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    My Web Site

    I would like to know what you people think of the design of my site at www.lwphoto.com

    This is my first site, its about 2 years old but in the last week I updated it. Thanks

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    need better means of navigation .....
    sloppy html ( <center> tags for example )
    no ducument declaration
    other than that its ok
    pretty simple stuff, and a pretty simple site, theres not much to say about it
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    I won't validate. That's not fatal but using a validation service can be a major help in making your code much cleaner by catching minor mistakes even if you aren't interested in making "perfectly valid" code.

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    Hello Roy Sinclair and cg9com:

    Thanks for the quick replies. When I redesign my site I will be taking your comments into consideration.

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    Basic, but sound

    Len,

    it's a fairly basic site, but it works well; not to keen about the navigation as well, though. Having to select a page and extra clicking on an "enter" button might be too much for the casual visitor, risking scaring off a lot of potential interest.
    I too strongly suggest you clean up your code; the main page doesn't even has a html element, which is a serious lack and will likely cause newer browsers that adhere to the standards more and more to not even show your page, or at least not the way you intended.
    Also, look into the uses of CSS beyond coloring the scroll bar; it'll enable you to get rid off a lot of elements and attributes that are already deprecated in the latest standards, or will be in the near future.
    Great photography, by the way!
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    dodgy XHTML compliance will not however stop people looking at your site...

    Looking at your work Len you obviously have an artisitic flair as well as a competent photographer (I' m an ex-wannabe david bailey BTW) and it would be a shame if you did not direct some of that talent into your general site theme which is bland.

    I would suggest your frontpage at least incorporate some or a montage of your work as the existing GIF whilst ?'cute'? is not very proffessional and may stop the casual visitor from venturing any further and discovering the goodies.

    A drop down menu as the main site navigation is unusual but thats not I think a major issue though you may want to think about that as an alternate/addition to a more traditional menu (why? cos thats what casual surfers are used to, you dont want them to have to think too hard as many of them wont )

    Again I would be incorporating your work into the general site theme and brighten things up a little, use of thumbnails on the gallery pages may help as the images themselves take a fair while to load...

    Anyway good luck and remember this is a good place for help advice on all issues including doc type declarations & basic code compliance (which will not stop anyone from viewing your site BTW unless its incredibly wrong)
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    Wrong?

    which will not stop anyone from viewing your site BTW unless its incredibly wrong
    I would call not having a HTML element... er, well, wrong. And no browser SHOULD show a page that doesn't have it. And browsers that do are in my opinion... er, well, wrong.
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    all a browser requires are a valid set of HTTP headers, 98%+ of users will be using a browser that renders that page .

    no point getting stuck on this issue though? my point was that the design of the site was of equal importance at this point, perhaps more so if whatever renders does not intice one to look a little deeper.
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    Something that will make your site a lot better would be if you did not use the color black, it is horrid, and it is not very eye-pleasing. Most photographers that I know use white, with low contrast colors. Try to do this too, and the site will be a lot better, and chances are you will get a lot more pleased visitors too.

    Like someone else said, try to incorporate some more .css styles too. It would give that extra professional touch to it.

    Otherwise, it is fine.



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    Thanks for all the replies. This Coding Forum is a great site with lots of help.

    I will be taking all the comments into consideration when I re-design my web pages.

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    Agreed...

    no point getting stuck on this issue though? my point was that the design of the site was of equal importance at this point
    Noone's stuck; point taken.
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    Len…

    Just a small point, but the photos take a while to load. May I suggest letting the user-browser know what size to expect.

    For eample you have

    <img src="i/v3.jpg" border=0>

    If you put in the correct height and width values it would probaby load a lot quicker.
    <img src="i/v3.jpg" height="326" width="270" border=0>

    Apart from the comments already made about the navigation and bg colour, it has potential.
    I too like your photgraphy

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