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Hi Everyone,

I have a new personal website called the http://www.hikingchick.com, it's going to be about my hiking adventures and getting other people inspired to get it there if even only for a walk.
I checked it out on iE7 & FF and it worked fine, looked at it on a friends vista and some of the pages were off, but could not see why. But I would like to know is what the over all thought is on the site, looks, code etc. I downloaded a free temp and customized it it did validate so am curious to see what others think of it.

Thanks for your help in advance!

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Checked it in IE7 IE6 FF2

Checked it in IE7 IE6 FF2 Safari 3.1 Opera 9.2. I didn't see any issue at all, but that's what you can actually expect from the templates out there.

However, there are 3 things that I would like to mention anyway. First, and that definitely is a problem of ready-made templates, it has no soul. As far as I understand you would like to share your hiking joy with your audience. The site does not express joy, fun, it does not even show it is about hiking, discovering landscapes, enjoying beautiful scenery. It could be just another corporate website.

The 2nd thing is the body font size. It is too small. Larger font sizes make reading easier and enjoyable. My vision is still good, but I am sure there are a lot of older people that enjoy hiking and that pass by your site.

The 3rd thing is the overall text. Your sentences are as long as from NY to LA. Worse that you apparently don't know comma. Both makes reading very tiring and people just give up and leave. You should also care about good spelling, it is you're or you are, not your.

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NY to LA and beyond...

That part was really funny! thank you it made me laugh! I am not used to writing my own content as you can see! I will really try and work on that!Laughing out loud

what are your suggestions for adding some soul? I understand what you mean but not sure how to implement that. graphics? text? and what is the best way to change the font size? stick with % or change to px fixed? :?

I found the issue with pages not working and fixed it last night, it was an extra div tag, I deleted it and that fixed it.

Thank you for you honest opinion, that is exactly what I was looking for!

feel free to proof read it all and send it back to me! LOL!!! Smile
Thanks!

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I am glad you didn't pout.

I am glad you didn't pout. Wink My best advise upfront: take your time, be proud of what you accomplished, let it sink, and the ideas will come by themselves.

In detail, adding soul by graphics, colors and forms. I know best that is easier said than done. What I definitely can say is that nature is so beautiful that it deserves larger images than those on your site. H1-6 can have a background image, why not a hiking/mountain/nature related background. And why not a gradient image as a background for the ul that smooths from the heading over the list until it melts with the page color? the list-style can be an image, too. A hiking stick, a backpack,...

The text on your site always span all the way from the left to the right. You can build blocks to have smaller pieces to read. Or your banner image on top can reach down blurred into the content.

What I do for inspiration is browsing through design galleries. Like http://www.csselite.com/category/showcase http://www.csspick.com/galleries http://cssmania.com/galleries and learn the beauty and ease of CSS. And don't miss out on http://www.csszengarden.com which made me want to learn CSS.

In terms of font size, you can stick with %, but I would increase the default size. You did a good thing by increasing the line height.

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no pouting!

now why would I pout? Oh that's right some people get upset when they ask to be critiqued and someone actually does what they asked. LOL!! not me I asked for it! but seriously I appreciate it, how else would I learn to see how someone else may see it?

this is only my third site so I have a lot to learn yet. I figured I would start with the template and get feedback and alter it as I go. Otherwise I would never get this site up!

I tried a gradient for the nav bar on a test pagehttp://www.hikingchick.com/article1.html , but it has a white space between that and the top banner image and I can not get the text to change to bold. So I have a lot to learn with css! :curse:

I will check out the links you suggested as well and get crackn' on that soul thing!

Thanks,
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ps I also have a lot to learn on the graphic end of things as well!

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It was not your CSS

suz4x4 wrote:
now why would I pout? Oh that's right some people get upset when they ask to be critiqued and someone actually does what they asked. LOL!!

Exactly!

It was not your CSS. Your greenbg.jpg has a white 1 or 2px top. And it gives the menu a less boring touch - the jpg, not the white space.

I also came across a bug. Please add a display:inline to #sidebar-left since IE 6 doubles the value for margin-left because the div is floated to the same side of the margin (float:left + margin-left = bad)

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=bad

Thanks! I will work on that tomorrow! I did not write the css just added some stuff here and there so It's good to know and I appreciate the help!
I'll let you know how I make out, if I get a second wind I'll give a go later tonight.

Thanks! Smile

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fixed greenbg.jpg

I fixed it and added it the footer as well, but something does not look right with the footer. going to work on some images for the home page tonight or tomorrow.

let me know what you think of the nav & footer with the green background image.

Thanks for your help!

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I can't see it

Hey, I am glad you managed to fix the image. I just visited your page, but the image was not applied, nor could I see anything wrong with your footer. I will check tomorrow

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Caposoft wrote:Hey, I am

Caposoft wrote:
Hey, I am glad you managed to fix the image. I just visited your page, but the image was not applied, nor could I see anything wrong with your footer. I will check tomorrow

I fixed the greenbg.jpg image it had the slight white space, now the nav looks better & the footer is working fine as well.

Now I have to find the right image to go in the top banner the one I have now, in the test page http://www.hikingchick.com/article1.html of a mountain just does not match the color scheme the way the other image does.

I'm getting frustrated at the moment, I might leave it be for a few days and re-group and see what other comments I get.

Thanks and let me know what you think!

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Too fast or just forgetful

Sorry, I looked at the finished site, not remembering that you had a test page for playing around. So just ignore what I said about not seeing it Laughing out loud Honestly, I like the new bg image a lot better than the original.

When I open the page with the flashy branch I always feel slashed. I think the colors still fit, but isn't changing style in a heartbeat one wonderful advantage of CSS?

Maybe you have come across one already, but there are some websites that generate a color scheme simply by an image. Unfortunately I only saved one of them in my favorites, but there are more around. I hope it will help. Color Palette Generator

I am sure you get it resolved when you return with a fresh eye or two.

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fresh eye

Thanks I will check out the palette generator and see what I come up with. I am going to take a break for the night though. I'm just spinning my wheels right now and gettin' no where fast! LOL!! arrghhhh...... :?

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