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    Strike Hosting - New Design: What do you think?

    Hello,

    For the past 3 weeks I have been working on a new design for Strike Hosting. It's finally done and I just re-opened the site.

    What does everyone think of the new site design?

    http://strikehosting.com/

    Personally, I'm quite satisfied with the way it turned out.

    Thank you,
    Matt Hart

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    Well, this is what happens when images are disabled.

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    When you disable images, does your browser replace them with their alt tags? I need to add them anyway for accessibility. I'm just curious though...

    Thanks,
    Matt Hart

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    You dont have anything in the alt tag its just
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    <img src="sourcething.gif" alt="">

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    Thats because I have output buffering on, and it adds border="0" and alt="" to the images that don't have them. So if I add an alt attribute to an image, alt="" won't be added.

    I'll add alt tags right now.

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    alright.

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    When you disable images, does your browser replace them with their alt tags? I need to add them anyway for accessibility. I'm just curious though...
    Yes they do replace with the alt tag descriptions but only add descriptions to images which are meaningful not to ones such as spacer gifs just use alt="" which sends a null value.

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    It took a long time to load the page. You have a partial Doctype. You use tables for layout. You have styles defined in your <head> tag and linked externally. Why?

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    It took a long time to load the page.
    Already stated. I am going to try to do something about that, possibly an image preloader.
    You have a partial Doctype.
    I won't argue. I'll fix it right now.
    You use tables for layout.
    I can make table-less layout, but the way this one is setup, it would be tough to change.
    You have styles defined in your <head> tag and linked externally.
    Ooops. The external stylesheet is for the helpdesk I am writing, and I never took it out when I moved everything from the test server to the live server.

    Thanks for your suggestions.

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    Originally posted by Strike Hosting
    Already stated. I am going to try to do something about that, possibly an image preloader.
    An image preloader won't help you here (or ever). The load time is the same whether you load the images before anything displays or after. If anything a preloader will cause the page to load slower.
    Your best bet to speed it up is to ditch the tables and cut down on the images (a lot of your images with text could simply be changed to text with background images.

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    So your saying text with background images? Ummm, correct me if I'm wrong, but that would still require an image.

    About the preloader: If I get any more complaints about speed, I will have to have an into page. I know, they are not good in any situation, especially for a web host -- but I don't see any other options.

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    Originally posted by Strike Hosting
    Ooops. The external stylesheet is for the helpdesk I am writing, and I never took it out when I moved everything from the test server to the live server.
    Actually, it's best to define your CSS in a external style sheet.

    Images defined as background load last. This means at least the text is loaded and thus it gives the user content quicker.

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