SITE REVIEW: tomorrowsdesigners.com

  • g0l`
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Post 3+ Months Ago

http://www.tomorrowsdesigners.com

after a complete death of TD and several months of downtime, we're back with a new design and a pick-your color function, integrated in the main design. No mods at all installed because I had to upgrade from 2.013 to 2.019, and I couldn't be bothered to do it all by hand. I'm going to install quite a few soon though.

Comment and criticize please :) I'd really like to know everything you (this)like of my site, so I can improve it.


Thanks a lot for your time guys!
  • lorddarkness
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Post 3+ Months Ago

good job
  • bpeh
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Post 3+ Months Ago

looks simple and clean. cool but I dont know what your site is about by looking at the index page.
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I like the look of the site, however the opening paragraph does NOT catch my attention. I honestly don't really understand the whole program and the way the site works. I myself am 15 and have a website, so I could be your target audience. Just a word of warning, put a sharp, short simple opening paragraph which explains your site.
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Thanks guys :)

bpeh and lodist, I know that the text on the home page doesn't tell you a lot. it's pretty much written with the old members in mind, so I should really change it. Thanks a lot for the heads up , I wouldn't have noticed myself :!:
  • lobonar
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Post 3+ Months Ago

well there is just one thing i would like to say, download opera 8.5 and look at your website, the font-family isn't showing correctly on the website...

regards lobonar
  • piotrek
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Opera 8.5, font size just hurts the eyes

But the layout in general is very nice, I like it :)
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Post 3+ Months Ago

clean design :) only criticism would be the choice of the grey gradient for the bg of the rollvers, as some of your colour schemes blur into the grey a little. otherwise really nice :)
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Post 3+ Months Ago

thanks a lot guys :)

I'll fix the Opera thing, and might change the grey gradient, other people told me the same thing so :)
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lodist wrote:
I like the look of the site, however the opening paragraph does NOT catch my attention. I honestly don't really understand the whole program and the way the site works. I myself am 15 and have a website, so I could be your target audience. Just a word of warning, put a sharp, short simple opening paragraph which explains your site.


I would have to agree with this post. I like the design, but there is something you should know...

A.I.D.A.

Attention then Interest, then Desire, and finally Action.


Got your attention? Here is an example. With my site I used to buy text link ads like this: "Monkey Meter, rate your road rage!"

Gag how dumb was that! I was basically advertising my name, and that was it.

Then I tried "Do you hate tailgaters? See the top ten raging cities & rate yours!"

Boom! Got a ton of hits.

Interested how I did this? I first talked to the reader...do you hate tailgaters? Then I got their interest...want to see the top ten?. Then I close them and get them to click on the link by saying rate yours!.

Desire a ton of hits? So do I. I had to skip that do to limited text link space.

What you need to do for action is to check out my site. This is not just an advertising gimmick, but you should try using A.I.D.A. with everything on your site. By changing the wording on my rate your road rage I changed the user input from 1 rating per 50 unique visitors to about 1 rating per 15 unique visitors. Now I'm not just getting more hits, but more user action.
  • g0l`
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Thanks so much for your reply camp, I think I know what you mean. It's hard though catching people's attention.

I'm definitly going to try this one out :D
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Post 3+ Months Ago

love the skin chooser
looks pretty good considering there are no images other than the logo
using opera and nothing jumped out at me
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Solid color borders larger than 1px
Just seems like a waste of pixels to me.

Dropshadows that extend more than 3-4px
Larger than that, the look degrades quickly on your average consumer grade laptop screen.

Linear gradients without at least a discreet pattern to break up the "lineyness" of the gradients on certain monitors.
Another consumer grade laptop screen issue.

Paragraph borders with higher contrast against the background than the text within them.
For instance, the '1px dashed' border around the "Tomorrows Designers is a community for creative peo..." section.
This difference in contrast tends to distract attention from the contents to the border.

--------HTML-->

Two or more nbsp; spacers in a row.
Thoose little buggers can eat space quick.
CSS margins can do the same job in every case I've seen.

