Design advice

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Cabbit, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. Cabbit macrumors 68020

    Cabbit

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    This is what my editor looks like for my new site i am developing, i would like to know what people think about the layout and design(buttons). All the technical parts work fine on every browser so i have only included a picture for review.

    Anyone god any ideas/thoughts/opinions?
     
  2. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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    I like it (especially the position of the Title-box), though it is very feminine / girlish.

    Just make sure to change "Announcments" to "Announcements" ;)
     
  3. Cabbit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    :eek: i'll make sure i change the Announcments. ^_^ the aim was a very girlish look its for a girlish site.
     
  4. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Looks pretty good. Just got a couple pieces of advice and opinions.
    1. It has a very simple appearance which is good.
    2. The "Back to Announcements" sounds like a link, but doesn't look like one. Make sure links are easy to spot.
    3. I would pick a different background color for the "Title" box just to help it stand out a little more. Possibly using the dark purple for the background and the light pink for the text color. Though they may not work, it's hard to see how that would look in my mind alone.
    4. I'd personally capitalize all the words in "Post new topic," and make "Announcements" lower case.
    5. Since you're going for a girlish look you may want to try out using dotted borders in some areas. It lightens the feel of it. Just something to try out. I'm just a guy so what do I know. :)
    6. Not sure if you're using any :focus CSS styles for when the visitors in clicked in side the text fields, but I find those helpful, both functionally and accessible, and offers another pace to add color. Also think about a good font to use inside the text fields, maybe you want more than just Arial or Times.
     
  5. Cabbit thread starter macrumors 68020

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  6. ChicoWeb macrumors 65816

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    Hard to say without really knowing the scope if this is effective. What about SEO info? Slugs, images, tags, meta, post date, etc? I don't know, those are things we integrated into our CMS. I guess it just depends on the level of complexity you are trying to accomplish.
     
  7. Cabbit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well i don't know about slugs(no clue) or meta but the post date and things like that are taken care of server side. And images is something that is pretty hard for me to successfully integrate so i am leaving them out for now but may add in the future.
     
  8. ChicoWeb macrumors 65816

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    Gotcha, Although sometimes people will want to change the date, we have that issue all the time so we started building that into our blog and news portion. No CMS though.
     

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  9. Cabbit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    ah i see well that looks to really overcomplicate to me.
     
  10. ChicoWeb macrumors 65816

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    And what is overly complicated about meta data? I call them options for clients to improve their sites :)
     
  11. Cabbit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I don't see the purpose of it when i can't build a working search engine with my current skills. As that is the only thing i think would make it useful, and then i would use the body text for searching.
     
  12. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    I'm not sure "Back" is what you want to say, but maybe it is. Seems like you may call it Cancel and place it down near the post button. Browsers have back buttons so I generally feel it's better to not try to implement it. Also, if a person arrived at the page from a Google search or something (somehow), Back wouldn't have as much meaning.

    Oh, as an aside, I don't think you need to worry about allowing people to adjust the date. Seems rather unnecessary.
     

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