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  1. DonaldFoley
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hello this is my first blog using wordpress. I would love a critical critique of the site. I am a proponent of less is more. I don't want my blog flashy, but I do want it to look polished and professional. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

    http://www.donaldcfoley.com/blog/

    p.s. I checked my site and I have 0 errors, but 8 warnings. I can't seem to figure out how to fix the warnings.

  2. msadventures
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I like it, it's very nice.
    This might just be me, I'm no expert on what makes a blog aesthetically pleasing, but I see that dashed line divider you've got running underneath your post title, which leaves the date of that post and the title in the bottom section of the post above it. Personally, I would put that dashed line above the date because at first glance, it was just slightly confusing to me.
    Also, it might just be a browser thing as I'm on AOL at the moment, but it looks like you've only got the site to look good at one screen resolution - 1024x768 - it doesn't seem to resize nicely. Personally, I would take into consideration the people that may read your blog using 800x600 - they want to see your site looking just as nice as it does at the larger resolution.
    But other than those two things, it does look very nice. I do agree with your less is more ideal. :)

  3. DonaldFoley
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hi,

    Thanks! I agree about the line being confusing, I am working on that. The thing with the resolution I am stumped on. I was trying to figure how to make it good at lower res, but I can't figure out how to have it automatically resize the image or show a smaller image based on user res. Any pointes on how to do that would be great! Thanks again!

  4. msadventures
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I have no idea, I'm only a geek in self training, LOL.
    I know from doing a bit of dabbling in Dreamweaver that there is a Javascript code that you can insert that will resize the page, but I'm not 100% certain that it also resizes the image - it seems like it should, but I've never used it myself so I can't really say one way or the other whether it works well or not. I can give you the code but couldn't possibly tell you where you're supposed to insert it as far as WordPress goes.

  5. msadventures
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Here's the above-mentioned Javascript code...haven't posted code in these forums so hope this shows up, and again, I have never used it so cannot say one way or the other how well it will work:

    <script language="JavaScript" type="text/JavaScript">
    <!--
    function MM_reloadPage(init) { //reloads the window if Nav4 resized
    if (init==true) with (navigator) {if ((appName=="Netscape")&&(parseInt(appVersion)==4)) {
    document.MM_pgW=innerWidth; document.MM_pgH=innerHeight; onresize=MM_reloadPage; }}
    else if (innerWidth!=document.MM_pgW || innerHeight!=document.MM_pgH) location.reload();
    }
    MM_reloadPage(true);
    //-->
    </script>

  6. DonaldFoley
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks, I tried it, but it does not seem to resize the image. Anyone else have any ideas on this?

  7. Joni
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Well, maybe if you dropped that last photo, and flopped the white part to the far right instead of left, that would tighten it for the 800x600 crowd and still not leave it looking too bad for the rest of us. (Festivus, for the rest of us.)

    I love the font you're using. Can you tell me what it is called?

  8. DonaldFoley
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    The image in the header is called Harrington. As far as changing the image I would rather not because I am quite fond of it. I would love to figure out how to have maybe 3 images all the same but at different rez's (800,1024,1280). And have some way to use php or java to pick the right image based on browser width.

    Anyone know how to do this? I am not sure how to incorparate java within the theme files.

  9. Joni
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I wonder about that because not everyone surfs with the viewport at 100%. I dropped my res. down to 800x600 to see what it would do. Looks like you have the banner centered. There's still a horiz. scroll bar present and the left side of the banner (the text) is lopped off a tad. I know you hate to crop that banner, but how about instead of getting rid of that last image, get rid of the Kleig lights. This will still leave the "Donald" (ha! The Donald!) in the banner but make it so that it's okay for the smaller resolution.

    Try as I might, I can't think of any other workaround. But if anyone can, it's the folks on this forum!

    Thanks for the tip on the font!

  10. DonaldFoley
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks, but I still want to perserve the image if I can. I know it must be technically possible. I have seen it done on other websites, but I am not sure how to insert the java within the php. Any one? Please? Mommy? :)

  11. moshu
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    A simple Google search (image resize for resolution) brought up this on the 3rd place:
    http://www.dhtmlshock.com/image-effects/resizeimage/default.asp

  12. DonaldFoley
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks, I was able to figure out how to get the first script in the header, and the second added to body, but not sure how to use the thirds with the #header or #headerimg in the style sheet.

  13. jocksito
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    The entire site seemed a bit TOOOOOO wide. I had to readjust my screen to fit it all in. Congrats

  14. DonaldFoley
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Ok, so I think I got it looking good.

    No html errors.
    Width is fixed.
    works the same in IE and Firefox.

    Any comments would be nice.

    I am considering shrinking the whole thing from 800 to 795 to get rid of bottom scroll bar in 800x600 browser windows.

  15. moshu
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    It seems to work OK.
    Two small (?) things - both related to the footer.
    1. You may want to change that green colour of the footer; a remnant, I guess of the Classic's original colour scheme
    2. Click on this one:
    http://donaldcfoley.com/wordpress/?p=14#comments
    and notice your footer is going up under the sidebar. This is NOT, repeat, not your fault, it's a design flaw since the beginning of the time in WP Classic style/theme.
    You can find a relatively easy fix on TheBombSite
    http://thebombsite.com/The-Fix/122 (look for the Classic)

  16. DonaldFoley
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks, I have changed the color and I am looking into the other thing.

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