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    My personal website + Where I should go next

    Hey people!

    It's been a long time since I've been here... in the past month I've been working on my personal website and would like comments and some hard criticism on it, if possible. Be general or critical, it doesn't matter.
    Anyways, I'm also looking for any suggestions for where should I go next with my webdesign hobby and how I could integrate that with my interests detailed on my website.

    http://www30.brinkster.com/kmarinas/

    Happy Reviewing!
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    SitePoint Enthusiast kmar86's Avatar
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    Anybody?
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    Very nice.

    Hi!
    Well the design is very professional looking. There isn't much to say about it. Frames are a thing of choice, but for the personal page are absolutely fine. (You don't want to get high rankings from google, right?)
    The artwork link is disorienting somewhat. People are probably expecting to see some of it not just the link to your other site.
    Wow! I just looked at the sourcecode, you actually made it with the FrontPage.
    Where to move on. Hmm...
    I'd say to commercial host. Since you have a nice website you should keep it someplace nice. I think that almost everybody can spare 60$ a year these days. In terms of the site itself, personal homepage is a very limited thing actually, and you pretty much got to the bottom of it. So maybe think of making a site about one of your hobbies, web design, architecture and suchlike.
    Hope that helps.
    p.s. I really liked your site.

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    nice site indeed...

    a bit unsusual for the colours, but it looks fine. I like that shoutbox on it as well (can you pm me the script?)

    nice use of frames too
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    SitePoint Enthusiast kmar86's Avatar
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    You don't want to get high rankings from google, right?
    Not really. I'm not aiming for high website traffic. What I'm trying to do is to see how well I can attract first-time vistors so that they will stay on my site. My old sites had plenty of traffic (where my main focus was page views), but they tended to have few returning visitors, and most of them were strangers anyway. I hope I'm going the right direction this time.

    I like that shoutbox on it as well (can you pm me the script?)
    The surpising thing is that you don't need any knowledge of scripting to put an shoutbox in your site. To customize it, it still helps to know CSS. Go to activetopic.com to signup and get your own 100% customizable shoutbox.

    Where to move on. Hmm...
    I'd say to commercial host. Since you have a nice website you should keep it someplace nice. I think that almost everybody can spare 60$ a year these days. In terms of the site itself, personal homepage is a very limited thing actually, and you pretty much got to the bottom of it. So maybe think of making a site about one of your hobbies, web design, architecture and suchlike.
    My site has limited content right now... I'm hoping that will change soon. I'm guessing that more content I have, the longer people will stay. In the mean time, there is plenty of daily/monthly bandwidth still avaiable for my site, which is free right now, plus I've have over 90% of storage left. That's a good idea about expanding on those hobbies... I didn't think of that.

    Thanks for those reviews! ...still looking for more though...
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    Not bad for a personal site.

    The colors really scream at you though. I like the use of primary colors but I think you either need to tone them back a smidge or add some images to the content area of your page.

    The colors are great to catch the user's attention but content is king. Keep my eye on the content with a couple of well placed images or icons. Nothing overwhelming just to anchor your eye.

    Great start!

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    Hi,

    Well this is an unusual site. All your colors work well together. They are very warm colors and it's true that they scream at you a little.

    You may want to tone down a couple of your colors so as to create a more soothing site. Such colors in combination with your other vibrant colors may create more of a balance.

    I surely like your shootbox. I'll take a look at it as I believe it's a good idea to have one on my site.

    As of now, all my attention goes to the part of your site where you have your orange, red and yellow. Since your navigation bar is on the cold blue color, I did not see it readily and thought that you did not have one. Maybe it's just me, but I even looked for the navigational bar, but could not find it at first as all my attention was on the warm colors. It's after I clicked on a couple of your links located on your warm colors that I discovered about your navigational bar.

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    When you first get to the site, its not the shout box that grabs attention but the colours! At first they seemed a bit to loud and I thought it was gonna be a pretty tacky site, but it soon loaded and suprised me.

    Its a nice site, and although the colours are loud, they somehow work together. The shoutbox is cool, especially if you wanna post messages to visitors etc

    Your writing is very good, and I found the site quite interesting to read, as I think someone has already said, you have about exhausted all the things you can do with a personal site.

    I dont really know what else to say, its nice, easy navigation, loads fast, and looks proffesional, its also different and doesnt look "samey" like a lot of sites, do its quite to refreshing to see something a bit different.
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    Hey

    Quite a nice site. I would normally hate frames but they seem to work quite well in this instance, I like the colours they compliment each other.

    I am also glad to see its not another American Teenager type homepage, you know the sort!

    Its nice as a personal site but thats about it, the design is flexible for a small site and you could do a few things with it.

    If your looking for places to go have a look at: http://www.sdjl.co.uk/ this guy (david) has done quite a bit with the site, although like alot of personal homepages theres not alot of useful stuff on it

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    Not bad. I've never seen a website that used those colors but I think they ROCK! I also like your use of layers. The navigation system is easy to follow.

    Works pretty well in Netscape (4.51). The only problem is in the top-left corner. You might want to take a look ot that.

    Anyways good job!
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    Oh and in Netscape the Shoutbox doesn't show up...
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    Thanks for the reviews!

    I already have made an improved version of the site... but my computer at home won't log on to the net for some reason. I will have the modified site up... hopefully by Saturday.
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    (The shoutbox doesn't show in IE6 either)
    WOW!
    Nice use of colors.
    I don't like frames much, but again, nice use of them, not much scrolling.
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    Originally posted by Andthensometoo
    (The shoutbox doesn't show in IE6 either)
    WOW!
    Nice use of colors.
    I don't like frames much, but again, nice use of them, not much scrolling.
    It works fine for me. IE 6.0
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    It doesn't quite line up right in Mozilla 1.2b. Here is an example of what I mean:

    http://outburstonline.com/moz1.2b.png
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    Hey again!

    I updated the layout doing what you people said:
    there are slightly less saturated colors
    the navigation bar is fixed
    and pictures on the artwork section!

    http://www30.brinkster.com/kmarinas/
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    I recently looked into the Shoutbox (activetopic.com?) feature. Despite looking through the help index, and posting the question, I couldn't get an answer on how to filter out vulgarity. Even in the control panel...as was recommended.

    Even if vulgarity is a step ahead of the filters....I think any good "board" type program should offer a solution. Who has time to babysit comments? However, its not even in the FAQ.

    Just a thought to consider. Anyone have a solution?

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    Very professional looking!! I really liked the shout box. The colors were cool to, never seen that combo before.

    Maybe get rid of the frames.
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    Eeeek! My eyese!

    Well, the layout is actually pretty good. But contrast of the colors are a little distracting. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing if used properly. Perhpas on the main page you could add more graphics and images... something I'm drawn to click on...

    I like your art by the way. Just might have to use one of those wallpapers on my desktop.

    Rick

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    looks quite good
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    You've used frames well to organise the site. And I agree, the Shoutbox feature is pretty cool.
    My Only problem is the colours - it's hard to read blue text on a yellow background, my eyes start to strain after reading about 1.5 paragraphs on the main page. Apart from that though, it's pretty good for a personal site.
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