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BoycottGoogleAds.com (please review, not flame!) (22 posts)

  1. jemoore
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I know a TON of you may disagree with my site, and that's OK. I would appreciate your objective feedback on my site's design - http://boycottgoogleads.com .

    I would like to say WAY TO GO, WordPress!!!!!! I'm not new to making sites, but I am new to blogging. This program made blogging easy, and even addictive. Even if I eventually lose interest in my current site's purpose, I'll probably continue blogging with WordPress, somewhere.

    Take care,
    James

  2. Michael Bishop

    Posted 8 years ago #

    There is no "design" to comment on. You are using a previously released theme, "almost spring". IMO, you are simply fishing for traffic.

  3. Marc
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Can I raise the BS flag?

    You have done no changes to the Almost Spring theme, with the exception of the header, so what feedback would you desire?

    And the header graphic was done with a free online service.

    Sounds more like a cheap attempt to drive traffic to me.

  4. hooopla
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    How about giving a clear credit to WordPress? Yes, you've got a link to WordPress.org, but it's customary (and polite) to display something somewhere (and not a tooltip) showing that your site runs on WP.

    Beyond that, your design looks good...although, not to carp, but much of its appeal derives from your use of Google's logo in your header. Personally, I don't think you can have it both ways -- if you want to criticize Google, then I don't think you should 'borrow' their visual style.

  5. jemoore
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    As I said I am totally new to blogging (and esp. building sites based on blogs)...for the record I *have* edited the sidebar and the footer, in addition to the header. Regarding giving more credit to WordPress, would this best go under my recommended sites? Or do you mean a graphic (don't want to get too cluttered)?

    Regarding their logo style - I hadn't thought of that, I'll try and think of something better.

    Thanks so much,
    James

  6. jemoore
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    OK, the logo is still somewhat a knock-off of Google's, but I think it's different enough to add interest (used watercolor effect). Better?

    Thanks again,
    James

  7. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Try simply "reversing" the goog logo. Use PSP or whatever graphics prog you favor, and use "negative image" selection.... if you're on about goog's evil, that ought to be evocative....

    [NOTE PLEASE! I don't have any agenda for or against goog myself....]

  8. jemoore
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks for the idea - I did it, but it's rather bold (maybe that's not bad?). Not sure the Almost Spring matches that great now...any thoughts/suggestions on that?

    (Still wondering about how to give due credit to WordPress, too...)

    Thanks!
    James

  9. pizdin_dim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    How about giving a clear credit to WordPress? Yes, you've got a link to WordPress.org, but it's customary (and polite) to display something somewhere (and not a tooltip) showing that your site runs on WP.

    Customary and polite according to who? You? The whole purpose of GPL is freedom to do with as you wish. Insisting that credits (advertising) are publicised is not within the spirit of GPL software.

    Most of us who visit here know that WordPress is great software but that doesn't mean we should be compelled to "sing and dance" about it. The quality of the software is what has made it so popular, not the advertising.

  10. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 8 years ago #

    "Still wondering about how to give due credit to WordPress, too..."

    You've got the link in your Meta section. Not sure what else is expected.

  11. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Try "negative" on the other main colors. Almost Spring is "okay" colorwise, but wishy-washy really. Go for bold....

    Yeah. Go for bold. Pick one of those colors from the header and put that on the body, then make the content area black, with the other colors as needed for titles etc....

    Now THAT would be a statement.

  12. jemoore
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Doh! Editing the colors in Almost Spring...would that entail mastering CSS????????? (Something I'm *very* limited on.) I'll head to the FAQs about editing themes, maybe it's not as bad as I'm imagining. :)

    Thanks much for the constructive feedback!
    James

  13. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    James, if you get stuck, email me - vkaryl *at* bytehaven *dot* com. I'll see what I can do to help.

  14. Marc
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Take a look at Patriotic. It's a different color (dark red & Blur) version of Almost Spring.

  15. Michael Bishop

    Posted 8 years ago #

    The irony of hooopla comment is that in the site that links out of his name, there is simply the wordpress text link in his footer. No different than the OP.

  16. hooopla
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    You've got the link in your Meta section. Not sure what else is expected.

    I guess I'd expect something that indicates the site is run on WP. I realize this isn't required by GPL and I wasn't talking about legalities. A "WordPress" link is good (as I said), but it doesn't quite say that 'this is a WordPress site' the way that 99% of other WordPress sites do it (i.e., "Powered by WordPress" or something similar).

  17. hooopla
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    The irony of hooopla comment is that in the site that links out of his name, there is simply the wordpress text link in his footer. No different than the OP.

    I have no idea what you're talking about. The footer on my site has always said "Cuppa News is powered by WordPress".

  18. piginzen
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I dont think you have to "master" CSS to actually use and manipulate CSS...

    And on a side note, I think it would be beneficial to have an ABOUT page that explains your viewpoints... I glanced through the posts on the main page and I don't understand why your site exists... So functionally an ABOUT page seems feasable...

    Word.

  19. Michael Bishop

    Posted 8 years ago #

    The semantics you are arguing over, hooopla are the words "powered by"???

    Because aside from those two words, the manner of "credit" is the same between the two sites. Not to mention, I'm sure if I look at his source, I'll also see that it's running WordPress, which, anyone that's really interested, would know to do. A casual visitor could care less, even if its in the footer as your site is. But that's just my two ¢.

  20. theglobalguy
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    One reason not to mention WordPress is that it keeps spambots from attacking the site. Since I removed the link to wordpress, and the meta line that's supposedly for WP internal stats four months ago, I've had zero spam comments, and I've got no anti-spam plugins running.

    Yeah, I appreciate what wordpress has done, but I also don't necessarily give attribution to redhat, apache, windows, photoshop, or the other tools that go into my site.

  21. RosieMBanks
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Yeah, I appreciate what wordpress has done, but I also don't necessarily give attribution to redhat, apache, windows, photoshop, or the other tools that go into my site.

    Photoshop, Windows, etc... they all cost big bucks, but WordPress is free. A tiny mention in the footer doesn't cost you anything and helps promote the software.

    As for the spambots, it's my experience that they find you even if WordPress is not mentioned on your site. I've never heard of the WordPress/spambot connection, but I haven't seen any spambot spam since I installed Bad Behavior and Spam Karma2.

  22. jemoore
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hey, I wanted to publicly thank Vkaryl for the awesome job - I just did some minor tweaking to what V came up with. Now the site's really cool looking, if I do say so myself. :) http://blog.boycottgoogleads.com

    My blog's not popular enough yet I guess to worry about spam - if it becomes a problem I'll try out the tools you mentioned above.

    Thanks,
    James

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