SITE REVIEW: Enlist

  • Adam Burnell
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hi all,

Would love to get some feedback on my newest site:

http://www.enlist.com.au

Cheers

Adam
  • jnext
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Post 3+ Months Ago

It's a simple and well done site. I find it very easy to navigate. The flash menu and picture above seems to load a little bit slow.

I like the "case studies" section.
  • Merlyn
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I think the site is clean and nice. One thing I noticed that I wasn't too fond of though was when you hover over the main navigation links - "Leases" "Packaging" etc, the menus that pop up don't go away when you're not hovering over them.

They also seem to take some time to load for me, but that could be because of my location in Oregon, U.S. and it's really not too noticeable.

Just my 2cents. Nice site and design.

Have you thought of centering everything? I think it would be nice in one centered container.
  • righteous_trespasser
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Post 3+ Months Ago

There is a way to remove the IE7 "click to activate and use this control" on all the flash stuff on your page ... I know it's in one of these forums, I'll try and find it for you ...

Please check ... On the homepage, the banner links back to the homepage, that doesn't really make sense to me ... I see now that it's the same for all your links ...

Click here to see your 16 HTML errors ...

Please also remember that search bots won't be able to reach all your pages, because they only follow text links, so for SEO I would suggest putting in some text links aswell, like somewhere at the bottom and maybe adding a sitemap ...

And I agree that centering everything would look great ...
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Quote:
One little trick to work around the "Click to Activate and Use This Control" problem
(due to a plugin issue with microsoft)

Your embed code is:


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<object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"
codebase="http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/s wflash.cab#version=8,0,0,0"
id="mars" align="middle" height="130" width="130">
<param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain">
<param name="movie" value="mars.swf">
<param name="quality" value="high">
<param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff">
<embed src="mars.swf" quality="high" bgcolor="#ffffff"
name="mars" allowscriptaccess="sameDomain"
type="application/x-shockwave-flash"
pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"
align="center" height="130" width="130">
</object>
  1. <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"
  2. codebase="http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/s wflash.cab#version=8,0,0,0"
  3. id="mars" align="middle" height="130" width="130">
  4. <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain">
  5. <param name="movie" value="mars.swf">
  6. <param name="quality" value="high">
  7. <param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff">
  8. <embed src="mars.swf" quality="high" bgcolor="#ffffff"
  9. name="mars" allowscriptaccess="sameDomain"
  10. type="application/x-shockwave-flash"
  11. pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"
  12. align="center" height="130" width="130">
  13. </object>

If you ceate a myprintln.js file that simply says:
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// myprintln.js
function myprintln(s) { document.writeln(s); }
  1. // myprintln.js
  2. function myprintln(s) { document.writeln(s); }

and put this in the head of your file:

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...yada yada yada... 

 <script src="myprintln.js"></script>
 </head>
  1. ...yada yada yada... 
  2.  <script src="myprintln.js"></script>
  3.  </head>

...and wrap your script like this:

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<script>
myprintln('<object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"');                 
myprintln('codebase="http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/c abs/flash/swflash.cab#version=8,0,0,0"');
myprintln('id="mars" align="middle" height="130" width="130">');
myprintln('<param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain">');
myprintln('<param name="movie" value="mars.swf">');
myprintln('<param name="quality" value="high">');
myprintln('<param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff">');       
myprintln('<embed src="mars.swf" quality="high" bgcolor="#ffffff"');
myprintln('name="mars" allowscriptaccess="sameDomain"');
myprintln('type="application/x-shockwave-flash"');
myprintln('pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"' );
myprintln('align="center" height="130" width="130">');
myprintln('</object>');
</script>
  1. <script>
  2. myprintln('<object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000"');                 
  3. myprintln('codebase="http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/c abs/flash/swflash.cab#version=8,0,0,0"');
  4. myprintln('id="mars" align="middle" height="130" width="130">');
  5. myprintln('<param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain">');
  6. myprintln('<param name="movie" value="mars.swf">');
  7. myprintln('<param name="quality" value="high">');
  8. myprintln('<param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff">');       
  9. myprintln('<embed src="mars.swf" quality="high" bgcolor="#ffffff"');
  10. myprintln('name="mars" allowscriptaccess="sameDomain"');
  11. myprintln('type="application/x-shockwave-flash"');
  12. myprintln('pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"' );
  13. myprintln('align="center" height="130" width="130">');
  14. myprintln('</object>');
  15. </script>

...it will work around that problem
  • firstholy
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Post 3+ Months Ago

very slick site

I really like it, well done
  • ted_chou12
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Post 3+ Months Ago

The navigation is very nice, font and loading are all very good, I dont seem to find any weaknesses to it.
  • Adam Burnell
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Thanks for your comments everyone.

