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Hello.

I would love some feedback on my site.

I want to provide inexpensive web-design, and hopefully my site will show my skills.

I am not a professional, just a guy with a computer and no job.

It validates XHTML and CSS, doesn't use tables and works in all updated browsers.

Be gentle.

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Hi Joseph

For a first try your website looks really good. The effect of the FAQ is one I hadn't seen before.

The only minor point I have seen is that you are calling your client-side script "javascript.js" and your stylesheet "style.css". You may want to give these more descriptive names, which will make life easier when you are adding multiple scripts/sheets.

Tested in FF1.0.3.

Hope this helps

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the faq page doesn't work in my Opera7.54, which prolly has to do w/ js, tho I do have js enabled
otherwise looks nice, and good in Fx and IE

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Oh my faq is bodged, it doesn't use javascript.

Was scared to use javascript, so I put anchores in a scrolling div, opera doesn't like this.

Was scared to use javascript thinking it wouldn't get wide support, but I should change it back.

Does anybody know of any dangers with javascript. It seems like a gray area.

Will change it now.

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OK, I have sorted everything that has been noted so far.

I know there are some pretty good designers on this forum, so can anybody spot any design 'no no's' with my site.

Does it seem too trivial?, and any ideas on a background, I hate the one I made.

I don't think bodies of text are my strong point, any ideas.

Thanks in advance.

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Joseph, just a couple of small points.

*spelling on your FAQ - How far will I go? : you spelt whether as weather. sorry! I know how easy it is to miss these things.

*Small xhtml validation error. just one. minor to fix.

*Portfolio nav bar (right). I don't like it. I think it trivialises your portfolio. IMHO that is!

*again, IMHO I personally don't like the black background. I find it oppressive. but, that really is just me.

*I think the black background and robot on your logo match well together, but the font in your logo doesn't. seems out of place. do you know what I mean?

nevertheless a clean site. good luck!

larmyia

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Joseph - I like the dusky green layout and black background but mainly because it's so different, so that's not to say that I wouldn't like another approach better. I don't like the script face for your header and I don't understand what the robot is all about or why you have chosen to make it so pixelated. Like larmyla, I do not like the portfolio icon-thingies and would prefer to see thumbnails of the sites. I have not studied your CSS code but i can see at a glance that there is room for improvement through use of css shorthand. Overall, and subject to the above, I like the look and feel of the site and think that it suits your 'message' and 'marketing position' very well i.e. it does exactly what it says on the tin and is not in the slightest bit pretentious. Well done.

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Wow. OK

I completely agree with you all, thats why I joined this forum.

The black background does suck, so i am on the case.

I knew it seemed a little trivial, though the icons on the portfolio are the Favicons of the sites, but I guess people will not know that, so they are gone.

I don't know what IMHO means, this is my first and only forum.

I do tend to use the full CSS description and not the shorthand, just a compulsive thing I guess, will have a go, I know how to do it. But i want it perfect.

Yes the Robot on the title and the script font. OK this was meant to be a juxtoposition off old and new imagery, (imagine victorian england with robots sort off thing, ei, 'Steamboy' or 'ORGUS02' kind of.) with the oldish looking black and white title with the Robot out of context, but the idea flaked off, and never made it into the rest of the site.

The robot was an idea for a design site title, ei pixal man design or gas powered graphics, but I came to my senses.

I'll be back. When I have sorted my site.

Cheers for your comments.

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I get the idea of the robot and the text, but it doesn't work, and as you say you didn't follow it through the rest of the site.

IMHO - in my humble opinion. (there are many, many more!).

there are benefits to shorthand css, and I think instead of showing you as a lazy developer, they show proficiency and knowledge. a start would be http://www.csscreator.com/css-forum/ftopic6672.html

don't lose heart. it's a good site that needs tweaking. most do.

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IMHO = In My Humble Opinion.

For what it's worth I liked the robot/script header - not sure I read that much into it but I liked it never the less Wink

Incidentally on your portfolio www.akira2019.com and webhub.akira2019.com don't work.

