SITE REVIEW: My Personal Site

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My Personal Portfolio

Hi everyone,

Could you please give me some detailed reviews on my now completed personal portfolio website. This includes the code, the layout and the content.

Thanks in advance.
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Nice website, clean code, but I think the theme is not so nice,

thanks,

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Alec, I'll start with saying that there is a nice appeal to your color combinations & a cleanliness in your layout.

I'm not sure what graphics software you prefer, but you may want to look into cutting down on the size a bit. There's nothing too horribly complicated there for the amount of loading time your various sections require.

You may also look into alterior means of navigating to your recent projects other than utilizing the window containing your own page, as potentials may find it annoying to have to backtrack to find you with each preview.
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Valid XHTML. We got a pro here :)
Great job dude.

The logo is just lovely, what font is it exactly? or have you used some graphic tables or something?

The website gives a warm feeling, makes me feel great about today, but I think it is a bit empty. There`s not so many information to read.

Perhaps if you added a case studies section it will be much more better. If you got time, just drop by and submit your site at webia.

Thanks, and keep up the good work!

You got my A+ today
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Thanks for the reviews you two.

UPSGuy could you explain a little better what you last paragraph meant?

webia thanks :) the font is 'Dali' - direct download link HERE.

And I'm submitting to webia now :)
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Absolutely. Your links all use the parent window to open up the new links. You should consider using a target="_blank" so that they open up in a new tab/window & avoid navigating users away from your page. When you don't set this, they click links, get caught up in the new site, and have to hit 'back' several times to return to your site, if they return at all. You could also be creative and maybe integrate some flash to present the sites? Think up something that will make you different from all the others out there. ;)
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Mr. Rust:

Here is my review of your site:
* Calm and soothing colours. Very admirable, enjoyable even.
* div#content container: nice idea. Helps your site 'flow' much more evenly.
* Home link, top right corner: truly unique! never seen that before! Nice touch!

Improvements?
While I quite enjoy small sites, I feel that you 'neeeed' more content.
Under your Past Projects for instance, a brief paragraph outlining the work you did for each client, the technology or CMS used, the duration of the project.

If a visitor wants to see your Client Work, My Projects, or Past Projects, it takes a minimum of 3 clicks from the HomePage to get to either above page.
I'd imagine that a small sub-menu under 'Work' linking to Client Work, My Projects, or Past Projects, will get visitors to where you want them.
True, eliminating 1 click is hardly a grand improvement, but I think it would be better for visitors to get to those pages just by few clicks.
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UPSGuy: Thanks for that about the target. They are all "_blank" in my work section but not on the right panel. That is now changed. Only problem is it now can't be xHTML 1.1 or xHTML 1.0 strict.

jamjammo: A few people have said I need more content. Point taken I will add a new section soon. About the description next to each peice of work, I'm already working on it.

Nice idea about the sub-menu. Ill look into it.

Thanks again everyone.
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Ace nice site man. The color scheme is smooth and calming. It helps your logo pop off the page. The only thing I would look into change (because I am a designer more then a coder) is the padding around your content. You have very generous portions of white space and a nice open feel throughout the site but in the content box it seems a little cramped. Overall though really great looking site.
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Try this. Should keep your strict needs & still validate with the blank targets.

Code: [ Select ]
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD xhtml 1.0 Transitional//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/xhmtl1/DTD/xhmtl1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" lang="en" xml:lang="en">
  1. <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD xhtml 1.0 Transitional//EN"
  2. "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhmtl1/DTD/xhmtl1-transitional.dtd">
  3. <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" lang="en" xml:lang="en">
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CXLink - Thanks I will increase the line spacing a bit perhaps.

UPSGuy - Are you sure thats the right code? There must be a typo because I get 73 errors on my homepage instead of none..
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Did you try combining the first two lines onto the same line? Not sure why it broke there...
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Yup I tried that. Gives a very strange result..
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Alright, let's try this...

In your header
Code: [ Select ]
function externalLinks() {
if (!document.getElementsByTagName) return;
var anchors = document.getElementsByTagName("a");
for (var i=0; i<anchors.length; i++) {
var anchor = anchors[i];
if (anchor.getAttribute("href") &&
anchor.getAttribute("rel") == "external")
anchor.target = "_blank";
}
}
window.onload = externalLinks;
  1. function externalLinks() {
  2. if (!document.getElementsByTagName) return;
  3. var anchors = document.getElementsByTagName("a");
  4. for (var i=0; i<anchors.length; i++) {
  5. var anchor = anchors[i];
  6. if (anchor.getAttribute("href") &&
  7. anchor.getAttribute("rel") == "external")
  8. anchor.target = "_blank";
  9. }
  10. }
  11. window.onload = externalLinks;


And in the body, swap all your target="_blank" for rel="external"

*UPDATE*
And return to your original declaration of course...scrap the one I gave
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What an excellent trick UPSGuy! Thanks. Read more about that HERE.
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Well, actually, the resource I pulled it from goes a bit more in depth than that one, but anywho, I threw down my hammer and stopped reinventing the wheel a while ago. You would be amazed at the increase in productivity and reduction in development time. ;)
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While I like the overall design of your website. On the work page I feel that there should be some kind of menu on the right side to keep the consistency with the other pages. It feels kind of empty without anything there. I guess if you didn't want to do that you could try making it wider?

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