webproworker — 2012-10-21T14:52:25-04:00 — #1
I am just starting in webdesign so I would appreciate any comments, recommendations and advice regarding my page here: http://testing.is-great.net/ (this is a free hosting account, but it's safe and has no ads, so don't worry). I first wanted this to be a theme (HTML only - at this moment) for a snowboarding blog and I went for a clean, accessible design.
I know, I still have problems with my search form design, I am going to fix that.
I am open to constructive criticism, so I am kindly waiting for your opinions.
jerom — 2012-10-22T13:43:58-04:00 — #2
I like this design, I am used to select templates for my websites and for friends. what I generally don't like was the color combination and the spacing of sections. I could see there are templates with huge space at the start of page and the logo somewhere sitting 200 px away from top. which actually eats up more space and content is not shown in the first shot when page and one need to scroll down to see complete home page messages. - These are my thoughts in general based on reviews with other designs. hope this helps what not to do..
webproworker — 2012-10-22T16:30:08-04:00 — #3
Hey jerom, thanks for your feedback!
Yeah, I went for a clean design so tried using a bit larger spaces and light colors with something to contrast with. But I agree that sometimes, spacing sections should not be done.
Thanks again, I appreciate your time!
digitalnipromet — 2012-10-23T05:41:55-04:00 — #4
The design is excellent for the snowboarding theme!
webproworker — 2012-10-23T08:54:30-04:00 — #5
Thanks digitalnipromet! Unfortunately I wouldn't say that it's perfect, or not yet.
Please, I don't need general answers like saiaraaj's, don't do that. I need feedback and honest opinions, not general copy-pasted advice. What saiaraaj said is in no way related to my site.
technobear — 2012-10-23T12:48:13-04:00 — #6
Agreed - it's gone now. :)[/ot]
j_in_calgary — 2012-10-25T22:13:07-04:00 — #7
Hi, I quite like the look of the design--so much so that it frustrates me that I can't click on any links in this demo version yet. It looks clean and fun, with great contrast--enough color and content, but not cluttered or over-worked.
I may be crazy, but I looked at this a day ago without posting, and I was going to say that I really liked your pic of the week graphic. I still do, (nice sense of whimsy), but did you change the arrow from black to red? If so, I liked it better black. If not, I'm crazy--sorry.
I would be so tempted to leave the block that says "some cool logo" where it is. You probably can't, but I kind of like it. I don't know what you're planning, but the large picture you have is so striking, and I can only imagine that you'll have a bunch to add--great subject for action photos--so you don't want to compete with that main picture with whatever logo you select.
A picky thing--I'm not sure what to expect from the "how-to" tab. Is it snowboarding instructions? (Seems kind of hard to offer that online.) Also (the picky part), because there isn't a hyphen in the "how-to," it's a little unclear, as if "to" might be a separate section. If the other nav options had more space between them, it wouldn't be an issue.
I like how the background is working, I like the color of the footer, I like the first main photo, I like the hint of orange-red (a sense of speed and action without being too over-powering)--there are a lot of things that are working well here, IMO. Best wishes--be sure to post a link when you get everything up and working!
sandypodenco — 2012-10-30T05:07:12-04:00 — #8
It’s a nice clean layout, although a criticism would be that it feels generic, with nothing to make it really stand out from all the other themes out there.
The large photo is great, provided of course the website owner updates it very regularly, or the page will be seen as being stale by google. One suggestion here, can you add some sort of slideshow code here so that users can scroll through previous pics of the week? That is an idea I am looking at on my own website, but not yet implemented of course.
I think I would also try closing it up a bit, there looks like a lot of wasted space between the top of the page and the start of the first post. On my monitor I can only see four lines of the first post, again from a google point of view you don’t want a lot of empty space at the top, you want text that is updated regularly.
Personally I would also like to see the nav buttons at the top larger and looking more important.
Hope my comments are useful to you.
system — 2012-10-30T08:01:51-04:00 — #9
I would say I am not used to see such clean websites without adds. . Ok! jokes apart! I liked your site. well! I have no objection with the color schemes On the contrary, I felt that's what is giving your site a clean and clear look. One small thing that I loved was "pics of the week=>", the style was really cute.
webproworker — 2012-10-30T17:40:04-04:00 — #10
Hey there, thanks for your review! That arrow was actually red since the beginning :D.
