New mac rumors/news website, critique needed

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by adrianveidt, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. adrianveidt macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    Hi gents, i'm in the process of putting together an Apple inc news/rumor website and thought i'd ask ya'll for some design/functionality tips, i'll be updating content daily and putting alot of effort into good design, but i wanna hear what you guys think of it.

    many thanks,
  2. iMJustAGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2007
    Beach, FL
    Looks good so far. I mean, it does look a bit amateurish, but you've got to start somewhere because you can't just open up a site and expect it to be a MacRumors :rolleyes:. But yeah, good job thus far.

    Edit: I'd say maybe go with different headliners. The ribbon is making it look somewhat laymen. But that's just my opinion, others may rather it stay! Good luck with your site, btw.
  3. adrianveidt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    just updated the site after adding a little polish, i'm using squarespace for the wireframe of the site (couldn't be bother to learn html, css, dreamweaver...), made all the graphics using photoshop, i'm thinking of moving the ads to the left side, good idea?
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Is there a reason why don't you list the source of your articles?

    Taking only articles from Macrumors does't make it a "new" rumors site.
  5. Zanthus macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2009
    Reading, Uk
    One thing is the bright yellow type face is really hard to read on a i-mac
  6. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Ditto. It's hard to read on a 23 inch matte display on Windows as well.

    Look ma, invisible headlines!
  7. adrianveidt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    thanks for the font color heads up! (it looks fine on my laptop, i guess that goes to show screen technology variation) i've tweaked it a little to make it more readable,

    also what do you guys think of the website name?
    and the banner feels a little wrong, you agree?

    (bear in mind this is my very first attempt at anything related to web development, so i am a TOTAL NEWBIE)

    oh and how of much of each entry do you think i should show as an excerpt on the home page? it's pretty hard to gauge whether people will wanna click through to read the full article or just scroll past and pick up a few bits of info.

    Many many thanks,
  8. dpace32, Jan 25, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 26, 2011

    dpace32 macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2008
    looks good! but also looks like squarespace... dont worry, my projects look like wordpress :)
  9. adrianveidt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    haha thanks, i plan to continue to tweak the site till it looks half decent, i guess it'll take about 2 weeks to find something i'm happy with (and also to fully comprehend the squarespace controls)

    your site looks really interesting!, can i ask you if you make enough revenue of those ads to pay the running costs of the website?

    dont answer if you'd rather not, i'm not sure about adsense etiquette... :)
  10. moneyman118 macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2009
  11. smilinmonki666 macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    I do like the site, can be a bit slow and slow connections though, but not a biggie.

    Another important part, your email address is in text format. Expect spam/ junk. I would use a php contact form with good validation.

    Hope that helps dude.
  12. adrianveidt, Jan 25, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 26, 2011

    adrianveidt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    its just google adsense, no big bucks to be had here :p

    thanks for the advice, i truly have no idea about how to implement php, or use validation, but i'm sure google with be my friend. as for the slow loading, i think it was due to me using one HUGE file for the background image, whereas now i'm using a small image that repeats (again, i'm taking baby steps into the web development world!)

    i'm thinking about moving the ad skyscraper banner to the left side and putting some navigation controls on the right. good idea?
  13. smilinmonki666 macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    I can send you the php for it if you like. It will have the validation as well. Esau to implement into your site.
  14. adrianveidt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    actually i think im good, i was playing around with squarespace and noticed a email entry box, ive added it to my site so i think i'll be fine

    many thanks though!
  15. SuperCachetes macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2010
    Away from you
    Just curious... "good design" aside, since it is subjective anyway - why would I visit this site over MacRumors? :confused:
  16. Shakko macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2008
    I think it looks good.. but would probably fit the bill for a "blog" rather than an informational / news / rumor site like MacRumors / AppleInsider. I think you're off to a great start! I'd also size down the header/logo; its way too large. Let the content stick out!! :)
  17. Zanthus macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2009
    Reading, Uk
    Thats what I was going to ask too, what makes you stand out from MacRumours what would make me want to visit your site instead ?

    Too me it seems like most of your info is coming from MacRumours in the first place you don't seem to have a unique selling point
  18. adrianveidt, Jan 26, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 27, 2011

    adrianveidt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    I'm not viewing this site as a long term prospect, just getting used to the web development/design software by learning as i go, having said that, i dont know what kind of USP i could have to get me the edge over macrumors...

    also, does having navigation controls on the right= a bad design choice?

    should they be under the banner?

    many thanks
  19. WildGuess macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2010
    "MacRumors have found that Verizon iPhone 4 pre-orders..."

    MacRumors is singular. So MacRumors has found.....
  20. Cabbit macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2006
    The site is way to wide, should be optimised for a minimum of 960px in mind.

    Also to echo others there is no compelling content to make me want to go.
  21. kjbrown60 macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2011
    You've got one big problem - performance. Just looked at your site with Mozilla and it took over a minute to load. I checked at this end by loading from another site at the same time without any trouble. Also, the Google ads on the left are trashy. The rest of the site is OK-ish. You can get away with it if you do something about the performance.

    But it doesn't look or feel professional. You won't sell this style.
  22. Coheebuzz macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2005
    Nicosia, Cyprus
    I would much prefer the nav on the top or even the left side. Remember that we humans scan the monitor from left to right because that's how we were conditioned (Arabs work the opposite way). So you should rank your elements by importance and place them accordingly.

    Also i am not sure about the alignment of the site, i would prefer it if it was centered. On a large monitor it forces me to turn my head, and also you can see the background repeat on the right side which is not a nice touch.
    Did you align the site like that so the navigation is within visible range so to say?.

    I won't comment on the graphics as you can tune that later, right now you should focus on getting the UI perfect. Don't try to re-invent the wheel here, see how the big guys are doing it and build on that.

    My 2 c. :)
  23. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I would say yes, because:

    My browser is a bit over half the width of a 24" monitor yet when I opened your site, all of the navigation on the right side was cut off. The only way I could get to them was to scroll to the right.

    Sorry, but everything seems too big to me.
  24. adrianveidt thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    Hey no worries, i plan to implement under-banner-navigation as soon as i make some good graphics for it in photoshop, i think i'll keep the ads on the left, i've just got to figure out how to auto-centre everything on squarespace...

    does anyone know how to make squarespace Centre all the content as opposed to having my content align on the let side?
  25. macking104 macrumors 6502


    Jan 14, 2003
    California, USA
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPod; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7E18 Safari/528.16)

    1) articles are same as MacRumors... Why would I want to visit?
    2) article titles run off edge, yellow text is difficult to read.
    3) grammatical errors a plenty.

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