SITE REVIEW: Internet Security 101

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I would really appreciate feedback on my site http://www.internetsecurity101.net. I have been working on it for several months now and would be grateful for any feedback/constructive criticism. Thanks in advance.
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Here are my two cents:

I am a minimalist at heart, so I loved the clean, simple layout. The left-hand navigation is easy to understand and the font size is easy to read. BUT (you knew there was a but right?) :-)

- The grey links (in the navigation and in the content text) are hard to read against the white background. I would opt for a darker grey for the left hand menu, and stick with underlining and black text for the content links.

- Personally, the pink for a hover option is a bit crazy, but that is just me!

- Times New Roman is a hard to read font for paragraph text. Maybe use Times for your headings (and the cool drop-cap!) and switch the other text to a nice verdana.

- Make the page header (the h2 with the pic) stand out a bit; maybe increase the font to be half the height of the pic and center the text in the middle of the pic. Also, resample your image to be the exact size you want. 38k for an image that small is a lot of excess! Google Irfanview. It's a great free image tool.

- I liked the 'in page' navigation when you chose to put it at the top of the pages (like the keylogger page) instead of under the left-hand menu (like on the Phishing Scams page). Another option would be to put the 'in-page' navigation in those cool green quote boxes, or create another color box (NOT PINK! :) ) for the in page nav an offset it in the content (like the quotes).

- another navigation niggle; instead of writing 'Please click on the links ..' at the bottom of your pages, why not include a horizontal menu at the bottom?

Kudos for using pspad for editing. I love that app.
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The content it's self is pretty good, but it's incredible let down by the design, or well lack of it. You mention at the foot of the page it's designed by http://denial-design.com . Are you DENiAL? The DENIAL site doesn't look all that bad, strange how the two sites differ in quality so much.

For a start get a proper header. The image your using is the first image result when you search for "internet security". Come on, at least do something with the image!

My advice, look at other site's designs and get some inspiration.l
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sazn wrote:
The content it's self is pretty good, but it's incredible let down by the design, or well lack of it. You mention at the foot of the page it's designed by http://denial-design.com . Are you DENiAL? The DENIAL site doesn't look all that bad, strange how the two sites differ in quality so much.

For a start get a proper header. The image your using is the first image result when you search for "internet security". Come on, at least do something with the image!

My advice, look at other site's designs and get some inspiration.l


Thanks for the advice. I am not DENIAL. I used one of Denial's web site templates found at http://www.oswd.org. Getting another logo is good advice. Thanks again.

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These pages are different from the others (viewed with FF)

http://www.internetsecurity101.net/links.html
http://www.internetsecurity101.net/phishing.html
http://www.internetsecurity101.net/spam.html
http://www.internetsecurity101.net/tips.html

Not sure if that is on purpose or not.
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I think you should integrate the adsense units to the content. You might change those blue and green links to black links (or gray). They are almost screaming "DON'T LOOK AT ME! WE ARE GOOGLE ADS".



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Henryct wrote:
I think you should integrate the adsense units to the content. You might change those blue and green links to black links (or gray). They are almost screaming "DON'T LOOK AT ME! WE ARE GOOGLE ADS".



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That's actually a really good idea to integrate the Google Adsense Ads into my content. I'm actually going to be changing the layout of my site and when I do I think I will take your advice and integrate my Google Ads in with the content. I had a look at your site and I really like the way you have placed your Google Ads. They look far less intrusive than my Google Ads. Thanks for taking the time to leave me the advice/feedback. I have bookmarked your site by the way and will be visiting it in the future. I really like the layout of your site and it looks like you have some informative, interesting content. Thanks again.

Internet Security 101 - http://www.internetsecurity101.net
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Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate it.

Take a look at this site: http://www.gameza.info/ , I like the way they integrated the Google ads to the page. It's a very nice sample.


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grinch2171 wrote:
These pages are different from the others (viewed with FF)

http://www.internetsecurity101.net/links.html
http://www.internetsecurity101.net/phishing.html
http://www.internetsecurity101.net/spam.html
http://www.internetsecurity101.net/tips.html

Not sure if that is on purpose or not.


Thanks for letting me know about this. This was actually an html mistake that I made. In the process of correcting this now. I have made a few changes in the layout of my site the last couple of days. Any feedback would really be appreciated.

Chris H.

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I really like the concept of your site, it provides some goos info. Do you mind if I link to it from my site? Sorry just a quick post because I am kinda busy :)
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I think your site is a bit too simple, try adding a logo or adding more colour. It would also look better if you change your text to something other than Times Roman, it makes your site look 'default'.
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Benat wrote:
I really like the concept of your site, it provides some goos info. Do you mind if I link to it from my site? Sorry just a quick post because I am kinda busy :)


I don't mind at all if you link to my site. What is the url to your site by the way? Thanks for taking the time to look at my site and the feedback. I really appreciate it. Have a great day!

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petguide wrote:
I think your site is a bit too simple, try adding a logo or adding more colour. It would also look better if you change your text to something other than Times Roman, it makes your site look 'default'.


Thanks for the feedback. Adding more colour is a good idea as well as a logo. I will be doing both. I know this is off topic, but if anyone knows where I could find a good free logo, or a site with tools to design a logo, I would really appreciate it. Thanks again.

