SITE REVIEW: Hello Blog ! (updated 3/8/2008)

  • joebert
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I tried my hand at Bloggers template system & came up with this.

http://develobert.blogspot.com/

I don't want to hear about the validation errors.

In fact I'm going to save you the effort. There's upwards of 300-400 validation errors on the front page & I'm pretty sure what's causing each & every one of them.
I did the theme as a Lorem Ipsum page on my desktop & validated it as I went along, then worked the blogger data in.
Even with those 300+ errors I haven't seen any major differences between the the browsers I have at my disposal.

Screenshots from Linux or Mac based browsers would be much appreciated.
Especially Safari, I've been noticing more Safari numbers in my logs lately.

Any other comments are appreciated, but I can not promise Chuck Norris will cut you any slack if you mention the validation errors.
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cannot find server ... I'll try again later ...
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It looks fine on Mac Safari. As for your site I like the design but am not to over struck on on the colors. It just feels a little brown I guess.
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I really like it, except the right-hand side content took absolute ages to load. So long in fact, that I'd already started to write a comment asking why you've got so much empty space on the right hand side....

I like the browns and pinks. the header is brilliant.
all in all it's nice.
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Nice looking blog Joebert, some interesting and useful artciles. You've improved my CSS :D (not hard to do :oops: ). Is there a final chapter to "Don't leave half-assed feedback" :?: Did you get a working stick of RAM :?:

Cheers, Prime ... :D
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Post 3+ Months Ago

A good template... noticed it a while ago actually when I was visiting your blog :) More review coming from me when I get my computer back into working condition :shock: should be soon now :)
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The Template is really good. I like it a lot. The content is good. I recommend changing the colors of your template. :)
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I don't like the font color for your general text. In my opinion, it should be a little bit darker to contrast just a bit better against the background. It's not overly difficult to read, just sort of annoying.

I like the header image, especially the way it gracefully ends so that the template still looks "complete" even when I expand my browser past the header image. I also like the font you used for the title.

The rollovers for the various elements that use them look good. Overall, I like it.

Here's a screenshot from my PowerBook using Safari 2.0.4:
http://img503.imageshack.us/img503/3720/picture3yi8.png
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To address the colors for starters.

Is it the colors themselves, or the mono-tone colorscheme ? Would some accent colors help ? I've been pondering the idea of adding some green-ish & maybe some maroon-ish somewhere.

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except the right-hand side content took absolute ages to load.

Not sure what the deal with that is at the moment. I thought it might be the Adobe Share thing in one of the posts, but I'm still seeing the sidebar way before that thing loads.
I'm going to be cleaning it up in the next few days, hopefully it will be one of those "fixes itself" deals.

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Is there a final chapter to "Don't leave half-assed feedback" Did you get a working stick of RAM

I forgot about that, never did hear anything back on it. I should ask my neighbors if anyone got a package for me. The first time our mailman put it in my next door neighbors (appartments) box.

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More review coming from me when I get my computer back into working condition

Cool beans. :)

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I don't like the font color for your general text. In my opinion, it should be a little bit darker to contrast just a bit better against the background. It's not overly difficult to read, just sort of annoying.

I was wondering about that myself.
Went ahead & bumped it down a few notches. e.g. -- If it was #fff it's now #ddd.

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I also like the font you used for the title.

Glad to hear that, it was one of those "this is perfect" moments while making the header. :D

Thanks for the Safari screenshot !
I've been using the "Opera is a decent indicator of how it looks in Safari" baseline, but you can never actually be 100% with that, you know ? :D
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The darker text definitely looks a lot better. :iconthumbleft:
joebert wrote:
I've been using the "Opera is a decent indicator of how it looks in Safari" baseline, but you can never actually be 100% with that, you know ? Very Happy

True. Funny thing is, I've been doing the exact opposite lately: I've been using the "Safari is a decent indicator of how it will look in Opera" premise for the sites I'm working on. The two are close enough IMO that I can safely rely on Safari for testing until I get the chance to view it in Opera.

By the way, what is the name of that font you used for the header?
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I've been doing the exact opposite lately


:lol:

http://www.dafont.com/rough-draft.font
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I'd really appreciate comments on the way the archive navigation works now.

What should happen is this.
  • Click a month name, that portion slides open.
  • Click on an title within that list, the whole page should slide to the top.
  • A loading notice should slide open where posts are.
  • AJAX loads that post.
  • Loading notice slides back up.
  • Selected post slides down in posts area.


It's using a "assume there's no JS support" system. If JS is disabled it should still work like a normal HTML page.

It appears to be working in IE6, OP9, & FF2 on Windows, that's all I know.
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Great blog with alot of contents. *Thumbsup*!
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I must be doing somthing right, search engine traffic outpaced all other sources of traffic combined yesterday & it's steadily increasing.

Definately starting to see some of the limitations of Blogger though. Some were easy to work around, some, not so easy.
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One thing i can say bravo for this template.But the space on the right hand side after your advertisements makes it look incomplete. I guess you can add some small links over there and fill up the space.
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Its very cool template, i lyk it much
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I completely missed this.

I like the blog alot Joe, although, I don't particially like the colours, I think it would look much better as a greenish scheme, like you mentioned. I don't know why I don't like the colours.

I don't really have anything else too add, cos its pretty slick :)
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Excellent design. Coloring etc.

Real pity about all the ads, definitely ruins the affectiveness of the site.

But good information, especially if it was found directly thru google.
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stabby wrote:
Real pity about all the ads, definitely ruins the affectiveness of the site.


You're absolutely right.

The Adsense block on the right is the only one that wasn't a complete waste of time.
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Looks much better with out so many ads.
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Overall I like the way how this web site is built.
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Whipped up a new style. Tried to stay away from the monotone this time, but I stayed with the same two-column layout.

Here's a screenshot of the previous style for reference.

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While I'm at it, here's a screenshot of the new style.

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I haven't looked through all of the posts yet, so there's bound to be some glitches in some of them. ;)
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I'm impressed at your magic bulletin board on the right. Those notes all stick without the use of any thumb tacks!

But really, the new layout is pretty damn good. The header is especially nice.
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I started with the header not meaning to make a new blog style, then though "This header needs a home !".

I'm kicking around the thought of making the corkboard a magnet board & making the headers of those sections look like magnet letters. I'm having trouble artisticly with that idea though.
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Great template Joe. I browsed through some of the posts and didn't find any glitches so you must have done a good job on your template :)
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Did you change something from this morning? I remember reading your blog this morning with the new lay out. at least parts of it. Something looks different and its a lot harder to read with that paper background.
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I really like it, alot better then the previous template. But I agree with Spoof, the text is kinda clashing with the paper background.
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Awesome, thanks Bogey.

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its a lot harder to read with that paper background

Are just the posts harder to read, or is the text in the sidebar hard too ?
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The sidebar links aren't to bad, I think the bold text helps on that.
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Hmm... I personally didn't find the text hard to read on the lined background.

Perhaps try using a different style of "paper" for the things in your sidebar? Something like Post-It notes would looks really cool, actually.
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