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I have redone the site and am again looking for input. Check the last page for the relevant replies.

http://www.azoundria.com/welcome.php

Thanks.
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Where to start, where to start..... Well first of all, your index reaks of web design newbie. Basic fonts, basic colors, basic layout, no graphics, just no appeal what so ever. More so, you have a selection of 3 "versions" of your site? Thats the first time I've seen something like that for a site so basic. You usually have that for sites using high-res graphics or flash to give 56k'ers a break. Suggestion one, re-do your whole index, its looks like something you'd find on geocities.

Ok man, the difference between your 3 versions is ridiculous. Is there even a difference at all? You're better off scrapping your "Ok" and "Shrunk" version. Reviewing your "Full" version, wow, I'm actually at a loss for words on the quality of the graphics. They're bad man, really really bad. The structure of your site is awful, the colors are dreadful, the visual appearance is just such a turn off. You can hardly make out what the menu options say. Wow..... I'm actually going to force myself to stop my review right now because it would just end up being a novel. I'll try and comment later tonight if I have time. You've got a lot of work ahead of you.
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Like I told you earlier... enough with the frames. The look of the site makes up for the having to update every page every time you update the links or title. I'm sure there's a solution for that.
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M y friend is going to teach me PHP and then i think I can get rid of the frames.
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Well about the versions I guess I'll get rid of them. It just takes a while to load everything on my 56k but I think that was because of the banners geocities imposed on me when I was using them before.
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I really wish I could make better menu graphics but I'm not that good with it. Can anyone suggest where I should start? I dont know where to start to redo it. If you think its bad now you should see it when I first did it.
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giving me a 403 forbidden... you must be switching servers
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Yes I was working on it for a second and must have been replacing the main page at the time. Try it again please.
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Well honestly your graphics are as stated, very horrible. If you are not good at making graphics on your own, there are literally thosands of free graphics you can google easily.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=free+web+graphics

Don't give up, rome wasn't built in a day. I don't think anyone instantly picked up webdesign and where pros overnight
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My website is almost 2 years old but I guess Rome wasnt built in two years either. Ill look into it later.
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I have nothing better to do, so I'll add a few more comments. Good to see you got rid of your other versions, its a positive start. Now you need to ditch the frames. You mentioned your friend is going to teach you PHP then you'll get rid of the frames....... you dont need to know PHP to get rid of the frames. I dont see why thats an excuse. Framesets should be used rarely, and in cases like your site, not at all, simply because its not necessary. Just create a normal menu with normal content and a simple layout.

To the nitty gritty. Your counter... its on the top left hand side of your page and nearly as big as your site's logo. Stick with generic placements. Page counters are usually found at the bottom (footer) of the page and are of a reduced size than what you have. And why is it titled "population"? Does your site contain a colony of people? The black font also contrasts your header's white background, it looks bad.

Your logo is possibly the most horrible thing on your site, simply because it reflects you and is the "name tag" for your site. Looking into it, and all your other images, I noticed they're bmp's. Wow, thats bad. Not only are bmp files larger in size than other graphic formats, but they're older than the internet itself. You'd be wise to convert those images to either jpeg or more appropriately gif format. Your games, links, and jokes images under your azoundria logo are virtually impossible to read, and to add to the frustration, they're all different colors. Look at the games link, you can barely read it, bad. I dont know what that azoundria messages thing you have below that is, frankly, I dont even want to find out.

That (unnecessary) marquee scroll thing you have below that, horrible. First there's a green background which clashes badly with your site. Then you put a yellow font (one of the hardest fonts for the eye to digest) as your text color. Add to the fact that the text is scrolling at light speed, I dont know what you're trying to accomplish with that.

Your menu, again, the images, bad. If you're not yet comfortable creating your own crisp and clear graphics, then dont use any. Simple, plain links, without any images, always do the trick. Straight forward. Especially considering the graphics you have on now, ditch the images, just write out the word and link it. You've also introduced yet another color into your maze of website colors. Lets see, we have black, white, green, yellow, red, blue, a different shade of blue, brown houses and links and gray images.

To your actual content, you've squished your logo and made it into an ugly looking graphic withint your content. Then you stretch the games and homework pictures to make them look even worse. Clicking on the homework link, your font size is too big. Your link for continue is barely smaller than your site's logo, thats not good. I havent a clue what just happened when I clicked on your games link. I now have 3 frames in the middle of my screen, I'm speechless. Your products page baffles me. Your math page apparently has some affiliation to geocities.

Using the menu links on the left frame, I'm going to the contact page. Big font. I have no idea what Custom Homepage is. Your jokes page actually made me angry. Why would you purposely hide links? Thats the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen.

One thing is for sure, you like frames. Ditch 'em. Think of a layout that doesnt involve frames, instead use tables. Even the most simplest of layout could boost your sites appearance beyond your imagination. When create a layout for a site, I simply take out a piece of paper and pencil and draw out how I want it to look. In your case I'd suggest something as simple as:

-------------------------------------

HEADER IMAGE

-------------------------------------
MENU MENU MENU MENU
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CONTENT
-------------------------------------
FOOTER

Easy! Nothing to it. Thats a simple table right there. Pick a constant background color, font color, link color, and stick with it. Drop the horrible images and stick with word links. You can definitely turn this site around if you put some effort into it. You dont need PHP to do that, basic HTML is all you'll need. Keep at it and start visualizing a site without frames. You'll have more than enough support from Ozzu members to accomplish your goals. Best of luck.

(I knew I'd be writing a novel for this one :roll: ).
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I had no idea. You werent kidding about the novel part. I had no idea so much could be suggested. I had a few comments on your replies.

What should I say instead of population? I have no idea how to get the population counter out of the frameset. I use it from geocities and dont know how to make my own.

I use bmps because I have been using the computer for a long time. I'm used to working with them. I guess ill modify them once I get good graphics.

By the way the message thing is part of the marquee. If you press the buttons it changes the marquee message. I didnt know the green background clashed badly with my site. I guess ill make it slower.

So basically I shouldnt have a lot of colours on my website.

I dont know what else I was suppose dto put for a picture of my updates in the main page. Most of those other things you mentioned are wierd. Im looking into them.

Custom Homepage is basically a page you set your homepage to so you can go to all your favorite sites by just clicking on them.

The Jokes page is made so you get a random joke depending where you click. I dont know how else to work it.

Anyways I guess my site went from bad to worse right from the start. You make the work ahead seem easy. Remember I have about 50 pages on my website.
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Well, when I read through the reviews, and saw how your site was being bashed, I felt sorry for you. It couldn't possibly be that bad!? Then I had a look.
I'm sorry to say that it is that bad. For some reason it reminded me of a 1990 PC... A 286 perhaps? Or an IBM XT? Square graphics, terrible (and basic) colours, awful fonts. What I'm trying to say is the general appearance are ancient - if I can put it that way. Unrounded. Old. No-one uses BMP's anymore. There is nothing wrong with the content of the page. And the links. That's fine.
I suggest you get yourself a decent web-design package, and push the content through a new design.
I think Daremedy gave you enough to work with. Good luck!
PS. Get rid of the frames and that horrible "population" counter in the left top corner.
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Change "population" to "hits" if you must. Or just do what I do: don't lable it. If they see a number, people assume it's a counter.

And if you need one just search google. Here's a few randomly:

http://www.statcounter.com/
http://freelogs.com/
http://www.123counters.com/
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I designed a better frameset last night which gets rid of lots. To get rid of the frameset I have lived with for over a year would take a lot of work. I have to add a menu to every page:

+------------------+--------------------------------------+
| MENU | |
| | MAIN |
| | |
| | |
| | |
| | |
| | |
| | |
| | |
| | |
| | |
+------------------+--------------------------------------+
| HITS COUNTER |
+---------------------------------------------------------+
| COPYRIGHT |
+---------------------------------------------------------+

And the main reason my site has no main goal is because I'm trying to do everything. If I focus on only one thing I get bored of it and then decide to do something else. The main focus of my site in their respective order is probably:

Games
Homework Help
Links
Custom Homepage
Jokes
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I see my frameset picture got crushed. You should still get the idea.

Anyways I think a lot of you dont know what a custom homepage is. Basically everyone has their favorite sites. A custom page allows you to go to one of your favorites sites by simply clicking on its name. Since you guys are all webmasters you would probably make your own page. This feature is meant for non webmasters if they want a page with their favorite sites on it.

