SITE REVIEW: Vladdracworld (part deux)

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Ok I am pretty new to authoring a website. I have just started getting into this. My knowledge of php or anyother kind of scripting is very limited right now, but I am really interested in learning.

This is my poor attempt at making anything that actually looks good. (to me anyway). Also it is my first domain, and non-free host, which I am very excited about.

Anyway it is far from done, and I don't even know what direction I am going with it, just kinda letting it evolve into its own thing. There isn't a lot of content yet but I would really like some honest input into what i could improve upon, or what direction would be good. It is just really a personal website.

http://www.vladdracworld.com

Thanks in advance.
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You didn't make it entirely clear. I'm assuming this is the link you want folks to review, correct?

http://www.vladdracworld.com/
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Yes, sorry, that is the link. http://www.vladdracworld.com
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I can't get a short response even?

Is it really that bad?
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I don't know that anyone could say it's bad. I do get a runtime error when trying to enter your site on line 15 (not the splash page -- the main page). I didn't look closely but apparently has something to do with the php script you are using. I'm probably one of the few who sees the runtime error because I have my sys set up that way. For all intents and purposes the main page displays just fine. I think what I'm seeing is a prob with the php script you are using.
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hmmm, what i see with my editor, not the browser, is a problem with line 16, which is a javascript for netscape navigator 4.0 resize reload.

Maybe I should just take the script out entirely, because I haven't had one hit that uses that browser at all, let alone 4.0
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Post 3+ Months Ago

first off I would like to recommend that your front page image also be linked to your webpage, but that has nothing to do with the quality of your site. The layout is good, a bit overused, but a good one none the less. your three links at the bottom need to be addressed

Home - this one is sending me to the front page, it may be better to link it to your 'news' page.

Art - links to "*/about.php" this is strange because you do not have an about page as when I click it I get a 404, and if you did have an about page you would call it about not art, so link it to your art page (all of your art is very nice BTW)

Cartoons - take the about statement and replace art with cartoons and about with service

Rants - well here is my rant, you don't have a link to your rants page, sure it is not important now as you don't have much stuff on you page but when there is more people are not going to want to scroll all the way up , or press the home key, so a rants button should be provided at the bottom

old stuff - you site is not overloading with content now, but once it starts to fill up (as it is doing in the art area) your going to have to think about where to put older stuff, perhaps a 'archives' section may be in order for the future.

Purple - not a singe page of your site, and only a few peices of art had purple on them... so that is a definite plus.

overall a good idea for a site it just needs more time to develop.

wow, that was a good waste of 20 minutes.... thank you, you stopped me from having to do another 50 "R U DA GUY 4 ME!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!111/1/1//111oneoneslashslash" quizzes on quizilla, but really I enjoyed it. keep up da super work :D
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hmmm, what i see with my editor, not the browser, is a problem with line 16, which is a javascript for netscape navigator 4.0 resize reload.

Maybe I should just take the script out entirely, because I haven't had one hit that uses that browser at all, let alone 4.0


The error roughly from memory is that it is expecting a "]" or ")" (hard to tell with the font) on line 15. Hope that helps.
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On your content page, the green hue seems to shift a bit between the header graphic and the menu. I should preface that comment with the fact that I'm looking on my laptop right now, and not a properly calibrated CRT. I know that's really picky. Sorry, just me perhaps. I like the feel of the colors on the header better than those of the menu. However the text on the header seems out of place and hard to read.

The layout is a very standard, but a very solid liquid, 3 column job which is good. I consider using percentage based dimensions in IMG tags to be an absolute no no, however. Raster images deserve more respect, IMO.

There seems to be some disparity in the scale of the form elements in the right hand column and the other items in the page.

On the whole, I'd like to see the elements pulled together just a little more.

btw: I really like the thing you're calling "post up". I've often thought of suggesting something like that for Ozzu.
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thank you much ih8purple and digital media, I didn't notice the links on the bottom went to those old non-existant urls, I am fixing now.

On the issue of disparity in the scale of the form on the right, I am not sure what you mean by disparity. Perhaps you could explain what you mean further? My volcabulary is not very good.

Thanks a bunch!
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I meant the menu buttons, font's and content boxes are all narrow, sharp and thin. When you get over to the 'post up' the input fields are big and the buttons are a bit blurry.

I would suggest slapping some style definitions on the input fields for the width, height, and maybe even colors and then probably redoing the buttons.
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hey great idea! Thanks a bunch
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If this is ur 1st site - u must have put a lot of time into it - lots of content & different styles of programming - it reminds me of some of the professionally made gaming sites that i've been to.

Problems - link to 'templates' is down (i'm sure i'm not telling u something u don't know)
- don't see the error, but getting an i.e. error on line 66?

Otherwise looks good.
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well thanks a bunch...

