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  1. #1
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    Making site that offers templates - Review plz

    Hey, Please review my design and make suggestions that will make it more user friendly.

    the site is:

    If your have any suggestions of how i can manage my templates to make updating easier plz let me know.

    I have a huge collection of templates under the CC 2.5 licenes, so i figured id make a site with all the nicest ones i have found. I just put up 8 for now so u can see how the site looks with a bit of stuff on it.
    Last edited by srule_; 09-30-2007 at 03:53 PM.

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    Supreme Master coder! _Aerospace_Eng_'s Avatar
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    I think the navigation background image needs to match the height of the content. Also your downloads shouldn't be in .rar. This assumes users have WinRAR and not all of them don't or have a program that can open .rar files. .zip might be a better choice to use.

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    Regular Coder BWiz's Avatar
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    Nice site, I enjoy the feel. Relatively simple. Only thing I can suggest is that you change you're style of the numbers at the top of the page. I don't like the border and the background-color change, goes against you're entire design. Make it simple, like a text-decoration: underline;

    EDIT: You may also want to add a title.
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    same thing as Aerospace but also add a hover effect the left sidebar.
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    I really like how your site looks. However, I would suggest a few changes if you are concerned about Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

    1-I would add your site name in the title tag (more for users benefit), but make sure you keep the words "Free Template" in there.

    2-I recommend that you also state what type of templates they are. For example: HTML (for standard web pages), or for a specific software (Drupal, Wordpress, Joomla, etc). So your title would read "Free HTML/CSS Templates - TemplateZone." or something like that.

    3-Use h1, h2, and h3 tags. Search engines still weight words in these tags more heavily than normal text.

    4-Put a meta description and meta keywords in your HEAD tag. You can learn more about that here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meta_tag

    Hope this helps drive more traffic to your site. Some people tell you not to worry about keywords and description because Google doesn't weigh these very much at all, but a lot of other search engines do. It only takes a couple of minutes, and can't hurt.

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    oops! I clicked on the link in your signature that said "click here to visit my site" and wrote a review of that and posted it. Well, anyway,

    It is a great site, with very good templates. Its hard (for me anyway) to find site with a good amount of FREE templates. I'll definately bookmark your site. Only criticism: On your list of pages (previous, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc) I think the links could use a little styling. Also, you really should distribute stuff in .ZIP format, not .RAR. Yes, I know RAR's compress better than .ZIPs, but .ZIPs are much more common, and most users will be able to open your files without searching the internet for a freeware .RAR opener.
    Last edited by binaryWeapon; 10-10-2007 at 12:39 AM. Reason: Wrong Site Review!


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