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Thread: Redoing my virtual realty tour site.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    So Calif

    Redoing my virtual realty tour site.

    Hi all,
    I did a sloppy job setting up a website so that I would have a place to put my virtual realty photo tours on as I learned a flash panorama program. Now Iím finally going back to make the site look more professional.
    So far I only have the home page, Jaipur page and tour shortcuts on the home page done and could use some feedback before I start redoing the rest of them. When done the links below the Jaipur one well go to index pages setup the same way.
    Iím also starting to put these on some Google Map pages, anyway here is the link:

    btw on the home page I still need to do a lot of rewriting but have writers block right now.
    Thanks for looking

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    So Calif
    With the gray color layout I also have a lot of color choices I could change the page background to, like this:
    Or this:

    Any ides would be appreciated.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Ottawa, Canada
    The grey is nice in itself, but I like the green, though the contrast between the bg color and the font color makes it harder to read. Perhaps a lighter shade of the same green? The yellow is out. Too bright and clashes with the rest of the site. It could use a smaller font size, but not by much.
    A suggestion:
    On either side of the header image, you could place maybe a temple column or something to hide the bg color in the header.
    I like the site. It is clean, attractive and easy to read. The virtual tour idea is a good one. Good luck on the endeavour.
    Always do what's next. - George Carlin

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    So Calif
    Thanks eloquentBohemia,

    On the header photo I was trying to give it a frame in effect for a little 3D look. As for the font, I wanted it large so you could read it very fast and easy, but I may have over done it. When viewing travel agency website their font is often way too small and so much of it all over the place I donít even try to read it. You would think they where paying for web space by the inch.
    When done ads will be replacing some of the text near the bottom center of the page.

    Here are 2 more, on my screen this first one looks good and the menu color looks good with it too.

    And one more but I think itís too bright.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Ottawa, Canada
    I like the first one, the second link is 404 not found.
    For the header, I see what you are getting at, but, imho, it looks sorta unfinished.
    Set the base font size to "1 em", then it will default to whatever the viewer has set for their font size. This will be for the body text. For header fonts which you want slightly larger, use 1.2em or 1.4em.
    Always do what's next. - George Carlin

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    So Calif
    Here it is with the header photo changed, font a little smaller, background color changed and some ads added down near the bottom. Click on the Jaipur page to view the older header photo as I have not change it as of yet.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Ottawa, Canada

    Thumbs up

    Very nice. The two side pieces finish it off well. Good choice.
    The font is fine, not too large and easy to read. One thing about your CSS, On most of your font values you have no unit (i.e. px, em or pt) which defaults to px, whereas on some you have pt. I viewed the site in FF3, IE6, Opera9.5 and Safari3.1.2 and there are no appreciable changes, but I don't know how the different font units will show in older browsers. Perhaps be consistent in font unit.

    All in all, an attractive and well thought-out site (...which I'm book-marking btw).
    Always do what's next. - George Carlin

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    So Calif
    Iíve been reworking the whole top of the page changing the colors and graphics.

    How can I remove the gap at the top of the page, I donít want the background image showing above it.

    I will go back over ths css code and work on the font values.

  9. #9
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    Jul 2008
    Ottawa, Canada
    Add this to the top of your CSS sheet. It will remove the space at the bottom of the screen also:
    I like the border below the header also, but it doesn't go all the way across. It is wide enough, but seems to be beginning further left than it should. A td tag not closed off perhaps?
    The site is looking very good.
    Always do what's next. - George Carlin

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    So Calif
    I fixed the css problems and hope everything displays proper now.

    Iím at work now and just checked my new home page and VR tour player. The player was all fouled up; I had set the height and width to 100% and on this computer the view in the player was only showing about 50% height. Changed the settings back to 800px 480px and it looks good now.

    Also here at work the Google Ads donít show up on my home page, this leaves a large gap at the bottom of the page.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Ottawa, Canada
    Everything looks good. Viewed it in FF3, IE6, Opera9 and Safari and they all render the same way. As far as the space at top and bottom of the body, aesthetically speaking, it looks fine, but with no spaces would be fine also. Again, very well done.
    Always do what's next. - George Carlin

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    The site looks good, but i don't like the tan boarder. i would also change the cork looking background. besides those i like the look/feel of the website. i like the banner, but i would change the green bubbly feel of the text.
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