The link is not down, i am not sure what these errors are, but I got to go through and thouraghly debug stuff.
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Hi..

you must have put a lot of effort into the site, 1 thing i would recommend...

on the top, the big image. It is stretched on my monitor 1280x1024, when i make the viewable area smaller it goes back to normal size..

perhaps you could fix that ;)
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yeah, I tried to make it stretch for that reason...but now I am finding that it is not a good idea due to different resolutions and such.

So I am going to change it to a background image.

It's on my todo list, along with many other things
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i would add a little more color too it besides the green and black unless u like that, and then i would suggest adding graphics like a title bar graphic to catch someones attention
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a title bar graphic?
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First thing, I just have a question about your splash page. is the image changing? or am I just really tired? lol

anyway...
I think the header image is a little hard to read
and it looks sort of pixelated on a 1680x1050 screen (lol)

**EDIT**
OH! it goes with the window nice! :-) you should make a high res banner

I like how it looks, just make the "Vladdrac world" a little more legible...

I like how you put site links at the bottom of the page too :-)

Other than that I really like it, colors are great :-)
Nice work
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cool thanks alot, your right about the resolution, it should be higher. I made it 1024 px wide. It would make much more sense to make the resolution higher so it doesn't pixalate on higher res. Only problem would be it would take longer to load, but I will just compress it more.

And yeah, I am just learning flash, the only thing it does is blink white for a few seconds(splash screen)....lol
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OK, first off...In my browser that I love so much, Mozilla firefox, it is all messed up at the top. The images stretch funny. Anyways, maybe that is just the browser. Did you make all this stuff, or are the games ripped? If you did, rock on!
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Well the games where all open source flash files, and they where free to edit and to do what I pleased with. I know about the header, that is just laziness on my part for not fixing it.
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not bad :oops:
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i think it will look good with red. and i think you have a good website. but try to add more Template.
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Ok It has been awhile, but I am finally pretty much ready to re-release my website, maybe a little half heartedly, but I need to get it out to get some opinions and see where I can go from here.

It has been completely overhauled, I really need some good critisism.

I am working on it pretty much half the time I am awake a day, and I know I need a lot more content, which I am just now adding on a daily basis. It will be good when the site gets older.

just need some opinions, thankin ya
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Well, I at first thought that I was supposed to click somthing in the begging, but then it switched to your web page, so that was ok. I have cable, so I dont know how it well or fast it will load on a normal modem. It might confuse some people.
Otherwise, I like the page it links too, and the side bar looks good. I like the color layout. All of the links that I clicked on worked without any problems.
Be sure to add more artwork. It looks kinda pathetic with only 3 pieces of art. Not that its bad, I unberstand that your just getting started, but if I was wanting you to do a piece of work for me, and I looked and saw only 3 pieces of art, I would be kinda turned off.
Also, I dont know if you already have this, but I would post your achievments somewhere. Like the classes/languages/commissions that you have completed or learned. Just an idea. Otherwise, AWSOME SITE!

//lol, this is kinda off topic, but right now my participation points spell leet, 1337. Its too cool for me!
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well, the idea is to have the users submit their art. The site is not about me, it is all about the community. I will add more art, but I don't want to flood it with my own stuff.

I agree with my splash page. I will fix it and put up a link in it
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Alrighty. It was just a suggestion. Like I said, it worked ok for Cable, but I was a little worried about normal dial-ups. Anyways, can I submit some art? Or are you not ready for that kind of stuff yet? And if yes, does it have to photoshop?
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yes, you sure can submit. No it does not have to be anything but art.
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ok then! cool. Ill have to submit somthing. Or 2.......or 3! :)
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Um..... How do you submit art? I dont see a link or anything. I am all logged in and everything. I see how to submit a review.... but not how to submit art work. I geuss Ill play with it a bit, but just FYI, I think it should be right out there in my face glaring bright knock me off my feet. :)
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Once I got into the site...I could see some really cool potential. Layout seems easy as well as navigation (I didn't check all links because I know it's a work in progress). I say once I got into the site...I'm not a big fan of, um, what are they called? Splash pages? The first page that the viewers see's when going into your site.

IHO - This is really a waste of a click...but to some it's cool. Your's was way bigger then 800x600 resolution would allow me to see without scrolling horizontally and vertically. So, in the addition of a wasted click...was a wasted scroll because it served no purpose. Seems trivial, but to some (obviously) it kinda an issue.
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You are right, I am getting rid of the splash page alltogether
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smokenjoe, you will need to know how to do an img src html tag to post the image. There is also a wysiwyg editor. When you go to submit review, just follow along....

It is on the left, but you are right joe, It should be slapping you in the face (the links). I am probably going to add a link bar right at the top


//splash page is history
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Yeah, I finally figured it out. Im gonna post somthing sometime ;) but I kinda got involved in a big project, so I dont know when Ill have time.
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oh it is cool just whenever. So what do you think of the layout and stuff, what would you change about it?
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Well, like I said before, the main thing is that if you want people to post their artwork, they need to know that they have that option immediatly when they enter the site. Other than that, the layout seems pretty good.

