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Hi, Have just uploaded my site onto the web.

http://www.tenerifesun.co.uk/

Has been a bit of a rush job this week to get things going, but have had help from forums users (Much Appreciated).

This is my first site away from tables and trying to move towards xhtml and css. Not saying its all in CSS xhtml as am a newbie and have had to go back to original methods in some situations.

Still needs a bit of touching up text etc. any advice appreciated, but the main thing that has intrigued me is that it loads up really slow in IE6. Why is this?????? Could it be to many images????

Am not sure, but it runs great in Firefox......why the difference. One of the main reasons for switching to CSS etc was due to faster loading time by using this process. Any advice, critiscism would me most appreciated. Cheers

This is a link to my stylesheets if anyone wants a look
http://www.tenerifesun.co.uk/style.css
http://www.tenerifesun.co.uk/gallery/gallery.css

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dthomas31uk,

A few fairly big problems.

1) Your site doesn't really come close to validating. I would fix those problems first before pursuing anything else with the site.
2) Running a speed test on your revealed extremely poor loading times. A dialup user will have to wait about 2 full minutes for your page to load. Strongly consider optimizing your images and tightening your code (lessening the amount of total objects on the page)

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dthomas31uk,
I must re-iterate antiblands comments, the loading of the site is terrible, to be honest on a dial up connection (albeit quite a speedy one ) I almost gave up waiting!

You must optimize those graphics straight away, the file sizes are far too large for the size of the images some of those thumbnails were 20k even your 1px by 200px line was 12k that should be being measured in bytes and the link banners colors are way too large but rather nice Smile .

Otherwise it's a nice clean looking layout and will hopefully validate once you sort out the little errors you must have a space between the last character and the closing slash on empty tags xyz /> not xyz/>
and pay attention to the nesting of your elements and all will be fine.

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A few suggestions

Overall I think it looks quite nice and the navigation is straightforward. I just have a few nitpicky suggestions.
1. I don't like that the web address is spelled out in the header/logo. I would remove the .co.uk and make the name tenerife sun a bit larger with some more white space around the edges.
2. I wish all the button font sizes were the same instead of enlarged to fit the space.
3. On the rollovers, it would be nice if each were a different color and perhaps you could still see some of the image thru the gradient bar.
4.Everything lines up nicely except the header. I wish it was the same width as the image and content boxes...see #1 to make room.
5. The gradient bars go: blue, yellow, yellow, blue, red...perhaps a green one? At the very least I would separate the two yellow ones.
6. Add some padding to the top and left of the content text box (the one that scrolls) the text feels very squished against the edges of the box.

Okay maybe more than a few suggestions. But I was being very picky and I realize pixel perfection is imbossible with web-design. To restate-I think the site looks very good, lightweight, and professional. I think the 2 biggest improvements would be making the nav button fonts all the same size, and making the navbar/header the same width as the picutre below it.

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A nice site, but if it won't load fast you makka no money...

I had to go back to dial-up for a while from broadband and this site took like 1 1/2 mins to load all the graphics.

You will never make the kind of money you could from this site because we are ALL just too impatient. The site looks clean and well laid out.

Yep, resize those images down, you will see them fine on the web at real small file sizes, and I agree with the last cat who looked at the site, make all your links the same font size, style, weight, etc... UNIFORM is good.

Other than that your site is sweet.

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Cheers for the advice guys. Much appreciated, am on it. Gonna cut down the file sizes of the images

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I hafta add that the image gallery doesn't work properly in Opera7.54 - if that's Stu Nicholls photo gallery, you must have changed something, as his works fine in Opera

Bill