Also your contact form it too wide in FF 1.0.3 at least.

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Hi

Can you all check out some off my changes.

Changed the background and some of the CSS to shorthand, although the font shorthand wasn't working.

Is my contact form going out of bounds still?, it isn't on any one of my browsers, all latest FF Opera Explorer Netscape. It never was on my computer but was reported to be funny on FF 1.0.3, I can't see it though.

Also, should I change my 'Doctype' to all lowercase, the rest of my code is all lowercase. I know it's a requirement for xhtml, but I am unsure weather changing my Doctype to lowercase would have any detrimental effects.

..and do you all reckon my pricing is reasonable.

havn't got rid of the robot yet.

Thanks in advance.

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P.S. I know I have only been recieving on this forum, but once I have enough knowledge and courage, I will be back to give.

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It's a good looking site Joseph - i agree with the above comments regarding the robot (i know you're working on it).


On the excellent FAQ page (great idea btw) maybe the links on the questions page shouldn't be underlined (or with a bit more space betweeen the lines), i just found them a little confusing to read.

check through your grammar , i read the whole site and there were a few little mistakes here and there - won't take long and will give a better impression to clients and prospective employers.


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with the look of the site with the new background I def think your robot has to go (sorry!). I personally like your contact page. gives your client a choice. prices...? who knows. maybe someone else can give you a better idea. I think they seem ok for what you're offering. at the end of the day if you can make ends meet, get work, build your portfolio and you'll end up in a better position for higher paying work or a full time job.

as far as I'm aware your doctype has to be capitals. it's the only thing. no one appears to know why the w3c made it in caps. I could be wrong, but I think that you'll need to keep it in caps.

and I concur on the spelling/grammar mistakes. get someone to check it through (you're prob too close to the project to see all of them).

HTH and good work!

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Hi Joseph,

I like the site, its clean and neat, the colours are good.

I think you have quite a contrasting set of styles, that perhaps could be simplified.

The ragged edge between your two columns -v- the vertical stripes
The robot & site icons -v- the script font for the title.
The shadowed gutter on the FAQ page -v- the ragged edge on all the others.

Personally, I don't mind the robot. The vertical stripes grated the first time I looked at the site. The ragged edge appeals to me, I wouldn't mind seeing it again on the FAQ page Smile

I do find myself looking for some space above your title text. The first time the page loaded, I hit tried to scroll up.

The idea mentioned above to replace your portfolio navigation icons with mini screen pics is a good one. Instead of slightly reduced pop-up screen images, consider either a full size pic, that size as full size or an actual dummy version of the web page - with all the links disabled. I found it frustrating when I clicked on the images that I couldn't clearly see the pages.

I know we all like to sing the praises of Firefox and ridicule IE, however (for now) IE is the real world, if it don't work with IE (chances are) you aren't getting paid. Your recommendation paragraph may be something better left to your discussions with your customers.

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Just a couple of things. First of all, it's a nicely laid-out, easily navigable site. I especially like the treatment of the faq page. However, if you're looking for some clientelle, I would suggest the following:

1. Don't tell people you're not a professional. Just show them your work and let them make that judgement for themselves. If you treat yourself as an amateur, you'll always look that way.

2. Along the same lines, don't tell somebody if you did a band's site for free. Just tell them you made it.

3. Your spelling and grammar needs some editing. Find somebody you know who has good language skills, and get their assistance! It's always ok to have other people check over your site for things like that. I think in some areas you would benefit from more efficient, more persuasive language.

Clean up some of your content in terms language and how you market yourself, and I think you've got yourself a winner.

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http://www.josephsprint.co.uk/

Hi

Made some changes.

The title is probably gonna change in the future, when I can come up with a better idea.

But what about the rest.

I think my new background is the one.

Thanks in advance.

