I've only got a few of my blog posts on it now, but I've love to hear what you all think of the site's design. I'm especially interested in what everyone thinks of the site's UI. I'm working on incorporating more images, but I'm very good with photoshop.
Thanks for the doctype tip, it's just something I've had in a template document for years now. As far as divs and tables go, the site was all hand coded. I've only recently made the attempt to use more CSS and fewer tables and after a lot of frustrating cross-browser testing, tables just plain worked better for certain column layouts.
Honestly, I think the best-looking part of the site was the
register/login page - consider placing that on your home page
to break the monotony. Strongly recommend placing
headers for stories in boxes with their own category headers -
and leave off any of the content except for the first line or something.
When we get to a page that has a submission, it's like we
never left the first. Is there any way you'd consider a bit
of variety, here? The blue is a bit much, and there's way
too much of it. The ratings graphics take-up a lot of room
on your index pg. - why not put it at the bottom [or top, left, right...]
of the story, itself.
That first impression is precious real estate - use it to your
advantage and eliminate some of the clutter. [Check any
coding errors, as well. ;-)]
I never said not to use XHTML although he doesn't need to. Stick to regular HTML that is about all you need most of the time.
wysiwyg editors are not bad I never said they were. I use Dreamweaver MX myself as it really quickens the pace that I am able to create sites. I only use it for inserting the things I don't feel like typing. One thing I hate though is that they nest divs inside of table cells. Of course I rarely use tables...
"tables just plain worked better for certain column layouts."
Not true, the only time I have found that tables work better is when I am centering a site vertically. I do not like to fool with all the bs involved with using CSS to center vertically.
Don't believe me check out BonRouge's page he has many many CSS layouts demonstrated. It is probably the most comprehensive layout demo I have seen to date.
"there is no reason why he cannot use both"
Show me one place on the home page that has tabular data
i suggested that because his layout will not be viewable in a non css browser... and for older browsers his site wont be visible if transferres completely, that is up to him, i think though he will need to use both