SITE REVIEW: www.waterloofc.net

  • Primordial
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hi Folks,

This site is currently hosted on a very low performance dev server and temporary URL so please allow a second to download. It's just about ready to be shown to the guys and moved across to their official domain name in a live environment when I can complete those finer details.

I struggled greatly with the colours.... be warned, it's very LOUD :lol: Same as their official club colours.

Humour my ego :shock: or destroy my confidence :oops: It's a freebie site (I didn't charge) to add to my embryonic portfolio.

Let me know what you think .... :roll:

http://www.waterloofc.net

Cheers, Primordial ... :shock: :D
  • daremedy
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Post 3+ Months Ago

The slow server certainly kept me waiting patiently :wink: . The colors arent as bad as I was expecting, actually doesnt look to bad at all. It has kind of a christmas feeling to it for some reason though! Anyway, to some comments! Your menu items are a bit hard to follow. You've made everything caps lock and the menu heading size is slightly larger than the menu items, which makes it veeeeeeery hard to tell which is a title and which is an option. And given the one-legged server you're using, the rollover effects (green background) take a while to kick in and sort of ruins the whole menu effect. Even if the server was faster, I'd change the menu option fonts to something different than their parent titles.

The other pages seem alright. Over the forums, guests are allowed to post/create topics, modify that so only registered users can. The only other thing is to put in your meta content/description/keywords tags. Put alt tags for your images. Also, you should put all your css code into a separate file and reference it, looking at all your css declarations on the index page could make a programmer go dizzy! Just reference it and it'll make for easier debugging and reading. Very nice effort and a great rugby site.
  • tomkuegler
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I was a little scared of the green background when it first loaded, but once th rest of the site loaded it was really not bad.

I am not rugby expert but the page layout and design is pretty good for a not for profit effort.

In general, I think it is a fine effort.
  • darkcleric
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I agree with daremedy about the titles, they are very hard to differenciate from the rest of the links. Also, your banner, IMO, doesn't look very good. I think it would look better if you took about the speckled effect.
  • jordan
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Its really hard getting a site to work with green (i know this). And you seem to have got away with it okay.

Few points: Username should vanish when i click in the login box

Sponsors: would perhaps move them from the top. Their buttons don't look that good anyways

Forums... look very nice

A few cheesy graphics around the site that could do with some tweeking (email + pm on forums)
  • Dr R
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Post 3+ Months Ago

From a looks point of view, the site is not bad at all. Being a regular rugby club site visiter, vivid colours are not just normal, they are expected. Content is fairly standard and covers most things you would expect to see. As a suggestion, you might like to visit http://www.southportrufc.com to see what they have done with their content
  • twitchyeye
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Website looks good. My only issue was that the header loads so slow.
  • dojo
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I don't like the header image. The idea is not bad, but it doesn't go well with this project. You have bright colours and contrasts all over the page, and the header looks totally against the site feeling. You could save the idea for another project, with less contrasts and make a header image bright and colourful.
My opinion :)
  • mercnboy3
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I agree about the headers, maybe you should keep the image text style, and have straight text as links. This should help with search indexing also.

Otherwise, I do not see too much to complain about.
  • cubechris
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Post 3+ Months Ago

A good colour scheme for a Rugby site nice one, but a bit on the slow side.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I'm getting an apache page?
  • ausmeister
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Post 3+ Months Ago

How random is this, I live about thirty seconds from this rugby club!! In all the web forums in all the Internet...
  • alerik
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Post 3+ Months Ago

You did a nice job. I love rugby and it was fun to read the information on your site.The resolution of your header is a little bit low i think...the text is not so clear, aldo it is very big 73.29 KB (75050 bytes).

Maybe it is a good thing to make a link under your sponsor buttons....nice for them and looks nice.

Also you can put in a back to top link.

Good luck. :flower:
  • CartikaHosting
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Great job for a rugby site - not sure those colors would work for most things, but, they certainly work for this.

May I ask what you built this on? The URL shows phpbb - its obvious you built this on a DB app, just curious what it actually is (pardon my laziness, I guess I could review the source and figure it out :) )
  • davidaus
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Maybe you can change the header color a bit. Everything is ok except the header.
  • danielgilbey
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Post 3+ Months Ago

The site didn't take long to load at all, I also found that going through the internal links was very quick also.
I played rugby when I was a kid and reading about it brought back one or two memories (I'm getting all nostalgic, sniff sniff)
I liked the fact that the green works, although I see that other 'reviewers' have commented on that.
I didn't like the shaky text on the homepage every few seconds or so, I kept thinking my screen was about to stop working. I'd lose that straight away.
The headers on the side banners for the links should be made to differentiate from the actual links on some way, maybe without the indented look that the links have.
The title image is not in keeping with the rest of the site, I would suggest similar size but certainly a 'cleaner/crisper' image. Perhaps a current team photo? For the links on the title (sponsors) also I would do the same, at the moment they look like v.poor quality gifs. It just didn't 'feel' right.
Love the content (you have a lot on there) especially liked the p*ss up photos. Make sure you get everyone at your rugby club to have a look and bookmark it as their homepage, good luck with it.
  • imnsi
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Post 3+ Months Ago

site loaded slow, but is very organized as far as navigation..

what kinda server is that running on?
  • Primordial
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hi Guys,

The website is hosted through a standard broadband internet connection (1mg) running a wamp apache solution. Hence it takes sooooooooooooo long to download. I was going to move it to their 'real domain' when it went live, I simply use this server to develop on!

Thanks for all the feedback although the rugbyclub has decided not to use it and stick with their current website :cry: :cry: http://www.waterloorugby.com :wink:

Oh wel,l.

Cheers, Primordial ..,.
  • Truce
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Well, sorry about that!

For future designs, keep people who are on 56k in mind. They might not want to wait 3 days to download all of the graphics on the site. Also search engines don't read image text! Your menu links are useless as keywords because search engines can't see them. Also, people who have images turned off can't see them either!
  • ric
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Post 3+ Months Ago

ur site uses very aggressive color. So i rather say it is a sharp colored site

usually people do no use green their site color

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