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Joseph, this is just my opinion, but the feeling I get from your index page is that developing sites is just your sideline and you are actually more serious about looking for work. I personally think you should aim your site at clients, show you are serious etc. Is it likely that a web development will look at your site and hire you? I could be wrong, but I dont' think so.

if you apply for a web design job, give them this site. it's a portfolio and you can have put your cv in "about"

I dont' know if that all makes sense (I am very very tired) or if others will disagree with me. at the end of the day it's your call.

good work tho. haven't had a chance to look through the rest of the stie, but you're doing good work

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My girlfriend said the same thing.

I am thinking that a hidden section or an employers go here link that I can send out with my CV, would be a better idea then.

Im finding the structuring of this site hard, because I want it to convey two messages. One that I need a job and two, the information for people needing a site.

It makes my head hurt.

But I want to get it right.

OK, on the index I should start with the Potential employers go here, link.

Followed by my index page of info about the freelance stuf.

Then on the about page, just have stuff about what I do, but keep it short and snappy.

The link for the employers can open a hidden page that has all the relevant CV / Resume stuff and about me stuf followed by a link to my portfolio page.

Does this sound good????????????????????

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Im finding the structuring of this site hard, because I want it to convey two messages. One that I need a job and two, the information for people needing a site.

All of my years of experience suggest to me that the two don't go together. You just can't have your cake and eat it. Either you want to attract direct custom or you want to work for someone else. If you hint at both things then potential employers will worry that you will always be doing private work in the firm's time, and direct customers will think that you'll start their project and then bu66er off working for someone else. You'll end up gaining nothing. The two goals are just not mutually compatible.

The only way for you to achieve both your goals is to run two different websites: one trying to attract direct work; and the other as a demonstration of your skills with your CV. Then you give the URL of each site to people according to who they are. If you want people to believe in you then you need to show that you are focussed and committed to their needs.

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I'm in the same position as you. I am redeveloping my portfolio which is aimed at both freelance jobs and potential employers. I personally am not putting anything on the site to indicate that I'm looking for work as I think it may put off my freelance clients. at the end of the day if I'm applying for a position I can put my chatty-chatty (hire me, I'm great) blurb in a cover email/letter and they can go to my site to see my current work and some info about me

but that is me.

different perspective: would you hire someone to do your site if you thought they were more interested in looking for full time work, and that freelance stuff was just a thing on the side?

a couple of other points:

*how come there is a large amount of white space on your index page between paragraphs 2 and 3? it looks out of place.
*I dont' like the use of "inexpensive" in your title. if ppl are going to your site they are likely to know (through word of mouth, or yourself or something) that you are reasonably priced. furthermore it is obvious as you have your pricelist at the side. however that is just my opinion
*I still have issue with your porfolio icons. I think they really do need to be screen shots or something. they look childish. I understand that they are the favicons from the site, but I dont' think they are doing you any favours. and I dont' like the way they are displayed when you do click on a screen shot.
*Obviously it is your call to put the cost of the site's you've developed, but I'm not sure it's in your interest. or necessary.

sorry...just a few things. nothing major, or that def needs changing, but just my opinion.

larmyia

edit: ditto Roy

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Dam*nit, I miss that lovable robot.

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Oh I get you now.

The site is all that is needed, if they see that i am dedicated to clients, that is best.

It was my girlfriends idea to put more for employers on the index. She thought that they would visit and think I didn't need them. If it didn't mention it on the first page.

So OK here goes.

Don't mention anything about employers on the index page, as this could look bad to potential clients.

Put more CV on the about page for employers. Nice and contained.
So the about page would be aimed at employers, and I guess it wouldn't hurt if potential clients read it aswell.

Does this sound good????????????????????

My index page is gonna be so empty.

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I'm gonna scream.

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I'm gonna scream.

Not too loudly, you'll wake the robot. :-#

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put your cv stuff on for the moment. and either leave it at that or develop another site for employers (as Roytheboy suggested) and put your cv stuff there.

