SITE REVIEW: Wedding Designs (Ver2)

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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hello every one,

I have just done a total redeisgn of wedding designs, i posted the JPG image of it on the drawing and digital art forum when it was in its early stages, i have now added content, pictures, and made suggested changes to the layout.

Before customers had to fill in a form, then wait for a reply from me, then pay with payment instuctions that i give them, then i set up there site, then i let them know how to edit the content of the site etc.

As you can see it was a little long winded, now i have changed it so that they can add the item straight their shopping basket (which is powered by paypal) then i set the site up for them.

This is better although not ideal, i tried ecommerce but i was unable to make it fit in to the design of my website and aint got a clue about coding etc. (tutorials on customizing it would be great *hint hint*)

Anyway the links below -

Old site : http://www.wedding-designs.co.uk
New design : http://www.newlayout.wedding-designs.co.uk

I basicly want to know what you think of the new one, and also is it better then the old one?

Cheers

Tony

//Edit: I have changed the layout over so you will be unable to see the old site, Just visit http://www.wedding-designs.co.uk to see the current layout.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

OK... here are a few tips....

You need to get the new design link bar on the bottom actually linked... (might be an oversite.. but... just letting you know...)

What kind of coding are you looking for.... PHP, SQL, .NET, C+?

Shopping carts are quite simple to build.... and easy to track if you are using the right format to fit into your site... It is especially noted that the type of web hosting server you are on will depict what code style to use for your e-commerce solution.... (LINUX SERVER, UNIX SERVER, WINDOWS, ect.)

Overall the site is pleasant and a niche market.. But I am sure you will do well with it....

If you have and questions.. please feel free to take advantage of 12 years experience as a webmaster, business owner and programmer....

Ciao 4 Now...

Quietside :twisted:
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In Mozilla, the "Lowest Prices", "Photos", and "Free Trial" tabs' text don't fit in the box, the boxes are up too high. My suggestion is to just write the text on the image or find a different, text-based way to display that information.


http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newlayout.wedding-designs.co.uk%2F That speaks for itself.

The source code is messy and will be quite a hassle to edit, but that's just my pickiness.
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Well i am more of a designer and i have not got an idea about coding. All my sites are made with WYSIWG editors (im trying to learn but its hard when i got the program here and know it like the back of my hand)

My site is hosted on a linix server. I aint got a clue what coding language i would need.

Thanks for your comments

*takes a note of s/n is case i need a hand*

Cheers

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i am on firefox and all looks fine for me, try it now and let me know if it still looks the same. If not i will have to add the text to the image. I didnt want to do this as they contain a lot of my keywords.

I am a bit ashmed of the validation results but as i said above, i have not got any control over the code as it is my WYSIWG editor.
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Welll, I'm not gonna talk to much code this time, well not much anyway :wink: I know it won't really help you and I do try to give constructive critisisms.

You are still using a lot of tables tony. Next time you nest some tables, think about if there might be a better way by knocking through cells. Check out this page:
http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/98/ ... =authoring

Which I have posted here before, sorry if it was to you. Although you don't hand code the <b>principles</b> are the same either way.

Thank you for taking the text out of those images on the front page, although I see that the footer and top links still have some :twisted: its a normal sans-serif font! Talking of the footer, I't looks to me as though it might look nice stretched full width? Same with the header. I'm not sure how it would look - it's just an idea.

