New iWeb website and IE query

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by gorichard, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. gorichard macrumors newbie

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    Hi to all,

    I've really enjoyed reading the forum and seeing the examples of what iWeb can do.

    I'm fairly pleased with my first website (comments and feedback very welcome please) but have the problem of issues in Internet Explorer.

    Most pressing, the gallery just doesn't work at all. I've resaved the images to smaller files and cut it down from 18 to 9 photos - still no joy.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    http://www.wardelectrics.com
    Richard

    PS: Any news on what the rumoured new iWeb will include?
     
  2. ethical macrumors 68000

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    I don't know how to fix the gallery problem, but I can give you some feedback on the site:

    The content is good, but I don't really like the layout. The black boxes and white text dont appeal to me at all, and are quite hard to read. I see why you did it, to make the text readable on the large picture background, but I dont think it works very well. Perhaps crop the photo and use it as a banner at the top of the page? I think it would work quite well as the shot of the beams is really nice.

    Then the main content area can be a lighter colour, meaning you can get rid of the black boxes and white text. I'm not really a fan of the font either.

    Perhaps a contact page with a form? I know you've got the phone number and email address, but the email shouldn't be a link as it can be pinched by spam bots. If you add a form it lets clients give you their details, and you can ring/email them back. Check out jotform.com for really nice looking free forms.

    Also consider adding a footer as it's pretty standard. With links to your pages, and some mention of your company and (c) stuff.
     
  3. Consultant macrumors G5

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  4. gorichard thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Ethical, that's much appreciated.

    I'll definitely be adding a footer once all is completed - but will take another look at the font and whether a different background would work better.

    To overcome the IE problem I'd considered using a flash galelry, such as Bannerzest, but I guess this would then prevent ipad/iphone views. Tough decisions!
     
  5. Consultant macrumors G5

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    There are HTML based gallery that you can copy and paste the code into I believe. Photoshop can export HTML gallery code too, but that's getting more involved.

    You got options
    - copy paste HTML gallery code
    - use CMS such as wordpress
    - hire someone to fix the code
     
  6. JoshBoy macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    As previously stated the content is good and simple but the site still needs some work. Strong focus on your fonts is needed. Can you do any photoshop work?

    I went through a lot of learnings and still am with iweb. My site is still getting constructed and so is my wifes site (www.joshuabeniston.com & www.mybodyempire.com) but what I have found especially with the body empire site is i did everything in photoshop first (logo, pattern in the background, found the text to use and pages) then layed it all out after. Currently we are placing together more content but will continue to keep it very simple.

    Any questions ask away or feel free to PM me.

    Cheers

    Josh
     
  7. iWannaTablet macrumors newbie

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    My iWeb site

    I've been working on my iWeb site for a few months now, http://www.jeongclary.com, and I'm pretty pleased with the layout. I had to make the same decision about using flash for my web gallery, but I then I thought about how most people access the web, which is through a PC/Mac. Going through your iPhone/iPad is just a convienence kind of thing, ad the way my site is laid out with some of my photos embeded into the background of the pages, if the user who is looking through the iPad/iPhone likes what they are able to see, they are more than likely to check it out once they get home. The only problem I have is creating a reliable form for a contact section, http://www.jotform.com, but apparently that site is free and I'll check it out soon. If you have any questions about any part of the site, just lemme know and I'll help you out as much as I can.:apple:
     
  8. gorichard thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks again for the feedback above. I like elements of the sites posted - you should both definitely look at going through an SEO programme though. It will help with your site being found and also give it more dynamic page headings (rather than home/design etc).

    The Rage iweb seo one is good - you just have to get used to publishing to your local folder and then uploading via FTP/mobile me from within the seo tool.

    Richard
     

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