Its a lot faster. I know people have a favorites menu but that usually fills up with long named sites. If you get a custom homepage all you do is open IE and click persay on google. Poof, your there. Next time you want to check email in hotmail you just click on it. Say you also use some other gaming site like miniclips, you click on it and your there.

I know you dont see any custom homepages on it that you might use right now but if any of you are interested in one I'd be more than happy to make it for you.
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Alot of people here use FireFox which has built in bookmarks that are right under the address bar. I really feel "custom pages" are un-needed but it's your site.
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I did not know that. Anyways theres still some people who use IE or netscape that might want them. Anyways did you have any thoughts on my frameset?
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Is it just me or is your site taking longer to load now? :scratchhead:

You have to drop frames all-together man. I know it sounds like a pain in the butt to update 50+ files but its going to be worth it to use tables instead. If you think updating 50+ files is bad, I've had to update 200+ after I had to include a new section on a website. I've since made a shell script specific to that website that updates all the files as needed. Its not fun, but its part of the blood sweat and tears that make up a good website. As you can tell from most of the replies, the format you have now is just outdated and unnecessary. So take a few weeks or hard work and just update your site. Create a page with a layout that you want to change to, then post it here so we can give you some feedback, then work off that and re-build your site. It'll be worth it.
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I redesigned the layout. It seems quite a bit better now and I took a lot of suggestions in to consideration. This design is temporary for now. I am currently teasting out PHPs and hope to have that doen soon.
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Did I mention my friend might be making me a title.
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It already looks a bit better! At least the colors arent as crazy as before. You still have to work on ditching frames! But you're making some good progress at least. If you're learning PHP, make sure you get familiar with includes. They basically save you time and effort for coding same things over and over again. So for example, your menu will appear on every page on your website, so instead of writing out that menu code for every page, you simply write the menu code in 1 file, then "include" that file into all your other documents by just using 1 php statement. PHP is very powerful, I think you'll have a lot more fun doing web design once you get the hang of it. Good progress so far though.
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I already know about includes. They are fun and easy. The current frameset will probably not last long. I just need to know some things about tables. I could look them up but I dont get much time on the computer and it would be much faster if someone else just answers them.

1) How do I get frames to line up with the edge of the window. I notice there appears to be a border in the window.

2) If you go to my site right now youll notice the gaps in the logo. Any idea how I can fix those?

3)Can I put an Iframe in a table so it lines up with the edges of it?

4)How do I make a section of a table take up all the space in the window that is left over?

Thats about it. By answering those questions you can help me make the switch faster but it will still take about two weeks.
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My friend has a logo ready for me. I have yet to do a bit of work to make it look a bit better. I'm used to bmps so it is going to be tough to make the switch to other picture formats. Which should I use? Jpg, Gif, or another one?
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I'd suggest jpg or gif.
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I'll probably use a combination.
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1) How do I get frames to line up with the edge of the window. I notice there appears to be a border in the window.

- Not too sure what you're talking about.

2) If you go to my site right now youll notice the gaps in the logo. Any idea how I can fix those?

- The gaps are probably caused by you not specifying any cellpadding or cellspacing in your table attribute, plus you can remove that colspan attribute. Try using this instead:
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<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" align="center">
<tr><td><img src="title2.bmp"></td></tr>
<tr><td><a href="links/games.htm"><img src="title3.bmp" border="0"></a></td>
<td><a href="links/index.htm"><img src="title4.bmp" border="0"></a></td>
<td><a href="djokes/index.htm"><img src="title5.bmp" border="0"></a></td></tr>
</table>
  1. <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" align="center">
  2. <tr><td><img src="title2.bmp"></td></tr>
  3. <tr><td><a href="links/games.htm"><img src="title3.bmp" border="0"></a></td>
  4. <td><a href="links/index.htm"><img src="title4.bmp" border="0"></a></td>
  5. <td><a href="djokes/index.htm"><img src="title5.bmp" border="0"></a></td></tr>
  6. </table>


3)Can I put an Iframe in a table so it lines up with the edges of it?

- You can place iframe's pretty much anywhere you want. Its just a matter of structuring a solid table.

4)How do I make a section of a table take up all the space in the window that is left over?

- Just set the width = 100%. So you'd put for example <td width="100%"> and that table column will expand to the remaining width of the screen.
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Wow thanks. But I pasted the code and the links and jokes were way off to the right. I fixed it by putting the colspan back but I kept a copy just so you could see what it did.

http://www.azoundria.com/main/welcomeh.htm
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I got a test template and I want to know what is thought of it. The title pages are going to be made blue and the bottom two icons on the menu arent made yet.

http://www.azoundria.com/main/test.htm
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I forgot one question in the list. How do I create a background colour for a table?
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I am having trouble with bmps. When I was making the layout I saved stuff as jpgs and it wouldnt work in the diesgn. I then renamed the pictures to bmps and changed the HTML and now they work ok. I dont know why they wont work as jpgs.
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To put a table background, just add the attribute bgcolor="color", its good to use hex color values instead of the name. So <table bgcolor="#FFFFFF"> would make a white background for the table.

I'm not sure why you're having any problems using jpegs. What do you mean it wouldnt work in the design? It doesnt show up or what? You definitely have to get off bmp's, I told you earlier they have larger file sizes and are outdated. In fact, if you can, save most of your images as .gif's, they're the most compact graphic sizes and still give you good quality.
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Where To Start....ITS TOO BIG!

HELLO CAN YOU READ THIS.

Change The Fonts, Remove The BIG STUFF.

Whats The Point In a "Multiplcation Table" For All That Work, Use The Calculator Provided With Windows 3.1x + Heh.
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Well just last night I was chatting with my friend and when I saved a JPG in paint it was 394k i think, exactly the same size as the BMP ui had saved earlier, indicating that it was actually a bmp with a JPG extension. Well my friend took the same filee for me and converted it with Photoshop and it was like only 35k. So my friend has agreed to convert my files for me because the best imager editor I have is Paint.
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Thank you for telling me how to colour a table. I know about hex though. I am working to get off of BMPs.
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The multiplacation table is for printing off and using later mostly.
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Dude try not to... quadruple post please. I'm not a mod but it's supposed to be common sense on forums to just edit your older post... especially when the new post is made 1 minute later.

Well I looked at the two test pages and the first one is messed up because 2 of the top links (jokes and link) are pushed far to the right which is weird. As for the second one you've made some progress but one of the images (links to /homework/index.htm) isn't showing either.

I think it's sad to say, but both of those test pages are better than your old site but I'm sure it will look great when it's done.
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you know after daremeady goes...it hardly makes sense to go after...lol. She (assuming from avatar) should get an award.

Anyways...the images are way to BIG. Since you're a noob do what I didn't ...start simple but then everyone has their own method.

Yes, frames are never recommended but if you have to use it, use it wisely in terms of having seo at mind.

Why is it everything is so Big? try to use smaller graphics for menu and it'll look neater.

Not a bad start keep trying and you'll get better. We all was at that stage.
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The thing with my website I think is it got worse from the start as I added thing after thing to it. My first simple frameset was just a menu and a main page but I added thing after thing trying to get my site to be popular.

Anyways I updated the design to work a bit better and the new design can be found at:

http://www.azoundria.com/main/test.php

I agree that this is better then my old site. Ill have it all rady soon enough.

Im sorry about triple posting. I dont know what I can do about it now though.
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Make the bg of the link buttons the same as the blue for the rest of the page please :P.
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I saw that error and all the blues will match when I upload the files I just made.
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Well I thought my template was good but when I put some actual stuff into it it fell apart.

http://www.azoundria.com/main/welcome.php

I have put in table borders so you can see more clearly the template. I dont know what went wrong.
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Your code is starting to get a little messy. Get in the habit of tabbing and structuring your code. For example, instead of
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<table width="100%" height="100%"><tr><td>Blah blah blah</td></tr></table>

do it this way
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<table width="100%" height="100%">
 <tr>
  <td>
   Blah blah blah
  </td>
 </tr>
</table>
  1. <table width="100%" height="100%">
  2.  <tr>
  3.   <td>
  4.    Blah blah blah
  5.   </td>
  6.  </tr>
  7. </table>


Makes it easier to figure out what you're trying to do and fix problems like what you have now. Anyway I think its a simple valign issue. In all the td's where you use your curved images and they're misplaced, just use the valign attribute to either move them to the top of the td (valign="top") or to the bottom (valign="bottom").

