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    Lightbulb Learn Classical Guitar - please review

    Hi everyone,

    I'm working on a new site and I was hoping that I could get some feedback.

    Site: http://dev.learn-classical-guitar.com

    There's no content yet (all Latin filler text right now), so I'm really just looking for feedback on the design/layout.

    Thanks in advance!

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    I'd center the text in the menu and get rid of the border above the top image.
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    I don't like the font changes on the menu mouse-overs.
    Going to bold font makes the line jump.
    Instead, do a slight color switch, but leave the font-weight the same.

    Also ...

    This domain name is already taken:
    www.learnclassicalguitar.com

    But this domain is available ...
    www.learnclassical.com

    I recommend you buy that one ... pretty easy to remember.


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    I wouldn't recommend branding with a domain name. To me, it makes it so...lifeless and generic.

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    1)Vertically centering your horizontal nav bar inside that black strip would be fine, I think.
    2)The top and left boundaries of your body element are not touching the edges of browser(FF)
    3)There is only one heading tag, and that contains a simple "Welcome" message, which may not add up anything in search engines.
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    "I wouldn't recommend branding with a domain name. To me, it makes it so...lifeless and generic. "
    CyanLight ... what does that mean?
    They should make the domain different than the company name, or the other way around?
    Discussions about that on other forums don't seem very clear to me.

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    I mean the company name shouldn't end in .com. Instead of learn-classical-guitar.com, why can't the name be Learn Classical Guitar? I guess I've always felt that it abstracts the humanity from the company.

    In this context, I think "Learn Classical Guitar" would look better whatever you felt.

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    Oh, I see now ...
    I never thought of it that way.
    I agree with you ... on the website itself, the .com part (and the dashes) don't look right.

    Even having the domain name www.learn-classical-guitar.com and a totally different
    name like "Guitar by John" (on the website itself) would be better than using the same
    name with the .com as part of the name. Hard to explain, but something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyanLight View Post
    I mean the company name shouldn't end in .com. Instead of learn-classical-guitar.com, why can't the name be Learn Classical Guitar? I guess I've always felt that it abstracts the humanity from the company.
    Hmm...debatable.

    What about a company that interacts primarily (or exclusively) on the web? If a company has some physical presence in the "real world" I can see the .com being superfluous, but what if the raison d'être of the site is to provide online tutorials and other services via the web? In that case I think the .com might be desirable. If, however, it's the web presence of, say, an instructor who gives face-to-face lessons, I definitely agree that the .com detracts.
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    I would still argue that natural English is a better substitute. A List Apart, for example, hasn’t a real world presence, instead publishing its articles on the Internet. A domain wouldn’t. Google’s presence is purely virtual, yet it doesn’t have a suffix. I cannot recall an entity whose company name I would naturally remember as having .com on the end. Amazon and eBay use it; I’ve yet to hear an instance where it was referred to by amazon.co.uk or ebay.co.uk. Arguably, the domain suffix provides a good indicator as to location, but I will always remember Amazon.

    Est-ce que vous parlez français, Matt ? Or were you just being clever ? =P
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    Perhapsibly. But regardless of what you remember the site by or what sticks in your mind after visiting, upon a first visit, adding a .com would allude to a web-only presence, which, conceivably, could further the interests of the site.

    Non non, je ne plaisante pas. Je parle français, mais mon vocabulaire est un peu rouillé. J'ai habité la-bas cinq ans. Comment penses-tu que j'aurais entendu parler des soutien-gorges?
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    Yes, maybe, but surely decent copy would be the main thing which would subscribe that thought?

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    Most likely, but as you well know the non-verbal impressions a site makes through imagery and presentation (I include the ".com" in this category) are at least as significant as the explicit information communicated verbally. As they say, content is king--but if the online-only aspect of the website is significant enough why not express it using all the faculties at one's disposal? In this particular case that's something only the OP can shed light on.

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    Assez de la conversation française s'il vous plaît!

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