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  1. The bevels and the 3d are a bit overkill. It looks cool - so cool - that I waste my time looking away at the 3d effects instead of the awesome African pictures/entries!!!


    Otherwise, it looks very professional and I'm really digging the content. I was born in Africa so this is bringing back some memories... lol


    Btw: I never thanked you for the very nice words, FilmGod! Thanks a lot!

  2. Just a note with thetabs, in firefox (3.5) the last link (Life) doesn't line up properly when you hover over it. And when you click on  it, the tab isn't selected.


    Yeah, I noticed that.. I have fixed it so the "life" tab is active when you are in that category, but it is still not lined up correctly in Safari (and some versions of Firefox i guess).. It's right in Google Chrome, IE and in my older version of Firefox..


    Any ideas how to fix that??




    PS: Markup is now validated (at least for the index, improved but not valid on the rest.. still working)

  3. hmm.. thanks for interesting comments.. I loved the bevels when I first put them there, but now that you say it, I have to agree it looks kind of cheap..


    The markup definitely needs work. I just never have the time to do it.. One beautiful day..


    But I might drop the bevels sooner.. Thanks again!

  4. Hi,


    I had some good feedback on this site a few months ago. At that time people liked the simplicity. However, now I am afraid it is not as simple as it used to be. I am also afraid I am guilty of over-killing the site with my self-taught php and css. So my questions are:


    1. Any obvious things that really needs to be improved / fixed?


    2. Any critique of the category tabs?


    3. Other suggestions?


    URL: http://www.theafricatravelblog.com



  5. Hi,


    On my wordpress blog's index page I show excerpts of my three latest post. Below these, I have three columns of which each shows the latest headlines from selected categories.


    How can I make these headlines "change" to the older headlines as the user clicks "older posts"?


    I would actually like these columns to always show headlines from the posts that are on the pages after the one you are currently on.


    If the question is hard to understand, it might make more sense if you look at the site: http://www.theafricatravelblog.com


    The code for the headlines section is now:


    <div class="headlines">
    <div class="leftlines"><h3>Africa Travel Blog Posts</h3>
    	<ul><?php query_posts('cat=-6,-46&showposts=3')?>
    	<?php if (have_posts()) : ?>
    			<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
    			<a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><li><h2><?php the_title(); ?></h2></li></a>
    			<?php endwhile; ?></ul>
    			<?php else : ?>
    			<p class="center">Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn't here.</p>
    	<?php endif; ?></div>
    <div class="rightlines"><h3>Quick Africa News</h3>
    	<ul>	<?php query_posts("cat=6&showposts=3")?>
    	<?php if (have_posts()) : ?>
    			<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
    		<a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><li><h2><?php the_title(); ?></h2></li></a>
    			<?php endwhile; ?></ul>
    			<?php else : ?>
    			<p class="center">Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn't here.</p>
    	<?php endif; ?></div>
    <div class="centerlines"><h3>Fellow Traveler's Blog Posts</h3>
    		<ul>	<?php query_posts('cat=46&showposts=3')?>
    	<?php if (have_posts()) : ?>
    			<?php while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
    			<a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent Link to <?php the_title_attribute(); ?>"><li><h2><?php the_title(); ?></h2></li></a>
    			<?php endwhile; ?></ul>
    			<?php else : ?>
    			<p class="center">Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn't here.</p>
    	<?php endif; ?>


    Thank you very much for all help!!



  6. I started learning php for the first time today, but I did not get further than my first "Hello World!", before the problems started.


    echo "<h1>Hello World!</h1>";


    Gives this screen:




    My question: Why is the ;?> displayed?


    Is it a bad installation of php or apache? It displays correctly when I upload it to my host and display it "online": http://www.hakonkavli.com/first.php


    Can someone guide me to the solution of this problem?


    Thank you very much!


    Edit: Oh, by the way: To test my php and apache install I created a file phpinfo.php with the code:




    It shows up correctly when I go to http://localhost/phpinfo.php, but is blank when I open the file from c:


    I don't know if it matters to the problem solution, but I thought it might be relevant.

  7. I just decided to teach myself MySQL, Apache and PHP (With help from Sams Teach Yourself books). But I struggled like hell with just installing MySQL Community Server, and ended up only being able to install the 4.1 version!


    I tried installing 5.0, 5.1 and 6.0, but they all gave a message somewhat like this: Unable to create MySQL: error 0. Is this a Vista related problem, or does it happen to everyone?


    I understood from some forums that if you have installed MySQL before, that can be the problem (which i did one time in the past). But I uninstalled everything and deleted everything related to MySQL. I made new server names while configuring, but still: the only version I was able to make work was 4.1.


    Anyone know what the problem is? (Apart from me being a beginner and know nothing about MySQL)



  8. akitchin:


    Thanks! I really like the simplicity too, but might just add something little to make it a bit more interesting. I will work on the buttons, maybe make the hover color different, or make some other effects. And when I find out how to make it work right, I will make a faster rollover.