So for the topright.bmp image, you want that to move up to the top, use this code instead:
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<td valign="top"><div align="right"><img src="topright.bmp" width="64" height="64"></div></td>

and it'll shift the image to where it should be. Make the necessary modifications to the other images as well. Btw, any reason in particular why you're using divs? I cant see why its necessary.

Also, keep a close eye on your table structure, its already starting to look bad. You dont have even columns and rows and your corner images are different sizes. Even right at the top you have an empty row with 5 columns. Its early, but fix this stuff now and make it uniform otherwise it may end up causing small problems in the future.
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PHP_Guru wrote:
Where To Start....ITS TOO BIG!

HELLO CAN YOU READ THIS.

Change The Fonts, Remove The BIG STUFF.

Whats The Point In a "Multiplcation Table" For All That Work, Use The Calculator Provided With Windows 3.1x + Heh.


Take it easy man, we've already established its a work in progess.
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I dont know if valign will fix the menu spacing. How do I create a table space that expands to take up all the space left over?
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valign helps somewhat but it does not help with spacing the menu. I use divs because they are the only way I know of to align the image to the right. If theres a better way let me know.

I believe the thing Im looking for in the table are called overflows.
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need to be fix
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It looks like you fixed whatever the bug was. Starting to take shape now.
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First of all please don't mind or take it otherway......

I just wanna say....its a crap!!!...I mean about the design..its just looking too much bad and not compatible with crossbrowser. No one is going to find something on your web untill you change your template design except your friends and family!!!

Man if you need some help please ask us..we can help you to do the design.

And finally...it take too much time on my 56K modem.

I repeat if you need help with the design contact me.
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It is a work in progress right now. If ytou want to help with the design just show me what you think it should lok like.

Also the menu still doesnt appear to work right. The menu items are too far apart and should all be at the top. Ill try to fix it.
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Well..I'm too busy at this moment for my clients..But I must give you a template made by me if you want..and ofcourse after 7 days....but you know you have to mail me for that....for reminding me....just PM me after 7 days...I'm sure I'm gonna give you a template.
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Azoundria, I think you need to start your site design using a blank canvas. Forget the images, forget the content, just draw an empty table and design it to what you want it to look like. You're going to end up changing your currently layout almost certainly because your menu images are gi-normous and you still havent established a good site logo. Just imagine your site without any of the images you already have. You seem to be running into too many problems creating this design, and from what I can tell its only going to get worse as you progress. Create a table so you can view the borders (like you did before), and just make a template of how you want things to look. Set your widths and heights and establish what needs to go where. Then after its all set, create your images to fit your template.

Btw, you dont need other people to make templates for you. You dont learn anything that way. The whole point of making websites is to make something authentic that represents you on the internet. Stick to what you're doing and design this thing yourself, you'll eventually create something you can be proud of.
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My layout works fine now and the picture sizes are ok because I converted to gifs. I got a logo from a friend which still needs a bit of work but will look a lot better with border and things.

More recently another friend of mine added border and things to it. I also noticed that the counter gets a hit every time any page is viewed. Knowing this as a potential problem I have changed it so only one page, which will be my front page, will have a counter.
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Today I plan to finish converting all my files to use the template. PHPs are neat in that if the layout changes I only need to change it in one file.
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I don't get it...what's with the large images. The new one doesn't look any much different to me than the old one. I'd take digital vision's help. Hey I should have gotten help like that...i need them...lol.

All I'm talking about is... the large images. I can't get over than muchless to go to colors.
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I dont know what large images your talking about. The ones on the menu? Anyways if someone submits me better ones I will use them.

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I can't get over than muchless to go to colors.

Cant quite understand what your saying there.
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Okay...I just gave 30 min for you..just have a look at it..maybe this one may meet your requirement..if not then let me know. I can make new one and modify it....you know something better need more time.

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Here are some things you can do to make the graphics less "offensive" to the eye:
1. Behind each button text put a more subtle background, like gray.
2. hmm,... can't think of anything more specific, but do buy photoshop, sure the legal way you buy them in your country may be expensive, but still, you need it bad.
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oh, almost forgot, if you want I can cross link my site yuriythebest.weird.name with yours, but only after you fix those graphics.
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Digital Vision -
Nice looking design. Its so tough a decision. I dont really like corners and I try to eliminate them but its quite hard when everything in our society is grid-based. (Even put grid on globes). I would like better icons atleast.
:( :?

YuriTheBest -
Can you explain more about the grey background thing you said. Is it like a shadow your suggesting or I change the entire thing to the duller colour? Would a darker blue count as duller?
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Oh don't think about the corners or the color....they can be changed any time....just remove your text links which are made with red gradient and ofcourse change the blue background to littlebit darker..cause its give pain on eyes when a red color is placed in blue color BG.
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Ok I think I will.

YuriTheBest -
Your site is too violent for my or some people's liking and mine is for all audiences. If it wasnt so violent it'd be good and I would probably accept your linking.

Other then that you are obviously very good with flash and things. I found your site looked good and the only real problem I found was when I tried to view your profile I couldn't see the bottom of it.
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Is the new blue dark enough. I havent updated the images and dont want to do that until I know it's dark enough.
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far better now..you can use this color code for your BG "#0202AD"
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That might work but I have to go now. Anyways if you want to design me new menu items I would appreciate it. Also if you want a cross-link to your digital vision site we could discuss that.
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Im planning to fix the pictures and add some of the old sections in the new design today. Anyways tell me what you think.
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Azoundria wrote:
Ok I think I will.

YuriTheBest -
Your site is way too violent for my or most people's liking and if it was rated itd have to be 18A or something really high anyways. If it wasnt so violent it'd be good and I would probably accept your linking. I hope your not trying to impress people with violence because it sure doesnt impress me. I didnt find one movie or game without either blood or an explosion or both in it.

Other then that you are obviously very good with flash and things. I found your site looked good and the only real problem I found was when I tried to view your profile I couldn't see the bottom of it.


Umm Matt you wanted to link with my site but my flash vids are violent, my skits have swearing, and there used to be a "hot girls" page.
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Wow. What a thread. I have to say you've been taking it all with grace, Azoundria. Many would have run away from the pointed but very constructive critcism you've been subjected to. It's a sign that you'll likely improve. You even thanked Ozzu in the introduction! Wow... that's stamina! Very impressive.

I will say this: why keep the link to your "old site"? Just link directly to your new site and forget about the old one.

Another suggestion: read up on HTML and web design. Try to make a page from scratch. I think you'll find it much more rewarding and you'll get better results. Just don't give up, whatever people tell you, and you'll improve.
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Taylor-
I guess the main difference is that you actually have some other content that isnt violent. His also has other implications such as in his profile. Yours has a different atmosphere. Professional and Personal at once somehow. I guess I wasnt listening to your skits for long enough to hear any swearing. His site I feel as though I am in some dark alleyway somewhere.

Ewomack-
I will get rid of the link to the old site when I am finished. I am still missing the majority of my sections in the new one and have to convert them to PHP. My pages are made from scratch. I built the design myself as well as all the graphics-except the logo.
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Just finished the Games and Links section for the new design. Want opinions on them please.
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Can u send your new link?
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Well you would normally go to my site and click on either games or links but heres a link to either section.

http://www.azoundria.com/links/index.php

http://www.azoundria.com/links/games.php
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I also just go a few more sections up. Can anyone tell me what I did wrong with my iframe in homework help?

http://www.azoundria.com/homework/index.php

Anyone want to make me some icons? If I use them Ill put you in the links section and thank you in 'About Azoundria'.

Im also looking for webmasters to take care of sections of my site for me. You get linked and thanked for that too. The section also might get named after you.
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Im sorry. I got the template messed up by editting an old file on my computer and uploading it. I will fix it tommorrow probably. In the meantime can someone please review it? I have already taken all the reviews I have recieved so far into consideration. The link to the new version(bypass the choose version screen which won tbe there too much longer) is:

http://www.azoundria.com/main/welcome.php
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well after viewing this site it brought back memories of sites I used to do in frontpage, large wordart type links, blindingly bright colour scheme, no real direction contents wise. Azoundria people are right in what they say, your site does suck layout wise BUT I can certainly say that most of the people using this site will have started out designing something similar!.

