Another site review (hey, I had to do it some time)
Just about everyone here has done it at some point, and now it's my turn. I'd like some feedback on the site listed below. Mainly, I'd like comments on:
2. Ease of use
3. If the design philosophy is effective
4. The markup and CSS used
5. Images used
6. Site setup (i.e. the folders used on the web server to group content together).
7. Browser compatibility issues
8. Anything you want.
Sorry, I'm an annoying monolingual U.S. citizen. You'll have to translate. I did a google search on the word and I got a web site about a Franco-Flemish composer and one about a (German?) design company
Yup. You are looking at the publication made by the workshop. The workshop web site itself is what I'm working on. Right now it's at the cm-life.com address, but I'll be moving it to the mjw.cmich.edu address after I've got the site done.
The layout is sized in ems so that the layout will increase and decrease in size proportionately to users' browser text size settings.
I agree that there are too many DIVs, but I don't know how else to create background borders that can stretch horizontally and vertically. And I was going for a totally skinnable web site. I didn't plan on creating anymore skins, but this was practice for when I redesign my college newspaper's web site. I plan on having some holiday-dependant skins on that, but that's in the future and doesn't have anything to do with this
The color scheme for our college (Central Michigan University) is maroon and gold. So I was kind of playing off that with the dark red.
When choosing a color scheme, do you people go for lighter, subdued colors for the navigation and other elements, or for some bolder colors to set off things like the navigation, page headers and footers?
And thanks for the great feedback so far!
Last edited by toicontien; 01-18-2004 at 03:09 PM.
I believe CMU's yellow is darker and a darker yellow would work better for the hover state. Don't have a bunch of text in a link. The one that points to the tour page should be shortened. Rewrite the text so it says something like Take the tour... and link just tour. Drop the mailto link and use a form. I would expect a site done by a university to use forms.
I've done a little more work and taken some of your advice. I redesigned the main menu to make it look simpler and (hopefully) not so tacky and overwhelming. I did kind of agree with Pyro about the overline/underline thing. I wasn't too keen on it either, but didn't know what else to do with it at the time.
I've added a contact page that has an e-mail form on it, though it doesn't work. I'm hoping I can talk the college's IT department into installing PHP on the Mac OSX server they will be using to host this web site. If not, then I don't know. The problem is that the server does not have any scripting languages installed
I kept the tour pages the same. I also think they are too small in size, but that was unavoidable. I need a fixed size in order to center the box vertically and horizontally, and I can't have the box be wider or taller than a 640 X 480 screen because the negative margins I used will move the content too far up and too far to the left.
Any more suggestions/comments are more than welcome. Thanks again guys.
i love your site now. only wish u could make those dang boxes bigger!
btw i love ur shading and shadow graphics... wish i was as talented as you in my design. i can think up tons of stuff for webpages... but i can never seem to make the graphics right!! *tears*
Theres this thing called imperfection. Its the one thing everyones got but nobody wants.
I.. HATE.. EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU! Why do.. I Love you? I HATE Everything about you! Why do I.. love you??? Everytime we lie awake... after every hit we take.. every feeling that i get.. but i haven't missed you yet. only when I stop to think about it... I.. HATE.. EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU! Why do.. I Love you? I HATE Everything about you! Why do I.. love you?