I would move the login/sign up to the left top of the page. Thats just personal opinion, but thats another thing that people need to see. Its not that it took me forever to find it farther down and on the right, its just that it doesnt seem to stand out as well as it maybe should.

Also, is blue the only color that your willing to use? It looks good, but just a little plain. I dont like sites that have a billion colors, but when you have a site with just one color, it looks a little boring. I was just looking at your sig, and I would almost like to see those types of colors in there as well. Maybe keep blue as the main color, but use that flaming effect as a border or somthing as well. Also, can you darken the white background a little? The bright white and blue is just a little to plain. Maybe do an off white/grey, use some bright (flame effect from sig) borders, with the white font, and the blue filler. Its just an idea, and you can mess with it as you see fit.

Lets see......I really like the set up that you have for the middle posting part (the spikey tutorial etc), so I wouldnt mess with that too much.

As Im looking at the page, whats with the kinda blank outlined space in the upper right corner? Is that just still under construction? If it is, then no comment.

Heres a link to my very favorite art website. Maybe it can give you some ideas. The best artist of all time (Samwise) is featured here, along with Metzen. Be sure to check out their artwork when you get the chance. Enjoy.

http://www.sonsofthestorm.com/
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I agree with the login, 50% of the time I see a guest or two on there, but no one signs in. I am fixing that immediately

Yeah I am working to resolve the submit tutorial, artwork for review not obvious issue for the past few days, just haven't got around to implementation.

I like my layout, I don't like real complex colors, and I am trying to keep it minalistic. I can see how you would like it different, but I don't think I want to change it, unless there is a unanimous opinion that it is horrid.

The header issue, yes it is under construction, right along side with the obviousness issue. I am making a new header, possibly flash, with flash buttons underneath instead of the common menu to the left.

Thank you for taking the time to comment Joe. I really appreciate it. I just wish I could get more opinions on here.
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Hey, no problem.

I am actually kind of surprised that more people havent commented. Kind of wierd. Maybe PM Bigweb and the mods and ask for a review. I dont know if thats within the rules, but it may be a last ditch effort.

About the colors, I didnt mean that they looked bad, I was just giving you a different idea:). The blue does look good, but Im afraid I still stick by my idea of softening the white a little to almost grey. Otherwise, keep it up.
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not a bad idea about the soft grey.

Also I am currently doing a flash header/pulldown menu and it is looking really good. I cannot wait till I finish it
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hehe, sorry I aint reviewed your new site, can't wait to see the flash header ;)
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Yeah, please post when you get that done. I cant wait to see it! :)
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Well here is what I have so far for the header, Just need to do a few more things to that, and I am currently working on the header banner now

http://www.vladdracworld.com/Untitled-1.html
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I like what the site contains. the tutorials and art work will defintly be somewhere i would visit once they have more content.

I found that if i visit the tutorial of photoshop etc, the black text on the dark blue background is extremly hard to read. This could however be my moniter. I would recomend using white text,

Your logo at the top has got a white background and does not fit in witht he background of the site.

Sorry if what i have said has been said before but i skimmed the post.

Great site
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oh wow, thank you for pointing that out about my background, I couldn't really notice that on my lcd. That really looks messed up.

Yeah I think I will change that font, or at least make it larger, because it seems quite small.

Thank you, very helpful info there
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ok I think I fixed that, do you still see a transition with the background?
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I changed the font weight, size and color to white, I am not sure If I am liking the white, I am going to keep it for now, gotta run to school. Let me know what you think
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yeah the logo looks great now. The font IMO looks tons better however the black is still hard to read and i have to hightlight it with the mouse in order to see it.

What about gray so that it looks the same color as the search box?
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you are still seeing black in the tutorial sections? I am seeing white. what browser are you using?

now in the first page, news section, I left it black and just upped the font 2 pts..is this what you are talking about?

This could be a default setting in your computer, my wife has hers set to green...bleck, and it is set to green on her computer. It is white at school as well. Perhaps there is a way to overide the computer default if that is the issue
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Yeah still showing black although some of it is white -

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It is the same in firefox as it is in IE, i dont think its my compuer as i normally see things correctly on this moniter. And it also looked the same at work.
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Yeah that is how it should look...cool

You really can't see the black? I see just fine, even on your print screen
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Yeah i can now from home, i was at my work poota and it was harder to see i think the moniter needs its setting's changed.
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I think I am going to go back to black, but keep the same font size, don't care much for that white
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The image you have behind the menu on the left is kind of busy, it distracts you or makes it a bit harder to read.
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I added a new header, but I accidently deleted my .fla header file, and It wasn't finished. So I added just a jpg for now until I create a new one.

still would like some comments of some sort

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