On my first site I had no idea about design or user friendly graphics or html standards or basically any knowledge about websites at all, all I knew was basic HTML and I came up with a jam packed website using all the HTML features I could (remember the good old days of marquees and animated gifs anyone?), the point im trying to make is that even if your site looks awful you still created it, if nothing else your site is unique.

Ok now for my suggestions, READ READ READ, you need to understand many things about designing a website, you need to know about colour schemes and fonts to use, how to create graphics, how to conform webstandards etc etc. Another thing, NEVER USE FRAMES - they look cheap and there evil :lol: .

Learn how to do tables and have a play around with colours and CSS, this will make you a better designer, look at how other people do it, look at source codes. LEARN.

I guarantee that if you stick with it you will reap the rewards, web design is a big part of my life and allows people to be creative and knowing that people are looking at your site makes it all worth it ,its the hook for me, its what keeps me designing site after site.


don't give up, you'll get there in the end.


One last thing, I dont know how many visitors your site has but if its not many Id suggest loosing the chat room and replacing it with a forum instead.
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Wow! Thats the first response in two days. Thank you.

My first question is: Are you looking at my old design or my new one? Your comment about frames adn about tables has me thinking its my old one.

My second question is: Can you check back in a few days and give me a new review of my design because it will be updated by then?

Well CSS I used before but I've forgotten it:

<style ?="text/css">
a:hover
color="#DDDD00"
</style>

That right or what am I missing?

Its been my dream to get a chatroom. I guess I can replace it with a forum for now. Any suggestions how I can get one?
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I Know This Is An Enevitable (sp?) Question?

But, Would You Like Me To Make You A New Layout? Hi-Fi? Ill Glady Do It For Exchange Of Having My Link/Banner On Your Games Page?

Im Not Saying Your Layout Is Bad.

Its Just A Bit BIG! AND BRIGHT!.

And Your Colors Dont Mix Well, And I Could Really Help You Get A Good Review In Layout Terms?


If Your Interested, PM or EMAIL Me.

Email: admin@armynation.net

Ill Do It To Your Specifications, PHP or Basic HTML. "Holler" At Me.
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Have you experimented with having white background and black text on it isntead of the other way? There is a reason why most websites are that way. It is just so damn hard to read white on black. Also black in large chunks is not attractive on web. Honestly if I were you I would just start making a new template from scracth. Now that you have done it once it won't take long to make another one.
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Well Im one for the black background. I actually dont like white background stuff as much. Ozzu has a black background and you use it. Is there something I can change while still keeping my background colour?
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The forums have light gray on dark color. Mass block of black just doesnt go with blue so well. Thats just me...If you like it then thats all that matters.
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So your saying the blue doesnt fit with it? How would you design it? I do use light grey. It's not pure white your seeing. Is it too bright?
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The blue and red "links " really clash
also do you need an intro page
and the logo doesnt fit in very well with the rest of the site or you could use a different colour such as red
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I dont need or want an intro page but unfortunately I havent yet figured out how to change my starting page. Redirect might help. It shouldnt be too long before I get one.

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The blue and red "links " really clash and the logo doesnt fit in very well with the rest of the site or you could use a different colour such as red


I dont know what red links your talking about. And my logo is red, what are you talking about there.
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Everyone's comments have been taken into consideration. I finished making the design compatible with IE and Firefox. It should work great in both.

Any other suggestions?
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I have to say that this website sucks. Even allowing for the creator being a total beginner, by his own admission, he has been at this two years!!

Seems that what he wants is someone to do things for him. The images for links are truly terrible. Sadly, it seems to me that he is not really interested in improving, after all, there are thousands of existing websites out there that show people how to do things.

A big thumbsdown from me.
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I would like you to note that I had no idea how bad my site was or what it takes to make a good site back before Ozzu. I had no idea there was a place where they would review your site even. My design did start out simple, but I was using plain HTML and wanted to put a menu bar on each page. As I got more pages it got incredibly hard to do this and since I work from multiple computers(My parents are divorced and lunchtime at school) I would have to get a copy of the layout to each of them. So I read about frames and decided to use them for ease. My frameset kept expanding with everything I added.

Anyways I was telling people about my website. I assumed I was lacking content so I added tons of things to it, such as the 'Azoundria Messages' thing which started out as a simple marquee. Anyways it just kept getting bigger and more cluttered and since some people didnt like the clutter or it took longer to load I provided lower grade versions-missing some of the clutter.

Finally a friend of mine told me about Ozzu and I got some good input on my site. Since I started reviewing with Ozzu my website has gone through a lot of changes and Ive tried my best to fix them all. Since I have removed the old version you are the first one to comment on the links page. Before I thought people were looking at the menu for the old version.

I lack the necessary tools I think to make very good graphic stuff. I currently use Powerpoint to make the text and take a screenshot of it pasted into paint.

But I googled for a while and finally found a great site to get link images. I changed them around to the new ones and hope everyone likes them much better. Also the menu background has been darkened many shades and professional looking menu buttons put into place.

Also there are now no broken links. I made all sections Im still converting to PHP say that they are being converted to PHP and should be updated soon. The front page now auto-redirects after 5 seconds, saving you a click.

I have gotten rid of chatroom and replaced it with forum, which is up and awaiting members for it.

Homework Help is up and awaiting review.

I really would appreciate input on these.

Enjoy everything new and I hope it looks a lot better.
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This link wont work. http://www.azoundria.com/links/gamedownload.php
It's a dead link kind of.
It's on here http://www.azoundria.com/links/games.php.
Try making the layout less round, less blurry, more profesional.
If you cant do this get a free layout.
At the front page you have some homework help thing, make the bleu background transparant it looks strange now.
You just need to focus alot on the layout.
If the layout is decent, people might join up at your site and the forum.
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I have converted the downloadable ites section to PHP.

Im not an expert on layout. I dont really know how to make professional. I dislike corners and tend to avoid them whenever possible. I sorta want to keep a natural flow to my layout. If there's a way I can get professional without corners Ill try it. How is my layout blurry?

I never really noticed the strangeness of the icon on the front but now that I look at it it really stands out. I have gotten transparent icons for the front.

I have looked for layouts at several places and I cannot find any that I like. I need the following in my layout:

1) Curves whenever possible instead of corners.

2) Title, menu, logo, copyright, and counter area. Counter is only needed on the front.

3) Black Background

If anyone can design one like that let me know. Or if theres something I can change tell me that also.

Update:
You can review the 'learn azoundrian' section and soon also the 'exploring Azoundria' section, my new text adventure im making.
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might need to work on ur graphics.. but not bad
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ok i make a quick comment earlier cuz i just wanted to post my site up for review.. well now i came back and actually took a look at ur site.. since everyone's already bashed it and im a late one here in this topic.. i'll give u some advice.. ur site is well old style.. it is reallly really sexy... if u were living in the 60s.. but since ur not u might wanna improve ur design skills.. go to other websites and looks around for a good design u like.. learn how to use css, it's real simple, just right click on websites with good designs and view source.. scan through the code and learn it.. thats how i learnt HTML, i'm sure u know html, so u can probably learn CSS on ur own now.. i'm sure u'll get better in time.. good luck with it..

UPDATE:

one more thing i wanna add.. i think it's real cool how u stuck around and took the critisism in a good way.. most people would've left by now and woulda been pissed off.. i respect u for that.. again, good luck with the site
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Graphics problem I am aware of. If you give me specific graphics that need work and a bit about them perhaps I can fix it.

I have looked around for a long time and found no layouts so far that look great. But Ill keep looking.
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you probably haven't been looking in the right places. I can point you to some but I don't want to spam your tread.
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Dont worry about 'spamming my thread'. I really want to know where to find good layouts.
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if ur gonna be looking for amazing designs.. well then u'll rarely find any.. but i mean decent layouts and designs, they're all over the net.. u also gotta use ur imaginations.. first and foremost.. i don't know what graphics program u use but i will suggest using photoshop and illustrator as they both have thier advantages over many other programs and are both very good... especially for designing for the web.. and second.. again, use ur imagination :D a good site design.. i'd say gamespot's got one.. http://www.gamespot.com.. they have a solid design with a good navigation scheme since they got a lot of links on thier site.. other common designs like the L shaped table can be used.. centered layout.. the rest is really up to ur brain.
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I was just going to say theres a lot of corners but as it loaded all the 'smooth' graphics I can see there arent very many corners after all.

