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Complete re-design... what ya think?? (51 posts)

  1. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    We thought it was time for something new, something more clean/professional due to an extreme increase in readership and we wanted to keep them coming back to read what he have to say and share.

    So, this is my best effort, what do you think? Any ideas for us to make it better?

    Thank you in advance!!!

  2. jammo
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    link to your site?

    http://www.mykahil.com/

    i found it in your profile. :)

  3. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    lol...yup, thats it...

    well ya found it, so what'd ya think? lol

  4. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm still open to opinions on my site's new layout. it is also still a work in progress...

    thanks in advance

  5. niziol
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I like it!

    Nice layout, the colours blend well and they don't distract from the content. I like the topics of course and to top it all off - you write in full sentences.

    And of course, you look to be a cutie pie, so that never hurts!

    Cheers,
    Michael.

  6. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 8 years ago #

    It's a very boxy design. Which is no mark against it!

  7. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thank you niziol and Kafkaesqui! Any suggestions for my site? its always been kinda hard for me when i design things for myself. i can sit all day and do it for others, but i guess i'm just too critical on myself sometimes.

    we want to make our site as user friendly as possible

    Thank you!!

  8. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 8 years ago #

    "Any suggestions for my site?"

    Considering the clean lines in the layout the header graphic does seem a little out of place. Beyond that I see nothing to nitpick either in its organization or design-wise. Well, except for the typical (anal) validation critique:

    http://validator.w3.org/

  9. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    ehhh... i don't think that the graphic distracts really from the content. plus it makes it less boring rather than just the text and a plain background...lol...

    i don't understand the whole validator thing... i've viewed the site with different broswers and it all looks the same to me for the most part.

  10. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 8 years ago #

    There is a difference between a site that works fine in ones browser, and a site that validates. But as I parenthetically note, its about being anal with these things, that's all.

    As for the banner, it's your site, and just my opinion. ;)

  11. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    if the site looks fine in the browsers, then whats with the validating? sorry, i just don't understand why it matters with the validating and its purpose...

  12. katie1
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Why validate?

    Read: http://valet.htmlhelp.com/page/why.html

    Check out: The novice (or non-technical website owner) question: "my site looks right and works fine - isn't that good enough?"

    Click the ? question mark for your answer.

  13. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    umm... ok...

    i still don't get it... if it looks fine and works the way its supposed to, whats the big deal?

  14. whooami
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    kahil,

    one of your validation errors is related to tags -- inevitably this will not "look fine" in someone's browser.

    I realize perhaps it seems trivial but in the case of plain <html> tags, even one or two errors can break a layout in the wrong browser, just maybe not yours. You would be surprised.

    its up to you.

  15. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    i just looked at the results again... the first one, i don't understand what is wrong with it because it is the correct format used by wordpress for insterting an image. and the other things, of the ones i managed to find, they were all in the correct wordpress format for them to work. the others i can't tell cause it doesn't give you its location other than a column and line number...

  16. whooami
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    mmmmm, gotta love those long uri paste on here..

    never mind.

  17. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    lol...k...cause that didn't make sense still... i keep checking it and i keep getting the same results no matter what or how i change what it says are errors...

  18. niziol
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Kahil,

    Use this link, it will validate your page and show the source code below, so just click on the line number of the error and it will show you where it is.

    For images you need to specify an "alt" atribute, like:

    <img src="picture.gif" alt="Description of picture goes here">

    If you go through it, you should be able to fix up most of them, you do have a table in there which can cause problems. Give it a go and then let us know if you are having any problems!

    Cheers,
    Michael.

  19. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    ehh... no one has complained about my site not working...lol

  20. katie1
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    No one is complaining that your site isn't working, rather we are advising that there is the potential that it may not work in the future.

    That's why its important to validate your site so those poor folk out there who want to read your stuff, which incidentally I checked out your reviews - excellent stuff, may not be able to read it like moi. comprendre?

