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New blog design


miralize

Junior Member
#1
Fastest ever from PSD to Wordpress. A bit featureless at the moment, but its gonna become more complex designwise soon. Also im not so keen on the white links, possibly adding pink or green to the mix. Your opinions?

Miralize.com
 

tim

Senior Member
#2
liking the wordpress stuff :D

but it's too busy for my eyes, the links are all over the shop dans mon opinion.
 

Kevin

Senior Member
#4
You should increase your line-height to make it less tiring on the eyes. And I think making your sidebar a dark-grey-blue color would be fitting.
 
#6
Overall not bad man, but I do have some critiques.

For starters, it appears like the header graphic is missing? There is a very large empty space at the top of the page, that looks to be a link, but there is no image.

Secondly, the text is really hard to read for me. I would take Onartis' recommendation and increase the line height, and work on the spacing and padding around elements as right now it sorta looks like a mess of text to me.

I'm also not sure if I'm digging the transparency on the content bg, as that might be contributing to the text being hard to read as well.

I've also noticed you don't have hover states for your main navigation, or "continue reading" type buttons. I would try to make sure you have hover states on all links where possible.

Lastly, again with the fonts, the feedburner text is dark grey and almost impossible to see let alone read. I'd look into changing that to white or another color.
 

Kevin

Senior Member
#7
Because of the large margin at the top I too have the impression that something is missing. I can't remember there being such a big space in your previous version. I'm not digging the wood texture, the feel isn't that great and the hole makes the repetitive aspect very blatant. Look for a more smooth wood texture.
 

Jazajay

Active Member
#8
You need to increase the letter spacing tbh, that will make it a lot easier to read.
letter-spacing:2px;

Jaz

Key:
Purple ~ CSS
 

jHouse

Senior Member
#10
Berry said:
text heavy, no focal point of interest for my taste

Yea I have to agree, I'm afraid.

I also dont like the lower case headers - should be sentence case I reckon - otherwise it looks like an error.
 

Leventhan

Junior Member
#11
The first thing I would recommend you to add would be a header or logo to your blog so as to add a focal point that will pull visitors in and view the rest of your blog.
 

Jazajay

Active Member
#12
Yeah for some reason the image has not failed to load it's just not there it's just 1 massive link which is a tad weird TBH.
This here ~
<div id="logo"><a href="/">Miralize.com</a></div>

Is a hidden link and will get you penalized.
If the background image that is ment to go on the logo id says exactly Miralize.com then that is fine, however currently your logo id from what I can see doesn't have a background image attached to it so is a hidden link.

The other thing I noticed is you have title attributes on links that don't need them, ie~ 99.9% at least if not 100% of all your links.
Check out my thread on accessible web coding to see why that is bad, section 1.

Like the use of the blockquote tag however you have not referanced where the quote has come from, or who made it, now this can be achieved one of 2 ways.
Frist way is by including the source in the cite attribute.
<blockquote cite="somewebsite.com">


Secondly is by actually citing the person using <cite></cite> tags straight after it.

On your home page you currently have no h1 tag, this should go around your logo on your home page, once the image has been put in.

Your title element along with tag line should claifiy what your site is about, it is not that obvious when you first view it TBH.

Would have added them last night but TBH, had a tad too much to drink when I logged on. :)

Jaz

Key:
Purple ~ XHTML