SITE REVIEW: DF Pranks

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http://DFpranks.com

I have been working on this site for a little while. Any comments suggestions or criticism would be great. Thanks
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Every time I click on a link it says "No input file specified." (and thats' the only thing on the page)
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don't use times new roman, put the google ads closer to the main layout .. not bad ;)
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Thank you for your advise, I put the ads closer to the main content, and where did I use times new roman?
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I agree with dojo...times new roman should not be used on the web. You used it where it says "Welcome to DF Pranks.com! The collection of user submitted pranks" etc...

also think about modifying your nav-bar's color scheme, including font, background and icons. -- too childish for my taste.
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sevster wrote:
also think about modifying your nav-bar's color scheme, including font, background and icons. -- too childish for my taste.


Any suggestions on someting "less childish"? should i still use images or not? Thank you for your time
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Use arial. That will greatly improve the look of the front page.

I also suggest improving the menu. It looks ok but I cannot easily tell where one option ends and another begins. Perhaps an animation when you move over them or a slight gap between them might help with that.

You have a menu at the top. I did not notice until I was looking to see where your links section was(you offered a link exchange). I think that menu should be copied to the left below 'Submit a Prank'.

I looked at the pranks and cannot see any of them. I dont know if this is my computer or you haven't programmed that yet. I will try again at home. Now its not working at all so you must be fixing something.
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I looked at the pranks and cannot see any of them. I dont know if this is my computer or you haven't programmed that yet. I will try again at home. Now its not working at all so you must be fixing something.


Yea I messed up on a line of code. 'All Pranks' works but the others didn't, I fixed it and now they all work, Thanks for pointing that out.

Could someone please check it out on some windows browers, cause I use mac, and it looks bad on IE for mac, but in my opinion its a dead browser anyways, so could some one tell me what it looks like in IE for windows, Thanks.
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Im not sure what look your going for but it looks pretty good on Firefox and ok on IE. Would you like to see a screenshot of it?
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Yes please, because i want the image to be on the right of the text and on some browsers it is not this way. Thanks
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Ok, this is what your page looks like in IE(left) and Firefox(Right).

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Before was the text under the pic? I have been having ALOT of trouble with IE for mac. I also looked at IE for PC and it was messed up.
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What text under which image?
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at first view of the site i was irritated. the gradient navigation bar turned me off along with the icons and over use of tables. however, the information on the site wasnt half bad, but there wasnt enough of it. just work on those things and it will be a good looking site.
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S A V A G E wrote:
... along with the icons and over use of tables.

Thank you for your reply, i will work on the nav bar, and by the way i don't use tables, its all css
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the content on the site is good, as is the layout. One critisim is the navigation, the nav on the top is too plain.. and the left nav's colours are well... bad.

Keep it up.
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I have gotten a few replies that people do not like my left nav bar, does any one have any suggestions? I admit that it needs work, but I don't know what would look good. I kinda like the icons, but someone said that they were childish and that is not the look that i am going for. Does any one have any ideas as to what might be a decent nav bar for my site? Thanks for the help
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Suggestions for improving the menu:

Changing the gradient colour would be a big improvement. Change it to be one colour(grey is best) and go between light and dark or that colour.

The icons are kind of nice but keep them a bit smaller. Maintain a bit of space between them and the edge of the menu.

Do not center the text and the icons. Keep the icons left aligned and either left align the text or right align it. I think both would look good.

Keep some space between each menu items so you can tell where one begins and another ends. I suggest a lighter gradient inbetween them.

Continue the gradient past the menu where the text below it is. Put it slightly lighter so that viewers no it is not part of the menu.

Include the menu items from the top in the menu on the left.
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If I cange it to gray won't it be too plain
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A dark grey to a light grey shouldn't look too plain. It will certainly be better than what is there now. Anyways if you do not feel like doing that to your menu yet, work on the other suggestions and get back to it later. Or seek a third opinion on the matter.
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I still can't think of what to do with the nav bars.... I don't just want to change the gradient because it would still not look that great. I want to mabe do flash nav links, any one have any suggestions??

Thanks
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I gave you tons of suggestions. Any one of them would improve your menu. I use a dark to light shade on my site and it looks good but as said, if you dont agree try the other ones.

But try them all and see what looks best. Its up to you to experiment. I wont be designing the menu for you and ive already given you 6 suggestions.
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Well I didn't find anything funny. It's okay. The design could be more uniform/richer.
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xaphalanx wrote:
Well I didn't find anything funny. It's okay. The design could be more uniform/richer.


