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    Personal business site review

    So I have had this reincarnation of my site up for a while and I haven't really got anyone's opinion of it. My site is a freelance web coding business and personal blog.

    It is at http://www.EliLoewen.com .

    You will be able to see all the features of the site if you use FF3.1 or Safari.

    Anything you like, dislike, want changed and etc then let me know.

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    Not much, but its something.

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    Your base64 message isn't particularly professional if you're intended to use this site as a base for business. And your blog section looks better than the rest of the site, which is slightly disconcerting.

    If there's a problem with the details entered on the contact page, you should highlight the problems on the contact page itself rather than just listing the problems on a separate page and making the user go back.

    Also, there seems to be a problem with the first Design image on the profile page. It's all fuzzed up.

    And your signature on here is seriously awful! You need to be proud of your own services and promote them with pride. No one else is going to do it for you.
    Last edited by skids234; 02-15-2009 at 08:18 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skids234 View Post
    Your base64 message isn't particularly professional if you're intended to use this site as a base for business. And your blog section looks better than the rest of the site, which is slightly disconcerting.
    That base64 comment is just there to be cute. I guarantee you no one is going to care what it says if they are taking the time to decode it.

    If there's a problem with the details entered on the contact page, you should highlight the problems on the contact page itself rather than just listing the problems on a separate page and making the user go back.
    I can implement some ajax to get that done.

    Also, there seems to be a problem with the first Design image on the profile page. It's all fuzzed up.
    There for a reason. Dont want people knowing what school I go to. There are stalkers on the internet!

    And your signature on here is seriously awful! You need to be proud of your own services and promote them with pride. No one else is going to do it for you.
    No one said I was trying to sell myself in my signature. All it is is a link to my site.
    Not much, but its something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sman5109 View Post
    That base64 comment is just there to be cute. I guarantee you no one is going to care what it says if they are taking the time to decode it.

    I can implement some ajax to get that done.

    There for a reason. Dont want people knowing what school I go to. There are stalkers on the internet!

    No one said I was trying to sell myself in my signature. All it is is a link to my site.
    Surely anyone who takes the time to decode it is going to be more interested in what it says than someone who doesn't take the time?

    I'm confused about your motivations for including the school item in your portfolio. As the intention of the image is to showcase the design, and you are entirely masking the design, I'm not sure of its purpose. Perhaps it would be better to state in text that you designed the school site? Or just mask any identifying elements of the image?

    But the design overall is clean and clear, and navigation is simple and effective. I like it.

    One final point of contention from me: a 'donate' link, on a website where you are selling your services? Really?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skids234 View Post
    Surely anyone who takes the time to decode it is going to be more interested in what it says than someone who doesn't take the time?

    I'm confused about your motivations for including the school item in your portfolio. As the intention of the image is to showcase the design, and you are entirely masking the design, I'm not sure of its purpose. Perhaps it would be better to state in text that you designed the school site? Or just mask any identifying elements of the image?

    But the design overall is clean and clear, and navigation is simple and effective. I like it.

    One final point of contention from me: a 'donate' link, on a website where you are selling your services? Really?
    Alright, thanks for your comments. Will work on that image. And that donate link is just something for people who want to give me some moneys. Its not as uncommon as you think.

    Anyone else want to review my site?
    Not much, but its something.

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    I think you represent yourself well as a "web coder" vs. a "web designer," given the austerity of the site and the lack of graphics. In that sense the site is very successful.

    It is, however, somewhat forgettable as well. The best sites have a mix of graphics and text. I'm not saying I would go bonzai crazy with graphics and images, but I would consider a logo or a distinguishing font for your banner. That would help branding, which would help people remember your business and consider you when in need of web coding services.

    Two other thoughts:

    1. I like your menu--simple, clean, effective.
    2. Your site structure and theme would work for your blog. It is something of a shift to see a different (albeit attractive) style when that link is clicked.
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    So are you in highschool? Just curious, I began in jr high and now run my own freelance setup. Course that was a few years ago now...

    Lets get down to it. You are a coder. Period. You claim that right away (which I admire the effort) and you don't pretend to do it all (like me). However there is a serious disconnect between how you present yourself and how you could present yourself as a professional coder. Its a simple site, no flair (no JS), and little style. Lets make a comparison. Whats the difference between using Notepad and a pimped out IDE? None really, it depends on the user. You present yourself as a low class coder on your site, some of it is the attitude of your copy, and some of it is the style you have chosen for your site. While you can keep the style and work on the copy, you have to really work to take advantage of the little details (designer things really) to push yourself. I'm a developer, but I have almost never gotten a job just because I develop, it also matters that I can do some design and programming. Show us your are flexible, but then drill it home 10x stronger that you are a coder.

    Just because you code, doesn't mean your design should lack flair. Idea: find a designer and offer to swap a project, so he/she can design your site and you can code something for them.

    That bright blue is hard on the eyes, consider the contrast and readability of your text. There really aren't many colors that are good to have both white and black text on.

    The blog needs refining. Either bring it in line with your site, or bring your site in line with it. Its gotta mesh, and blog with purpose!
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    I have got to echo (sorry about the pun) jeremy's words.

    The first thing someone sees is the colour scheme. next a picture followed by the design. only after all that might they read about skills.

    I guess I never thought of it before but, it might be an idea to find a designer in your area and an (x)html coder and then, together, the three of you could have a site which promotes each of you by showing off your individual skills but where you are each individuals working as individuals.

    Then you would have a professional site, a team who could cover each aspect of a product/project and have th professinalism of a site which show you each off exponentially/greater than the sum of your skills.

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