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Discussion in 'Website Design Critique:' started by Xenonsoft, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. Xenonsoft

    Xenonsoft Active Member

    Hey guys/gals,

    Just finished a job on a new site. It's pretty much signed off but I'm always open for c&c. Fire away!

    (View in modern browsers for the best experience ;) )

    Built using Perch, if anyone's interested.

  2. DWildish

    DWildish Member

  3. Xenonsoft

    Xenonsoft Active Member

    Hey dude,

    I can indeed change the Who We Are image, but I doubt the client would want to, especially after paying for it already. What is it about it that you don't like?

    Interesting point about starting on low opac and then fading up, I'll be interested to see what others think as well.

    Thanks for the feedback, appreciated!
  4. Chris Lord

    Chris Lord Senior Member

    Well, I just wrote a nice big reply, then I spilt coffee on my keyboard and in cleaning it off, I pressed the back button! So this is my second time writing this response...

    - Why is the site on about 750 px wide?

    - I would put the logo and find us bit into a white background creating a more defined header.

    - I think the navigation text should either be centered in the white boxes, or aligned left, but be consistent.

    - I would probably agree with Greg on the homepage images. Maybe show them naturally initially, then apply the current effect on roll-over.

    - Their core values on the who we are page are a bit lost at the bottom. If the site was a little wider it would allow some space in the right hand column for it - as I rate core values quite high..

    - the treatment on the text within the banner images plays with my eyes a bit, maybe just me.

    - On the contact page, there's no address or phone number, and I'd potentially be tempted to have the input boxes in 2 columns shortening the page, but then again, it might not look as good!

    I think that's all I've got
  5. DWildish

    DWildish Member

  6. philjohns

    philjohns Senior Member

    My thoughts

    - I agree with the jquery effect on images, when used in little portions it can work wonders buy when that "fade" effect is used on everything (the menu items too to) it makes the site appear as it if is responding very slowly whereas a quick rollover to raise the menu items and colour the images could work a lot nicer IMO.

    - You've used a right hand sidebar on some of the pages but then on the Kids & Youth page there is no sidebar but the content column still appears as if there is room for one

    - Same as the above on the Contact page - why not spread the contact form into two equal columns losing the need to scroll so much?

    - So, you added a big "How To Find Us" button in the header area of each page but even when I click I can't find the address, it's only when I reach the bottom of the page that I even get the postcode. Why not have full contact details on both the Find Us AND Contact page?

    - I like the concept of having a large image at the top of each page but don't think the corporate type images on the Who We Are and Latest News pages work with the overall website design

    - Call be naive or silly for not reading all the text... but after all of the above I still don't really know ho the company are behind the website or what they even really do....
  7. Kevin

    Kevin Senior Member

    It won't load for me. Will have to try again later...
  8. Xenonsoft

    Xenonsoft Active Member

    Thanks for the replies guys. Lots of feedback there! Sorry to respond so late.

    In reply to Chris:

    I played with a few different grid layouts but it seemed the best fit at the time.

    Do you mean add a white background to the image, rather than have it on the grey background? I can't see what that would add, if that's what you mean. If not, I'm lost, sorry! :(

    Interesting point. It currently is as is to line up with the grid system, with the left edge of 'Home' in line with the grid and the right edge of 'Contact Us' also in line with the grid. I personally don't see a problem with it but maybe as I've stared at it so long I'm overlooking the obvious?

    Maybe it would be worth me upping the initial opacity from 0.5 to something like 0.8, and then full opacity on hover? I'd rather they stood out when hovered, then appeared to fade away.

    True, good point. If the content area was wider I could have put it in the right hand side, but as is I think it's really up the client their preference in order. The site is built with a CMS so they can easily re-arrange if they so choose. Good point though.

    I can see what you mean, but I still think it works quite well, anyone else agree that it is a struggle to see?

    Yeah, I'll definitely get onto the client about the address & phone number, and I'll consider shortening it into 2 columns. Thanks Chris.

    In reply to Phil:

    Cheers Phil, I'll look into the image fade speed/opacity.

    Yeah there is space for sidebar content there, it's just up to the client how he wants to use it. It's currently going to put 'Kids & Youth Events' similar to the 'Latest News' page on there whenever an event is added to the Kids & Youth category, but at the moment there isn't any.

    I'm considering doing that after the last suggestion, cheers.

    Yep, that'll be added.

    Ok. Not sure what other type of images I could really have put in there though, it had to be good quality so I've gone for stock images, and they're the best I could find without spending an arm and a limb on stock photography.

    The homepage explains that the website is for a Church, and that the 'denomination' as it were is Elim Pentecostal.

    Cheers for the feedback Phil.

    In reply to hbr:

    Fair play, I understand that. To be fair it was the best of a bad bunch as again I was limited on finance for the stock images.

    I don't really know how to convey who we are in an image really, I would have thought it's just to catch the eye, before the content does the talking?

    In reply to Kevin:

    Weird, should all be working. Thanks for letting me know anyway Kevin.

    Cheers for the feedback guys. I'll be making some adjustments when I'm back to work, any more comments are more than welcome.
  9. DWildish

    DWildish Member

  10. Xenonsoft

    Xenonsoft Active Member

    Ah cool, didn't know about that. Cheers for the heads up.

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