SITE REVIEW: Azoundria - Reviews still appreciated

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Sorry I was away for a while.

Im not sure what you mean by you typed a domain that already existed. The domains given by IsMyWebsite are not DotComs or DotTks or anything like that. To go to a DotCom domain, for example ozzu, you would type 'c ozzu'. It would then forward you to http://www.ozzu.com/.

Sorry about the broken links I hoped to fix them earlier. The sections havent been made yet so for now just don't click on them. The 'M' link was to get google to look at the misspelling page and increase its ranking.

A full list of quickcodes can be found by clicking on the quickcodes link at the top. Remember as always the way to use a quickcode is:

(Quickcode) (Search Terms, Address, etc...)

To google the olympic games you would type:
g olympic games

To go to azoundria.com type:
c azoundria

To go to openpost.net type:
n openpost

To look for the dictionary definition of 'good' type
d good

To look for the encyclopedic information on samurai warriors type
e samurai

You get the idea I hope. If a quickcode is not used it will automatically assume you want an ismywebsite domain. In the case where a ismywebsite domain begins with a quickcode like perhaps the domain 'a badger' you would type 'i a badger' using the quickcode i.

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Sorry about the confusion. The old layout is the one currently in use on my site. The new one is linked. Really I already decided on the new one with peoples help so unless people revote I dont think Im likely to change the design.

Anzufjfkn? I assume you mean Azoundria. Azoundria has a long history. The name does not mean anything, as far as I know, in any language.

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Thanks for the comment. If theres something easy I can do to improve this please tell me. Is the new design an improvement?


What does everyone think of IsMyWebsite? Is it easier to use? http://www.ismywebsite.com/
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  • Azoundria
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I would like to know what people think of my website, which I recently redesigned.

I recently had a new post on this but no one was responding in the old one. I think this is either because not many people wanted to read through everything(it was 10 pages long) or they thought it was a finished topic. Anyways if I am not allowed to do this(which is not in the rules anywhere) please let me know.

Anyways I am anxious to hear what people think of the design, the content, and my ideas. I thank you for reviewing my site and hope that you enjoy it.

http://www.azoundria.com/welcome.php
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hi there

The first thing that grabbed my attention was the redirect page....why do you need this page? i think it would be much better to go straight to your homepage...

When the homepage opens the first thing that strikes me is wooohaa this is bright and hard to read....maybe tone the blue down a bit...

then I had a look at your headings....they are extremely difficult to read..I would use <h> tags to show your headings and not graphics...

Also when I visited a few of the pages the whole layout and theme changed...I think you need to stick with one layout and set of colours.. changing a layout within a site may confuse some people..

I wont go into the code in this post but may I suggest using external stylesheets and loose the <font> tags


good luck with it

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Nice looking website. good design.keep it up.
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I apologize for the redirect page. My server is designed to automatically go to http://www.azoundria.com/index.htm, and there appears to be no way to fix this. This unfortunately means that I cannot use PHP on my front page, and, since PHP generates the layout and makes changes to it universal, I cannot use the layout on the front page. Therefore I have put that page there, which most of my crosslinkers bypass anyways.

Yes I am working on a new design for the updates that will not be so bright and the headers will be readable. I have gone through about 3 designs and none seem to work how I want them too. I welcome suggestions on this and am currently trying to fix this.

I try to keep the layout universal. There are only four sections in which it is different. The first is my RPG MMO text adventure, which needs the new layout because I need somewhere to put items, stats, and options in it.

The second is IsMyWebsite, which is kind of its own seperate section. Since people will be settign it to their homepage and proabably do not want all the menu links in it it does not make sense to give it the same design.

The third is the Happyland Maps section, which originally had the same design. Since it is linked in Free Lunch Design, most of the people commented that they did not have any interest in the menu and did not want it to use that layout. They wanted it to stay plain, and since they are the ones exploring the site I decided to let them have their way.

The fourth is the Dereks okes which opens in a new window so it is not as confusing. I suppose I could put it in an Iframe so I will but I will still leave an 'open it in a new window' option.

I will look into external style sheets and if I figure out how to do them I will implement them.