Thats some long load time and I dont really think I want that load time for my site. Other then that the design would look good-only I would replace orange with blue.
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Well... I'm pretty sure everyone has covered most of the things to review. But this is my personal opinion. I do not like how the sidebar curves like that. You should also consider adding a rollover effect to the buttons. I absoloutely hate the times new roman! Anyway. Good job, and keep up the good work! :)
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Ill find some better fonts. What kind of rollover should I do for the buttons? Like it changes colour or dances around or...

What should I do with my curvebar? Would it help if the left side didnt stretch half way down the page and was even in size with the other side?

I just want to mention that since I updated my design the only input Ive recieved is this page and some of the last one.
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I am no expert at websites although I have helped to create
the website of our artisans cooperative. To me, the structure
of your website is fine because it is simple and very easy to use.

Other reviewers said that the colors and fonts are oldfashioned.
I dont know about that because the truth is we rarely surf internet.

Also I really do not know what the people in the Northern countries
are thinking. I guess a website is considered a form of entertainment?

I am sure that the Homework Help History Section would be improved
if you said that Franklin Roosevelt's policies ended the Great Depression
When you say that Kennedy's policies were responsible, it makes people
think you dont know what you are talking about becasue even in Mexico
we know about Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and how it created jobs
and built the largest dams in the world at that time and constructed,
ports, schools, highways, parks, hospitals, and municipal buildings.....

President Kennedy might have done something like that but he was shot

I think it is important that - if you want to create the impression that you
are master of the material you are presenting, that you take care to
make certain that such facts as you present are fairly close to the truth.

But as I said before, I do not have a feeling for what people in the North
are interested in - maybe it does not really matter to today's students
whether it was Franklin Roosevelt or Kennedy, though perhaps it should

Hope this helps!
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Azoundria wrote:
Ill find some better fonts. What kind of rollover should I do for the buttons? Like it changes colour or dances around or...

What should I do with my curvebar? Would it help if the left side didnt stretch half way down the page and was even in size with the other side?

I just want to mention that since I updated my design the only input Ive recieved is this page and some of the last one.


I think a better font may be Verdana or Arial. For a rollover effect on the buttons, maybe just make the button text colour change. Well for the curve bar, maybe just make it straight. Cause I have noticed a few errors with your graphics at the bottom. It seems to go very wierd, think you better check-up on that. And the buttons you have used next to the text are distorted and stretched.

Anyway, good luck with that and hope you get more visitors! :wink:
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Yes the error at the bottom I dont know how to fix. It only appears in IE for some reason. I did start a topic on it a while back but no one had any ideas or perhaps no one read it.

I really like my curves and I thought they looked ok before but perhaps if they were even. Eliminating them entirely would remove the individualization of my website. Theres two options to even them - make them both long or make them both short.

Arial is in the list of fonts but not primary.

Sorry about the stretched buttons in the updates section at the front. Im not sure what I should do about them. I can get a totally different picture, shrink the picture used in the updates, or change the entire layout of the updates page.

I like keeping my structure simple and easy. It is certain people think websites should be visually appealing. I usually focus on content although the visualy is the first thing people will see on your site.

Woah on the blast of information. I had trouble understanding it all. Most of my Homework Help stuff is school reports I did or google searches I found useful. If you want to write or wewrite part of the section you can email it to me and I will publish it. Ill give you the credit of course. You really know your stuff.

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Anyway, good luck with that and hope you get more visitors! :wink:

Thx. First one to say that I think.
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You know, out of all the websites I have ever been to, yours is the only one with a curved sidebar; and I must say, it looks rather interesting... I guess I'll take back what I said about it :wink:
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I am into cartooning quite a bit and the one thing I remember about character appearance is that pointy signals dangerous. Curves on the other hand are more 'cute' and mean no harm. Corners still give the slight impression of danger, although lessened by the fact we see them every day.

I have looked at phsycology of colours and shapes. I planned the black to be mysterious and unknown - which I hope will make people want to explore more. The blue is my favorite colour - and lots of other people like it too.

Many of the associations of blue(depth, stability, trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, calming effect, heaven, knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness) and black(power, elegance, formality, mystery, perspective, depth, contrasts well with bright colors) are what I want people to think of.

True black has some negetive ramifications but these are easily lessened by the curves or the blue.

The red of the buttons also clashes well with the blue, among representing leadership, courage, willpower, high visibility, and energy.

Yes true that I did not plan all of this but a great deal of it was planned. For more about colour associations(this is the source where IU got my information) look at: http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-meaning.html

Im still up for making the curves even it might help the design a little but if I am to do this I will need input as to whether they look better shorter of longer.
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I am no expert at websites although I have helped to create
the website of our artisans cooperative.


That won't be the art-community I admire would it? If so, WOW. Haven't visited artisan in a while tho.

Anyways...ontopic..
ahh...links to creative sites? Well since I'm criticizing it is only fair I think that I start with my own then go off to better, far better sites.

http://www.depthvision.net - My graphic community. Decent design I'd say. All photoshop like someone suggested

http://www.dvision.ws - my portfolio. Again like someone suggested...a bit creative

drifting off from me
http://www.depiction.net - A very clean site with very little images so the loading is good as you're concerned about

http://www.starkstorm.tk/ - A very nice site here also. Damn he installed a blog but still check, probably what u need.

http://biorust.com/ - A respected community with a clean design.

Now even if you hated my personal links you can't tell me the others are crap and if you want more by all means I can hook u up with lots more. But truly what u need is to get the basic under control and know what you're about the use other sites as inspiration. I hope the links was of help though.

For more links you can check out: http://toplist.depthvision.net

There, I spammed with your permission, it's your tread so no rules broken :)
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Looked at them all. DMPortfolio was the best of them all. What could I do to change my site to be more like that one?
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Well........it's true what they say - practice does make perfect.

Always make sure your images are set to their original dimensions otherwise they will display as distorted.

The book Web design for dummies might be of some help to you! :lol:

I'm sure Amazon has a copy.
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I know why theyre distorted. (I'm not dumb. ) So what your saying is I should redesign the front page to give the images their original widths and heights. Which would be best:

Code: [ Select ]
+-------------------------+
| PIC           |
+-------------------------+
| DATE          |
+-------------------------+
| UPDATE         |
|             |
+-------------------------+
  1. +-------------------------+
  2. | PIC           |
  3. +-------------------------+
  4. | DATE          |
  5. +-------------------------+
  6. | UPDATE         |
  7. |             |
  8. +-------------------------+


Code: [ Select ]
+-------------------------+
| DATE          |
+-------------------------+
| PIC           |
+-------------------------+
| UPDATE         |
|             |
+-------------------------+
  1. +-------------------------+
  2. | DATE          |
  3. +-------------------------+
  4. | PIC           |
  5. +-------------------------+
  6. | UPDATE         |
  7. |             |
  8. +-------------------------+


Code: [ Select ]
+------------+------------+
| DATE    | PIC    |
+------------+------------+
| UPDATE         |
|             |
+------------+------------+
  1. +------------+------------+
  2. | DATE    | PIC    |
  3. +------------+------------+
  4. | UPDATE         |
  5. |             |
  6. +------------+------------+


Code: [ Select ]
+------------+------------+
| PIC    | DATE    |
+------------+------------+
| UPDATE         |
|             |
+------------+------------+
  1. +------------+------------+
  2. | PIC    | DATE    |
  3. +------------+------------+
  4. | UPDATE         |
  5. |             |
  6. +------------+------------+
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Heh only kidding

How about

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+-----------+--------------------+
|      | Date        |
|  Pic   |          |
|      | Update       |
+-----------+--------------------+
  1. +-----------+--------------------+
  2. |      | Date        |
  3. |  Pic   |          |
  4. |      | Update       |
  5. +-----------+--------------------+


Since ur pics about about the same height as the date and update text blocks combined it would prob look neater like this.
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Thats almost what I have currently. The new suggested layouts are based on unsquashing the images for the update which many people including you have commented on.

