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  • Hello there.

    I’d appreciate it if people could give me some feedback on the design of my blog (it was based on Almost Spring by Beccary, but now heavily modified):

    I’ve noticed through Google Analytics that I have a high average Bounce Rate (~60%) and thought this may be indicative of a poor/confusing design?

    Thank you,

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  • it’s hard to make the color of puke look good.

    Also, this might be useful:

    Sweet ride. I like it.

    I think you should highlight the content part, different background may be ?

    I’ll touch on the analytics side of your post.

    Traditionally, navigational elements of a page are either at the top of the page or the left sidebar of a page. The top of your page contains 4 elements (two logos + two lines of text) all of which link to your home page (which the user is already on). The left sidebar contains google ads which use the exact same color scheme as every other link on your site. That’s great if you want to trick your users into clicking in order to earn some cash. It’s not so great if you are interested in bringing that Bounce Rate down.

    With that said, there are always exceptions to the rules of “traditional” web design. There is nothing wrong with having your navigation in your right sidebar but if you are deceiving your users with faux navigation on the top and left then they will probably never find your right sidebar navigation … especially since it’s down below the welcome message and calendar.

    As for the main content region, it’s very monotonous. You should give your “Technical How-To’s” section a unique design treatment as it’s meant to be a different section of the site than your “Restoration Journal”. Beyond that, breaking up the repetitive nature of your content region may entice your users to click deeper into your site but how you do that is up to you.

    Dan.F is pointing you in the right direction for sure.

    I don’t really have a problem with the background color, the design is good as well, the red feels a bit bright in terms of highlighting each post. Load times were good as well.

    I quite like this.

    One minor point, you should add some padding to the title of each post (the white on red). Letters with hanging tails, e.g. g, touch the bottom of the box and it looks a bit messy.

    The color scheme is a bit hard on the eyes. Why not use the colors of the pontiac logo. Black, Red and White I believe.

    Yeah the color seems to be the problem try soft colors.

    Thanks for all your help. I think you’ve all really helped improve the site.

    I’ve softened the colours a bit, I do like the general scheme I have – I see a kind of khaki green rather than puke… I’ve put the sidebar where it does work best. Also I made alternate posts have a slightly different layout, this helps break it up and be not so monotonous I think.

    I have made the header more interesting but it still need work. I think the bird in the left (apart from not working properly in IE) is too big/distracting?

    Any more thoughts now? It has changed a fair bit since the first post. (I’m looking at the vertical rhythm Dan.F suggested, but am trying to get the general layout sorted first.)

    Thanks again.

    P.S. I i didn’t add those last few tags.

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