keywords, and proper SEO.
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    Many good Free Tutorials at:
    http://freetutorials.name

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    Many thanks - will do as..

    I am planning a wireframe for a new site, with more social media and trying to build my knowledge of how keywords work,
    where to see usage patterns/popularity rankings and get better market intelligence on what potential clients actually use when they look for a service.
    So when I look at other sites I can recognize what works for them. At present my keywords list seems small as the service is so specialized, but there must be more words out there that work are important
    Thanks again v much

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    You are doing the right thing. By doing it yourself, you will not need to rely on others and can make required changes yourself.
    To get 1st place requires proper software and how to use it properly.
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    You will need a good HTML/CSS editor
    Also a good HTML/CSS validator
    some (more than one) good analytics to track progress (improvement) and traffic
    some good web page analyzers to evaluate your pages
    some good photo editors (may want to try a picture coming out of the frame - a good eye catcher)
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    You can get good software "free" and after you know what you need, you can buy the improved "commercial" grade software.
    You need experience with free to know what you need, then after success with free, you will know what you need to improve.
    An example of some pictures to go with your site (to dress it up) might be some pictures of England (in the background) that
    go with the theme. Also information on voices from different parts of England (or Scotland and Ireland).
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    You are selling your voice ability so you need to emphasize that, and the area where they speak like that. In America, the accent
    is different in different parts (not all the same). The west coast is different from the east coast, and the south is different from
    the mid-west. Something others do not emphasize. An area you can beat them on. This type of thing can put you in front.
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    Many good Free Tutorials at:
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    Thank you so much. In fact I am offering one style of voice, a BBC accent so regions do not really come into my service offering.
    I hesitate to ask after you have so kindly helped so much but would I welcome any pointers to find web page analyzers and key word anaylsers. May I ask what you use?

    Sorry to sound dim but do I make a list of keywords and blend these into the site text? Is there a guide to really explain keywords and all the ramifications as
    I know some use Adwords to see what words work and they then refine their wording But for that the site needs a regular quantity of hits !

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    Many good Free Tutorials at:
    http://freetutorials.name

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    Thank you so much - hearing your views from the US is not only helpful but also a great value as it comes with your perspective from WITHIN the US - I have lots of UK pics.

    Trying to determine viewers wishes and then identify the key images to grab attention are swayed by national traits here that mean I may pass by a pic that could be seen as great in the US by a viewer to the site

    Thanks again

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    free keyword suggestion tool
    http://www.keyworddiscovery.com/search.html
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    check keywords in this (the ones with the highest numbers are what you are looking for)
    keywords (one word), keyword phrases (two, three or four words)
    singular and plural words have different numbers
    - These words are just suggestions but they help
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    website analyzers

    http://www.creatingonline.com/site_p...te_checker.htm

    http://www.websiteoptimization.com/services/analyze/

    http://www.scrubtheweb.com/abs/

    http://www.the-escape.co.uk/tools/pa...tutorials.name

    You will notice that give different results, that is why to use several. I have
    more for later. This will give you a start. They are suggestion only, so use
    your best judgement
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    Many good Free Tutorials at:
    http://freetutorials.name

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    Oh wow thank you so much
    At least one day I hope I can help on the forum with advice on sound software! or pc utilities
    Thanks again millions. One thing I can say for anyone travelling in Europe and with a desktop - get a mains power surge filter! One pc,and screen ruined for the sake of a low cost filter!

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    May want to submit your site to search engines and directories
    Free submit
    http://freewebsubmission.com/
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    it may help
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    Many good Free Tutorials at:
    http://freetutorials.name

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    It's not a bad design. But may I suggest one thing? The logo in this url. www.peterderek.com/wpimages/wp468f79d7_06.png

    Maybe that would do better at the top.

    Chad


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