How can I make this site less boring?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by andy89, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. steelphantom macrumors 6502a

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    For one, use a font other than the default, which on my browser is Times New Roman. :)
     
  2. andy89 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was thinking about that the other day.:rolleyes:

    cheers, keep 'em coming..

    *runs off to play with fonts*

    EDIT: Why is there so many crap fonts?
     
  3. Butters macrumors 6502

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    When u change the font change the color aswell, especially for the links.

    Try to move away from the default blue purple and red, or atleast pick nicer shades of those colours.
     
  4. andy89 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    wow butters, the site in your sig looks pretty sweet.

    thanks for the suggestions

    EDIT: Just finished changing all the link text to black and making it underline on mouseover.
    Looks alot better in my opinion
     
  5. cwedl macrumors 65816

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    May be have thumbnail images that open up into bigger ones. save on load time.
     

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  6. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    Nice house! If you need any help, I'll work for room and board!
     
  7. andy89 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I am planing on doing this soon. I havn't been to happy with some of the pictures though.

    And thanks for the artwork, I might fit it in there and see how it looks.
     
  8. cwedl macrumors 65816

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    Hi

    I'm bored so did a quick mock up, probably no good because I'm crap at web design!
     

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  9. andy89 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Changed the site, what do you think?
    I can always go backif I need to.
     
  10. CoMpX macrumors 65816

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    I don't know if I'm the only one that noticed it, but in the gallery section, the links to "House - inside" and "Garden" do not work. They are unclickable.
     
  11. andy89 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thats because I havn't finished those parts yet:p
     
  12. CoMpX macrumors 65816

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    Oh, ok. To avoid confusion among visitors, maybe put a "Coming Soon" notice next to those links?
     
  13. AppleMatt macrumors 68000

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    Firstly indent the text - it doesn't look right inline with the frame border.
    Secondly more information, there's no story there except the "look, it's a house". Make that sentance the heading for the front page, and put the stuff on the 'About Us' page as the content for it - stick some emotion into there, why you are undertaking such a massive challenge as opposed to just stating that you are.

    On the "About Us" page I'd have two passport-type photos and write who you are, your interests relevant to the project etc - look at the iWeb templates for ideas on what to put there.

    Remove the front gallery page and instead have it go straight to pictures with headings instead of the navigation bar on the left - at one stage I can see three different navigation bars on one page. When you click on a picture make it appear in a new window, smaller, not taking them away from the original page like it does now (and the pictures are too big even for my 20" display - 1200x1060)

    Finally swap around the gallery and contact us page, and either have the contact us page aligned to the right of the top nav bar or remove it entirely and include the info on the about us page.

    Basically at the moment it's too big for the content it has - reduce the page count.

    AppleMatt
     
  14. cwedl macrumors 65816

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    Changing the layout according to you recommendations - for fun!
     

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  15. andy89 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    for the time being i've gone back to the old design.
    thanks for the help cwedl.

    I'll ask my family and see what they think, I think it looks quite smart.

    And applematt, I know there are a few problems.

    1st of all its not finished
    2nd of all the nav bars are offset because there were pics next to the link, and if you drag all over the screen you will see hidden text where bits have been hidden for now

    phew!

    EDIT: and cwedl, the font im using is edwardian script itc
     
  16. cwedl macrumors 65816

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    Thats okay Andy89

    If you do want to use any of my ideas I have links for both of them.

    header - Link
    body+header - Link

    That way you can change the colour (my fav colour is blue if you haven't noticed!), make multible pages move stuff around etc.

    p.s. I didn't have edwardian script installed on my Windows PC, probably do on my mac though :rolleyes:.

    regards

    cwedl
     
  17. andy89 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    cheers, do you do web design or computer graphics or what?
    Just curious.
     
  18. cwedl macrumors 65816

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    Nothing like that, just going into IT after doing a geology degree. - going to do my MCSE's very soon and will be on helpdesk until I have enough knowledge and experience to become a consultant.

    If you are talking about the website at www.crankyworld.com (i.e. you following the links)- I didn't design this, but I am coding it (I know the front page is weird but it will be fixed next week)

    I do enjoy making websites as a hobby though, and will be trained up in photoshop and other graphics stuff like that soon.
     
  19. andy89 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i was on help desk once...:rolleyes:

    anyways, i suggest you dump frontpage
     
  20. cwedl macrumors 65816

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    I'm using dreamweaver for that project, I have never have liked frontpage.

    Didn't you like working on the help desk?
     
  21. maxrobertson macrumors 6502a

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    Change the background to a picture. Maybe a picture of the grounds or a closeup of something.
     
  22. bwanac macrumors regular

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    ok...

    first. the font. maybe make it verdana or georgia. no serif fonts.

    two. its all yellow. make the part of the table where the content is a different color. maybe white.

    you dont need two sets of navigation links for such a small page. the one at top is fine.

    basically get some contrast on the page, some other colors, white for the content should be good. maybe add some padding to the content so it is not completely left aligned.

    sorry if this is unclear i can show you tomorrow if you like.
     
  23. andy89 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah, i liked help desk alot. But they made me redundant (I was making their other staff look bad:p )
     

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