Little bit of code:
Code: [ Select ]
<IMG ID="Picture45" HEIGHT=13 WIDTH=13 SRC="./bullet.gif" VSPACE=0 HSPACE=0 ALIGN="MIDDLE" BORDER=0 ALT="">and some text here<br>
<IMG ID="Picture45" HEIGHT=13 WIDTH=13 SRC="./bullet.gif" VSPACE=0 HSPACE=0 ALIGN="MIDDLE" BORDER=0 ALT="">and some text here<br>
<IMG ID="Picture45" HEIGHT=13 WIDTH=13 SRC="./bullet.gif" VSPACE=0 HSPACE=0 ALIGN="MIDDLE" BORDER=0 ALT="">and some text here<br>
<IMG ID="Picture45" HEIGHT=13 WIDTH=13 SRC="./bullet.gif" VSPACE=0 HSPACE=0 ALIGN="MIDDLE" BORDER=0 ALT="">and some text here<br>
  1. <IMG ID="Picture45" HEIGHT=13 WIDTH=13 SRC="./bullet.gif" VSPACE=0 HSPACE=0 ALIGN="MIDDLE" BORDER=0 ALT="">and some text here<br>
  2. <IMG ID="Picture45" HEIGHT=13 WIDTH=13 SRC="./bullet.gif" VSPACE=0 HSPACE=0 ALIGN="MIDDLE" BORDER=0 ALT="">and some text here<br>
  3. <IMG ID="Picture45" HEIGHT=13 WIDTH=13 SRC="./bullet.gif" VSPACE=0 HSPACE=0 ALIGN="MIDDLE" BORDER=0 ALT="">and some text here<br>
  4. <IMG ID="Picture45" HEIGHT=13 WIDTH=13 SRC="./bullet.gif" VSPACE=0 HSPACE=0 ALIGN="MIDDLE" BORDER=0 ALT="">and some text here<br>

Is a really bad way to do bullet points
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<ul class="fancy_bullet">
  <li>and some text here</li>
  <li>and some text here</li>
  <li>and some text here</li>
</ul>
  1. <ul class="fancy_bullet">
  2.   <li>and some text here</li>
  3.   <li>and some text here</li>
  4.   <li>and some text here</li>
  5. </ul>

See the difference? Then, in the CSS:
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<style>
  ul.fancy_bullet{list-style-image:url(./bullet.gif);}
</style>
  1. <style>
  2.   ul.fancy_bullet{list-style-image:url(./bullet.gif);}
  3. </style>

You've got 24 bullets on that page, think of the reduction in code, and the neatness of code, oh the lovely code :lol:

Anyhoo.....
Well I wasn't sue about the pink when I first saw it I though you had made a big mistake swapping from that clean white, but over the last 10 minutes it has really grown on me. I'm quite liking the colors now. I like the gradations as well and your choice of photographs remains impecable (other than that scruffy bloke with the t-shirt in the templates - not very wedding-like to me :D )

I don't know if you just haven't got round to filling in the content yet, but your links pages are all empty! I would remove the links to the categories until you have enough links to justify categories. I'd just make a single page with a few links on it for now.

Overall it's looking good, but I still think you could do with clicking on this button once in a while:
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(assuming you use dw?)
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Lol, no unfortunitly i dont use dreamweaver. Its installed on my poota but i just can not get to grips with it.

I use NOF which does not give me any control of the layout.

At the site has not been changed and i might have a go at dream weaver. But to use it i thought you needed to have a basic knowledge of html? Am i correct or can any "WYSIWG Whore" learn it?

I forgot about the footer. I took your advice what you said about no text in images so i added it as the back ground of a text box. with the text written on top. This seems to have casued problems with some Mozilla browers

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In Mozilla, the "Lowest Prices", "Photos", and "Free Trial" tabs' text don't fit in the box, the boxes are up too high. My suggestion is to just write the text on the image or find a different, text-based way to display that information.


So i am debating whether to change it back to an image, what you think?
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I think conorific is using the non-default settings on firefox. Assuming you have a wheelmouse (if you haven't then get one) hold ctrl and roll the wheel back. Thats the quick way to change text sizes in all browsers. I know what she means.

It's up to what you wanna do. You can hope that people don't have non-standard text sizes, or you can lose your keywords. Choose the lesser of two evils.

There are other ways to do it but they all require a good understanding of html and css before I could explain them.

As for dreamweaver - I have no idea. I just refuse to touch WYSIWYG, I never have and never will. I'm sure some people would call that a weakness but I couldn't give a damn lol. Plenty of people use dreamweaver and some of them don't know html - in theory that is the whole point of a wysiwyg, isn't it? All I can say is give it a go. Or give coding a go *hint hint
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I think i will leave it as it is, at least as it is now will mean that people can make it bigger if they wish to. Might not look as nice but it might help them to read it.

I will give Dreamweaver a go tonight for my next project that i want to get started it on. I would love to learn the code its just hard when i know of an easier way.
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well i have sorted the bullet points out on the features page which has cleaned the code a lot. I think that it has been done using CSS as i checked the box for CSS.

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