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Hi all,

I have finally uploaded a test version of my site, which I have moved from a table based html layout to a css liquid faux colum style layout. This has been a quite a challenge for me and IE has been driving me insane. :curse:

If that wasn't enough for a novice, I have also used Slideshow 2! code on some of the pages "a javascript class for Mootools 1.2 to stream and animate the presentation of images on your website". I am very keen to know how these pages work on on different browsers to the ones I have tested, esp IE6 :scared: . (Unfortunately there is an issue with the new server at Browsershots with top level .co.uk domains, so I'm currently unable to use their service.)

I'm on windows vista & have tested the uploaded test site on firefox 3.03, internet explorer 7, google chrome beta, Opera for windows 9.6, safari for windows 3.1.2.

(I have some redundant indexed pages I will be redirecting using .htaccess to a single existing page.)
You can access the test home page here<a href="http://www.mydepictions.co.uk/test/index.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.mydepictions.co.uk/test/index.html</a> All the test pages are in the test directory, and I have banned the bots from there, I hope :scared: .

Any comments, criticism about any aspects of the site would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

P.s. I have been been using IEtester to try and pick up on problems I may have with ie6, and did have access at one time, just in case anyone wondered - think there may be some notes in the code.

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Error 403 - Forbidden Please

Error 403 - Forbidden
Please make this site accessible for site check.

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TY for trying! It's

:bigoops: TY for trying!

It's here:<a href="http://www.mydepictions.co.uk" rel="nofollow">http://www.mydepictions.co.uk</a> It is live now, but I'm not happy with the visual appearance - seems a bit ugly to me. (Its also been tested on safari for mobile since I first posted). Any feedback would still be very much appreciated.

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Too much text

For an artist's site, the ratio of images to text feels odd. There should be a lot more examples of your artwork as soon as someone lands on your page. even if you make it part of the background. Also not a great fan of the position:fixed navigation box, but thats a very personal opinion.

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1.) the grid you used for

1.) the grid you used for layout is off. If not grid, then your Devine Proportions ( 1.62 ) is incorrect. in other words, it all looks unbalenced and awkward.

2.)Not a fan of the fixed navigation.

3.)i think the site will look better if you get rid of the bottom paper look on the right side under paper curl. It just doesnt look right.

4.)The site did validate, so thats a huge thumbs-up in my book!!

5.)Your header needs something more. have you thought about having drop shadows under paint brushes?

6.)the images on the right edge, maybe they can just go away or present them in a more appealing manner.

7.) i do like the colors used

8.) is that a hit counter in the lower right corner? Loose it.

9.) the a:hover color in the footer doesnt match the other colors in your site.

10.)good use of headings ( h1, h2, h3 )

11.) Not sure I agree with mixing style and content. The use of styling tags like in the XHTMl should be avoided, you have CSS for that.

12.)Not sure I'd want the folling text displayed.. "This site has been awarded the Coxsoft Art Silver Surfer Friendly Award. "

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Ty for the constructive criticism

TY - this is really helpful to me!

Re: too much text - this had occurred to me and I tend to agree. As the site has been indexed for some time, I do not want to loose my ranking in SERPS. (i.e. If I changed the written content itself too much, search engines might think this was "a new page".)But certainly, there is possibility for maybe using artwork in the background or changing the presentation of the images used on the right-hand side...which are not presented in an appealing way.

In response to some of the above points:

1. This was a hand-coded from scratch effort, so perhaps more room for unbalance? I will certainly be looking into this & try and achieve a balanced layout.

2. I'll maybe ditch the fixed navigation.

3. Yes, I could get rid of the "undersheet of paper" - I'm not sure it contributes anything positive to the appearance of the page.

5. Totally agree - it just looks empty. I haven't played too much with this area. Will have a go at adding drop shaddow to the brushes.

6.The images on the right, I am not happy with TBH. I tried drop-shaddows and I tried overlapping them. The current layout was a last resort really after problems with alignment/positioning in ie6, that I couldn't seem to hack my way out of. I need to take a fresh look at what I do with these.

8. A rubbish looking free stat counter graphic - I use google analytics, but I like to monitor the exact path individual visitors took to my pages. For ease of visitor tracking, I have been also using sitemeter. The other options for the graphic are not too good, so may be ditching this.

9. An oversight!

11.Yes - can get rid styling tags in the XHTML.

12. This gets a mention in the body text of another page, so can go.

Thanks once again, this has really helped me to focus on what I need to work on to improve this site.