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    My 1st Site please review! I spent alot of time on it

    Here it isZooKeeperOnline

    Please be truthful in a nice way. I made a site in the past and some people riped me a new a$$hole because of how simple it was. This site is in no way finished. Im just lookin for constructive critisism< I'm a bad speller sorry>


    I used a Template
    But I still need your help
    Last edited by gbraatz; 07-07-2005 at 02:18 PM.

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    You need to put up a title for the page.

    I would get rid of the header with the description in it and put it in an about link.

    The layout does not appease me (just my opinion mind you), I don't like how big the left column is, or the links in that position.

    The site looks OK, it just needs some polishing up.

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    Ditch the tables http://www.hotdesign.com/seybold/

    Overall it is pretty nice i like the colors

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    Waooo... OMG !!!!!
    The design !!!
    I love it !!!!

    I agree with suprchunk for the header. Get rid of the description, and put a title to the page.
    Other than that, congratulations !!!

    ( I didn't check the code, but at least, the design is really awesome. I love it ! )

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    Talking Thanks for the input. I will work on getting rid of the text.

    Thanks for all the remarks. I was thinking about some white colums to the sides. I dont know. Please let me know what you would do.


    Does this look any better? newest
    Last edited by gbraatz; 07-07-2005 at 09:46 AM.

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    if you look at ur site with a mozilla based browser, youu find that lots of your borders double up and make your borders unconsistant.
    http://photos21.flickr.com/24247704_54dd82b39c_o.jpg to see what i mean

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    Hi, gbraatz -

    I love the choice of fonts and the color scheme of your site. Nice work!

    I have a feeling you are working from a template -- you may want to go back and customize the metadata in the <head> section, as well as a title.

    As jupac wrote, eventually you will need to change this format to one using CSS positioning, so your site will be more accessible to those with slow modems or those relying upon external devices to read content to them.

    I don't know if you noticed, but the "Zoo Store" link does not work.

    Lastly, you need to credit the work of others, if you're linking to it. This way, your users will not be confused as to whether or not they've left your site. (U.S. Zoos & Aquariums Events By State link) Also, it is just a courtesy to those who created it.



    Good Luck!
    KDLA

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    what is CSS positioning? Andyes a bought a template. The ones I made looked very amature. And since I hope this site can help me through College. I realy need it to look GREAT. That is why Im so thankful for all the help I have recieved.

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    gbraatz -

    CSS is short for a Cascading Stylesheet. This is an external file that you link to within the <head> section of your HTML file. This file controls the placement, fonts, colors, just about anything you want regarding your page's design.

    The best place to acquire more information is:
    http://www.w3.org/Style/CSS/

    A good reference available is
    Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide. Eric Meyer. O'Reilly Media, 2004.

    To get a better idea of what CSS can do, visit the CSS zen garden at http://www.csszengarden.com.

    Good Luck!
    KDLA

    Good Luck

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    Gbraatz, I think it would have been honest to say that you bought a template and barely edited it.
    I was really amazed at your work. Really. I thought, waooo, for a newbie, it's a wonderful start.
    But then, I investigated, and saw you picked up the design from a design company.
    Ok, you changed the title, and the navigation. You added a few links.
    But basically, it's THEIR work, and not really yours.
    I don't blame you, but I think you should have posted right in the beginning that you were editing an already existing design.
    Why am I saying that ?
    Because, imagine :
    one newbie comes here, not sure of himself, having done his first website, all self-coded.
    Of course, the first websites are always hugly and full of mistakes, but since people state they are newbies, we try our best to help them.
    Then, somebody joins and want advice on his website. He sees your site.
    What will he think ?
    He will think : I worked sooo hard for that, I am really stupid or what ? This guy has done a great site, and I've done ****.
    This kind of things could discourage people.

    Again, I'm being a bit hard and a bit paranoid also, but please, next time, tell us you've edited a design made by somebody else.
    Anyway, good luck in the designers world

    ( what I said doesn't diminish the fact that I like your site very much, of course )

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    I didnt mean to fool anyone. I've been working very hard on my site. I cant afford to pay anyone so Ive spent the last few days working on my site. I know it might not look like much but alot of research has gone into this site. I am also working on a forum that is kicking my A$$ too. Im not the noob that the profits wrote about, but I am a noob that is trying to learn. I practiced drawing by tracing pictures till I was good enough to draw them on my own. Sorry to misslead anyone. Because without you guys my site would be worthless. Ive worked on adding more pages. Zoo Events is still know where near done. But Zoos/Aquariums is 80% done.

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    This is what my css says (I hope you understand it)

    If anyone can tell me what to change Im all ears or eyes since Im looking at a computer screen.


    /* style created © 2001-2002 by BasicTemplates.comô on 10.22.2001. Duplication or redistribution is strictly prohibited. */


    body {background-color: #F3ECDA;
    font-family: "Trebuchet MS", Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    font-size: 12px;
    color: #513609;
    }

    td {font-family: "Trebuchet MS", Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    font-size: 12px;
    color: #513609;
    }

    p {font-family: "Trebuchet MS", Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    font-size: 12px;
    color: #513609;
    }

    a:link {color: #5A4118;
    font-weight: bold;
    }

    a:visited {color: #5A4118;
    font-weight: bold;
    }

    a:hover {color: #6C723A;
    font-weight: bold;
    }

    a:active {color: #BB9215;
    font-weight: bold;
    }

    .bthead {background-color: #F2CF69;
    font-family: "Trebuchet MS", Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    font-size: 15px;
    color: #000000;
    font-weight: bold;
    letter-spacing: 4px;
    text-align: center;
    }

    .btnav {background-color: #9AA255;
    font-family: "Trebuchet MS", Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    font-size: 12px;
    color: #000000;
    font-weight: bold;
    border: 1px #7B8244 solid;
    }

    .btnav2 {background-color: #F3ECDA;
    font-family: "Trebuchet MS", Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    font-size: 12px;
    color: #513609;
    border: 1px #9AA255 solid;
    }

    .btnav3 {background-color: #EECB67;
    font-family: "Trebuchet MS", Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    font-size: 12px;
    color: #513609;
    border: 1px #9AA255 solid;
    }

    .btnavbk {background-color: #927436;
    font-family: "Trebuchet MS", Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    font-size: 12px;
    color: #F3ECDA;
    }

    .btfoot {background-color: #9AA255;
    font-family: "Trebuchet MS", Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    font-size: 9px;
    color: #513609;
    text-align: center;
    }

    .btwhtxt {font-family: "Trebuchet MS", Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    font-size: 12px;
    color: #FFFFFF;
    }

    h1 {font-family: "Trebuchet MS", Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    font-size: 14px;
    color: #6E5324;
    font-weight: bold;
    letter-spacing: 2px;
    }



    /* style created © 2001-2002 by BasicTemplates.comô on 10.22.2001. Duplication or redistribution is strictly prohibited. */

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    i just did a quick visit to the site, and it seems like you have a bunch of pages that would fit nicely into an expandable navigation bar. That would simplify the site structure and make it easier to work with.

    check out this page at project seven. i've used their tutorials before and you more or less copy the code and change it to work with your site. read along so you can gain some understanding of css. good luck

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    Red face that site i sgreat will it work with front page?

    that site i sgreat will it work with front page? Never mind
    Last edited by gbraatz; 07-07-2005 at 04:37 PM. Reason: update

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    do yourself a favor and use dreamweaver. front page adds 10 million lines of messy & unneeded code that once you really know what your doing on the html/css side, you'll hate.

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