Ill make new updates look like that I guess.
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:o Do you need a website? Having an Internet presence and an e-mail address is essential in today's escalating medium of communication. The World Wide Web is the fastest growing market of advertising in history. The web is an invaluable tool to provide others with information. It has become as important as having a business card or phone number, however, a web site provides 24 hour, 7 day a week, 365 days a year advertising and accessibility.
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Ok I dont understand this comment but anyways.

Update on Azoundria:
IsMyWebsite is up and running and Exploring Azoundria is going pretty well. I would appreciate review on these newest sections.
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Latest Update:

The chatter is now fully up and running and available to be put on any website. If you want the code or to see how the chatter works, visit:

http://www.azoundria.com/chat/main.php
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M y friend is going to teach me PHP and then i think I can get rid of the frames.


Ok, wow. Please do not take any of my suggestions/comments the wrong way. We all started as newbs, hell I myself am a newb in this industry...so these comment are only to help you, and allow you to retain visitors. I am almost willing to guarantee that you do not receive many regular visitors, unless they know you personally. Because of the following:.

#1. Why bother using PHP when your site has no real php qulaity content, such as dynamic effects, or the usual high quality designa nd images that are seen on most php based sites? You could have created the same site using basic html, in a 1/row:2/column table.

#2. Get RID of those STREEEEEETTTTTCHEDDDD menu icons....either make different icons for your titles, or just use plain text.

#3. Use Arial or Verdana font size=3. Comic Sans is a font most commonly used by 16 year old girls using AOL, and hosting their homepage on Angelfire. I cant think of ONE professional site that uses COMIC SANS. THAT, my friend, is your biggest downfall, other than the stretched navigation images.

#4 GET RID OF THAT COUNTER. If you want to use a counter, get one that looks sharper, you can find a free one at http://thecounter.com that looks alot better, and I'm pretty sure you can start it at whatever # you want, so you dont have to start over.

#5- If you need a counter, or your host service doesnt supply a weblog for statistics, get the free eXtReme Tracker, @ http://extremetracking.com I use this for my site, even with a weblog, as it actually provides some stats that my host's webserver stats proggy doesnt; including unique visits versus reload hits, your top refferers, keywords used to find your site through SE's, amongst many other things.

#6- you've got 4 images on your homepage that arent working, probably because of improper coding.

#7-Try using Frontpage, or Dreamweaver, and your site will start looking a bit more proffesional.

Taking some of those steps should improve your site, and help you retain visitors.
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I see my frameset picture got crushed. You should still get the idea.

Anyways I think a lot of you dont know what a custom homepage is. Basically everyone has their favorite sites. A custom page allows you to go to one of your favorites sites by simply clicking on its name. Since you guys are all webmasters you would probably make your own page. This feature is meant for non webmasters if they want a page with their favorite sites on it.

Its a lot faster. I know people have a favorites menu but that usually fills up with long named sites. If you get a custom homepage all you do is open IE and click persay on google. Poof, your there. Next time you want to check email in hotmail you just click on it. Say you also use some other gaming site like miniclips, you click on it and your there.

I know you dont see any custom homepages on it that you might use right now but if any of you are interested in one I'd be more than happy to make it for you.


Why would I need to create a "custome homepage"? My browsers have bookmarks, history, and hell, all i have to do is type the letter "G" and I can go right to Google. Get rid of that, its pointless. I know you mean well, but I am willing to put money on the fact that NOBODY has ever used your "Ismysite" thing.

It's not properly explained. When you get to the "Ismysite" page, you think "ok he wants me to type in another site so I can leave?" Then below that, you have some kind of "registration", as if you're selling domain names. At least thats how it comes across. Secondly, what does it matter if a person's favorite site has "offensive content"? Its their favorite, so it shouldnt matter, right?

Damn I really hate being so harsh on a beginner, but youve said youve been doing this for 2 years. I've been doing this for less than a year...check my site out: http://941fun.com

If you're more of a vet than me, then I suppose it's I that has alot more to learn about what a "customhomepage" is, and why I should use it rather than typing "G" in my browser.
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I badly needed as good review. I agree with all except number 1. I do use PHP effects and they are becoming increasingly common. PHP is used in all my pages to generate the layout automatically.

The error on the front is because I moved the file. Fixed.

Custom Homepage has already been removed quite a while ago.

So I need a bit more of a description on my IsMyWebsite page. Not exactly sure where to put it.

I created an entirely new update design at the front page.

Fixed the font.

I went to thecounter.com and cant see where to get a free counter in it. Can you help me with this?
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Good efforts !!

Bur, your entry page is a small page with no text content, no metatags .. not a good page for search engine robots.

Cheers !!

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http://www.best-trade-car.com

http://www.global-car-japan.com
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Thats because I dont want my entry page to appear on the robots search engine. I wish I could get rid of it but it automatically goes to index.html no matter what. Search engines do get welcome.php high on the list though.
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Umm...

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Thats because I dont want my entry page to appear on the robots search engine. I wish I could get rid of it but it automatically goes to index.html no matter what. Search engines do get welcome.php high on the list though.


Ok, so why have an entry page at all?
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I told you. My hoster is set up to go automatically to index.html. As far as I know there is no way to fix this. I can easily fix what it does in the case of a 404 but not entry page. I have checked FAQ and emailed for help but II guess I just have to live with it. I set it to 0 second refresh to help slightly with the problem.
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I just fixed IsMyWebsite. There were a few errors in it and it wasnt clear what it was. Can anyone give it final testing or suggestions?
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Azoundria wrote:
Thats because I dont want my entry page to appear on the robots search engine. I wish I could get rid of it but it automatically goes to index.html no matter what. Search engines do get welcome.php high on the list though.


You need to create a Robots.txt file and put it on your server then, This will allow you to tell the search engines which pages to index and which ones to not index. Do a Google for "Robots.txt" and that should help you get started.
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Or just create a meta tag to tell them. Ill do it later. Its not very high on the list of webmaster projects.
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Azoundria wrote:
Or just create a meta tag to tell them. Ill do it later. Its not very high on the list of webmaster projects.


Just from the top of my head, the meta tag is quite simple.... not sure if this is 100% accurate though...

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<meta name="robots" content="index,nofollow">


Something to that effect.

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Azoundria wrote:
Or just create a meta tag to tell them. Ill do it later. Its not very high on the list of webmaster projects.


Just from the top of my head, the meta tag is quite simple.... not sure if this is 100% accurate though...

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<meta name="robots" content="index,nofollow">


Something to that effect.
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I think thats right but it's noindex,nofollow

<meta name="robots" content="noindex, nofollow">

And I want the robot to follow the page and index other parts of my website so I just need 'noindex'.

<meta name="robots" content="noindex">

Update:
I have redone the Exploring Azoundria tutorial and logo and would like to know what people think of them.
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You are using the basic font. Possibily use Italic.
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Your saying I should use italics font for everything?? I will wait until I get a second opinion on this.
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IsMyWebsite and the Chatters are working. I need more tests to find any errors.

Also if anyone wants to preregister their user for Exploring Azoundria just so I know how many people to expect to play you can do so now.

Chatter - http://www.azoundria.com/chat/main.php

IsMyWebsite - http://www.ismywebsite.com

Exploring Azoundria - http://www.xpaz.tk
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I had an old website design but nostressdesgin.tk offered to create me a new template for free. I cannot decide which is better.

New Design - http://www.azoundria.com/newdesign/index.htm

Old Design - http://www.azoundria.com/welcome.php
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New one. The old one's images where a pain.
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Are there any other choices? :)
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Haha, I was thinking the same thing.
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Changing the colours on either is also an option or if anyone has a design they want to show me. Mostly for designs I want:

-Mainly curves not corners

-Blue and black as colours in the scheme.

-Space for menu, google adsense, title, main content, and copyright
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Well, here is the only things I dont like about your site's design:

-Giant Text
-Too many inconsitant colors
-Big Images (like the giant red buttons)
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I'm gonna have to say "New Design". Honestly, I never really liked the old one.
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My friend said the new one with the old colours. If I darkened the blue and grey would the new one look better?
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I would say yes. The layout of the new design is much easier to follow, but the colors are awful. I actually liked some of the colors in the old one, though you should limit yourself to 2 or 3 base colors and only stray from that for very rare circumstances.
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So how can I shrink number of colours? I can make grey almost be black then it is basically black. Then I have to decide for links between red and yellow.
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Azoundria wrote:
So how can I shrink number of colours?


