Layout: My Design

started by Omar Pinkney on Oct 26, 2007 — RSS Feed

Omar Pinkney Omar Pinkney
Posts: 2

Hello I am new to web designing and I have taken on the task of designing my churches website I just wanted to get some feed back from people to see what they thought of my design so far, what i have done wrong, ways to make it better. I have not completed the site yet but for testing purposes i have put it at [url]http://www.hardheaded409.angelfire.com[url] please give me some feed back good or bad i want to hear what you think

Omar Pinkney Omar Pinkney
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[url]http://hardheaded409.angelfire.com/[url]sorry messed up link

Cesar Perez Cesar Perez
Posts: 0

Omar,

The design of the site is very well done, but I would like to see a little more content before giving a full review.

I normally advise against a strictly flash-based site simply because you have to work much harder to get indexed by search engines. There's also the possibility (although a small one) that a visitor will not have Flash installed and they'll see a completely blank page.

I my opinion, flash should be used sparingly on the page and only where it makes sense. You can cut out most of the flash by creating a CSS-based navigation menu with links to separate pages and only use it for the ministry's banner (since this is the only piece that actually needs to be animated). Again though, I would like to see the full site before making a final judgment call on what to keep and what can be changed.

Look forward to seeing it.

Omar Pinkney Omar Pinkney
Posts: 2

thanks for the input if you can explain the css-menu to me (I suck at css thats why i use a lot of flash)that would be great im trying to think of a re-design but im gonna finish this one first.

Cesar Perez Cesar Perez
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I can't explain it any better than the article at A List Apart. The gist of the article though is that since navigation menus are just lists of links, you can create unordered lists and use CSS to style them by creating rules for the ul and li tags. This article has inspired dozens of designs and workarounds at: Listamatic.

Robert Newton Robert Newton
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LOL.. I am trying to start a new thread in this forum and can't seem to find the submit/continue/post button after I've written what I need.. LOL.. Can someone help me out here.. I feel like such a Dork..

Cesar Perez Cesar Perez
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Robert Newton said:
LOL.. I am trying to start a new thread in this forum and can't seem to find the submit/continue/post button after I've written what I need.. LOL.. Can someone help me out here.. I feel like such a Dork..


Choose a category from the main page, then you can click the "Start a new thread here" link. I'll check with the webmaster and see if we can make those a little more visible.

Jermaine Ramsay Jermaine Ramsay
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Can anyone give me advice on my design: http://www40.brinkster.com/universal007

Cesar Perez Cesar Perez
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Jermaine,

My first reaction would be to remove the splash page. Visitors are already at your site, so there's no real need to get them to click again. Splash screens can also have a negative impact in your search ranking, since to them there's no content on the homepage. Remove this and put the most important information you want to convey on the homepage.

Next, I see you have a table-based layout which was made from slices and spacer gifs. While still a valid and useful technique for beginners, it bloats the size of your html pages and can be a pain when it comes time to make changes.

The preferred method now is to keep as little presentational markup in the html as possible and instead use CSS to position and style the elements of your page. It's understandable if you're just getting into web design (as I suspect this is your first site), but there are tons of great tutorials online to help you along the way. Take a look in the article archive here for CSS primers or elsewhere online.

As with the Omar, I'd like to see more content before I give a full critique of the site. I'm a firm believer that the content of a page is much more important than how it looks. If you don't have original or well-provided content, no amount of presentation will help it. It's like putting dressing on a loaf of bread. There's no meat in the sandwich.

Web Design India Web Design India
Posts: 6

Man you joking? Its full of ads!!

web design India

Neil Ball Neil Ball
Posts: 2

I have tried to find a way of posting a new thread. I have tried following the advice above but I still cant find the Post New Thread option.

Anyway can anyone give me advice on my design: http://www.digitaldirect.co.uk/

Lynne Gabriel Lynne Gabriel
Posts: 8

If you're honestly asking for a design opinion on your site and not just trying to promote it, i think that site looks good...

Lynne Gabriel | Church Web Design



Neil Ball said:
I have tried to find a way of posting a new thread. I have tried following the advice above but I still cant find the Post New Thread option.

Anyway can anyone give me advice on my design: http://www.digitaldirect.co.uk/

Lisa Baron Lisa Baron
Posts: 1

Please help! I do not know how to post a new site but I cannot figure out how to build my website. I had a page that someone else designed that looked awesome and I want to stay along the same lines but I cannot find a template that works well with my design and I do not know how do design my own. Can someone please help me to recreate this site? Thanks.

Neil Ball Neil Ball
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Lisa thankyou

Lynne Gabriel said:
If you're honestly asking for a design opinion on your site and not just trying to promote it, i think that site looks good...

Lynne Gabriel | Church Web Design




Thank you for your complement on my site but I was really looking for suggestions on ways that I can improve the design and layout.

William Moritz William Moritz
Posts: 1

Neil Ball said:
I have tried to find a way of posting a new thread. I have tried following the advice above but I still cant find the Post New Thread option.

Anyway can anyone give me advice on my design: http://www.digitaldirect.co.uk/


Simply, way too busy...

Jason Hyman Jason Hyman
Posts: 13

agree with William, way too busy. no direction.


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