SITE REVIEW: ndbison.com

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Post 3+ Months Ago

The site has been completely changed, can I get some new reviews please?

Hello,

I have been working on a website http://www.ndbison.com . I know it is a rather targeted site (for North Dakota State University Students), but let me know what you think.

Thanks,

Brian
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I checked North Dakota State University's official site, intending to see if you used any elements of the school in your website. While you didn't, I think it's for the best; the university's website isn't very appealing. I'd stick with what you have in terms of color scheme.

All around, it seems like a pretty decent site for such a focused audience. One thing I would recommend is that you try and lower the size of the images, most notably in the "Marketplace" page. Even on Broadband it took a few moments to load completely. If you used Photoshop to create it, I'd save it as a GIF with about as much color as it needs to look clear.

In fact, I just copied/pasted it into Photoshop and saved it as a GIF with 128 colors. It went from 300+KB to ~85KB. That's a monumental difference for minimal color loss. It's just a suggestion, though.
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I like the free style of the page, by that I mean not all boxed in. :)

good work :)
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hello master,
1. Tempaltes are good and bad, My opinion they bad. Beter to do your own original style.
2. http://www.ndbison.com/organizations.html - strange look , make sure this page compatibale to any browser.
3. I wouldnt recommend use any external links such as yahoo email and etc, seems useless.

4. http://www.ndbison.com/market.html People with dial up will screm, better recreate into html format.

Good Luck!
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you got rid of the submenu's.. great =p.
its a pain to update everything when links change.
Since you did, you could raise the pagecell1 up higher so there isn't so much gap between the menu and pagecell, giving people more view without scrolling. Just change the css.

You can remove:
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<script type="text/javascript">
  <!--
   var menuitem1 = new menu(7,1,"hidden");
            var menuitem2 = new menu(7,2,"hidden");
            var menuitem3 = new menu(7,3,"hidden");
            var menuitem4 = new menu(7,4,"hidden");
            var menuitem5 = new menu(7,5,"hidden");
            var menuitem6 = new menu(7,6,"hidden");
            var menuitem7 = new menu(7,7,"hidden");
  // -->
  </script>
  1. <script type="text/javascript">
  2.   <!--
  3.    var menuitem1 = new menu(7,1,"hidden");
  4.             var menuitem2 = new menu(7,2,"hidden");
  5.             var menuitem3 = new menu(7,3,"hidden");
  6.             var menuitem4 = new menu(7,4,"hidden");
  7.             var menuitem5 = new menu(7,5,"hidden");
  8.             var menuitem6 = new menu(7,6,"hidden");
  9.             var menuitem7 = new menu(7,7,"hidden");
  10.   // -->
  11.   </script>
You don't need it since not using the submenus.

A quick edit to the bg gradiant will give you a more "custom" look instead of default template, very easily. I added a more blue hue.

You double linked site map, not sure if intentional to put on the main menu bar and siteinfo.


One last thing, for guestbook, blogging software is adequate if thats what you are looking for.

here is a site that uses almost same template.
http://www.cameron.k12.wi.us:81
the first site I worked on, and now reworking.

Either use php with includes, or use DW's templates to make life a lot easier (the 2nd time around)
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thanks for all the suggestions
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Hello,

Most of the site has been redone, what does everyone think of the new design?

http://www.ndbison.com


Thank you!
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The design overall is very plain & the colour scheme is terrible.

Don't use tables for layouts. Divs and lists good man!

The header/nav is way too big.

The code is bloated, for example you've specified the styles of the td's repeatedly.

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<td style="background-color: rgb(0, 51, 0); font-weight: bold; text-align: center; color: rgb(255, 255, 204);"><a
style="color: rgb(255, 255, 204);"
href="http://forums.ndbison.com/">Message Board</a></td>
   
<td style="background-color: rgb(0, 51, 0); font-weight: bold; text-align: center; color: rgb(255, 255, 204);"><a
style="color: rgb(255, 255, 204);"
href="http://www.ndbison.com/food.html">Food Guide</a></td>
  1. <td style="background-color: rgb(0, 51, 0); font-weight: bold; text-align: center; color: rgb(255, 255, 204);"><a
  2. style="color: rgb(255, 255, 204);"
  3. href="http://forums.ndbison.com/">Message Board</a></td>
  4.    
  5. <td style="background-color: rgb(0, 51, 0); font-weight: bold; text-align: center; color: rgb(255, 255, 204);"><a
  6. style="color: rgb(255, 255, 204);"
  7. href="http://www.ndbison.com/food.html">Food Guide</a></td>


When you could instead give the table a class and specify the styles for the td's once.
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tylerdurden wrote:
The design overall is very plain & the colour scheme is terrible.

Don't use tables for layouts. Divs and lists good man!

The header/nav is way too big.

The code is bloated, for example you've specified the styles of the td's repeatedly.

Code: [ Select ]


<td style="background-color: rgb(0, 51, 0); font-weight: bold; text-align: center; color: rgb(255, 255, 204);"><a
style="color: rgb(255, 255, 204);"
href="http://forums.ndbison.com/">Message Board</a></td>
   
<td style="background-color: rgb(0, 51, 0); font-weight: bold; text-align: center; color: rgb(255, 255, 204);"><a
style="color: rgb(255, 255, 204);"
href="http://www.ndbison.com/food.html">Food Guide</a></td>
  1. <td style="background-color: rgb(0, 51, 0); font-weight: bold; text-align: center; color: rgb(255, 255, 204);"><a
  2. style="color: rgb(255, 255, 204);"
  3. href="http://forums.ndbison.com/">Message Board</a></td>
  4.    
  5. <td style="background-color: rgb(0, 51, 0); font-weight: bold; text-align: center; color: rgb(255, 255, 204);"><a
  6. style="color: rgb(255, 255, 204);"
  7. href="http://www.ndbison.com/food.html">Food Guide</a></td>


When you could instead give the table a class and specify the styles for the td's once.


Whats wrong with the color scheme?

The code was produced by the program I used, I dont know enought about HTML etc. to fix it.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

dirty green, yellow, black & white. It just looks terrible.

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