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Discussion in 'Website Design Critique:' started by chris1791, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. chris1791

    chris1791 Member

    Hi,

    I've just been designing and playing around with my site just want to see what you think it's not finished and only the Homepage and About page are up and running because I have to go and do some school work or I'll be getting wrong! :down::down:

    Cpb Web Design - Freelance Website Design

    Thanks

    Chris
     
  2. Jazajay

    Jazajay Active Member

    If I'm honest, not my cup of tea TBH, but design is in the eye of the beholder, I like the animation TBH, I couldn't do it and is the 1 area I want to improve my skills on.

    But some advice would be ~
    You need to redirect the non www. version to your www. version to stop you being penalized in the search engines to do that create a file and call it .htaccess. In their place this ~

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\.cpbwebdesign\.co\.uk [nc]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.cpbwebdesign.co.uk/$1 [R=301,L]


    Upload that to your main root directory.

    Put all your JavaScript into an eternal file and reference it in, that way it will cache and reduce your code bloat.

    Content is TBH too thin, so that page wont rank in the search engines,
    Change your title element to ~

    Cpb ~ Web design based in.......

    Fill in your location at the end.

    I would also change this ~

    <img src="logohomepage.jpg" alt="sitelogo" width="227" height="112">

    to ~

    <h1>
    <img src="logohomepage.jpg" alt="cpb web design based in......" width="227" height="112"></h1>

    Again fill in your location.
    Now change the logo image to say, bet you guessed it ~
    Cpb
    web design based in......

    As your alt attribute will be different than what the images say, this is classed as giving 1 content to the search engines another to your site visitor and may get you penalized, By making them both the same you 1 have a better tag line to tell your site visitors what you are all about quicker, 2 tell the search engines what you are all about better, and 3 getting rid of any penalty against you for cloaking.

    Hope it helps.
    Jaz

    Key:
    Red ~ Mod_Rewrite
    Purple ~ XHTML
     
  3. tim

    tim Senior Member

    Hi Chris,

    Design wise:
    I'm gonna jump in at the deep end here and see how other people think, but I think there's too much blue. It just seems to be the same old blue, it doesn't really attract me. I clicked on your about page and your text was centered and a boring font, in black. This once again won't really attract me to read it at all. Add a white background for your main content or something.

    Despite that, you did send your URL before to Shell LiveWIRE and your site has massively improved since then.

    Your logo is looking trendier than before too, but once more I don't really get the vibe that you can follow on from that with your main content.

    Here are some coding tips:

    This:

    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

    Should become this:
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en">



    Your CSS link rel should have media="screen" at the end.

    This:
    <link href="style.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

    Should become this:
    <link href="style.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen" />


    You should also add alt="img description" to your images, even if you just add the tag but leave the speech marks empty, as otherwise your image URL will be read out to screen readers, which would be really annoying as it reads out on piece of punctuation at a time.

    For more on accessibility and new legislation, check out Jazajay's thread about it:
    http://www.designforums.co.uk/web-coding-development/506-accessible-web-coding-101-a.html


    See, the thing that's annoying about doing all this, is that I spend time out of my coursework etc to tell you, but you don't seem to pay any attention to it- I told you all of this on your previous site (coding tips) on shell LiveWIRE. This will improve your coding quality and possibly your SEO too if you care to pay attention to it. I'm not typing this for the hell of it.



    Jaz has beaten me to the rest (damn you, I was trying to make myself look clever!!!), but there we go.
     
  4. Jazajay

    Jazajay Active Member

    Yeah man, but thanks for the cross linking, people need to read more of my stuff, lol, as I appear to have nothing else to do. lol
     
  5. tim

    tim Senior Member

    too true! All the coding stuff I know (all of about 4 things) came from you anyway!
     
  6. tim

    tim Senior Member

    Oh and only 51 posts behind you now! A month ago I was 200 behind!

    Shows I talk too much...
     
  7. Jazajay

    Jazajay Active Member

    What can I say I'm modest, arrogant and amazing and you have been busy, lol.
     
  8. tim

    tim Senior Member

    lol! you are all of those things Jaz, I'm sure.

    And yeah, I was in Maths and Science today on the school laptops. Was supposed to be doing revision. But I was actually on DF.
     
  9. tbwcf

    tbwcf Active Member

    Personally I don't mind the blue too much, it definatley needs work but there's potential to make it quiet nice, simple sites with bold colours can work well if they're done right - The Designers Republic? (not much there either at the mo mind). defo change the font on the about page! Arial bigger and with tightened letter spacing could look cool! - Also think you should lose the splash page as Jazajay said - maybe but the about text there, the animation is cool but not enough on its own for a front page for ppl to know what your about, you could jig the page about a bit to include the animation and introduction text...?

    Keep us updated!
     

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