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chrisinbc wrote:
Benat wrote:
I really like the concept of your site, it provides some goos info. Do you mind if I link to it from my site? Sorry just a quick post because I am kinda busy :)


I don't mind at all if you link to my site. What is the url to your site by the way? Thanks for taking the time to look at my site and the feedback. I really appreciate it. Have a great day!

Chris H

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Sorry, I was half asleep when I read your post this morning. I didn't even see the link to your site right in the post. I have bookmarked your site and will be coming back to visit it in the future. It looks like an excellent site. Have a good evening!

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I have added a new logo to the site. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

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simple but nice... though your banner design seems not relevant to Internet security 101 ... its design is like a roo or a wave ... i think it would be better to have a school like design ...
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The idea is very nice...I like it! But u shoud definetly work on the design. Good luck
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p_jovan wrote:
The idea is very nice...I like it! But u shoud definetly work on the design. Good luck


Thanks for the feeback. I agree with you that I need to work on the design. I am going to be redoing the entire website. I am learning CSS now and working on redesigning the site.
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Hello everyone,

Thanks so much for everyones feedback and suggestions. I truly appreciate it. I am currently in the long process of adding content to and redesigning my site. I would really appreciate any suggestions and feedback. Thanks again.

Chris H.

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I like the idea, but some little extra work on the site. (bit more colour, pictures) make it feel more comftable.

some pages look different with netscape
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CircleOfLinks wrote:
I like the idea, but some little extra work on the site. (bit more colour, pictures) make it feel more comftable.

some pages look different with netscape


Thanks for your feedback. I am working on adding more pictures and colour. A good part of my pages are still using my old design. I am slowly moving all of my pages over to the new template. This has been a bit of a slow process, because I have been rewriting some of the pages and adding new content as I do this. Thanks again.

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The overall effect is good. I like the simplicity of the presentation. I would suggest changing the navigation by reducing the font size so that you have one line per item; changing the font color (as was priviously suggested); creating a visible container to house your navigation so that you can add a contrasting, yet subtle, color to the background.

I would also remove the blue border around the image in your opeing paragraph.
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peterrod wrote:
The overall effect is good. I like the simplicity of the presentation. I would suggest changing the navigation by reducing the font size so that you have one line per item; changing the font color (as was priviously suggested); creating a visible container to house your navigation so that you can add a contrasting, yet subtle, color to the background.

I would also remove the blue border around the image in your opeing paragraph.


Thankyou so much for your suggestions. I really appreciate you and everyone else who has taken the time to write thoughtful and helpful feedback/advice/constructive criticism. I esspecially like your suggestion of reducing the font size of the navigation and adding color to the backgound of the navigation bar. I will definately be implementing your those two suggestions to my website.

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I like it, its a nice design.
the only thing is that the top seems a bit empty to me.
I would put the text in bold to the right of the laptop and the internet security 101 text below the laptop.
would make for a more effective use of space and bring the main content up so you dont have to scroll down as much to read it.
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darksat wrote:
I like it, its a nice design.
the only thing is that the top seems a bit empty to me.
I would put the text in bold to the right of the laptop and the internet security 101 text below the laptop.
would make for a more effective use of space and bring the main content up so you dont have to scroll down as much to read it.


Thanks so much for the feedback and complement. I really appreciate it. That is a great idea to place the text in bold to the right of the laptop and the Internet Security 101 text below the laptop. I am going to try that out with the next few weeks when I pake some changes to the layout of my site. Right now i am really focussing on adding new content as well as editing some of the content already on my site. Thanks again for the feedback. I will post on this thread once I have made some changes to the layout of my site.
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Your information is naive at best. The website looks like it came right out of 1999. Your images are resized via HTML...bad idea.

Overall, it just doesn't have a professional look to it.
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Truce wrote:
Your information is naive at best. The website looks like it came right out of 1999. Your images are resized via HTML...bad idea.

Overall, it just doesn't have a professional look to it.


Thanks for your feedback. I do agree with you about the images being resized via HTML being a bad idea. As for "naive info", I don't claim to be an internet security and privacy expert. I have read a lot of info on internet security and privacy and try my best to provide accurate info. I will be redesigning my entire site, including modifying/adding content. Any feedback on what information is "naive" would be truly appreciated. I have tried to get my info from reputable sources, such as computer magazines, and reputable internet security and privacy sites. Thanks again for your feedback. I have thick skin! :)
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A really nice site Chris.
I too am in the Internet Security business.
Im going to have my site reviewed here, I just redesigned it.
Say Chris, do you take article submittals?

You should be proud, a really great site.

Take care,
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Here are some quick points
• Solid white back ground a bit harsh on the eyes maybe a move to the whole web 2.0 cross hash back ground could improve that
• A banner title across the top with site name would be nice
• Change the main text font to something simpler maybe Arial
• Hard to tell the difference between your (in text links) and Google ads)
• The light grey (for the links on the left) in contrast to the bold is a bit much I would say either make the links darker or remove the bold.
• I am not sure if it necessary to have the blurb at the top under internet as it is virtually repeated in the first paragraph
• One last thing maybe something saying when the information was last updated I always find that usefully especially concerning internet security

Some good information let down by design the basics are all their just needs a bit of a polish good luck Wes.
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nice concept.
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