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lol there are so many of these going up all the time. so lately I've been building a lot of them for people. here are two I've done this week:
both under $100 projects

http://www.dragoncatshop.com/ will be moved
http://www.expertlance.com/

tell me what you think. thanks :)
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They both seem to pose the same problem for me. Basically, I don't know where the focal point of your site is. My eyes are too busy darting around looking for something to catch their attention and there is nothing.
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hmm well if there were 20-100 projects on there would it look better? really i think that's what they need, content. well anyway thanks 613flavah :)

i think i should be doing more of these in the future. do you think i should completely through out this style?
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ok here is one I'm working on tonight
http://www.adrenalinepcs.com/onlinelance/draft.jpg

i guess clients like this look because they aren't thinking creatively and just want to copy the other ones. now i guess the same goes for me. :) i really want to get away form the clone look and have my own style of freelance sites that people like. but i don't know what would look good with this scrip. should i just stick with this style and get the easy 100-200? or think creatively and get some really nice looking sites made?

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SSH-Raj wrote:
ok here is one I'm working on tonight
http://www.adrenalinepcs.com/onlinelance/draft.jpg

i guess clients like this look because they aren't thinking creatively and just want to copy the other ones. now i guess the same goes for me. :) i really want to get away form the clone look and have my own style of freelance sites that people like. but i don't know what would look good with this scrip. should i just stick with this style and get the easy 100-200? or think creatively and get some really nice looking sites made?

thanks,
Raj



That is 100% better! the previous was just too basic (no offence meant). This new one looks more professional!

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I completely agree with SB. Get rid of the first two and keep this one! Thign is, I don't know if I like the site name, "Online Lance"? I understand that the word lance comes from free lance but without it ti's kinda confusing and may be misinterpreted as some dood name Lance's personal site? Also when you read it out loud, the two l's sound silly.

onLINE Lance, it sounds like a tongue twister or something. Two close.
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I'll tell the client that. I'm just using the domains the clients have already bought. keep in mind each of these templates are for different people. I've been working harder on this last one because he's paying twice as much.

here is an update:
http://www.adrenalinepcs.com/onlinelance/draft1.jpg

thanks again SB and 613flavah! :)
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I agree, I think that your first too designs are not only lacking projects (they will of course come), but they are too simple design wise.

Your latest submission looks very professional, I like the icons on the
menu.
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good glad to hear your comment jaksmit!

here is some of the layout being setup:
http://www.adrenalinepcs.com/onlinelance/draft3.jpg

buttons will have tooltips.
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I like it it's coming along nicely SSH-Raj :)

Except now the buttons are TOO cute lol. You don't want a professional site to be cute, that's not the image you're projecting. I'm not saying to not use images, but try to use ones that aren't so, bubbly kiddy like
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i posted the wrong url last time:
http://www.adrenalinepcs.com/onlinelance/draft3.jpg

I'll look for some other free buttons to use. thanks for more great incite :)
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You spelt programmers wrong up top in that last update. Make sure that the siter doesn't look empty on higher screen resolutions......like 1280x1024 or 1600x1200. If you have the site a fixed width this usually solves the problem.

I agree with 613flavah on the buttons. They should perhaps be a little more box-like and not as colorful unless the client is looking to show that somehow freelance work can be fun.
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thanks I'll fix that spelling mistake and change the buttons like i said before.

I'm building it at 1280x1024 with the main table at 100% so I'll be sure it looks good on all resolutions. thanks again!

btw i should have most of this site done tonight. I'll post the link up when it's near completion. :)
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Instead of looking for free icons to use why don't you make your own? :)
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lol yeah i could but this project was to be done yesterday. I'll think about it ;)
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lol last minute eh? ;)
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my pc crashed yesterday... so i'm a bit late on this site. here is the preview:
http://www.onlinelance.com/index.php

tell me what you think. still might change the icons if i can find some free ones (or make my own ;)) and the dhtml menu's images need to be changed. the colors aren't right.
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Good work.

I'd bring down the content font size down a bit though. It's rather large

Not sure I like that photo of the guy frowning? or is he squinting? Doesn't really fit the site theme.

Don't center your content. (besides titles)

Yo've got 2 different layouts in one site that I can see? How come? Keep it consistent. ALso the logo on this page doesn't fit the rest of the size, it's not set at the right w & h (http://www.onlinelance.com/cgi-bin/jobs/jobs.cgi?id=1096406725)

Try to not use marquees, but if you want to keep it, make it go longer, right now it's only displaying until halfway across.

Link to your jvs through an external file, it will help in the loading of your site

Don't forget to put the alt tags in your images

Use css for font declaration instead of inline font tags

Do a search for this line
Code: [ Select ]
<tr><td bgcolor=#FFFFFF colspan=5><center><small>(no open projects to list)</td></tr>

you have an opening center & small tags but no closing ones.

Don't forget your meta data

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