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Website critique [Jan. 12th, 2004|05:10 pm]
Peter Sheil
open entry for receiving critique on my web site - primarily for a diferent audience but if any of my regular LJ readers want to add their 2 cents worth please feel free :)

What do you think of my web site.

Comments, both positive and negative, are welcome but please be specific.
"Your web site sucks" doesn't help me gain a beter view of the value of the design where as "I hate page x because y" or "The link to x on page y is broken" are far more valuable to me.

Thanks
peter
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[User Picture]From: more_musings
2004-01-12 06:30 pm (UTC)
umm, it's not even loading here.

sorry.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-01-12 06:57 pm (UTC)
OK, maybe to many people all trying to hit it at once.

If you get a chance try later; if not then thanks for trying.

Peace
peter
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[User Picture]From: meows_r_us
2004-01-12 07:16 pm (UTC)
Went to it and I see you have made a nice head start to it. I am sure that you are planning to tweak it some more.

I really enjoyed looking at the photos. I especially like 313 and 321.

I think a darker background might work better. But, all in all, it is a nice website. Easy to get around on.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-01-12 07:25 pm (UTC)
... ahh, now look again, all the pictures will be different ... well maybe not all 'cos it's a random thing but you know what I mean :)

Thanks for the coments. i haven't been ignoring you recently but when I re-aded you after the name change you didn't get int the "default" friends group so I wasn't seeing your posts. i only discovered my loss the other day and you're back. You should feel more watched now :) (in a nice way of cource)

Peace
peter
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[User Picture]From: molk
2004-01-12 09:00 pm (UTC)
The transition effect from one page to the next is kinda tacky. I think just by getting rid of that it'll make it all the more professioanl.

The colour scheme is a little too plain too. I understand if your HTML skills aren't up to doing much more [I'm the same] but as it stands the blue really doesn't do much for it.

Your pictures rock though.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-01-12 11:32 pm (UTC)
Your first two comments started me feeling a little sad but your third made me laugh out loud :) Thanks :) :)

My aim has always been more to display the contents rather than have anything too clever driving it but I do need to try and get it to take up less of my time so some semi-automation is going to get done ... just have to read a bit more about MySQL databases and decide which bit of the site I'll wreck improve first.

Cheers
peter
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From: tir_tinuviel
2004-01-13 11:14 am (UTC)
I agree with the transaction filters. They're awful on any site and just remind me of kiddies I <3 Avril sites. If you *must* have them at least set the speed to 0.1 so that it happens REAL quick.

I like the random pictures and the fact that you have actually bothered to target a blank window for the clickable pictures.

I'll have to have another look later, got to go to work now.

:)
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-01-13 11:58 am (UTC)
Thanks for the input. I think after all the comments I'll drop the fades - shame I only just found out how to do them :( ... [:) actually ]

I'm thinking of putting all the picture albums onto something called Coppermine - a friend from work showed it to me and it looks good, easy to customise, v flexible and database driven (can even create the thumbnails on the fly!) so I will be having a play with that when I get some time, probably February.

You take care (hug) and hear from you soon.
Peace
peter
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-01-13 12:09 pm (UTC)
got to go to work now

Hmm ... I make that a bit after 11 AM GMT you posted that ... another early morning there eh? ;)
Is that work at the pub or on the computer?

Peace and (hugs)
peter
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[User Picture]From: bellanna
2004-01-12 09:56 pm (UTC)
I love your photographs, there was a beautiful one of a bridge, 202? ( I should have written it down ) I agree with the comments about the background colour, I think it needs something a little bit stronger.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-01-12 11:39 pm (UTC)
Hmm ... changing the colour should be easy enough. just need to make sure everything uses the style sheet then it can all be done in an instant.

there are a couple of bridges at the mmoment 201 and 204. I think I prefer 201 [202 is a boat yard across a wider area of canal]

thanks for the comments.
peter
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[User Picture]From: sieuesie
2004-01-12 10:34 pm (UTC)
I'm not keen on the transitions, never had been.

I like the random photos.

I like how you commented your code.

I like how you used CSS, but maybe you want to go back and look at that again - you still have a bit of inline formatting. You could try putting your css in a seperate file, and then its available for all your webpages to use - and you only have to amend one set of formatting for things like background colour etc.

You may want to add an image for the page name - just Blodt and Schmidigt is a little plain. I can understand you not wanting to put too much decoration on it, as you don't want to detract from the photos - however a little window dressing would make it look more professional and more pleasing to look at.

Have a look at some sites like www.glish.com/css - they do some basic CSS layouts using 2 and 3 columns and divs.

Does this help?
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-01-12 11:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that post - exactly what I was looking for :)

I like how you commented your code
:) Ah yes, I wasn't exactly expecting people to look, but it's OK. You are seeing the results of the day job there - I frequently have to go into other people's code [or even my own written a while ago] and have to figure out why it is doing something wrong so version control and comments are almost second nature to me.

Yes, I know the style sheet isn't used on every page - they sort of grew apart when I wasn't looking :) The plan was to get all the colours and general formating defined there exactly so I could change it all "at the touch of a button" ... well almost.

I agree the name is plain - I had the idea for the name and didn't think it all through :) How many times have I had to spell "blodtandsmidigt" for people? the good news is the "peter sheil" (with the quotes) is a good search string and gets my site and my blog in the top three so I can always direct people that way.

I'll add that site to my favourites (as it's a bit late to go hunting there now)

Thanks for taking the time to look at the site and respond that thoroughly.

Peace
peter
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[User Picture]From: sieuesie
2004-01-13 08:01 am (UTC)
Its my pleasure.

I was trying to think of a few more sites that I found useful...

www.csszengarden.com is a fascinating site. One piece of content and an open invitation to put together your own css style. Its stunning what people have done, all with CSS and a pretty good example of why style sheets are such a good idea.

www.w3schools.com/css has a pretty good tutorial. This is where I go for all my referencing needs :o)

Then there is www.alistapart.com. As you are techy anyway this won't be over your head.

diveintomark.org is another good site, and worth dipping into.

www.meyerweb.com is another site. Meyer has written some pretty good books on CSS. Worth at least a dip into.

Happy reading.
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