  21. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    no, cause that site still doesn't give clear explanations of where the error is, i.e. on what php page it is on, nor does it clearly explain how it should be. I keep checking it out and most of what if finds is done the correct way. some of it even is automatic stuff that i never changed...

    i'm still confused on it... i'm no expert...

  22. petit
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Still confused Kahlil!
    Okay - there are different flavours of opinion here.

    1. You can settle with the fact that no one has complained - here or anywhere else.

    2. Experienced webbers have been fighting for a looong time to make their sites work in every new kind of browser and have failed time and again. And they have struggled to convince browser makers to comply with standards and webmasters to do the same. This is all in the hope to finally get rid of patching CSS bugs and JavaScript ill behaviour. That's why they are so eager to make you check your markup.

    That said, if your site is working for your audience, you should do what you think is optimal.

    And your site is very nice and clean. I have to agree though with Kafkasesqui that your header graphic, though nice, seems a little dark and doesn't quite fit in with the look and feel as a whole. Not that it has to, but you asked for comments.

    There you are ;) and keep up the good work.
    The images are very fine.

  23. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    lol... i appreciate the comments... i just don't understand the whole validating thing because the things it picks up are all in the correct format for wordpress. afterall, wordpress is the one that generated them all.

    thanks

  24. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    so maybe a lighter header image would be better? maybe make the underlying image stand out more?

  25. katie1
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I agree with petit, on validating issues, but in the end Kahil the choice is yours. It's always nice to know that everyone who owns a blog is attempting to keep up with standards :)

    As to your overall look of your website? I like it, dark header inclusive. Sure, it sorta sticks out, but it doesn't offensively so. Perhaps a lighter color would be nice - its up to you.

    I also like your reviews, which I mentioned above, and yes, I spent some time yesterday reading your colorful posts.

    i just don't understand the whole validating thing because the things it picks up are all in the correct format for wordpress. afterall, wordpress is the one that generated them all.

    Unfortunately, that isn't strictly true. WordPress for the most part inserts relevant code, but themes are another issue entirely. For the most part they are valid, but there's some out there that are not.

    And I suppose it comes back to validating your markup to ensure your theme renders nicely in all browsers. Again, the choice is yours to make :)

  26. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    thank you katie1 for actually taking the time to look through my site and critique it. for some reason (i think i know why), few from here do that. Thank you!!!!!!!

  27. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    as for the validation errors, the only thing that i see that seems to be out of whack is the contact page in IE. but i know that that is a plugin issue rather than a validation issue (i use a simple plugin for that feature, needs to be updated). and the other stuff, being that my site and all the pages are working as intended and that i'm no code expert, i'll just leave it be for now. at least until i understand it more, i don't want to jinx myself...lol

  28. mickej
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    It looks nice. Maybe a little bit to wide, not everyone use >= 1280x1024.

    Considering the validation discussion.

    I ahve tried to validate a lot of blogs like blogspot, and they never fully validates.

    Ok, if you think about the future, it may be a good idea to have it validated all the time, but for now, if the site looks good in IE and FF, then it should be okey. But of course, always best to have it validated. My blog does not validate, i use a theme that has a lot of simple errors that the validatorn out there does not like. But i just dont care, since i have not made tha theme myself. AND the theme uses a lot of differenet files, an dthe validators out there just say "line xxx", and i have to find out in which file. :/

    Have a nice life! ;)

  29. niziol
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    The site fits nicely on my screen at 800 x 600 and my WordPress site is fully validated, right up to XHTML 1.1 :).

    Using the W3C link which I posted above, gives you the validation and the source below, so it's quite easy to figure it out.

    You don't have to validate, but there is no reason not to! Your header image is fine, the design is just fine in my opinion, just cleaning up the few little errors will make your site look the same too everyone!

    Cheers,
    Michael.

  30. Kahil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    yeah, i tested it at 800x600 and it looked fine. i don't think many computers now days have resolutions that go below 800x600...hmmm...

    ehhh...i'm not going to worry about the few validation errors that i have, not until it becomes a problem and things don't look/work right in the major browsers...

    thank you!!

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