The photo section indeed was intended for posting great, action photos which should impress visitors. And it's not the first time I hear that the navigation needs some sort of button separation and I agree.
Anyway, I don't have any plans with this website, it was just for practicing my skills and for learning purposes. I am not willing to continue the project at the moment, maybe just for improving it a bit (by following your advice). Thanks again!
Thanks for your suggestions and feedback, I appreciate it!
Hehe, thanks! I am glad you like it!
jukrzy — 2012-11-02T12:02:26-04:00 — #11
This is a great design for the website. It’s clean and simple. When I show up it reminds me of a blog with the layout. I enjoy it, I think the graphics you have on there are really cool too, if you make them yourself that’s awesome. I think the colors work for me, I like the dotted background to bring out the boxes and make them really pop out. I might have to use a design like that on my website. Overall I think you have a solid look for exactly what you want to do. Title is large enough, the font is easy to read, and you give enough to make them want to read more. Great job.
weboutgateway — 2012-11-07T01:30:53-05:00 — #12
Two thumbs up for this design. I like the simplicity of the design and the cleanliness of the layout. But I think a banner rotator or image slider will add some sort interactivity for the website
pikr — 2012-11-09T03:22:12-05:00 — #13
For me the site design and content is fine, but the one concerns is about the domain name. i saw that your domain name is include one dot and one slash that would be very hard for you to do the seo that's why my suggestion would be about changing the domain name if possible .
webproworker — 2012-11-09T12:37:53-05:00 — #14
Thanks for your reviews, guys.
@WebOutGateway thanks. Most probably I will go for a slider in the future.
@pikr thanks, but I'm not interested in any SEO at the moment, this was just for developing my development skills. That domain is just for testing.
lieto — 2012-11-12T05:50:04-05:00 — #15
that looks like a simple wordpress theme with minor adjustments (like adding logo that actually doesnt fit in terms of color).
If you want to make great designs i would start with copying stuff from the best studios you can find. Eventually you will create your own style out of it.
webproworker — 2012-11-12T16:06:00-05:00 — #16
Hey Lieto, thanks for your review! I know it looks quite basic, but like I said, I built it from scratch (so no adjustments to other themes) for learning purposes.
Also, thanks for your recommendation! Indeed this is something I should do. Do you recommend any great studios that I should check?
lieto — 2012-11-12T17:25:20-05:00 — #17
i would start with f-i.com but checking featured works on behance.net also helps
However, eventually you will need to make a choice whether you want to make designs / ux or front/back end development (programming and coding).
If design isnt your thing you might just skip what i just said.
I see 2 ways in terms of developing yourself, one is harder and one is easier (thats just my opinion which may be wrong or simply not work for you)
Harder: create supposedly cool design from scratch and try to figure out how to slice and code it. You may completely fail at the start (i did) but eventually you will get a good understanding of how the whole system works.
Easier: Mess up with wordpress creating a template sites and then try to change things in it. Although it sounds like a great idea you will miss a lot of things in the process and will hardly make something unique in the end. People who started like this usually come to me time to time saying "why would you draw custom button when generic one works as well?" or "why not just switch these and these blocks and save time of your coder?". Well, ye... but you see, if client would like generic site he would go to templatemonster.com
p.s. i probably made mistake in every single word there, sorry =)
webproworker — 2012-11-14T16:45:33-05:00 — #18
The thing is, I still don't know which one should I go for. I like both coding and designing and I also hate both. It's not something I really thought about a lot and I guess it takes some time and experience to know what is more suitable for you. What I do know is that some people (even webdesigners) recommend going for both design and code as it's much better to be able to do more for your client.
Regarding learning, I guess I prefer the first, harder method, as it's way better to understand the whole process. As a beginner, I prefer starting things from scratch (even though I might be practicing with a tutorial opened in my web browser) whether it is coding or designing. This way you know why you did that in your code and what happens if you don't add this etc.
Don't worry, we all make mistakes
hyera — 2012-11-16T23:23:47-05:00 — #19
design is good for the theme!
abhiraj60 — 2012-11-20T11:25:15-05:00 — #20
Design is nice and clean...
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