You had this site up for review on another forum which I was going to reply to but it was locked (Gulp!).:eek: Please don’t take my review to heart, but I’m sure there’s something there…
My critique is purely from a ‘design & typograhpy’ perspective. Although I do understand that the purpose and content of your website is more about the ‘technical and informative’ rather than ‘pretty pictures’ nevertheless…
I liked your avatar/logo that you used on that other forum – why don’t you use it instead of the ‘epic webs’ text that you currently have? - Much better to add a bit of interest.
The 3 column layout looks ok, but it all looks too big. It would be more ‘readable’ if the columns were a bit thinner than spreading out over the whole screen – Also the fonts don’t need to be so big – it’s all too much to take in at once. The fact that the columns are different lengths makes it look a bit messy. The columns could have rounded corners so it doesn’t look so stark.
Fonts: The Rancho headings & sub heads font is much better than the previous Comic Sans version, but I don’t think you should use it for your headings inside the boxes. It looks too playful and not serious enough for the info you are presenting. A bold version of your body text (Open Sans) a couple of pixels bigger would make it much more legible.
Having the font size a bit smaller would also allow you to have some paragraph spacing. The use of bold or italic text where appropriate would also help to ‘break it up’ a bit. There are also some literal errors with no space after full points and question marks etc – check it out.
This still stands true:- “Any page of text, printed on paper or viewed on a screen, or otherwise, should be easy to read and comprehend”. After-all, isn’t that the purpose?... We want people to actually ‘read’ what we taken all that time to write – make it easy for them, otherwise they will leave our site and go elsewhere.
Anyway, I hope you take this review in the way it was intended. Not to attack you, but to bring a bit of light to the importance of layout and good typography.
I’m happy to help you out on the design aspects, Gratis. Might give me something purposeful to do than writing this rant!!