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http://www.johnthefreelancer.com/

 

I aimed for simplicity while giving the user maximized info about me and my freelance services. Please let me know if something does not display correctly for you (although I have tested my website in 5 different browsers in Vista - Firefox, IE 7, Opera, Safari, Netscape). If you would like to suggest more content (especially for the "about" section - I definately need more in there, but I have no idea what else to put), please feel free to do so. It'll be great also if you could suggest what the colors for the text in the forum section should be.

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Check spelling...found one error in the portfolio page...

 

also, on the projects page...you should have a screen shot or something for the gruntsrus.com pages, because i dont want to register on a site to view your work...

 

i like the layout and graphics...

 

also, is "John the Freelancer" your company name or something... because i dont think you should have <copyright John the Freelancer> on there...should be company name or your actual name....

 

just a thought

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Just a suggestion , but the first thing that jumped out at me was how wide your pages are.

I know your pages are liquid and thats the point, but from a reader's perspective it is easier to read if it has generous left-right padding. Another thing you can do is float a big image right and have the text on the left side.

Everyone likes to see pictures, and it make the text length shorter, more concise and therefore, much easier to read.

 

It's scientifically more strenuous to have your eyes move that far from left to right. Think of how newspapers are layed out.

 

HOpe this helps

 

Oh yeah, I have a 22" widescreen, so obviously, this exemplifies the problem.

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Looks nice and clean, but quite basic.

 

I would lose the forum too as I cant understand who would use it?

 

I just put the forums there just as a test. I'll get rid of it soon.

 

Just a suggestion , but the first thing that jumped out at me was how wide your pages are.

I know your pages are liquid and thats the point, but from a reader's perspective it is easier to read if it has generous left-right padding. Another thing you can do is float a big image right and have the text on the left side.

Everyone likes to see pictures, and it make the text length shorter, more concise and therefore, much easier to read.

 

It's scientifically more strenuous to have your eyes move that far from left to right. Think of how newspapers are layed out.

 

HOpe this helps

 

Oh yeah, I have a 22" widescreen, so obviously, this exemplifies the problem.

 

Ok, I'll put more padding in. As for the pictures, how big do you think the screenshots of the websites in my portfolio should be? If it's too big (as it is right now), I'll have to put a lot of text on the right side to make the page look good.

 

Thanks everyone for their opinions. If you  have any more opinions, please feel free to say them. I'm looking to improving my site (and others) constantly.

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I think your portfolio images are fine, but there should really be thumbnails.

To take that further, I would suggest putting your past designs (the product you are selling, i.e your services)

right smack on the home page.

 

I learned this the hard way.  But here's my advice.

Your webpage is trying to sell something right. In this case its your services. But your services are not something tangible. So what IS tangible? Well its the actual sites that you have actually created.

This makes your product tangible, and customers NEED something tangible. They want to SEE, FEEL , TOUCH, SMELL, what they are getting for their hard earned money.

 

So logically we'd want to capitalize and completely focus on making your product tangible.

You can very easily do this by putting juicy screen shots of your work right on the front page.

Maybe even a "before and after" or "this is what your site COULD look like"

 

Stuff like that.

 

The stuff on the front page now is nice and all, but maybe your customers don't know the technical aspects of coding, and therefore, if they don't know about it, they cannot care about it.

If i don't know what those terms are on your home page, then I can't value them.

 

What is unanimously valueable though, is as I said, the tangible product you are delivering.

Btw your screen shot DOES look great. So as a customer I would look at that and say "hey our site doenst look like that, this guy must know what hes' doing"

 

Again most here on the forum would understand the difference between looks and actual programming, but we are not your customers, your customers are your customers.

 

Give them what they want.

 

Hope this helps

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