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Wordpress Tutorial Blog Design


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Hay buddy.
I'm not sure I like the black background TBH to me it seems to over powering, and IMO that the bottom of the page could end in something like the red navigation bar at the top, as to me, that will help to bring the bottom of the design into line with the top half, it just doesn't feel right, if I'm honest.

Your title element on your home page would be better for the search engines with something like ~

Ripped edge ~ Wordpress tutorials and hacks.

As that would allow them to rank the page better in the results.

The image in step 1 is currently not showing.

I would also change this section here ~

<div id="header">
<a href="www.rippededge.net"><img src="www.rippededge.net/wp-content/themes/clever_monkey/images/header.png" alt="Blogging Tips, Productivity, Business Management, Make Money Online, Website Design" /></a>


<div id="header">
<img src="www.rippededge.net/wp-content/themes/clever_monkey/images/header.png" alt="Ripped edge, customize your blog with Wordpress tutorials and hacks." />

As that is a lot better for the search engines, as at the moment you are currently using a techquie, unintentionally I reckon, called cloaking, giving 1 kind of content to the search engines another to the user, if detected this will get you penalized.

Also never link to the page you are currently on as this can lead to confusion in the site vistors eyes.

Also I would look at your links ~

<a href="www.elegantthemes.com/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=682_0_1_3" target="_blank" title="premium wordpress themes"><img border="0" src="www.elegantthemes.com/affiliates/banners/125x125-2.gif" alt="premium wordpress themes, wordpress, wordpress themes" width="125" height="125"></a>

Now to a blind user that is going to be read out as ~

[link 10] premium wordpress themes premium wordpress themes, wordpress, wordpress themes

Now as all your links use the title attribute and all your images/links are labeled correctly within either the A tag or the alt attribute, then for a blind user they will just have every link read out either 2ice to them or longer link text than a sighted user would get, which is a bit irratating TBH. SEO wise the title attribute is not indexed so I would remove them, as it will reduce your code bloat and improve accessability.

Hope that helps in some way.


Purple ~ XHTML
Redish-brown ~ Screen reader output