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. . . the site I've been working on is just about finished.

The client's happy which is the main thing, but comments would be welcomed here for possible improvements and for future reference.

looking forward to your constsructive criticism.

Cheers

Pete

http://www.shencomm.co.uk

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after a few teaks and a bit of a revamp...

I've just had a very quick look without checking the code and I have four initial comments for you: (1) the home page looks boring and unexciting - try adding an interesting picture or something; (2) the nav text is too small - if anything it should be bigger than your body copy, not smaller; (3) there is nothing on the home page to give any hint as to what country the site is based in (not everyone understands domain names and not everyone will be viewing your site outside of a search engine's frame); and (4) it is usual nowadays to make the main logotype a link to the home page.

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after a few teaks and a bit of a revamp...

roytheboy wrote:
I've just had a very quick look without checking the code and I have four initial comments for you: (1) the home page looks boring and unexciting - try adding an interesting picture or something; (2) the nav text is too small - if anything it should be bigger than your body copy, not smaller; (3) there is nothing on the home page to give any hint as to what country the site is based in (not everyone understands domain names and not everyone will be viewing your site outside of a search engine's frame); and (4) it is usual nowadays to make the main logotype a link to the home page.

Thanks for the suggestions, Roy,

For now I've put a bit of colour on the intro page and I've made the nav text a bit bigger.

Good point regarding identifying the site's nationality. I'd originally tried to put a phone number in the header but for some reason couldn't get it to sit in the correct position so we came to the decision to dump it. I know. Cop out! :oops: I'll persevere.

Fair point regarding the home page link. I'm not too worried about navigating back to the home page though, as each page can be reached directly from each other page, and the client is more interested in being able to jump to a particular product as easily as possible.

I'll have another look at the home page layout in the near future.

Thanks again. It helps to get some feedback from a fresh viewpoint.

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after a few teaks and a bit of a revamp...

pebar_walsall wrote:
Thanks again. It helps to get some feedback from a fresh viewpoint.

Watch this space as I'm sure you'll get plenty of other opinions too.

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after a few teaks and a bit of a revamp...

Just a few comments from a Mac user...

In Safari and Firefox the site has a horizontal scroll. Scrolling shows the gray bar is falling short of the viewport. Also, when font size is increased, the gaps do too. See attached screenshot.

The fonts are unpleasantly small. Some text (Communications headsets) leaks out of the sidebar buttons before the font is increased. More text leaks once the font is increased.

Is there supposed to be a large gap between the top bar and the main content? The main text doesn't start until it's about even with the 3rd button in the sidebar.

Hope that helps.

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after a few teaks and a bit of a revamp...

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Just a few comments from a Mac user...

In Safari and Firefox the site has a horizontal scroll. Scrolling shows the gray bar is falling short of the viewport. Also, when font size is increased, the gaps do too. See attached screenshot.

Thanks for your feedback and for the screenshot, Ciryaquen

I produced the site on a Mac, previewing in Firefox mainly. I couldn't work out how to get rid of those gaps, as the three different header blocks are all set to 100%. If I could find a way of curing this easily, it would be a bonus.

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The fonts are unpleasantly small. Some text (Communications headsets) leaks out of the sidebar buttons before the font is increased. More text leaks once the font is increased.

The fonts look ok to me, sizewise. I've been using FF with default font sizes set at 16px. I'd be interested to hear if the fonts look too small for other Mac users, or indeed users in general. I can see the text leakage in Safari but not in FF. Again, I couldn't find a cure. Suggestions gratefully received!

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Is there supposed to be a large gap between the top bar and the main content? The main text doesn't start until it's about even with the 3rd button in the sidebar.

Is this any better?

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Hope that helps.

It certainly does. Thanks

Pete

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I produced the site on a Mac, previewing in Firefox mainly. I couldn't work out how to get rid of those gaps, as the three different header blocks are all set to 100%. If I could find a way of curing this easily, it would be a bonus.

The answer is quite simple actually - just delete all the width: 100% declarations. Divs (block elements) by nature take up all available width. You need a better understanding of the box model. You have declared the width at 100% and then added to that width the padding. That is why you have a scrollbar.

As for the font-size in FF/Mac, I found it to be acceptable and the layout didn't break with increased font sizes.

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The main top links are a bit overkill instead of changing the text decoration, the background and the text colour; Try removing one of them and just doing 2 together. Changing the background colour might be a bad idea as it doesn't look to good over the gradient background.

I know this is a small problem, just thought I would add my thoughts.

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after a few teaks and a bit of a revamp...

wolfcry911 wrote:

You need a better understanding of the box model.

You're not wrong there! It's starting to make sense, though, thanks to this site.

Thanks Wolfcry and Tom. I'vve tried your various solutions and suggestions and am now much happier with the layout.

Pete