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  1. Mark
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Any thoughts? Good or Bad?

    http://www.themidwestscene.com/index.php

    Thanks to all of you who helped get me going. I am really liking WP a lot and makes it really nice for surfers to comment and generate some interaction with the authors, etc...

    Rock on!

    -Mark

  2. bodnotbod
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I can;t see any 'powered by WordPress' on there.

  3. LostSock
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm sure Mark left it off by mistake. It looks like he was hard at work on the site. I'm sure he'll remember to add it soon. Nice design, Mark!

    Best wishes!

  4. RadoVleugel
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    The design is great, but you have to tweak it to look as good in Explorer as it does in Firefox. The current problem is that in IE the upper part of your site aligns to the center and the lower part to the left. One design problem is the footer. In both browsers it misses some pixels after ‘privacy’.

    Rado Vleugel

  5. Mark
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks guys for your thoughts. I did fix the bug in IE and added the WP thing too. Didn't think I needed that. But I love WP so I'll add it:)

  6. leofish
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    nice site. you did some great CSS and layout customization on it.

    i would go into my WP admin console and change the options-->permanlinks

    change the structure to something like this:
    /%year%/%monthnum%/Úy%/%postname%/

    and the category base to something like this
    /topics

    OR
    /categories

    that way you will have clean urls, more search friendly.

    if you get an error in setting this, it probably means that your .htaccess is not writeable but in most cases you should be able to do it.

    good job

  7. courtneyelizabeth
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    nice use of templatemonster...it looks a little off in IE, but very nice...looks like it might have been complicated to fit wordpress in...*thumbs up*

  8. Mark
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Leofish- Thank you for your suggestions. I'll give those a shot.

    Court- yeah i loved that design and thinks it works well for what i'm doing. it was a pain in the arse at first, but definately worth the trouble:)

  9. Mark
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Leofish- I like the idea of the permalinks and yes that should help with searching and search engines with their spiders.

    But now WP created a "2005" folder and those images don't show up. Short of using the "<?php bloginfo('stylesheet_directory'); ?>" code before all of my images, is there another way of telling the "2005" folder where the images can be found?

  10. Mark
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'll just go with that system for now. No biggie:)

  11. seidon
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Nice design. Maybe the content pages should be thinner than the index page? I just finish reading 'Don't Make me think' by Steve Krug, I think on my next site I will use a large Site ID/Logo on the index page, and a smaller/thinner one for the content pages. Looks good though!

    David Martinez
    http://www.seidon.com/

  12. leofish
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    hey encryptdesign,
    thx. its creates the 2005 folder because of the PHP in
    /%year%/%monthnum%/�y%/%postname%/

    it creates a date coupled with postname

    the categories go into the structure

    /topics

    its good practice...best and great job

  13. theillustratedlife
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Great site!

    Flexibility is what makes WP so powerful. You can get a clean, usable site in a couple hours at the outside (assuming ISP problems and accounting for customization), which you can continue to customize to fit your needs. I was planning on starting a webcomic as a lead up to some cartoon shorts. Oneday it struck me to do a hoster blog and customize the hell out of it. I followed the link on AnimationPodcast.com, one of the only blogs I follow, and have loved WordPress ever since. I'm not even stressed about making a logo - the theme I found is so good that I can focus on drawing first and design second. Furthermore, I have live RSS and commenting capabilies without having to learn a new scripting language. Go WP!

    And, again, great site. It'd be cool to see some themes or tutorials that shed light on the insights of building a webpage with blog software.

  14. Mark
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thank you guys so much for your insight. I am still having some issues with how my design is rendered in WP, I hate IE, but a lot of people use it, oh well:)

    theillustratedlife- I totally agree with you. I started with WP after some other means of creating a database were exhausted. I now have 2 sites running WP. FoxValleyShows.com and themidwestscene.com. FVS is a site that basically uses the "guts" of WP as a database management system and TMS uses WP as it was basically intended for. Both sites work well for me and WP definately makes a lot of editing easier with its awesome Admin section.

    Before I would have to manually edit pages with Dreamweaver and reupload the page. Now that wasn't a big deal, but WP makes soo many things easier to deal with. Tons of plugins, tons of helpful people in the forums help make the difficult database management issues easy. Plus most of the people here are just good people in general.

    So being a novice with database management systems, WP has made it easy:)

    Thanks again for your thoughts theillustratedlife and everyone else too.

    A tutorial going through some complex issues would be helpful I am sure. I am sure some one here could handle that request if one hasn't been done already.

  15. REvans
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    You might want to check your links. If you hover over them the wrong name is attributed to them. Check your title in the <a href .

  16. NorthernPassages
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Looks exactly like http://www.hartattack.tv/

    Wow, what are the odds that you and Carey Hart's design team basically came up with the same site?

  17. theillustratedlife
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I believe someone said this was template based...

    "nice use of templatemonster...it looks a little off in IE, but very nice...looks like it might have been complicated to fit wordpress in...*thumbs up*"

    "yeah i loved that design and thinks it works well for what i'm doing. it was a pain in the arse at first, but definately worth the trouble :)"

  18. NorthernPassages
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    my bad

  19. Mark
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks REvans, those are fixed.

    Yeah it is based off a template. I don't mind using templates every once in a while. They are very reasonably priced and you can get a full site for $50. Plus the flash is already done and with some minor changes you can have a completed site within minutes. I guess I look at it that it saves me time which in a sense saves money too:)

  20. whooami
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I see one thing in yours that bothered me before looking at the second site.. the lower right hand corner of the header has some extra "noise" that extends toward the bottom of the page. On your site, that area is broke in a straight edge. It makes the page look disjointed.

    As for anything else -- you bought a template for a site that you list under your portfolio, kudos? (truth in advertising is another topic)

  21. Mark
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    are you implying that people who use templates to save time don't do any work on the templates? the templates that i have used still take a lot of work to get just right. those who use templates "as is" can set them up pretty quickly. but there is still work that goes into it. templates just save me time in designing everything from scratch.

    i'll look into the noise you speak of though:)

  22. Matt1983
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    i think it's pretty smart what you are doing, and it looks good too.

  23. Mark
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    why thank you matt:)

  24. whooami
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    i wasnt implying what you said, exactly, no. I do find it funny to see someone that advertises "We are a complete design team" using a purchased template though. That it is your site makes it seem less of an "issue" (for lack of a better word) though.

    Like I said thats another topic though so I'll drop it.

  25. Mark
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    no problem:) i understand your point although its not completely accurate.

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