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Suggestions for my design?! (31 posts)

  1. Eande
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hello all,

    I would like to reach out for some help with my website please...

    Perhaps I need to change the template, but I feel it doesn't have a professional feel and it needs improvement.... It's been suggested I could increase readability of text and entice the user? Could anyone give me some ideas please?

    Thanks!

    Angela

  2. Eande
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Sorry, I better place my link...

    http://evolveandexpress.com/home/

  3. culturew
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm not a professional by any means, but as a new viewer, it looks a little jumbled at the top right. My eye can't really focus in on your content with busy look at the top. Otherwise, I like your design! Good luck! [Advertisement removed, if you want feedback, ask-so in your own thread] . I'm a newbie also with designing my blog.

  4. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Angela,

    I've had a little play around with the top sections of the website, ending at that little figure just below "Dedicated yourself to continuous..." [screenshot].

    - So, all I've done is made text:
    -- Line up,
    -- Use consistent colours
    -- Use consistent sizes

    - Made buttons the colour of your top navigation links.

    - Made the banner, "You are the artist for your life" span a larger width.

    - Made input fields consistent & removed borders.

    - Styled quotes to stand out more without compromising font consistency.

    - Maybe other little bits I've forgotten to say.

    You could grab another theme if you want to, but most of your styling seems to come from inline styles. From posts? If so, switching themes probably won't matter, because those inline styles will override any of the theme's styles.

  5. Eande
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    First of all to both of you - Thank you!

    Culturew thanks for your feedback i really appreciate what everyone has to say and now I'm going t start working on my changes...

    Andrew, that's amazing! It's heaps better - wow! but how can i achieve all of this??? It's made such a difference... Wow - thanks!

  6. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Eande,

    First start with removing the font sizes, colours and alignment from your posts. Otherwise coding any new styles will be very difficult.

  7. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    [Off topic - yes, that was very nice of you, AN :) - and it does look super! ]

  8. Eande
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    OK, I've think I've changed every single post now...

  9. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Sorry, I probably wasn't very clear.
    For the Home page, can you also remove the different font sizes, colours and alignment of the text?

  10. Eande
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Ah, Ok. I've just done that!

  11. MousumiP5systems
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Very gud designing...

  12. Eande
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    thank you, any ideas to change it so it can look anything like the above screenshot?

  13. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi again Angela,

    I recommend first creating a thread in the Themes and Templates forum that addresses this issue, "How to remove inline styles from this page http://evolveandexpress.com/home/".

  14. Eande
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    OK I will do, I'm not quite sure what you mean by removing inine styles, I've already removed my own styling (i think) I'll post now

  15. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    There are still some inline styles in your Home page that is centring the text, giving it different colours and font families. That's going to stop you from adding any new styling.

  16. Eande
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks :)
    I think I've got it now, do you also mean to change my widgets in the side bar... I think I've done what you suggested, I can't see anymore colours in the text....

  17. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Good work :)
    I feel we'll be taking over this forum if we proceed here.

    May you make a thread here and write something like "How can I get my website to look like this http://awesomescreenshot.com/0bewb1s4a ".

  18. Eande
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Awesome.. Thank you Andrew! veeeery kind of you - I'll post now...

  19. blograzzi
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I use firefox and It loads so slow here.

  20. Eande
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks Blograzzi, I have w3 total cache, I didn't realize it loaded so slowly, do you know of a way to improve this??

    Thanks!

    Angela

  21. blograzzi
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Maybe you need to play with w3 total cache options: Minify, database, object, Browser Chache, and use CDN. And also check your webpage speed.

  22. Eande
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks both of you i have since changed my settings of W3 Total Cache and (I believe) it to be a lit quicker now.. Thank you! :)

  23. bloohair
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    A more professional logo design would go a long way to improving the initial feel of the site. Just typing out your company name in a fancy font, is not a logo. If you are not a designer, you'd do well to pay one to do something for you.

    [Link removed by moderator, if you want to discuss your own website, create your own thread]

  24. willowmarketingsolutions
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Angela,

    I commend you for the time it probably took to design your website! I am by no means a professional designer although I've had years (and years) of experience with marketing. There are times that less is better. The website has way too much going on each page. A simple rule of thumb is your most important information should be contained on the "top fold". You have incorporated some great information although I'm NOT a fan of the "AD CHOICES".

    I also see you did you homework and included meta tags. Good for you. The website should always be designed for the viewer in mind.

    Keep up the great work!

  25. Eande
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you Bloohair I understand what you mean about the logo, for me the actual logo is the purple figure which i designed and have branded it everywhere now, it would be too difficult to change thank you though.
    And Willowmarketting, Thank you for your kind words! Yes I'm aware that it's kind of busy, I think I'm going to try and figure out how to change this, I've started bit by bit to improve it and I certainly agree that less is more and the viewer is what is important!

    Thank you for the advice~ :):)

  26. zohaibhyder
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I really like your website but It's very very and veryyy slow ...[Advertisement moderated]

  27. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @zohaibhyder

    This is not the place for soliciting work. Stop it.

  28. willowmarketingsolutions
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Andrew Nevins - Kudos to you for saying something. I'm sick to death of posters trying to sell something on "help" forums. Thanks!

  29. golfer300
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Your site looks very good but it does have long loading times.

    How did you create your All Articles page like that? (To be more clear, how did you channel your posts to go to that specific page?)

  30. blograzzi
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    It is fast now, But when I open your website I got this message: "Internet explorer blocked this website from displaying content with security certificate errors"

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