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CurvBall

12g ZEOvit reefer
Joined
Apr 7, 2004
Messages
100
Location
London, UK.
Just thought I'd let everybody know that my website has been updated. over the next few weeks it is going to tick over as my new tank goes up:D

Enjoy:

Regal Projects

(yes some of it is still under construction, but your comments would be appreciated.)
 

Sealab2021

Puffer
Joined
Nov 4, 2003
Messages
142
Location
Tukwila, WA
plz only take as contructive critism:

#1. not a fan of intro pages myself, why not put the logo on your top navagation frame?

#2. your site would be fine with just a top navagtion frame and a lower "body/content" frame.

#3. build for 800x600 instead of 1024x768. I've been working .coms since '96 and have always run site server reports.
on average, large scale websites get 90% hits from 800x600 displays, 5% = 600x480, <4%= 1024 x 768 and larger displays account for less than 1%.

& this trend isn't going to change with so many people buying relatively these cheap 15" flat screen monitors.

#4. your image file sizes are freaking huge. your logo on front page is 22k! those 3 tank shots on intro are 48, 42, and 78k! all those images should be about 1/3 the file size.

"Find" yourself a copy of pshop 6,7 or CS & use Imageready. WHat are you using now?


~dave
 

CurvBall

12g ZEOvit reefer
Joined
Apr 7, 2004
Messages
100
Location
London, UK.
Thanks for all the comments guys.

Sealab2021, I must thank you for your remarks. Your feedback is the kind of one I was really hoping for.
I currently use the CS range of Adobe products including photoshop and image ready. Best graphics programs IMHO:D , then there is freehand MX.. oh the list goes on.

Thanks for your words Sealab2010, I will start making my site faster today;)
 

NaH2O

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 25, 2004
Messages
8,568
Curvball - sounds like you received some great feedback. I enjoyed it. I did find the type a tad small, but it is still early for my eyes. I checked out your history page. The tank you had crack! UGH!

Can't wait to see the finished product, and the pictures of your new system when it starts to get stocked!
 

kevinpo

Expert
Joined
Jul 1, 2003
Messages
2,287
Location
Spokane Valley, WA
Nice start!

The text was too small for me (old eyes) I use 800x600 res.

The pictures loaded fast enough for me but I have DSL (or maybe you already resized them).

Cheers,
Kevin
 

mojoreef

Reef Keeper
Joined
Jul 5, 2003
Messages
7,530
Location
Sumner
Looks good to me to, bump the type up and I think that will make a ton of difference.

keep it up


Mike
 

HumblePie

Pico Ninja
Joined
Jan 18, 2004
Messages
108
Location
Redmond, WA
CurvBall,

The site is coming along nicely. As a fellow Web geek, I'd like to offer a couple minor suggestions (if I may).

1) Your main content table is set to a width of 100% but your IFRAME is set within a TD that is set to 350px. You may want to consider making both dynamic (i.e. the td width='100%') or fixing the size of both to fit an 800x600 screen. In actuallity, you should format a bit smaller due to verticle scrollbars. Personally, I have found that coding to a width of approx 750px-775px seems to fit most desktop themes.

2) In your CSS you make use of multiple 'margin' entities with all the same values. In a case like this you may want to consider streamlining your code to be:

margin: 0px;

the margin (as well as others) can have one to four values applied in this order (top, right, bottom, and left margin). If only one is present, it applies to all.

3) For your header images I notice you are using fixed spacing. If you were to make the tables dynamic, I would recommend going with percentages so that the width of the cells do not get out of whack at different resolutions. Personally, I run at 2048x1536 and maximizing the browser pulls your menu far askew from the IFRAMES. However, on the flip-side, if you code for 800x600 you can 'fix' your table at a set width and this would not happen either.

4) I am not sure if this matters to you or not but for accessibility, you should put ALT tag text on all of your images. This will help with screen readers for any who may be visually impaired and offer place holder text while images are downloading. Also, it is good practice if you want to 'add content' to your pages for search engine ranking.

5) As a final comment, you may want to investigate adding some <META> data to your header. This can help expidite rendering on some browsers and flag your content (Internet ratings) for Internet screener applications like Surf Nanny, Surf Cop, etc.

All in all, I think the work is great! Keep it up and post when you make updates. I am sure we would all love to see them. Also, if you should have any specific questions, please don't hesitate to PM me.

Best of luck!
 

CurvBall

12g ZEOvit reefer
Joined
Apr 7, 2004
Messages
100
Location
London, UK.
Thanks for all the feedback. My site has been re-updated and designed due to my nano reef. Check it out and let me know what you think now.

Thanks again.
Reef Frontiers still remains one of my favourite msg boards, you guys rock.
 
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