Index pages are a *beep*. got to be catchy and not pointless. I'm struggling with mine. *sigh* so much easier when the content is just thrown at you.

and could you please send a copy of your robot to antibland - I feel he needs some company ( Wink )

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OK people posted whilst i was writing about understanding Larmyias older post.

Yes the robot is sleeping now. I think it was the right thing.

I will have to find a way of getting the screenshots for my portfolio page to look good small. Otherwise I am gonna resort to text.

Do we think my background is better. It's white now incase you havn't emptied your cash or refreshed.

OK, I am going to have a hidden set of pages or page for employers that i can mention on a cover letter, that i will send out. That hidden page will link back to my normal site so they can check it out.

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Hi

Could somebody check out my changes.

Still not done the portfolio icons, so just ignore them for now.

The title will keep changing untill it is right.

thanks in advance

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Expect this thread to go on a while.

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hey there. like the shadow on the page. really like your title. still not feeling your index page though. seems a little blunt. i think you might be on the right lines, but just need to tweek it. as for you logo, I think you can actually do better. looking at your portfolio I think you're capable of much more. but hey, that's just me. others may disagree.

I have go swimming now. I'm not sure it will but hth.

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I agree with larmyia about the logo - looks too old to be honest, if you want to give people the impression you can build modern up to date websites then lose the 'old school' computer
I'm also a bit dubious about the grey

I know it's difficult getting it all together - generally the site is really good, you've got some interesting ideas - i think it just needs that something for prospective clients/employers to look at and and go 'I've GOT to have that on my website' - know what i mean?

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Hi.

Apart from my title and my portfolio icons. (which are being sorted)

I really need to know if their is anything else a miss, it's getting close to crunch time. (thats ringing for a job time)

are my prices too high?
is their any information i could loose? I tend to go on a bit.
I have a brief cv that is still being added to, up on a hidden page, http://www.josephsprint.co.uk/cv.htm is that definitly the way to do it?
Anything at all?

All help is appreciated greatly, I know my design isn't great but I want to get the implementation perfect.

I ask a lot, I know.

PS. can somebody give me a quick example of the best method for background proporty shorthand, that would contain, position, colour, repeat and image.

Thanks in advance.

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Joseph Sprint wrote:
I ask a lot, I know.

Joseph - This thread is getting to the point where you're expecting too much in my opinion. There comes a time where you have to have the confidence in your own decisions, otherwise you are not going to last two minutes in business.

Your prices are cheap, but you're just starting out so you need to establish a name for yourself. Nobody can tell you how much to charge because your price should be calculated by the number of hours you want to work; the degree of luxury you want to live in; the speed you work; your overheads and personal expenses; how desperate you are for work etc. etc. etc. If my rates are low enough to keep a steady stream of clients knocking at my door, yet high enough to cover my overheads, mortgage, food and my karting, then I leave them as they are. If clients stopped calling then I'd lower them; or if I couldn't pay my mortgage then I'd raise them. Only you can say if your fees are correct. Only you can work them out. The only thing I'd say is that when you calculate them, allow for the fact that you will spend at least one in every three hours on non-fee-earning tasks like running the business, speaking to clients and doing the accounts. If not one in every two!

So add up what you need to earn in a year; decide how many fee-earning hours you want to work; allow for holidays, weekends, sickness and quite periods; then divide one by the other to arrive at an hourly rate. If you don't do this, you'll be unlikely to last very long in business!

Shorthand: background: #123456 url(images/picture.gif) repeat-y right;

As for the rest; read all the posts again because you've already been given a stack of good advice.

Good luck Wink

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Hi Joseph
I dont know if you're still watching this topic but here we go any way.
firstly, great job on the design, it's far better than the other versions you showed us - professional that's the thing.

I've just gone into web design full time myself and i know what a nightmare it can be getting the wording right.

Just from a quick nose around, i reckon you've done a good job. The only thing that really got me was the websites that you had in your portfolio that weren't there - ie not ready to be seen. If they are not ready don't show them, add them afterwards (dojo website)

just a thought mate

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