Try using your imagination.

The old design is better. The new one is complete ugliness. I dislike the colors of the old one less than those of the new one, but then there are problems with the textimages being illegible, and some images' colors don't match perfectly with the background color next to them.

Shouldn't this be in the reviews forum?
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Sam Hughes wrote:
Shouldn't this be in the reviews forum?


Yep. Merged it with the original post. Azoundria, when asking for opinions on what you're doing, please keep it to this post. Thanks.
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I wasn't really sure where to post it. I had no way of creating a vote in this review topic.

Anyways sounds like I should just keep my original design. The new one seems to be considered just as good.
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hey send me a email i got to change the header on that it is so ulgy
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I think darker blue and grey would fix the eye strain.
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IsMyWebsite is now up as a custom homepage and free domain provider. Please test it for me. Quicklinks should be working soon. If you do not find it good enough to set as your homepage please tell me why.

http://www.ismywebsite.com/
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uh... nickybangkok, please do not start/ask a question in a forum that has absoloutely nothing to do with what you just asked. Please post that question in the "Google" forum.

Azoundria, you need to provide a short paragraph or two about what it is. I did not know what it was till I read your post about it. It didn't work for me. None of the links worked either. I still don't fully understand what it does. You say it's a "Free Domain" registerer... well, I tried one that already exists and it said "This domain is free, click here to register it" or something similar. Is it meant to really do this?
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Oh, and I found a little error. When I went to "Homework Help", next to your copyright notice was a yellow underlined "M". I clicked it and it took me to this page: http://www.azoundria.com/misspell.htm. I'm assuming this is an error. Better fix it up!
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that is an ugly page i have never seen the old layout before so i dont know i cant vote and that page is cunfusing what does that word mean anzufjfkn or somthing
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uh... what are you refering to? Is this in the homework section or what? Please be more specific. And just saying "Ugly" is not very helpful. Try be more descriptive and helpful.
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Your website has a cool blue layout.But the page looks too plain and visitors may decide to leave if it is not something attractive.And the theme of the site is pretty good I'd say so an improvement in the layout will jump the site's USP.
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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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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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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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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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Nah. Don't touch it :lol:. It's great the way it is
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Hi...i haven´t seen all this topics (but i read your first post :) :)
I have one or tree sugestions:
reduce the logo size...because original is 367x212 and in the site is 175x100
This background is not working very well since it´s beeing too streched!And try to make the same in both sides and bottom (i would recomend doing new backgroud images with a bit of black too:
If you just want a feather all around something like this:
Image

Slices....
Image

If you want a drop shadow:
Image

ps:this are just examples.
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I dont have any idea what I would put on the right side of the window. Could you show me these layouts in HTML so I could see hwo they look?
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Very quickly and not perfect (only html)..but it´s just to exemplify:
http://xamix.paginas.sapo.pt/example.html
you don´t have ti put nothing...just add the border.
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I have to say for a personal site, it is not that bad.

Saw a few jokes, I hadn't read before. :)

And I have to admire your persistance in attempting to improve the site.
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Wow, two new reviews!

I am trying to get it a bit past the 'personal website' stage. Have you tried IsMyWebsite or Exploring Azoundria?

I dont know about the new design. It doesn't look good in high resolution monitors and really low ones. If it was not a fixed size, it would be better.

Also a white background does not go well with it and with all blue it looks like theres a lot of wasted space.

Improve the design and I might use it. With my curent design you appear to be the only one commenting on it.
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Azoundria wrote:
I dont know about the new design. It doesn't look good in high resolution monitors and really low ones. If it was not a fixed size, it would be better.

Also a white background does not go well with it and with all blue it looks like theres a lot of wasted space.

Improve the design and I might use it. With my curent design you appear to be the only one commenting on it.


That was for me?
If it was...
That was only an example for the shadows...so i didn´t care about backround,etc
There´s a way you can make it extend both wide and height (making exactly the same thing that i´ve made on the sides (making a backgroud like this one both for the top and the bottom.

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I had my design like this before. I run into a problem in the bottom left and right corners in IE. It likes to add a gap there.

I don't know about changing the design. I had this before and I gave everyone a vote and they voted for my current design.

I dont know how your design is too much better than the one I have currently. Can you tell me?
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Wow its been a long time(5 months) and a lot changed. I would still appreciate any review I can get.
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I just thought I should give you a review, since you joined my site. :D

I'm not a big fan of using WordArt; the pictures on your site are a little boring. Same with the colors. I'd try to add some other color, like an orange for links or something like that to grab the users attention.

You've got a lot of content, though. Good luck!
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The links already turn gold on mouse over. Are you saying you think they should automatically be orange and turn to a lighter shade when you move the mouse over them?
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Something like that. I'd just think you should use more color. See what a secondary color and "opposite" color are on the color wheel. :D

By the way, my programmer is going to send you an e-mail in a minute. He has a couple questions.
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this is just my opinion.. but i think the top left corner is a little to plain. i like ur logo in the top right but the plain welcome... should be a little more eye catching
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atDesign:
I know both colour wheels for light and paint. The opposite of blue is yellow or orange depending if you use the colour wheel for light or paint. That's why my logo is yellow and the links on mouse over are gold.

I also looked into the feelings colours give you and designed based on the prosperity or blue, the mystery of black, and the warmth of yellow.

Ok I got and answered the email from your programmer. It was just about my suggestions.

chitownsfinest424:
I would agree with that. Would a font help with it? If so, what font would you suggest? If I coloured it? The problem is it needs to contrast with both the blue and if the title is longer it needs to contrast with the yellow of the logo as well. I could pick:
Red - I think this a bit too attention grabbing but depending on the shade...
Light Gold - Might not contrast well enough with yellow for readability or it could be mistaken for white in some cases
Green - No
Cyan - Good but might look like a link and wont really stand out enough
Brown - Maybe? But brown is a dirty colour.
Grey - No
So then I am stuck between Red and Light Gold. Not sure what to pick.
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lemme take another look
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yea i think a nice golden color would do well to serve ur welcome thing , if u use photoshop i would consider making in a separate picture and fooling around with some cool affects
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Hows that? (look at the title now)

Do you think I should change the font? I think Arial is great for text but too plain for titles. In exploring Azoundria I use Times New Roman for the title and Arial for the main text. I was thinking maybe Typewriter Text <tt>?

Sorry although I could create a graphic for the main welcome thing it's easier just to leave it as text like all the other sections are. This way it's all the same and I can change things much easier. Besides I don't have photoshop anyways. I created the logo on PowerPoint and took a screenshot into Paint.

But maybe I can create a cool effect without an image editor? Any ideas?
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Well sir,practically I feel that the site is quite basic. I am new to it all too but this is too much immature. The fonts are nothing attractive and so is the layout of the site. Maybe I dont like it coz I am a flash designer and I like graphics and heavy pitures and other stuff.
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So I need to find an attractive font then. For the title only or for everything?

And how can I make the site more attractive and less basic/immature? I don't know flash and I want people to still be able to access my site without it. How would I incorporate 'heavy pictures'?

What should I do to the layout to make it better? I still want blue and black with white and yellow for the links and text. Is there something I can do that is more attractive than this layout? If I removed the right menu bar would it be better? What about putting just a header and a footer wth the menu in the header?

Or is it just something I should do with the main content?
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Just a small update. I am now using a <tt> tag on the title and it seems to create a nice effect. What do you think?
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The text in the white boxes on link http://s11.invisionfree.com/Azoundria/index.php?act=site are white. The skin of that page also doesn't match up with the skin of Azoundria.


Also out of curiosity I went to stories and clicked "I do not agree" and I got whatever it is on this link http://www.azoundria.com/story/noagree.php the skin doesn't seem to agree with Azoundria.


I also advice you to make each chapter of the chapter book in different page. Like for Chapter 1 you have it's page, then for chapter 2 you have another page, and links at the bottom saying.."Jump to chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, ..." That would make for easy navigation, and short pages. Because I learned (Through Experience) that short pages are what makes the people into the attitude of reading the page, or just looking or skimming through it. (Obviously it is prefferably that the page is read through. Also just as a note, long paragraphs like this one gives readers bad attitudes toward reading the long paragraph.


