SITE REVIEW: College Taught Me

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To start off Im going to give you the short and sweet, What is College Taught Me

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College Taught Me is a webpage about everthing that only going to college can teach you, and we're not talking about the classes!


I had this idea to create a website like this for about a year now, but I didn't find it very plausible create it at first because, I for one, hadn't even gone to college! Now, after finishing my freshman year I found it to be the right time to take this project to the next step and get it ready to launch. Not everything is 100% finalized and thats why I'm posting this review. I would like to know how all of you think I can improve the site before I let it open to the general public.

All social out puts have been displayed, so you can't retweet or post anything to facebook.

Retweets are in the format of:
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RT @mytwitter (source) first 80 characters of a post cut off at a word... http://ctml.us/query_string


All posts are posted to my twitter account, and also to the facebook fan page that I created (In the same basic format as above)

The number of posts listed on each page will be set to around ten at launch, right now I have them set to a lower number to get the pagination to display.

At first like/dislike was knowledgeable/not knowledgeable and the links at the top where Most Knowledgeable and Least Knowledgeable. I change it from those to what they are now after a few friends said that it was be a better idea. I liked the idea of the knowledgeable because the idea of the site is What college taught me.

My planned launch date is the norming of June 12th 12:01 AM. If you could give me as much feedback in that time period as possible I would be very thankful.

Also feel free to do what every you like. The database will be reset before I launch so you can't do any damage.

P.S Your more than welcome to supply your own entries, just fill out the form on the right of the page, I'll keep any that are submitted.

You will need to authorize yourself upon entering the page.

username: ozzu
password: ozzuctm

http://beta.collegetaughtme.com

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The website is developed entirely with the CodeIgniter framework, along with the url shortener I created at http://ctml.us. Currently I'm not using any third party library's all functionality comes from CodeIgniter and everything was hand coded and design by myself.
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Nice simple layout, easy to navigate.

I think you need to re-prioritize your <h1-6> elements.
"Submit your own" definitely doesn't need to be the contents of your <h1>, I generally place navigation headers like that in <h6> elements which works fine.

Place your<h1> element inside your header with a visibility of hidden, set the background of the container to that of your current <img> element as well as setting a width/height for it.
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<div id="banner"><h1>College Taught Me</h1></div>


Your <h2> is blank in some situations.

The items themselves could use short titles for you to stick in <h3> elements, for instance

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<h3>Odd Tasting Coke</h3>
<p><span class="source">(WSU)</span> no Friday night in the dorms is complete without a slightly odd tasting bottle of coke.</p>
  1. <h3>Odd Tasting Coke</h3>
  2. <p><span class="source">(WSU)</span> no Friday night in the dorms is complete without a slightly odd tasting bottle of coke.</p>


Clicking replies/like/dislike take you to the exact same screen which is a little confusing. I think there should at least be a little message that something was done above the comment form when clicking like/dislike. I can see how the comment form is a natural destination after clicking one of them.

The item links replies/retweet/etc could use some small icons next to them.

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Thanks for the pointers joebert! I went ahead and added most of those in. I left out the titles because I'm not sure if I want to put that in quite yet. It seems that a title might dominate a lot of the space on the page seeing as how the posts are so short.

I've added a small response when click either of the like/dislike links. I plan on adding some ajax support via jquery to update the database and increment the number, along with all the forms on the page. I will also be leaving whats currently in place for users that don't have javascript enabled. Form validations are done via javascript, but thats more of an annoyance for me if someone submits a form that isn't full filled out and doesn't effect the end user.

At first I had each post sent to twitter and facebook on publication, but I believe I'm doing to change that to only when a post becomes popular that I will post them. This brought up a question, should I use the term 'retweet' and the retweet format for users to post to twitter? I'm just wondering this because not all posts will be on the twitter account.
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Heres another look I was thinking up, it's a little more on the fancy side, more colors and eye candy.
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ctm002.jpg

Another template for CTM

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The above theme has been created and is currently being used, I only have one more thing to add to the html/css, thats the shadow that surrounds the main part of the site. Im going to be using the border-image property. Its only supported by CSS3, but it one of those features that only makes the site look better. It should still display correctly for browsers that dont support CSS3.
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SpooF,
The design is great. Good colors, nothing is overpowering of draws to much attention. I do feel like there could be more to the content area. Maybe instead of spelling out WSU have a 60x60 logo of the school (just an idea although in my head it seems like that would be a lot of work). Or maybe just a little bit more of a graphical element as a separator instead of just a hr. Fun concept though.

Hope this helps.
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Thanks CXLink,

I've added the shadowing border, right now I can only see it in Chrome 2. In Opera 10, Firefox 3 I dont see it, but hopefully as browsers upgrade to support CSS 3 it should work.

(I still have to upload the image for the border, right now my ftp is down so it might not show up for a while)

Right now I can't get my IE 7 to even load its homepage, I'm not sure if its because I Haven't used it in over a year or what. But if someone could check the site out in IE7 that would be great!
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I like it! Great design and a nice color scheme. My only nitpick is that I attended the University of Memphis, which abbreviates to UM - which _always_ gets mistaken for Michigan. Other than that limitation, I like it.
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Thanks for the reviews,

I've launched the site, along with making a few changes. Let me know if you see anything that doesn't quit look right.

http://collegetaughtme.com

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