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Honest Review Of My Site

Discussion in 'Graphic Design' started by erniedawg, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. erniedawg

    erniedawg Junior Member

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    Please advise if I should change up anything on my sites layout or if I may be missing anything. Please give me your honest opinion of the site.

    rapidweightlossin31days com

    Thank you.
    -erniedawg
     
  2. brettzz

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    layout is a little odd, don't like the massive picture on the homepage, might want to have a title on your home page at least as well? Might want to clean up the layout a bit, you have a couple articles in related stories which look nice, then underneath you have a few more with a different style, it looks odd. otherwise looks ok
     
  3. kibitz

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    desperately need a header.
    logo
    I would suggest separate color and same as footer.
     
  4. erniedawg

    erniedawg Junior Member

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    I made it all manually starting from a wordpress template, scraped it clean, and then put my layout on it. I wanted to make something very clean looking, minimal, and easy on the eyes. When I update it with new articles should I change my content on the main page? Where should I keep my affiliate page if I'm building up my site(main page, links on the side bar, etc.)?
     
  5. MichaelLudlow

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    Looks like you are using a Thesis framework? Like others have stated previously, you definitely need a header image. If you are using Thesis there is an option dedicated to the header image and it will tell you the exact size to use.

    I can see that you are going for a "minimalistic" approach and your posts look great. One thing that stands out for me though is that you offer too many options in the side bar. There's just too much and get's confusing. I would limit the posts used there by creating a navigation bar and chopping things up into categories. Use that space on the sidebar as well to use an opt-in form to start building an email list and you could also sprinkle in some Adsense or affiliate offers.

    I also believe that the site would benefit from a blue colored background. It would contrast nicely. Also, introducing a contrasting tertiary color such as red would help differentiate sections of the site and call attention to them.

    Overall, decent work. Just needs a little bit of fine-tuning (and definitely a header image!).
     
  6. ButcherPete

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    I agree with the other posters in this thread; it needs a header, and a little tagline at the top. It just looks weird with the giant picture before you see any text at all.

    Also, I think it looks weird with nothing in the sidebar, but the sidebar section is still visible. I'd suggest you either put something in there, or get rid of the sidebar.
     
  7. Seo Lover

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    First of all Header / Logo

    Then second right sidebar button colors is quite very dim
     
  8. santhu

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    Yep the site looks weird without header
     
  9. Shirko

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    I agree with them. Having a header it's really very important. It makes your website instantly recognisable to your audience and of course it improves it a lot. Another thing I really don't like is the font you used for the right menu titles, it's looks dirty. I think you should combine better fonts and colors to make a more atractive menu.
    You can also modify the part of "Related Stories" it seems the text is in the air, it doesn't look good.

    Good luck !
     
  10. zoyaraymonds

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    no header there. n font of right side bar (titles) is not so good
     
  11. on the r15e

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    I'm surprised nobody else here has caught onto the design inspiration for this site. Check out the sites in the gawker network; it looks like this is what he's trying to emulate:

    lifehacker.com
    gizmodo.com

    On that note, OP: take a look at their sites and compare them to yours. They're pretty much the only successful sites out there with this sort of layout / formatting, and I think you're not too far off from having a site that looks just about as clean.

    I agree with the others though; the biggest issue that needs to be addressed right now is the header; you definitely need some sort of consistent branding that makes your site identifiable.

    Other points of criticism:

    -the thumbnails for the posts in the sidebar should be consistent, and I would also justify the text to the left, and not center.
    -sidebar titles: you might want to consider changing the font, or making it a normal font weight; the current combination doesn't render so well in some browsers (chrome in particular)
     
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    I think you need a header. I do like some of the color options though.

    RedClover
     
  13. magomago

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    I would have to say that the site looks good, but a tad odd. One thing there is no header. No site name... No logo. Put a header on it and it would look much nicer. I also wouldn't use a huge picture. My eyes caught that first, but it didn't spurn me on to read anymore. More H tags would be good as well. A page shouldn't be too busy. Always try to look at it like you're a customer. What do you look at first. Where do your eyes go? It's a good start for a site but needs a bit of polish.
     
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    The site needs colour, it's boring.
    The borders should stand out more.
     
  15. cas77

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    That was a witty way to drive in traffic. But, in a way, your blog is perfect!
     
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    I didn't think it was too bad actually. Simple, not a lot of clutter. Get your visitors to buy stuff.
     
  17. cas77

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    I don't see anything wrong with it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
     
  18. Debugger

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    To tell you the truth..you must change the theme..try out woo themes..you will get something good..
     
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    Am I the only one that grasp when the OP gave us his website URL to us. After all this is a blackhat forum.

    To the OP: I like everything about it. I was wondering if you wrote all your content or got it from somewhere else? Also, I agree a header is needed. When I first looked at the page I was very confused and had to read the URL to get what the webpage was about. The header does not have to be big and bright. Just a title would help it a lot.
     
  20. xTiger

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    Header / logo. website looks boring, add a soft gradient to the bg. :)