Thanks for a great review of my site.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hello,
I was at your web site and I can tell you I was first blown away by the bright blue titles that you have, they are really hard to see what is being said and they also take over the page.
The rest of the web site is looking good.
I was set back by the "M" that you have stuck down at the bottom of some of your pages, don't know why its there other then to just display the error page that then redirects you back to the bright lights.

Anyway keep going, its looking ok
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Hi there

i figured i would post a review because you remind me so much of myself :)

right,

(trying not to repeat what other people said)

Why are we using .php? are the pages includes? if so, no problem, otherwise stick with html ;)

i dont know whether it is just me, but the home and contact links are a different colour blue to the rest of the links?

Your using plain text as a header, being me i would like some kind of graphic there, but its just personal preferance

the skin on the forum is evry harsh on the eyes, light blue and black .. ouch.

i like the overall content layout on the main page, nice intro and link to an about us page, then news, good job. The page also functions as a subtle sitemap too lol

some of the graphics are a little 'iffy' and could do with revision.

well, thats all i have got to say for now =)
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Topic has been merged. Azoundria, please don't start a new topic for a site that already has an open topic for reviews.

Site updated:
http://www.azoundria.com/welcome.php
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Yes the blue titles are due for a change as I already said and will be fixed sooner or later when I find something good to do instead.

The 'm' is to get google to index the misspellit.php page that I have which it seems to be taking a while to do. It's site crawlers will hopefully find the link and I have already submitted it through 'Submit your site'.

Yes I use PHP because I am including layout files.

Let me guess. Those are the first two pages you went to, right? When you have already been to a page it changes the blue shade slightly. Is my choice of the second colour for this bad?

Yes I think I should put a graphic there but Im not sure exactly what and I dont have much in the ay of graphic editting software.

Yes the forum is ugly. I will try to work on improving the design a bit.

Like I said I don't have the best graphics editor. Most of the graphics are CoolText graphics.

Wow. Im actually getting compliments!
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The site has greatly improved since you first posted it some months ago. And this has to be the longest running site review thread in the entire history of site review threads.

Still, the improvements you've made have helped out a lot. But the site overall is still somewhat dark and murky. It causes white and yellow text to glow somewhat radioactively. Otherwise, you've really improved your site.
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How can I do that?
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On my laptop screen, this is a very difficult site to read. i closed it down, it hurts my eyes. :(
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Could you explain a bit more about why it is difficult to read? Is the text too bright? The background too dim? The link colour not right?

I am sorry but I cannot fix this without more detail as to what I should fix.
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Two words: "Much Better". Love this new design. I think it's x10 better than the other one. Just a few things I would like to bring to your attention though.

1. I can slighty see behind every of your links, there is a border and a background colour. It's great. Don't be afraid to show it. Make the border lighter, and maybe use a bit of CSS to make the background colour change when you hover over the link.

2. Maybe, actually make a picture logo instead of just plain text. It would make it more appealing.

3. I don't think you need to have "Welcome to Azoundria" AND "Azoundria" at the same place. Remove one of them, or just remove "Azoundria" at the top left corner.

4. Too many news headlines and strips. Gotta remove some. It's too many, defenetly too many. With that many, it looks like you're cramping it all up! Remove some and space the heights out.

Apart from all that, I rather actually like this site now. Much better! Great Work :thumbsup:

9.2/10
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The brightened back to the menu was delibrate. I made a totally different image to use in the background behind the links. I actually just discovered that you could put a background on parts of a table(and I was surprised when I tried it and it worked).

Yes I know I need to do a picture logo but Im not sure exactly what or how to do it. I could create a seperate image for each title, have the title appear over a background to make it more interesting, or put a image and the title below it. Which is best?

I changed the front page to say 'Welcome' instead of 'Welcome to Azoundria'.

Its a habit of mine to forget to remove the old updates whenever I add a new one. Is 10 still too many? How many should I have? I also added a bit of space between them. Does it look better?
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I think you should use the <img> command rather then shoving it into a table cell to display it. I think you should have an amount that fills up only HALF of the sidemenu height.

It should say "Welcome to Azoundria" instead of "Welcome" and "Azoundria" in two seperate sections. Otherwise I wouldn't have a clue what your website is.

Ever thought about using or making a CMS for your website? It would make it a lot easier to manage all your content. As for the question about making the logo, you use a image tool, such as Paint, Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Fireworks, etc. I would recommend Adobe Photoshop.