Merlyn - I had some problems with scripting the menus, and with time and budget limitations, I was forced to create a quick fix for the problem, i.e. putting them on a timer to drop back down after a certain amount of time. I will be looking into the problem at a later date in my own time. Thanks.

righteous_trespasser - thanks so much, I had been trying to solve this problem. I thought it was just a settings issue with IE. Cheers mate.

Thanks again everyone.

A
  • Adam Burnell
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I have just finished updating the site with your code, righteous_trespasser. Worked a charm.

Both you and Merlyn suggested centering the site - this I have done and it looks great!

Take another look:

http://www.enlist.com.au

Thanks again to everyone,

Adam
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Post 3+ Months Ago

All right excellent ... Now the last thing I have to complain about is the menu that stays up ... Then that's it ...
  • Adam Burnell
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Awesome. I'll get to it at some point and give you an update!

Cheers for all your help and constructive criticism.
  • BSmithTT
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I looked at the site before reading the thread and I noticed right off that the click here to activate was removed. So I viewed the source to see how you had choose to take care of that. Now after reading the thread I see it was recommended in here.

I was going to recommend an easier way of doing it. I guess I'll go ahead and post it anyway in case anyone is interested.

Save the following code as "fixit.js" and upload it to your site.
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theObjects = document.getElementsByTagName("object");
for (var i = 0; i < theObjects.length; i++) {
theObjects[i].outerHTML = theObjects[i].outerHTML;
}
  1. theObjects = document.getElementsByTagName("object");
  2. for (var i = 0; i < theObjects.length; i++) {
  3. theObjects[i].outerHTML = theObjects[i].outerHTML;
  4. }


then paste the following code right after the last </object> tag on your page
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<script type="text/javascript" src="fixit.js"></script>



By the way... the site looks nice and clean. Also, the load times are fine for me.
  • nickthrolson
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Post 3+ Months Ago

. I find it very easy to navigate. The flash menu is really cool good job on the site
  • twocent
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I'm very impressed. I prefer clean and simple sites to ones that are over crowded and cluttered with useless stuff. You have just enough animation and all of the design is of quality to make the site very attractive, but not at all unprofessional.

My one concern is that on the Quote Request page the text fields look very hard and out of place with the softer lines on the page.

Otherwise, awesome site!
  • phazedout
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Nice site.
I'm new to website design. Can anyone tell me if it makes any difference to search engines if you omit a doctype declaration?
  • righteous_trespasser
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Post 3+ Months Ago

phazedout: yes it does, but please put your question in the right section next time ... This thread is for a review on "enlist", nothing else ...

Adam: Remember please that putting in text links on each page is much better for SEO like I've said before
  • propertyassociatesaus
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Post 3+ Months Ago

pretty slick page and I think the roll over menus are quite unique being upwards instead of the conventional drop down menu
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Post 3+ Months Ago

righteous_trespasser: Ouch, though I was commenting that "Enlist" does not have a doctype on his page!
  • Adam Burnell
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Thanks for the tip BSmithTT, awesome. Although I had spent a few hours using righteous_trespasser's patch so I might leave the site as is and use your patch for future sites. Cheers.

righteous_trespasser - thanks for your reminder, I am definately keeping SEO in mind but i would prefer to keep the page free of the clutter that listing all the menus as text would bring. I'm not sure if you noticed but my compromise was introducing a text link to the sitemap (in text links also) at the very bottom of the pages. Will this be sufficient?

Thanks,

A
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Yeah I think so I'm not sure how much it will effect the SEO, you should read about that in the Google forum on OZZU, there are many many articles about SEO and that stuff ...

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