Code: [ Select ]
<HEAD>
<LINK REL="STYLESHEET" type="text/css" href="/main/tdlime.css">
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Style-Type" content="text/css">
<meta name="keywords" content="tomorrows designers, photoshop, php, html, web design, tutorials, tutorial, interviews, articles, community, projects, News">
<meta name="description" content="Tomorrows Designers is a community about web design with articles, tutorials, interviews, downloads, news and more.">
<meta name="author" content="Tomorrows Designers, g0liatH">
<meta name="robots" content="index,follow">
<TITLE>Tomorrows Designers :: Web Design, Photoshop, PHP, Tutorials, Downloads, News :: News</TITLE>
</head>
  1. <HEAD>
  2. <LINK REL="STYLESHEET" type="text/css" href="/main/tdlime.css">
  3. <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
  4. <META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
  5. <meta http-equiv="Content-Style-Type" content="text/css">
  6. <meta name="keywords" content="tomorrows designers, photoshop, php, html, web design, tutorials, tutorial, interviews, articles, community, projects, News">
  7. <meta name="description" content="Tomorrows Designers is a community about web design with articles, tutorials, interviews, downloads, news and more.">
  8. <meta name="author" content="Tomorrows Designers, g0liatH">
  9. <meta name="robots" content="index,follow">
  10. <TITLE>Tomorrows Designers :: Web Design, Photoshop, PHP, Tutorials, Downloads, News :: News</TITLE>
  11. </head>

DOCTYPE goes before HTML.
Content-Style-Type should really go before the link to the stylesheet.
Uppercase tagnames, mixed upper & lowercase tagnames.

Extra width of the logo image.
Sooner or later someone's going to end up clicking a little too far to the right & miss the logo when trying to navigate to the index.
I'd either keep the logo at its' minimum size so people can get used to it being small, or figure out a way to extend it all the way across the header.

<br> elements.
They're a hard habbit to break, I know.
CSS margins, &or <p> elements are great alternatives.
1 <br> element is usually equal to a 1em top-or-bottom margin.

<font> elements.
Thoose little guys are going downhill faster than a soapbox racer with a lead foot.
Use <span> instead.

Multiple elements with the same "id" attribute.
"id" - equals single entity, kinda like a school id card.
"class" - equals one of a certain class or group of similar elements.

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Full hex color codes when 3 digit codes will do.
I see alot of "666666", "444444" type colors in there that could be "666", "444"
"88CC00" could be "8c0"

Redundant styles.
Works.
Code: [ Select ]
a:active {font-weight: bold; color: #999999;}
a:visited {font-weight: bold; color: #999999;}
a:link {font-weight: bold; color: #999999;}
  1. a:active {font-weight: bold; color: #999999;}
  2. a:visited {font-weight: bold; color: #999999;}
  3. a:link {font-weight: bold; color: #999999;}

Better.
Code: [ Select ]
a:active, a:visited, a:link {font-weight: bold; color: #999;}


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Looks like you guys are comming along well for still being in school.
Keep that enthusiasm. ;)
  • gdhanasekar
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Post 3+ Months Ago

clean design and looks good with some usefull stuffs
  • g0l`
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Post 3+ Months Ago

thanks cwash83, glad you like it :)

joebert, thanks a lot for all of your remarks. I'll definitly work on it. great advice, thanks again :)



gdhanasekar, thx
  • Will Kirby
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Post 3+ Months Ago

:lol:

This site is neatly laid out and pretty clean. It seems to be very rapid in response time

I do like the ability to change backgrounds although the color selections are a bit bright for my tastes. Otherwise a very nice site.
  • g0l`
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Post 3+ Months Ago

thanks, I hope other people also have this rapid response time whil surfing on my site :)

yea I like bright colors :wink: maybe I'll add a darker color later on

thanks for your reply
  • Moose Track
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Post 3+ Months Ago

interesting site
  • g0l`
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Moose Track wrote:
interesting site


thanks! I'm glad there are people who like the content :D
  • spiderden
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Post 3+ Months Ago

very well done with the colors and all but i would have changed the font color cant really see it that well on my side... very nice lay out all the words and titles jump out at me i like it... i loved the idea of being able to pick my own color very nice on your part... pages loaded fairly quickly here nicely done... however the opening paragraph does NOT catch my attention... but as i was going through the site you changed my mind i like this site... i really think that you did a very good job on this and i hope you will put in to consideration of what we have listed about your site... very nice.... i give you an A++
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Post 3+ Months Ago

nice site
it is clean
color picker feature is good.

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