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Give opinion or suggestion for my blog

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by omny7, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. omny7

    omny7 Registered Member

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    I host my blog on the Github and I need opinions about some general things such as: design, content, user experience. Blog name is Crusox and you won't have any problems finding it. Any additional suggestions beside the ones I already listed are highly appreciated. Thank you.
     
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    I made a few improvements with the front page and the overall looks of the post pages, so if you want take a look and give me an improvement suggestion. Github can make it pretty complicated for some things, but others are extremely fun and easy to do.

    After a whole day of polishing my idea for the front page I was finally satisfied with all I have done and then I noticed that something is really wrong with the mobile version. At the end I found out that I placed a div extra...
     
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    Im not a pro or anything but if I were you I would try to make things more symmetrical, I mean the left side

    Even da vinci used mathematic in his masterpiece...
     
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    There's a very amateur feel to the design.
    The images on the left acting as navigation menus, but have no text to it, is pretty misleading.
    And without the symmetry like unnamedghost suggested, it looks a bit messy

    The red "X"s on the navigation menu is not very intuitive, users usually associate Xs with deleting stuff, or closing windows, and red with negative stuff; not what a bullet list should be.

    And I'm not a fan of the font, looks too much like Comic Sans, try choosing something more square and less happy-hippie-childish

    Why didn't you take a WordPress theme or something? I'm pretty sure there are free or cheap themes that looks like what you want to do, and it will look professional with minimal work.
     
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    omny7 Registered Member

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    The left side should be a menu. Thanks for the suggestion.
     
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    Left side should be a menu, every page has it.
    About the general, amateur feel; I didn't want to make the same web design like the billion other webpages. It's like they are all the same.
    Images on left ( the buttons) is a good suggestion, I will look into it.
    X menu will be changed, as well a good point there. I didn't like it anyway.
    Font; I was going after something more personal, most of the webpages have the same dry font, it's not something I like to have on my own.
    I didn't use the WP theme, because this is not WP and I loved this one from the first day.

    Thanks for your suggestion, I look forward to hear some more.

     
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    Letters almost going over other letters.
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    Design is really bad.
     
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    i like the design , user friendly 100%
    good luck with that
     
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    Design: Terrible
    Content: Atrocious
    User Experience: Horrendous

    It is the type of site that I would immediately leave. Just seems to be designed to serve ads. In fact, it just looks like this thread is just to get some traffic.
     
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    Blog experience in one word: Shocking.
     
  11. omny7

    omny7 Registered Member

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    No, it is not for the exposure, I worked a lot on this and I need opinions to improve.
    The shocking part? Well, that's the only thing I wish to keep - it's better to shake it brutally, but not to shake anything at all.
    Thanks so much for the numerous suggestions, I like some things on my site, others are not so good and you all make good points. Keep it going.
     
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    Damn, deisgn sucks as fuck. Looks like something from 2005. Get on wordpress, seriously.
     
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    Honestly looks like its targeted for stay at home moms who love pinterest and to cook with their kids.

    Tbh, if it were designed it a bit more user friendly, and the content looked better at the first glance, I'd say its good enough for that target demographic.

    But in a nutshell, it does need some work.
     
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    OP can you tell why you are not using wordpress ?
     
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    It reminds me of those parked domain pages.
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    omny7 Registered Member

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    I dislike WP in so many ways. Not going to happen.
    I want suggestions in specific, saying it sucks as fuck can be anything.
    Elaborate.
     
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    Yes, it does.
    I appreciate all constructive comments, thank you.
     
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    WP is crap, by my humble opinion. It is one bloated platform with no personality, plus everybody has it plus anybody can put it on in 5 seconds.

    Simple, small, personal it is my goal.
    I made a few modifications with the design, but not too much.
    I need more ideas.
     
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    omny7 Registered Member

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    So far, the best idea. LOL
    Yes, the last night one of my online pals 'tried'.
    It resulted with a front page with nothing on it.
    This morning I put all my junk back as it was with a few things changed.

    I removed a few banners as well, that was also suggested by one of BHW members, removed buttons, removed notorious 'x' ....

    I need more ideas for the post pages.

    Please people, more gun power.




     
  20. alwaystoday

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    OK here is some constructive advice: -

    Firstly it's tough sometimes when you ask for a criqique of anything that you have worked hard on and you don't get great feedback. But so far I say you're handling the negative feedback well, that's great.

    Feedback

    There is too much white on the site. It's distracting, especially as the blog is full width. If you had it boxed perhaps that would not be so much of an issue but right now the blog is swimming in white, and this does not look good.

    The left sidebar is wasting too much space. Your site is like real estate, you need to use the content areas well. You just have a picture and a tagline taking up 20% of the screen on every page.

    The colour scheme isn't working too great. Red on white for instance in the headers is too jarring visually. For help picking colours that work well together just type in 'complimentary colours' in google and find a tool you like.

    The fonts look like they have come from a word document, for example on your menu navigation. This looks unprofessional.

    I have never used gitbub to build a blog so am not familiar with if you have used a drag and drop type interface or coded this, but the look of the site looks like you have used a web building program and just dropped bits into different portions of the site, this does not look good.

    You say you dislike wordpress in so many ways, but there is a reason it is used by multi million $ artists and just about every IM on BHW. It's the best blogging platform in the world. Not sure what you dislike about it, but perhaps you just don't know how to use it properly or what it can do? It may be a steep learning curve but I really advise you to spend a week or two gettnig up to speed with wordpress, youtube 'wordpress' there are some great tutorials out there. I reccomend the one by Tyler Moore if you're just starting out. Look at the site in his video and then look at yours and honestly ask yourself if you still dislike wordpress. If you follow his video through you can have a site looking very similiar in about 1-2 days, even if you are starting with no knowledge of wordpress, and all for free.

    You have invested in your own domain and so you appear to be serious about your blog, so i've taken the time to give you the best honest feedback I could. Aside from hundreds of very good free themes in wordpress, when you scale your web development ability and start making larger sites, there are tonnes of very good premium themes packed full of feautures you can purchase.

    This is not to mention the hundreds of pretty much essential plugins for any serious IM blogger that are sitting in the WP Plugin Repository waiting for you start exploring.

    Good luck with your journey.
     
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