Nothing?!?! LOL, well I thought a couple were pretty hilarious. What about the toilet trick and the fill the cubicle trick. I liked those.
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Im sure they would be more funny when you do them.
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I think some of the pranks are weak, but thats not your fault, you just need more people submitting them :)

great site overall, I really like the idea.
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Thanks
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Im suprised that no one has submitted the old mouth wash switcharoo......you know, the one where you switch the mouth wash with the nontoxic glass cleaner. So someone takes in a good taste of that nasty crap.
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Then why don't you submit it :D
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will do Mars
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*Prank is added to your site Mars.
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Sorry for raising this from the dead, but I have made some changes to the site and I wanted it to get re-reviewed :lol:
I added comments to the pranks and tidied up some things. Also I added an RSS feed.
I would really like some suggestions on design or maybe some new features that you think I should implement. I have just let the site die for the past few months and I want to start updating more frequently which should be more realistic in a few weeks.
One thing I don't understand about my site is the fact that on Yahoo i'm 16th for pranks and on google I could literaly go through ever single page and not find my site on any of them. The only reason that I can think of is that maybe I got penalized, but I do not think I have done anything against their rules. It would be great if some one could help me out on that.

P.S. (To the Webmaster) if it would have been better for me to have just started a new post then to raise this from forever ago please inform me so I will know not to do so again. Thank you
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One smal thing that just stood out to me for some reason is you have Crl + D. Shouldn't it me Ctrl?

You still need to do something better with that menu. Just create a totally new menu if you're not sure what you can easily do to fix that one. Its already been mentioned before and I was surprised that your big update did not include a fix.

Check your submit prank thing. I got a '46 No recipient addresses found in header' error(but it also said my thing was submitted so I dont know).
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What do you think that I should do with the Menu? I've given it some thought and couldn't decide want to do. I thought about flash, but I heard that that was like a big no no, so I stayed away from it. I agree, though, I need to do something about that, but I just can't think want would work in it.
The error that you saw was the code trying to send you an e-mail thanking you for posting a prank, maybe you didn't insert a valid e-mail. I don't understand why your post was not submited, I did a test one just now and it worked fine.
Thank you for your replay
btw I'm sorry, I didn't mean to imply that it was a big update... what I ment was that I have neglected it for a long time and this was just the first thing that I've done in a while. (frankly I haven't had much time with school and all, but hopfully I will get more time to do so)

Edit: (Forgot to mention the typo) Thank You for catching the "ctrl" I must have missed the "T" when I was typing.
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You don't need flash and I would tend to agree with him/her. Flash has it's place building special features on sites but why use it for somethign as simple as a menu? Here's how I would go about it:

1) Choose good colours.

2) Get a nice background. Probably, as previously suggested, a gradient between a dark shade and a light shade of the same or very similiar colours.

3) Make the icons transparent gifs.

4) For each menu item, put a gif image beside plain text over the background.

5) Set link colours in the CSS. It might be a good idea to have a hover colour.

Here's an example for menu code:

<div background="background.jpg" align="center">
<a href="pranks/computer.php"><img src="computer.gif" border="0">Computers</a><br>
<a href="pranks/office.php"><img src="office.gif" border="0">Office</a><br>
<a href="pranks/friendly.php"><img src="friendly.gif" border="0">Friendly</a><br>
<a href="pranks/evil.php"><img src="evil.gif" border="0">Evil</a><br>
<a href="pranks/easy.php"><img src="easy.gif" border="0">Easy</a><br>
<a href="pranks/all.php"><img src="all.gif" border="0">All</a><br><br>
Number of Pranks: 45<br><br>
Most Viewed Prank:<br>
Toilet Trick<br><br>
Last Submited Prank:<br>
BEAT UP! ER!<br><br>
Most Pranks: Easy Pranks<br>
</div>
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I don't understand what is changed when I do this. The menu already has gradient. Is it just that the transision from green to gray is wrong?

Thank you for your help
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get rid or and/or replace the http://dfpranks.com/images/PP/PP10.gif image -- can't read it.

Don't use artwork if it's clipart -- go w/o if you can't make your own and/or can't find something high quality.

The left nav shading from green to gray with red text is insane.

Shrink the black lines everywhere to 1 pixel...you can get rid of some of them even.

With this site, you'll be a zillionare in no time!
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Ok, Heres the ultiment question, I have been debating it: Does this layout work? Is this fixable? Would it just be easier for me to just start from scratch and create an entirerly new layout. If not what should I do to fix it? If so then is there any advice for what new layout I should do?

Thank ya'll very much for ya'lls replies :D
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Ok... I'm looking at my layout and it looks like a piece of s***. so I am coming up with a new one, http://DFpranks.com/dftest.htm ... tell me what you think. esp. about the color scheme. Thanks alot for your time

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