I don't know if this is your fault or not, but the "IsMyWeb" doesn't match your skin. Probably it's either impossible for you to change the skin, or you didn't get to it.


You can't see the joke numbers in the iFrame of Derek's Jokes. The URL is...http://www.azoundria.com/jokes/dereks.php


I have to comment on the jokes. Their kinda funny :D . But I would want to know when I have finished reading one joke and started another. I'll suggest that you label your jokes, and/or put them in a table with varies colers. Like for instance that you have the 1st joke. It's in the blue table or div, and then the 2nd joke is on the darkblue table or div, and then on the 3rd one its on a blue table or div, and so on. Just a suggestion.


Is http://www.azoundria.com/exploring/index.php supposes to be of this skin? Just wondering. :)


On the "Chatter" page, and the Creat a Chatter, you have to click "Back" about
three times to get back to the previouse page. Why? Or is it just me?


I think that the Homework Help doesn't help kids who are searching for information in doing their homework, but great job on linking to other sites!


For http://www.azoundria.com/happyland/index.php I would advice you to organize the maps in pages, rather than having one page for the whole thing. Many people would look through the maps that are closer to the top of the page, and not the bottom. Better to have TEN maps per page. That would make about EIGHT pages.


Once again I advice you to make pages for the games too. Prefferable the most played and the most rated once on the first pages. Prefferably TEN games per pages. That would make about TWELVE pages.


So as to not to give all of the pages, I would advice you to put TEN things per page on pages that list things like games, jokes, Whatever. Just a suggestion. :)


I have to comment on your forum. It's nice. Better than I could have ever done. :D


Nice links. Just as a suggestion. How about Cabbot and Costallo on your comedy? They made the Whos on First, it's a very funny comedy stript. Cabbot and Costallo even got to a Baseball Hall of Fame just for making that comedy strip up, and they have never played in Baseball! The link is... http://www.phoenix5.org/humor/WhoOnFirst.html. Such a funny. I almost peed myself. HAHAHAHA :D


Nice Contacts Page. Mostly people just have their address written on the Contacts Page because they are too lazy to put up the forms. Nice community going there!


Overall I think that your site is a very great and neatly layed out. Also probably a lot of planning took place to make that site.


All of the above are suggestions and advice and other notices that I have noticed about your site. No criticism was planned on you :D :D :D
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Firstly thanks for the very thorough examination. This is a big help to my site. This is the model of a proper review!

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The text in the white boxes on link http://s11.invisionfree.com/Azoundria/i ... p?act=site are white. The skin of that page also doesn't match up with the skin of Azoundria.

Firstly, I would like to say I did not build the forum. It is hosted on InvisionFree for free and I use InvisionFree because it works wonderfully, is almost fully customizable, and the only disadvantages are the google ad and the URL. Unfortunately it seems this page does not use the skin I set in the settings, but I did fix the white boxes.

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Also out of curiosity I went to stories and clicked "I do not agree" and I got whatever it is on this link http://www.azoundria.com/story/noagree.php the skin doesn't seem to agree with Azoundria.

Thanks for pointing this out. Fixed.

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I don't know if this is your fault or not, but the "IsMyWeb" doesn't match your skin. Probably it's either impossible for you to change the skin, or you didn't get to it.

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Is http://www.azoundria.com/exploring/index.php supposes to be of this skin? Just wondering. Smile

Both of these are deliberately changed. I found that the main Azoundria skin does not seem to fit with a text-game theme or the professional look I was going for with IsMyWebsite.

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On the "Chatter" page, and the Creat a Chatter, you have to click "Back" about
three times to get back to the previouse page. Why? Or is it just me?

This is because the chatter uses screen refresh inside a frameset to display messages. I am just recently learning AJAX so the most complicated thing I could do involved just HTML, PHP, and Javascript. Your best bet is to just use the menu after visiting this page.

And thats all for today folks! (The rest will be answered later. )
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I also advice you to make each chapter of the chapter book in different page. Like for Chapter 1 you have it's page, then for chapter 2 you have another page, and links at the bottom saying.."Jump to chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, ..." That would make for easy navigation, and short pages. Because I learned (Through Experience) that short pages are what makes the people into the attitude of reading the page, or just looking or skimming through it. (Obviously it is prefferably that the page is read through. Also just as a note, long paragraphs like this one gives readers bad attitudes toward reading the long paragraph.

I seperated the chapters but left an option to show all of them just in case... It definitely makes me want to read them more than I did before.

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I think that the Homework Help doesn't help kids who are searching for information in doing their homework, but great job on linking to other sites!

Yes I know. Its not much. But I just dont have the heart to get rid of it or the time to make it a proud section.

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For http://www.azoundria.com/happyland/index.php I would advice you to organize the maps in pages, rather than having one page for the whole thing. Many people would look through the maps that are closer to the top of the page, and not the bottom. Better to have TEN maps per page. That would make about EIGHT pages.

There was a link there in the top section to go to the new maps section, which I am still developing. It allows you to sort and rank maps, but not put them into pages. I was thinking about this but it doesn't seem to be much point. From my own experience viewing things on pages, later items get less attention then they would if it were just a list with everything visible.

I also looked at it from the perspective of load time. I see no advantage here either. Although it takes longer to load a giant page, you only have to do it once. And most browsers let the user scroll around while the page is still loading.

And the reason you gave me with the chapters doesn't work here either. When there's a list of games or maps or levels or something fun, having more usually makes people more likely to read and look through things.

But if there's something I missed, feel free to try and convince me otherwise.

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Once again I advice you to make pages for the games too. Prefferable the most played and the most rated once on the first pages. Prefferably TEN games per pages. That would make about TWELVE pages.

With regards to pages, see the previous answer. With regards to ranks and everything I am planning to upgrade the section once I am finished with Happyland Maps.

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Nice links. Just as a suggestion. How about Cabbot and Costallo on your comedy? They made the Whos on First, it's a very funny comedy stript. Cabbot and Costallo even got to a Baseball Hall of Fame just for making that comedy strip up, and they have never played in Baseball! The link is... http://www.phoenix5.org/humor/WhoOnFirst.html. Such a funny. I almost peed myself. HAHAHAHA Very Happy

Added... but I dont get is it Cabbot or Abbot?

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Nice Contacts Page. Mostly people just have their address written on the Contacts Page because they are too lazy to put up the forms. Nice community going there!

Thats just how much user opinions matter to me. I also answer every single email sent to me(with the exception of someone who was abusing the form before). Unfortunately I still don't get enough input through email.

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Overall I think that your site is a very great and neatly layed out. Also probably a lot of planning took place to make that site.

All of the above are suggestions and advice and other notices that I have noticed about your site. No criticism was planned on you Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Don't worry about the criticism. Without it how could I improve?
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I was wondering, as I just changed my design around, if my site could at all be improved or anyone had any suggestions.

http://www.azoundria.com/welcome.php

Kind of just spill your thoughts as you load my page and explore the site.

My old design had this problem where your eyes got stuck in the top right corner and it was difficult to drag them away, which I think I fixed. I also made the design more similiar in all resolutions and browsers, so it should look good everywhere I think.

Thanks in advance.
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Hullo.
I dono how your original design looked but I dont think this one is so bad. Although my only concern is in the color. That blue can really get get to ones eyes especially at night.
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xalixo wrote:
Hullo.
I dono how your original design looked but I dont think this one is so bad. Although my only concern is in the color. That blue can really get get to ones eyes especially at night.

I didn't mind the blue, it was the white on black that got to my eyes. Put me off exploring.
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Woah, I had to squint to read the writing! You need to tone down that blue background, its way over powering.
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Please don't start a new topic if you already have one going for your site. If you need helping finding it, just notify a mod and he'll find it for you.
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I wasnt sure whether it was better to resurrect the old topic or start a new one.

Now to figure out what is disliked. Is it the blue colour or the white text - or both?

And if it's the blue colour how can I change it to be less overpowering? Tone it down as in make it darker or lighter? If I change the shade somewhat?

The white text could be toned down some. Is this a given or is there anyone who thinks it wouldn't help anything?

If it's not too much trouble would you mind stating whether you are using a bright or dark monitor, and a high or low resolution setting?

I hope I still get replies... I had so much trouble before getting people to reply to such a big topic.

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