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Just looking for an opinion on the site I am working on for the church I attend:

http://www.eaglesnestministries.com

Two kids at the church said it was "boring". I guess there isn't enough flashy, spinny animated gifs and background midi files. :roll:

Do you have any ideas or suggestions for me?

Thanks. Smile

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Gah, it's huge!

I like it, but I guess it appeals to the older people.

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A few quick opinions for you based on a very quick look at the home page (without looking at the source or CSS):

The colours are drab and depressing. Add a very little bit of one other bright colour (try a rich yellow) and the page will probably be transformed.

The text is too large for average tastes.

The header graphic is unnecessarily large and needs more space above it for the design to 'breath'.

The mouse-over boxes first open in the top left (Mac_FF), then they reappear by the curser. This gives a fast flashing effect that not only looks bad but could also be dangerous for some people.

Never use underlined text for anything other than links to other pages or you'll confuse people who have got used to the way that 99% of web interfaces work.

Sorry that I'm so negative but you did ask!

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It looks alright ...the text is very large, the whole thing looks massive!
1 thing - maybe you could make the titles stand out a little more - just darken them a little as i think it would get rid of the 'bland' thing that seems to be going on.

Pictures may be a good idea for the kid you mentioned - were they bored by look or content?

like the pop up window over the links/messages at the top

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I do agree that the graphical text is abit too large. I like the overall clean look, some one mentioned that it would appeal to older people, and I do agree with that.

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Maybe a header and a matching footer, to make the page flow better.

All around though, I do like it, and of course it depends on your client, do they want something fun, or something subtle... that can be a burden on the designer sometimes, but you just have to find a way to let your creative spark do its magic Smile

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Yeah, it's too chunky, like that mama's burger eddie murphy once mentioned in his stand-up. More content needs to be seen at one time (less scrolling) and the font could be bumped down a few sizes overall.

I do like the organization of the main elements though, and the font family for the header is appropriate. I wish the popups would move as the mouse moves though. This would keep the event text more visible and accessible to really old people. Finally, add some gambling links. These people need a reason to pray for forgiveness each sunday. [-o<

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antibland wrote:
Finally, add some gambling links. These people need a reason to pray for forgiveness each sunday.

Laughing out loud very good =D>

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shame on you antibland.

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thepineapplehead wrote:
Gah, it's huge!
roytheboy wrote:
The text is too large for average tastes.
fatfreddy wrote:
.the text is very large, the whole thing looks massive!
sharpereye wrote:
I do agree that the graphical text is abit too large.
antibland wrote:
Yeah, it's too chunky, like that mama's burger eddie murphy once mentioned in his stand-up. More content needs to be seen at one time (less scrolling) and the font could be bumped down a few sizes overall.
I take it I should make the text smaller then? Wink Laughing out loud

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roytheboy wrote:
The header graphic is unnecessarily large and needs more space above it for the design to 'breath'.
Yeah, I made it too large to match the too large content. Laughing out loud

roytheboy wrote:
The mouse-over boxes first open in the top left (Mac_FF), then they reappear by the curser. This gives a fast flashing effect that not only looks bad but could also be dangerous for some people.
Fixed. Thanks.

roytheboy wrote:
Sorry that I'm so negative but you did ask!
No, if it stinks I want to know. Smile

fatfreddy wrote:
1 thing - maybe you could make the titles stand out a little more - just darken them a little as i think it would get rid of the 'bland' thing that seems to be going on.
Done. Thanks!

fatfreddy wrote:
like the pop up window over the links/messages at the top
thank you.

sharpereye wrote:
I like the overall clean look.
Thanks.

sharpereye wrote:
some one mentioned that it would appeal to older people, and I do agree with that
Older? Like 35? Wink Laughing out loud

sharpereye wrote:
All around though, I do like it, and of course it depends on your client, do they want something fun, or something subtle... that can be a burden on the designer sometimes, but you just have to find a way to let your creative spark do its magic Smile
In a way I am the client because it was all left up to me. I just did this redesign after the kids got on me. (They still think it's boring...but it's just supposed to be info and events and such...)

antibland wrote:
I do like the organization of the main elements though, and the font family for the header is appropriate.
Thanks.

antibland wrote:
I wish the popups would move as the mouse moves though. This would keep the event text more visible and accessible to really old people.
I was looking into that. I may just rewrite the popup script and see what I can come up with.

antibland wrote:
Finally, add some gambling links. These people need a reason to pray for forgiveness each sunday. [-o<
Laughing out loud Maybe a few whiskey and cigar links, too. Laughing out loud

roytheboy wrote:
The colours are drab and depressing. Add a very little bit of one other bright colour (try a rich yellow) and the page will probably be transformed.
I like greens and browns and silvers and other boring colors...I suppose it came out in this one. Smile

roytheboy wrote:
Never use underlined text for anything other than links to other pages or you'll confuse people who have got used to the way that 99% of web interfaces work.
Good advice...I'll work on that right away.

sharpereye wrote:
Suggestions:
Maybe a header and a matching footer, to make the page flow better.
I'll take that into serious consideration. Thank you.