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Showing off my new skin: www.nitallica.org (37 posts)

  1. Nicki Faulk
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I've been toying with this design off and on for the last few months, but was finally able to suss out the CSS probs this weekend with the help of some lovely peeps here (via Google even! hehe).

    TADA! http://www.nitallica.org/

    It's WordPress driven. It's Firefox friendly. Hehe, in fact it was so anti-IE that I ended up having to setup some code to use an alternate CSS if the browser was detected as IE. (and they get a nice msg at the top of the page. *g*)

    Comments? Criticisms? Bribes?

  2. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Wow! And I'm not even a fan of purple normally.... clean, easy to use, great stuff, Nicki!

  3. petit
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Mighty nice, but for two little nasty things.
    The lesser: People with 800 by 600 pixel screens will not be able to see the whole lot.
    The grimmer: People with high screen resolution will see all your wonderful icons to the left float out of the "sidebar", id.est. the background image visual one.
    And they will see all your menu items float out of their main area and into the right sidebar.

    Conclusion: If you have a background image so clearly dividing your page, the (X)HTML containers should be fixed widths too.

    Other than that - beautiful!

  4. Nicki Faulk
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thank you, vkaryl. :)

    @petit - re: 800x600, I had considered that, but there was no "pretty" way that I could reduce/slim that image -- or, at least, not to my personal liking. However, I will be adding Style Switcher with some 8x6-friendly themes that I've used in the past. :)

    re: larger res, I was not aware of that, thanks for the notification! I had thought I had set my widths properly/strictly, but apparently not enough. I'll definitely work on that first chance I get!

    :)

  5. devilmaycry
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    That is a beautiful template Nitallica, nice work. However, I know that you mentioned you had built the template around Firefox, but in Internet Explorer 7 Beta, the footer seems to be displaying incorrectly (text not aligned with the box), hopefully you won't mind correcting this.

    Cheers!

  6. red-star
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I like it very much! Weldone. And about the 800x600 viewers.
    They could by a 17" or 19" screen ;)

  7. Nicki Faulk
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    @devilmaycry: Thank you. :) I don't have IE7, but my fiance does so I'll have him check it for me. (I won't install that evil software on my box, lol)

    Just out of curiosity, when you view in IE7 did you see a msg at the top of the screen in the solid dark purple part near the center? (Just wondering if the bit of code that I smurfed from the forums here works on the new IE as well as prev versions.)

    @red-star: LOL, thank you. :)

  8. ifelse
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Don't worry too much about IE7 beta yet. It's still undergoing development and the latest release (not yet available to the public) contains fixes for previous issues.

    Nice picture BTW.

  9. jennmiller
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    It looks pretty, but in FF, IE, and Opera on my 1280*1024 screen, the alignment is all off.

  10. Nicki Faulk
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thank you, jennmiller.

    I've made some changes, but currently don't have a system to test it on ... my fiance's runs higher than 1024x768, but he's gaming and I dare not interrupt. (or he'd return the favor while I'm playing UT! LOL)

    If someone would be kind enough to re-try and let me know if my changes made any difference, I would be grateful. :)

  11. petit
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Nitallica: In MSIE 6, if I fit the window to the least width where I can see the whole blog page, it is a OK.
    The icon swarm to the left and the menue bar fits well on the backgrund divisions.
    When I let the browser window take up the whole screen, the icons and the menues will move to the right, out of sync with the background.

    I took two screenshots to show you what happens.
    Look at the left icon swarm and the displaced menu to the right.

    When you use a backgrund image to divide your page, you'll hav to give the different columns fixed widths, so that they dont move when you resize the window, i.e. no floating widths. It's in the CSS of course.

    Good luck!

    [Edited to fix link markup]

  12. PaulF
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I have created a screenshot of your site running under IE7 on my system running at 2048x1536.

    Screenshot (PNG, ~560kb)

    Isn't making the site not load properly in IE as bad as pro-firefox people complaining about site owners making sites use IE? That's not phrased very well, but I hope you understand what I'm trying to say.

    HTH

  13. petit
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Sorry about my mistake with the links above.
    Left is here and right side is here

  14. Nicki Faulk
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks guys for the screenshots. And yes, PaulF, that is as bad, but what concerns me is that I created an alternate stylesheet just for IE so I want it to behave too. :)

    Thank y'all for your help! :D

  15. Usayd
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Nice doesn't look too good at 1280x1024 res tho!

  16. Shelby DeNike
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Yeah looks great, just make it work with bigger screen sizes.

