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  1. tonedru
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Just made my first wordpress site (and first ever website) for our wedding venue. Was just looking for any suggestions or advice on it before I launch it. I know it's not perfect, but it's a start.

    Thanks!
    ToneDru

    http://www.events-sugarhouse.com

  2. tonedru
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Any advice on how to make this better???

  3. RichardWPG
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    It looks good. Is that theme a custom theme?

  4. tonedru
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    i got the main theme from elegantthemes.com

  5. bigal42
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    personally I would change the font style if you can and make it darker.

  6. tonedru
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I was actually thinking about making the font a little darker. It's currently set up the way it came with the theme.
    I'll look into it, thanks!

  7. elizzz
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    yes make it darker so it may be easier to read..

  8. tonedru
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Any other suggestions?
    Or do you think it's pretty good the way it is. It's my first website, so I'm hoping I did everything right. lol

  9. kamogawa32
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I mainly watched the home page and it looks quite good, but i would try to make everything a bit lighter and more elegant.

    The background doesn´t work so well with the greens in the pictures. Maybe try another color not toosaturated; dark green or blue, soft orange, bordeaux, even a soft grey or a white?
    I would try the home page without the link icon too (back to...) or at least i would make it more minimalistic (the header fonts already do it well).
    I would maybe avoid the youtube video in the main page. It´s not too proffesional and the composition would be nicer in my opinion. You can show the video option in some other place of the site.
    As the slider is the first thing you watch i would take care about the pictures;
    The sitting girl one doesn´t work because of her weird position, the imperfections in the grass...I would try with some architectural detail instead. The building looks nice.
    The chair´s picture could be of better quality too. Try to get a nice picture of it, well focused and with enough resoultion, which shows the same scene with all the green space and the same setting.
    The other pictures do work quite well :).

    Now my question. I see that you are using elegantthemes but i would like to know about the home slider to try it in my site. I´ve seen it around but don´t know which one it is. I can´t figure it out with the firebug. Anyone knows?

  10. kamogawa32
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You have a better picture of the wedding setting in the gallery.
    The two men with ties is a great photo, maybe too much for the home page?
    In case you avoid the video you could keep some audio for the home page. Is it possible to play audio without breakdowns for the whole site?

  11. tonedru
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    changed the background.

    We're getting a bunch of new photos pretty soon from some recent weddings here, so some of the photos will be changing soon. Thanks for the input on them though. It helps to know which ones other people like.

    I plan to put a little more text on the home page, kind of like a short introduction. So it'll be changing also in a bit.

    I'd like to keep a video on the main page. I might make it a little smaller and put a white background on the video so that it looks a little smoother with the theme though.

  12. tonedru
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I was thinking also about having the video automatically play, which would also serve as nice background music, but it seems like some people don't like that (media playing automatically). I'm still debating.

  13. fawkesblog2
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    It looks fine except the faded edge on photos is very 1995 and the font for "back to elkforge.com" is dreadful, make it helvetica or something simple.

    I like the look other than that.

  14. wpp
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi there,

    Great efforts and really good results.

    Please add xml sitemap and tagging too for better search engine visibility.

    Thanks

    Manoj Sharma

    [sig moderated as per the Forum Rules]

  15. tonedru
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I just installed the All-in-one seo pack and I'm working on getting that setup.

    About the pictures, I really wanted to put a nice looking border/frame around them. Is there a plugin that helps with that?

  16. tonedru
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    not sure what you mean by 'xml sitemap'... lol... sorry, it's my first website.

  17. tonedru
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    i should clarify, I do know what a sitemap is, but I've never done one, so I don't really know how to set that up.

  18. kamogawa32
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Maybe you can use an html object or similar for the automatic start of the video/audio. The visitor would be able to turn it off. You would have to upload the whole video to your server though.
    Kind of this;

    <object data="data/test.mpg" type="video/mpeg" width="320" height="255">
    <param name="src" value="data/test.mpg">
    <param name="autoplay" value="false">
    <param name="autoStart" value="0">
    alt : test.mpg
    </object>

    I don´t know which background i´d prefer but the brown one works better than the previous for sure.
    And again, i would give the Elkforge link a try as it destroys the nice header composition that you have.
    Of course all this is subjetive, the site is ok. Let´s see how the new home page photos work.

  19. Edie
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    The background color should be different. And it looks good but the picture in the upper right hand corner is kind of bothersome... something about the font doesn't look professional.

  20. indindan
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi, for being your first site it looks very good. I would change the background color. I would use a white background.

    Regards

    [sig moderated as per the Forum Rules]

  21. tonedru
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I just changed the link 'back to elkforge.com'. Unfortunately I need it there so that it links back to our main page, but I made it black and white and changed the font a little bit. I think it will blend in a little bit better with the rest of the header now.

    The problem that I see with the header is that the main logo in the center and the link to the left side are too close to each other. I tried moving the logo over to the right about 40-50px but i couldn't get it to work. Any suggestions? I think that would make it much less crowded.

    About the background. What I would really prefer is a creme or off-white background with a nice simple texture, but I couldn't find one that I really liked. I'd appreciate any suggestions on background textures that I could use to give it a little more visual appeal.

    Thanks for all the input, it's greatly appreciated.

  22. trying to keep uo
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Looks good to me

  23. kamogawa32
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    More fast suggestions. I made it fast but i would go more this way;
    http://imageshack.us/f/204/unled1mo.jpg/

  24. tonedru
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @kamogawa32, that looks really good. do you have the image of that which i can get from you. something like that may work a bit better for this page.

    Thanks!

    ToneDru

  25. mp3bol.in
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You have selected nice theme and your contents are useful.

  26. kamogawa32
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @tonedru, i just made a screen print and played a bit with Photoshop with it. I don´t have any new background image, but you could edit yours easily playing with hues, lightness, etc...
    As for the Elforge link, i made an edit with Photoshop too, but i don´t really know how would i make that link inside your theme. It was just a compositional suggestion.
    My image is a low resolution one and i don´t think that sending you it is worth. You can download it from imageshack anyway.

    You are welcome!

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