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    Newbie advice needed

    Very much a novice at this and have just created my first site
    using FP and Dreamweaver.
    Realise that I will have to learn HTML coding real soon.
    If you can spare the time and look it can be found at
    www.marmarisbayvillas.com and any advice/critiques are
    more than welcome.
    I am 50 years old and living in a small coastal town in Turkey
    so please go slowly as I'm not a fast learner any more.
    Thanks people.

    Chris

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    Hi,

    For your first site, it's not too bad! Since you already have some utilities to create web pages (Frontpage and Dreamweaver), perhaps you would be best served by spending some time on "usability and design" research. That might give you some tips on improving the layout and/or design of your site(s) to make them easier to use.

    Some sites of interest:

    http://usability.gov/methods/planning.html

    http://www.useit.com/

    regards,

    -Jim

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    Hi Chris,

    I'd say it's pretty good for your first time. Here's my 2 cents' worth.

    I would suggest cleaning up the grammar and punctuation.

    As to layout:
    Everything seems to be shifted to the left, rather than centered.
    You are using line breaks to end lines, rather than letting the text wrap. It's causing your text to jump to the next line before it reaches the end.
    If you are going to be marketing to the American public, I'd suggest putting prices in American dollars. Or, at least provide a conversion chart or something similar.
    Click the first link on the Apartments page. I understand the idea behind the list of properties, but you need one for the first apartment. Don't just start with Property #2.
    On that same page, your buttons don't line up. Your vertical and horizontal spacing are not consistent. Also, there is gray behind some of the blue ones.

    That's all I have time to address right now. Hope that helps.

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    Jim & Aronya thanks very much for your input.
    The site was done in a hurry so I am still constantly
    revising it and ironing out the errors and inconsistancies.
    Your points taken on board and will be revised shortly.
    Just one question though:what do I do to wordwrap and why is this better than line breaks?
    Thanks again,

    Chris

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    The wrapping generally occurs naturally, but it is normally preferable to use the <p> element to provide white-space between paragraphs.

    For example: <p>I am a paragraph.</p><p>I am also a paragraph about a different topic.</p>

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    Thanks Robert,it is kind of you to make time for
    an obvious dummy;it really is appreciated and I
    hope for the opportunity to do the same in a few years time.
    Regards,
    Chris

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