How Was Your Day website
Posted 11 March 2006 - 07:57 PM
Starting a new project and would appreciate it if you could take a look and tell me what you think.
It's basically a site where visitors submit anecdotes about their Day. You can then view the Days of others.
Could you please take a look at the design and tell me what you think? I know it's still imperfect in Opera and FF, but I'm working on it. Also, is the concept any good?
It would also be great if you could submit your own Day.
The link is [a href=\"http://howwasyourday.humaneightball.com\" target=\"_blank\"]http://howwasyourday.humaneightball.com[/a]
All help much appreciated,
Posted 11 March 2006 - 08:32 PM
Your image optimization needs work - the header is 90+kb = death on dial-up
An html page should only have ONE set of HEAD tags, ONE set of HTML tags, and ONE set of BODY tags. You have lots - that's no good.
Graphically, it's uninspired but let's assume it'll get better as you work on it. You might want to adjust how the 'days' are displayed so that they are vertically aligned the same regardless of how long the day's description is.
As a concept, it's great. Properly 'marketed' it could generate lots of traffic. I assume visitor rating of a day is something that's coming soon. You might even want to consider allowing visitors to post a comment on someone else's day.
Take a look at [a href=\"http://www.clientcopia.com\" target=\"_blank\"]http://www.clientcopia.com[/a] - that might give you some ideas about graphics and content/features on a similar site.
Posted 11 March 2006 - 09:33 PM
Very small site, with no border. It's next to impossible to make a site with so little actual content to actually fill up an entire screen. On your "Browse Days" screen, be sure to have it open up to your top-ranked days, with your five newest on the front page, just for usability. The worst thing, though, is that on your recent days screen, I can't even see the days, just the titles. Completely inaccessible interface design here.
Posted 12 March 2006 - 02:12 PM
Andy - You're right about those tags, I didn't even notice. That's include() for you. I was meaning to vertically align them but couldn't find out how. I'll look into that. I was also thinking about implementing the rating system, but that will have to come later when we get more days. Commenting on other visitors' days is a good idea, I never really thought about so thanks for that. I'll look into coding that.
moberemk - You make great points, thought I must say I'm fond of my side menu. I'll also look into making the days - or at least parts of them - visible on the recent days screen.
Thanks again guys, this kind of critique is exactly what I'm after. Now I'm off to try and ffix what's not right.
Posted 26 March 2006 - 12:42 AM
[ol type=\'1\'][*]I submitted my day, waited 4 seconds and got a message saying something like 'Script taking too long, continue or cancel'. Uh oh... Worked out when I clicked Continue, but that needs to be fixed ASAP.[*]After submitting a day, give a prettier page than the plain text that comes up. Though I'm sure you're working on this. Right?[*]Front image (car crash) : 117.89 kB. Too big. Optimise.[*]That font looks like Arial. Ugh - only google can pull that off.[/ol]
All the best with the site!
Posted 26 March 2006 - 11:21 PM
Posted 27 March 2006 - 06:44 AM
In addition I would move the main content block up slightly - again for white space purposes and to eliminate some unneccessary vertical scrolling.
Make sure you remember to style the submission form. Serif font are evil (most of the time). Also the form seems to flow outside of the main panel in IE and comes very close to it in FF. Adding a little more space at the bottom or reducing some of the whitespace at the top could fix this.
Nice idea. Be interesting to see how much traffic you get. Good Luck
Posted 01 April 2006 - 10:00 PM
I'm working on a variation of the design which will take into account all of the things that have been said. I'l let you know when it's finished and hopefully you'll be able to give me some additional critique.
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