  17. Nicki Faulk
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Working on it, guys. (waiting on my tax refund so I can snag a new monitor -- designing on an old crappy 17" monstrosity from the Atari days :P)

    Thanks :D

  18. petit
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Nitallica: You're a hero(in?)! ;)

  19. Nicki Faulk
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Ok, I think I got it ironed out. :)

  20. IIIIIIIV
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    All the iddy-biddy images to the upper left need to go. Why? Have a read of Vincent Flanders site. He explains it better than I can.

    Apart from them, I like it.

  21. spencerp
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Very nice! Good job on it. =D But I'm afraid I have to agree with IIIIIIIV about all them little images. It kind of throws the whole "niceness" of it off.. =/ Doesn't really help it any.. But other then that..again..great job! =)

    spencerp

  22. Nicki Faulk
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    While I agree with that article, I prefer a small portion of images to a long-assed list of links. (those are fed from my Links Manager)

    Personally, I hate Blogrolls that scroll down for 3 miles. :P

    But thank you for your honest input. :)

  23. spencerp
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Personally, I hate Blogrolls that scroll down for 3 miles. :P

    Hahaha...I know what you mean about that LoL! Can't blame ya on that one lol.

    But thank you for your honest input. :)

    While I still think it's a very nice layout, I'd have to say, you're welcome.. =D

    spencerp

  24. Nicki Faulk
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    After further reading, I've been thinking about this and the more I think on it the more I can't help but be offended by the reference.

    I don't see how my links output could be consider MMN because I download the favicon.ico files (if available) for the site/software/service (or design one if not avail.) and link to the site. I don't use js roll overs or hide the target URL.

    Is it just annoying because it's a bunch of images grouped together?

  25. spencerp
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    After further reading, I've been thinking about this and the more I think on it the more I can't help but be offended by the reference.

    Which offending reference are you talking about Nitallica? Mine and IIIIIIIV's replies on the images, or that guy's site that he linked in here?

    I wasn't trying to be offensive about it, I was just merely saying it kind of didn't fit the theme..but really, it's not that bad actually. =(

    spencerp

  26. Nicki Faulk
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    No, it's fine if you guys don't like images output from the link manager. I know a lot of WP users can't stand that, but it's my thing. :)

    What got me was that IIIIIIIV wanted me to reference Vincent Flanders site to see what he didn't care for in my design. That is what is gnawing at me.

    It's not so much that someone doesn't like my design, it's the "comparison that isn't". (if that makes sense)

    Maybe I'm not understanding IIIIIIIV's comment? Or maybe he/she didn't fully understand the concept of MMN? Because I'm pretty sure I got it ... and that's not what's on my site.

    I get that not everyone will like my site ... but I like it, and it's mine. :)

    Again, I appreciate honest input. I prefer criticisms by constructive, and applicable.

  27. spencerp
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Maybe I'm not understanding IIIIIIIV's comment? Or maybe he/she didn't fully understand the concept of MMN? Because I'm pretty sure I got it ... and that's not what's on my site.

    I wouldn't worry about anything. =) You and everyone else know's that you're a respectable person, and wouldn't have such stuff as mentioned at that guy's site to begin with.

    I'm "thinking" rather..that he was merely pointing out the little images, or images in general, are being used in a bad way, most of the time by "non-legit" peoples, for hiding links, to ads, paid stuff and such.

    And again, you know that you're not that type of a person, and I know that you're not. =) So again, I wouldn't worry about it.. ;)

    spencerp

  28. Nicki Faulk
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    hehe, thank you spencerp. It's cool. My inner obsessive compulsive imp was just having a fit and tearing its hair out going "WHAT!?!?!? What do they see that I don't?!"

    LOL

    :)

  29. spencerp
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    hehe, thank you spencerp. It's cool. My inner obsessive compulsive imp was just having a fit and tearing its hair out going "WHAT!?!?!? What do they see that I don't?!"

    LOL

    :)

    Haha..I don't blame ya for that either lol! It's really only expected, especially if one person out of the whole bunch, slaps something like that in your face, without much, if any, explaination from themself..and then you have to rely on "someone else's" explaination..for a "point"...or something.. sigh. =(

    Actually, visting your page again, and again, those images don't look bad at all..and most of those links or blog/sites, I have been to myself lol. =)

    Also, I'm still checking in from time to time on the Now Were Cooking blog, so please keep those Baked Spaghetti Recipes coming LoL!

    spencerp

  30. bbd
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    wow, spencer, i like that now we're cooking site, got it bookmarked.

    back to the site--nita: nice lovely site and it all fits together, i have the sense of being invited into your world

    i agree it's a bit wide, but that's just me...my browser window is set to about 910 pixels wide on my powerbook and that takes care of most sites. but it's just a personal preference for me to not make a browser window fit completely into my 1280 x 854 screen on the laptop. it's a different story on my desktop which has twin 23" monitors and i use one monitor to show two full web pages at once.

    nice overall feel for you place...thanks for sharing

    barry

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