And i've noticed quite a fair lot of items on your website that are "Under Construction". Don't put them up till their done! Don't even put the links or have the page say "Under Construction". This gives a really bad impression to visitors, and makes them think you are someone who starts something and doesn't finish it.
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What did you mean about the <img> command thing? I should create an image instead of putting it as the background of a table cell? This makes it a lot more difficult to create a texture or to put text in front of the image. I do not even know how I would make that work.

With the top I am tryign to have the main titlebar that says Azoundria and a sub-title bar for each section.

I guess I am going to have to learn to use photoshop.

The only sections under construction are ismywebsite and exploring azoundria(i think). IsMyWebsite maybe shouldn't be there but it was once a finished section before I decided to make it a homepage as well. I left it up so people could continue to register domains for it and see if they like it. Exploring Azoundria is up so people can pre-register and I can test easily and have others test it and get suggestions so it will be almost perfect by 2006.
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Ok. I have finally finished a great deal of IsMyWebsite and would appreciate review on it.

http://www.ismywebsite.com

Did you figure out what it was easily?
Would you use it?
If not, why not?
Any features I might add?
Anything needs changing in the design?
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Did you figure out what it was easily? Not really, took a good look.


Would you use it? Yeah whynot.


If not, why not?......


Any features I might add? Maybe more high quality images, seems all your sites have low quality graphics.


Anything needs changing in the design? Not really.
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So you didnt figure out what it was. Did you see the New Here section?

If it was too hard to understand or too long I shortened it a good 3 paragraphs and fixed one error near the end that could have caused a great deal of confusion.

The domain part of new here is not finished because i am working on a new domain manager and do not want to say I have lots of features that arent ready yet.
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At least "I" understand it :P
Great, except this error everytime I search: "Javascript is disabled on your computer. Click Here". I don't seem to be able to search "ANY" without that error popping up everysingle time. Very inconvenient. Better fix it soon!
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It still says Javascript is disabled? I thought I changed it to say 'You will be forwarded to the correct page' or something. Anyways I will look into it but my host's server appears to be down(even their homepage) for now.

Update:
Yes I did fix it. But you must have seen it before that.

I apologize but I cannot get rid of that page. It is the page that processes what you type and forwards you to the appropriate page.

Not sure what else I could do unless I used javascript to process as you submit but that would be way to complicated and I have no idea how to do anything but alerts in javascript.

Update:
Oh that was in go.php. It still says that in gotodomain.php. I have moved everythign done in gotodomain.php directly into go.php to cut down on the time taken to go to a domain.


Anything else anyone notices? And I had revised the New Here since he last saw it so it might explain your understanding while he didn't.
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An update for everyone:

IsMyWebsite has been maajorly updated again and lI am looking for much advice about the new layout and content.
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Very Nice. Love the logo. Getting on great! Except, what's with the site preferences? It's very confusing...
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Site preferences? Where do you see that?
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On the homepage of IsMyWebsite, there is this link that says "Load Hompage". I click that then type in my website (http://www.sharepixel.com) and then it takes me to another page with heaps of settings and things. It also let's me change the colours of the website, etc.
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Sweet! I love the options on the homepage that allow you to look up IP, Whois, email, etc. Just, too many images. It's overloading it a bit.
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I kind of got rid of that custom homepage thing. It will come back later as something else but having google is a frameset I found out is illegal and it probably is for just about every site. Also, lots of sites have scripts that take over the frameset.

So too many images. What can I do about this? I dont really want to sacrifice number of tools easily accessible. Is there anything else I could do?
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Yea, I agree. Possibly you could make them smaller maybe? I don't know. It's up to you...
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I was thinking of another solution which came to me a short while ago.

Since getting rid of frontpage tasks downsizes the usability and easiness, and reduces the 'Go Anywhere' effect it does not seem a plausable option.

I could take advantage of the overwhelmingness by opening the introductory paragraph with the title 'Overwhelming?'. Of course I would have to change the paragraph a bit.

This paragraph would compare the vastness of the web with my tough pick of the most commonly used tools. It would also explain that tools all work independant of eachother and that it is really very simple.

If you agree this would work to get people using it Ill get started.

Im not sure what else I could do.
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