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Dark. Glass. Sciptaculous. Critique Me. (20 posts)

  1. RenegadeLatino
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    RenegadeLatino.com/wordpress

    This is my personal site. I write about the Latino community, the internet and random things.

    I made the whole thing so if you see any errors please tell me and I will get in there and fix it. If you like it, please say that too so I can feel good. Muchas gracias.

  2. DianeV
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Well, feel good. It's really nice. I didn't see any bugs in my short visit. :)

  3. mpgeorge
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Bloody good. Well done.

    It's a little "sticky" when one first hovers over the buttons - sometimes they disappear rather than going blue. Maybe that's just me, though.

  4. Meyithi
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Very nice, as mentioned above though, images are failing to load and are disappearing on hover using IE7.

  5. RenegadeLatino
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Indeed there seem to be quite a few issues with IE. I knew of IE6 problems, but I thought it was working well in IE7. Thank you for the reviews, I'll be looking into the problems.

  6. mpgeorge
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Happens in Firefox too.

  7. RenegadeLatino
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Really? What happens in firefox? I was unaware there were any problems. The images themselves are rather big so when you hover over them that is when it begins to download so that'll cause the pause but does it always fail to load?

  8. alainS
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Before images are loaded it blanks in FF...then when cached is cool.
    But U got to fix the ugly effect in IE6. PNG transparency i think. Read more : http://www.howtocreate.co.uk/alpha.html

  9. RenegadeLatino
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    About the issue with IE6 I am not going to fix it because I want people to upgrade to at least IE7, if not Firefox or Opera or something.

    So I think I may put something on there to say that it doesn't look right because of their browser and to fix that they can upgrade. Not to be rude but I'd rather try to create a demand for standards browsers than to continue fixing for IE. If this were some large corporate site or something for a client then I would try to make it compatible with as many browsers as possible but since it's just my personal site I'll stick with just standards compliance (which I think is complete?...)

    Thanks for the comment though alainS.

  10. jnewing
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Nice site, the only think i could suggest is preloading, or using a css trick to make the roll overs go much more smooth.

  11. faustina
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    it's beautiful!

  12. alainS
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    RenegadeLatino:
    I know that you're upset by IE 6 users. I'll make an example. Let's say that you run a online shop. 30% of users are on IE6. To those you say: I don't wanna sell to you and yes my site is ugly with your browser. Goodbye.

    It's my point of view and believe me that after 10 years in webdesign I am considering everything that is more than 3% in stats. It makes clients and me happy because they can sell and my mission is acomplished: Make a site accesible to most of users. Because I am paid for this and I owe to clients consistency between different browsers and OS. I'll call it profesionalism.

    It is up to you.

  13. RenegadeLatino
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    jnewing: thanks, ill look into it.

    faustina: thanks, i appreciate it.

    alainS: I guess I didn't make myself clear. I couldn't agree with you more. If I was running an online shop then of course I'd wanna reach the largest possible audience and then I would cater to IE6. Clients deserve the broadest audience too and I think a professional web designer should design for all browsers. It's just that as long as someone with IE6 sees all sites working on their browser there will be no need to change. So on my personal site I'll bite the bullet, make it not work in IE and try and create that demand, as small as it might be.

    If I was paying myself for this I would feel I would owe myself consistency between different browsers. But since I'm getting it for free from myself then I can't demand much. :)

    I do consider myself professional none the less.

  14. gouac
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Very nice looking theme.

    I wondered what plugin u used at the bottom.
    "journal posts"
    ?

    Maybe it would be at better use at the top...

    Gouac

  15. RenegadeLatino
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Thank you. At the bottom I don't use a plugin for the journal posts list. I simply query 10 posts and display a link to each inside an li.Like so:

    <ul class="lists">
    <?php query_posts('showposts=10'); if (have_posts()) : while (have_posts()) : the_post(); ?>
    <_li><_a href="<?php the_permalink() ?>"><span class="date"><?php the_time('m.j') ?></span> <?php the_title() ?> <_/a><_/li>
    <?php endwhile; endif; ?>
    </ul>

    ***Note: the a and li tags shouldn't have an underscore. Couldn't figure out how to format it correctly so it would show up, sorry.

    I originally had it at the top, but I thought it would be easier at the bottom since users wouldn't have to click to see it (the "more navigation" link) but instead scroll down.

  16. alainS
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    RenegadeLatino:
    I've misunderstood you because I'm not a native-English speaker. But believe me on this one. If someone comes with IE6 on your site it will not think :"Oh god this site is ugly because I'm using IE6 or smthin." He'll just see an ugly page and simply leave it. It's a fact. Because a tech-savy user is already using IE7 or FF or Opera etc.

  17. RenegadeLatino
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Again, alainS, I agree. That is why earlier I said "So I think I may put something on there to say that it doesn't look right because of their browser and to fix that they can upgrade." I know people will go and not know its their browser that makes it look the way it does. So I will inform them and hope they change.

  18. jowra
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Not bad.

    There are some inconsistencies, like the missing shadows at the buttons "Journal", "Portfolio", "About". When you hover the big button (RenegadeLatino), the shadow is different to the default one. That may be intended so, but it looks "false" and "anxious".

    And as mentioned before: the hover-effect does not work smoothly cause the images are loaded slowly and to late (Firefox in my case).

    As ALA wrote years ago: "For optimum usability, a rollover must be instantaneous – BAM! – or the effect is diminished." Thats the point. So have a look at this one:

    http://wellstyled.com/css-nopreload-rollovers.html

    Cheers,
    John

  19. RenegadeLatino
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Indeed the rollover issue is a problem and I think I will have to fix it with the method mentioned.

    The shadow on the big button is different in the "on" state, it's double what the regular shadow is. I'm not sure what's meant by "false" and "anxious" but I'll work with the regular shadow and see what works.

    Indeed the menu buttons do not have shadows. I originally intended this and made it that way but I'll work with some shadows and see what works.

    Thank you for the input, I appreciate it.

  20. ketsugi
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Here's a really easy way to do preloading for images.

    put this somewhere, anywhere in your body:
    <img src="image-that-needs-preloading.png" style="display:none"/>

    The browser will fetch the image but will not display it thanks to the CSS. Then when the user hovers over your nav buttons, the browser will just take the image from its cache.

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