Posted 29 July 2006 - 03:36 PM
The old site: www.syracusebands.net
New Site: www.syracusebands.net/new
Everything validates with no errors or warnings in both XHTML Strict and CSS. (except for some user database input)
Here is what I would like:
- General critique on design and functionality
- Ideas on how to make the site better
- Ideas on what I can do with the front page (I like the "plates" on the front, but I need some design ideas for them, they don't quite fit)
- Any other comments you have about the site.
- How to fix the poll on the front page in FF.
Please keep in mind that this is not the finished product and I have a whole list of new features and fixes for the site and I will probably post that at a later time because it's a little long.
I am going for somewhat of a local "MySpace" pretty much just for a challenge and it would look good in my portfolio (cause that's what people are going for now a days)
Thank you for your help and time.
Posted 29 July 2006 - 03:52 PM
#1 - tiny dark grey letters on a pale grey background are hard to read, light grey letters on a pale grey background are almost invisible to me (but I'm well out of your visitor demographic)
#2 - the links on the calendar are almost as bad
#3 - a little styling on the 'vote' button is needed
#4 - the mouseOver behaviour on the top navigation bar is slightly weird (in FF). Sometimes the black stripe below is aligned, sometimes it appears under an adjacent link!
#5 - oooh, can we have a 'back to top of page link, please?'
Posted 29 July 2006 - 08:54 PM
Also another thing that I forgot to mention is that the whole layout is CSS, so is the front page. Pretty much all of the other pages have tables in them but I will eventually convert everything to CSS.
as for the top navigation i don't really see what you are talking about with the top nav. Can you take a screen shot or something?
Posted 29 July 2006 - 09:17 PM
2. One great example of a website similar to yours is purevolume.com (which you, no doubt, have seen). I think you should group together and rearrange the boxes. Honestly, I really don't like how they're big and grey--they look a little empty.
On that same note: it seems like headlines should be towards the top and that the calendar doesn't need to be so big--maybe just make a little calendar that tells what's happening on a day when you hover the mouse over the date?
3. I like the "top of the page" link. You could do that easily with anchors.
4. That is all. Most importantly: choose a color scheme.
(I think maybe you should go with a dark grey background instead of black...I think the black is a little too intense looking, I've never been a fan of black backgrounds)
Posted 29 July 2006 - 09:32 PM
top nav screenshot (composite of three) - 'bands' is where the mousepointer is in each case and depending on whereabouts over 'bands' I get laterally and vertically displaced black 'things' appearing below the navigation words.
Posted 29 July 2006 - 10:30 PM
I will work on getting more of a color scheme.
Those black boxes are the "sweet titles" that I'm using, unfortunately they don't like images very well. If you moseover any of the links on the front page you should see the same thing, just with text in it. I will be messing with these a little more too.
Posted 30 July 2006 - 07:52 PM
- Burgandy, red, slate gray
- Dark green, sage, white, grey
You'll want to make sure your header matches.
Instead of using image rollovers, have you ever considered using Flash? They're really easy to do and quite a bit more flexible. If you need the program, let me know. I've got both MX 2004 pro and 8.
Posted 31 July 2006 - 11:55 AM
On the main page - try looking at your site in 1024 x 768. The heading images Band and Fan Registration are pushing the content way down the page causing me to scroll lots, and not see any other info in the beginning.
Posted 31 July 2006 - 12:13 PM
I'm doing more programming right now, and I'll worry about the scheme and little css stuff later.
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