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How do I make ourtake.net better? (25 posts)

  1. twasnow
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hello, I have a pretty new theme I made at http://www.ourtake.net, I am pleased with how it has turned out, but I am still trying to find ways to improve it!

    how do you think I could make it better?

    all suggestions are welcome.

    one of the features is that the theme combined with a plugin I wrote allows you to make any post the "featured" post just by checking a box. posts can be Featured on the front page or only on the category pages. (or both) Notice the current featured article on the front page, is older tahn the ones below it.

    again the site is: http://www.ourtake.net

    Thanks in advanced for all suggestions.

  2. mstegink
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I would be a lot better if you would remove the cartoons. Nothing gained by insulting people.

    Martijn

  3. tauquil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'm thinking there's an unclosed tag somewhere, as when I hover over the content everything becomes linked.

  4. twasnow
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    tauquil,

    Thanks for the heads up but I can't find the problem,

    where are you seeing it? With which browser?

  5. twasnow
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    mstegink,

    I am sorry you may be insulted, but freedom of speech is necessary for a free society. Although the images up on my site are for information purposes, publishing them to make a statement is completely acceptable in my books as well.

    On my site they are to show what all this fuss is about, and how pathetic these riots, threats, government actions, and burnings of embassies are.

    This is not the place to discuss the content though, if you would like to leave a comment on that please feel free to utilize the comments section, and or the forum, on ourtake.net.

    Thanks

  6. tauquil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Safari 2.03. It gets suppressed with other browsers.

    There's almost certainly an unclosed div somewhere...

  7. mstegink
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I am not insulted personally but do not believe "freedom of speech" should be "freedom to insult people". That is, in my opinion, misuse of a precious good.

  8. twasnow
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    tauquil, I think I found it.

    if you come back then maybe you can tell me if it is fixed :)

  9. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I thought this forum was for objective comments about the design of a site, not its contents.
    Quote from Your WordPress Reviews Thread:

    "...The reviews are expected to be fair and impartial to content, focusing on the layout, design elements, problems with codes, uses of Plugins and template tags, templates, and overall usage of WordPress."

  10. twasnow
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Yes it is, so what do you think I can do to improve the site from a

    "layout, design elements, problems with codes, uses of Plugins and template tags, templates, and overall usage of WordPress."

    perspective :)

  11. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Well, it took me a second to find the link to the index from a story page or search results page (most blogs link to the front page in the header), but I quickly found it in the categories section, which makes much more sense (I'm using both methods on my sites simply for redundancy.)

    The only trouble I ran into was a few minutes ago when I tried to access the site; it was displaying an error message. I suppose you were updating or changing plugins around. It's working fine now, though.

    The search function works beautifully. I especially like how the articles keep their formatting from the front page. And overall I like the look of the site; it's all very original.

    ~Jonathan

  12. twasnow
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    alright, thanks jonlandrum

    I will make the header a link as well! I think I meant to do that a while ago but never got around too it.

  13. Nnyan
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Freedom of speech means alot of things to alot of people. Being Hispanic myself and against all hate speech and hateful attitudes I still support the rights of those groups who may say painful things about my heritage or culture.

    Censorship and denial of basic rights is a slippery slope.

  14. twasnow
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Nnyan and Mstegink, I would apprciate it if you came to my site and left your messages :) that's what it's therefore!

    more content makes it better :)

  15. niziol
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I think the design is fairly unique, it's interesting, but not too busy.

    And keep the cartoons, freedom of expression is just that, the freedom to express your views!

    Cheers!

  16. moshu
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'd like to ask everybody to keep the discussion about the design... <cough> "free" from political opinions.
    As it was said above - you can always comment and argue on the blog.

    Thanks for your understanding.

  17. twasnow
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I changed the background so now it is a... well I don't know what the color is called other than #dee0c2 - lol

    I also put a 2 pixel black border around the main div,
    tell me what you think!

    if you saw the site before with the horizontal gray lines tell me which you like better.

  18. tauquil
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Has been fixed indeed twasnow. much better!

  19. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Very nice! I like the new background. It makes the main div stand out more.

    ~Jonathan

  20. twasnow
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I see people are visiting my site from this feed, but leave some messages people, give me suggestions and your comments :)

    thanks

    Graeme

  21. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hi,
    I love the theme - it looks and functions great. Also, it works in IE which is a big bonus. Why can't everyone get Firefox? LOL
    Great work - where can I get one? :>)

    p.s. For those of you experiencing problems with the Kubrick default theme in IE (and tired of hacking on it), I suggest getting the K2 theme based on Kubrick. It's a nice clean theme and looks good in IE also.

  22. twasnow
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks samboll, it is nice to know people like the theme.

    But what I really want to hear are things that people think would make the site better! Maybe even something like a more open invitation to contribute. As you can see I have no ads on the page so I am not doing it for money, I just want to have a site where people will want to come to talk about or discuss - well pretty much anything.. That is why I added the forum. Alas, it is taking some time for usership to increase.

    How do you think I can get people on the site and talking faster??

    Sure part of that is design, and part usability, but there must be something else... lol maybe just more time!

    What do you think I need to add, what would make you more likely to join the conversations (open question to everyone)

    One of the things I have considered adding is a way to make it easy for people to submit questions or discussion topics they are curious about. Then I or one of my contributors could do an article on it. Something like straightdope.com except a much higher level of communication. I am just not 100% sure of the best way to do this! (I think it would go under the featured post though) what do you think??

  23. twasnow
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    oh and as for K2 I like that theme alot I used it (slightly modded) for http://www.dirthigh.com my mountain biking clubs website.

  24. twasnow
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    What do you think of the "announcement" post under the featured post? do you think I should have a full box around it like the other posts? or do you like it the way it is?

  25. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I think a blurb box would be cool. Just a way to speak your mind. Maybe the input would inspire you for future posts.

    ~Jonathan

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