    I haven't worked on the sidebar at all, that really needs work. But I will have to look around, at the moment I have no idea what to do with it. So, suggestions are received with love!





  9. Thanks for great constructive qritique!



    1. You both agreed (and I agree) that the top left logo/text should be a link to "home". It's now a background image, because I can't make it show up when I try to use the <img src="images/logo.png" alt="The Africa Travel Blog Logo"> in html, I just get the alt-text. And that's why I can't make it a link. Any suggestions to why this happens?? -I'm sure it's just a silly little thing..


    2. Do anyone know of other websites with similar design, where I could get some inspiration? I will take a look at the templates you suggested nrg_alpha..




    I actually tried to do something like the css sprites, but it never really worked out. I had problems with making the background show properly (I had never created a button with hover effect until last night, so I am still a rookie). But I will read the link you provided, and try some more. I also agree about the link colors, fonts, etc., they are all just temporary. Thanks for great feedback!



    Thanks for a lot good inputs, I have appreciated your advice for my other travel sites before!


    As to the spicing up, I totally understand what you mean. I really like the simple look it has now, but I am still not satisfied because I am afraid it is too boring, and I want it to be interesting! I will definitely add some pictures at some point: There will of course be pictures in the posts, which will lively up the whole site, but I would also like to incorporate some pictures into the main design. Maybe in the header. I am just very uncertain of how to make it look good and natural.


    And yes, at some point I'll have to validate the coding, and Im dreading it.



  10. Hi,


    You have always been so helpful with giving constructive critique and advice for my websites earlier (http://www.phpfreaks.com/forums/index.php/topic,240083.0.html)..


    This time it is my Winter Travel Blog I would like some feedback on. Winter Travel is "a blog to find the destination and inspiration for all winter travel adventures."


    I started of with a theme (cognoblue) from Wordpress, but has modified it to a point where there is nothing left of the original design (except from the lay-out which is similar)..


    Would you suggest any changes to my design? Any functions you miss in the blog? I know it is not a radical or revolutionizing design, I wanted it to look like a blog but still have my own look that matches with my Norway Travel Guide..


    Thank you very much!



  11. thank you nrg_alpha, that was very informative.


    I have now validated the code on my index page and the main travel page. This is validated for transitional html (not strict). Are there advantages to choose the strict?


    It should be pretty quick to validate the rest since I don't think they have much of the errors as the main pages had.


    And while I'm at it; is there a way to "attach" one div to another? The blue column with "recent articles" is one div, and I'd like the orange picture below it (which is another div) to move down when I add more links to the blue div. Now it has a fixed position.


    I also had a similar problem with making a footer..


  12. Hi all,


    I appreciate your comments in earlier topics on my Travel Guide to Norway.


    The coding has now been vastly improved (I hope, I am not a professional), and I think the design is also a lot better than last time. All my changes so far have actually been inspired by your comments, so I am very grateful.


    I hope you will have some critique and comments to my new design: Norway Travel Guide at www.mynorwaytravelguide.org


    Thank you being so helpful!



  13. Hi,


    I asked for feedback on my travel guide to scandinavia a while ago and got some constructive feedback. In particular you suggested that I should change the banner and separate the menu from the contents. This is the my new design, and I would truly appreciate all critique and comments!


    This is the website with a new (and hopefully improved) design:

    My Norway Travel Guide - www.mynorwaytravelguide.org


    This is the thread with your comments on my old design: http://www.phpfreaks.com/forums/index.php/topic,236188.0.html


    Thank you all very much!!

  14. Hi,


    I really have close to no experience with php, but I am trying to learn..


    My goal at the moment is to create a comment function for my website (http://www.myscandinavia.org). The point is to let people comment on my articles, and having the comments displayed below the article..


    Do any of you have an easy to use step by step guide to create this, templates, or a website you will recommend for this?


    Thanks to you all!!

  15. poorly coded

    design needs some work, the header part is just a cut out image with text on it


    yeah, my coding experience is limited to this site only (and my even more poorly coded home page hakonkavli.com). I have been teaching myself html and css while creating this site, so the codes are messy..


    But I am more interested in how the site looks for a person using the page for what it is meant for (information about travel in Scandinavia), not really what a programmer / webmaster would think of it. If that makes sense?


    So I want it to look nice (not too fancy), be user friendly, easy to navigate, etc.


    But thanks for the quick feedback!!


    Link to the website: www.myscandinavia.org






  16. Hi,


    I just discovered this great forum!


    I am creating a website called MyScandinavia.org. My goal is to make a well functioning travel guide for Scandinavia. So far I have focused on the part about Norway, and I want the different countries to have their own independent travel guide.


    I am interested in feedback on design (I have created this simple design using tables in html/css), layout, menus, etc.


    Thank you very much for all tips, comments, critique and advice!!




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