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    Review Site: SimplySearch4it! - Redesigned

    Hi,

    Could you please review my sites redesign. The homepage is at: http://www.simplysearch4it.com, but if you could I would also like you to comment on the articles, free online games and also the online shopping section of this site.

    Thanks and all comments are welcome.

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    I'm not sure that the colors completely match. I'm also pretty sure that you're not supposed to use tables for formatting the content. Brighter color for the article titles might work better.. There's too much blue... Even the shopping pictures look tinted. :/

    I'd advise experimenting with the color scheme a bit more.

    I'm sorry that this is so directly negative; I'm tired, and it's very difficult for me to compliment things. I realize that what I see as okay, someone who knows more than me probably won't.

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    Last edited by Carradee; 10-27-2006 at 12:56 PM. Reason: fixed color tag

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    Thanks for the comments. That is the actual first negative comment I have had about this re-design out of about 30 comments about the site.

    Although I have had one from you, it is much better than what I had before the re-design as I had about only 10 positives out of about 30 - 40 comments.

    I would like further comments about the new design.

    Although, the links of the titles and categories are blue because this is the most common link color used and I prefer not to use many different colors for the links. I already am using blue and white on the articles page, I don't want to use blue, white, black, yellow, etc. lol

    I would have thought that all the blue was a good idea as before I designed it I was using so many different colors that my advice was when designing is to use similar colors and not to many of them. This is how professional sites are designed like youtube, and other larger sites.

    Thanks!

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    Its ok apart from the banner. Either change the banner background or the banner font colours and possibly get rid of that red circle thing on the left. btw most professional sites are based around one (sometimes two) colours so my advice would be to change the font to white/black or blue.

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    Last edited by Alex!; 10-28-2006 at 12:05 AM.

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    Thanks for the reply.

    I would say that the banner is the right color. I have also asked others and they say it is good as it is a blue color and it goes well with the other blues on the page and mixes in well with the black.

    The red circle is actually part of the logo. It is our planet Earth. It means that with our site you can search for anything around the world on Earth of cause. So getting rid of that will mean that our logo is destroyed.

    The main font on the site is mainly all one color, which is black. If you look you can see that most of the writing is actually black for the articles and their listings and then the links are either blue or white depending what background color they are on. I couldn't put black text all over the site as I have to make the links stand out as if they were links and not look as if they are just text like the other text on the site.

    Also I couldn't just use blue links all over the site as I have different parts on the site link the navigation menu and things which need to stand out more than the actual links on the pages body.

    I would like further comments.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by john2964 View Post
    I would have thought that all the blue was a good idea as before I designed it I was using so many different colors that my advice was when designing is to use similar colors and not to many of them. This is how professional sites are designed like youtube, and other larger sites.
    I'm not saying to be inconsistent across pages or to add a whole lot of color, but it needs something for contrast. Maybe grey or black instead of another color—but something. To refer to your YouTube example, you'll notice that YouTube uses a mix of white, grey, blue, and red. The red offers a contrast to the blue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pspdownloads View Post
    design is good
    nice use of colors
    font size of text in the left side columns is too small.
    the favicon is difficult to understand
    it is good to find many types of products at one place
    Can you see the font in the left side columns. I don't understand how it can be to small. It is just as big as the main product categories. If I do them any bigger then they will look bold and to big for where they are.

    They are about the same size font size as the text that I have written here, if not one size bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carradee View Post
    I'm not saying to be inconsistent across pages or to add a whole lot of color, but it needs something for contrast. Maybe grey or black instead of another color—but something. To refer to your YouTube example, you'll notice that YouTube uses a mix of white, grey, blue, and red. The red offers a contrast to the blue.

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    I would have thought that my contrast was the black and blue and then I have the write for the main body of the site so that the text can be seen nice and clearly.

    Although, I could be wrong as I am not a professional designing, but am getting better and I am learning as time goes by.

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    very buzy looking compared to other search engines although it is a shopping one i do like it

    may use in the future:P

    nice
    SteveO

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    Quote Originally Posted by crake2 View Post
    very buzy looking compared to other search engines although it is a shopping one i do like it

    may use in the future:P

    nice
    Thanks for your positive comments. I have had many good comments from alot of other forums. Infact I have had the most positive comments I have ever had since I have done reviews on any sites of mine. This beats all the reviews compared to my other sites.

    Because of this it gives me much more of a motive to make a good success of it.

    Although, this site offers a shopping price comparison, it also offers free online games, web directory, articles directory and it will also offer more things in the future.

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    thank you for qouting my comment must of liked it

    Going from what you said about you having more of a motive to make it successful i hope you do because i can see it growing bigger and bigger as i can see potential within the site.
    SteveO

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    Quote Originally Posted by crake2 View Post
    thank you for qouting my comment must of liked it

    Going from what you said about you having more of a motive to make it successful i hope you do because i can see it growing bigger and bigger as i can see potential within the site.
    Another Quote for you. lol

    I have also been told by a few others that it seems there will be potential in this site. I have also noticed a good increase in traffic since I re-designed the site, which is one thing that made me re-design it in the first place is because I new that it didn't look professional enough so it needed a complete re-design, which I have now done and all looks good.

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    very cool site searching and a games site? now that is different its what i use at school since most games site are blocked

    this one will be blocked soon as the admins are allways on top

    but then all ineed a proxy surf

    but going back to the site the deisgn only needs a few little tweaks and i think its shall be complete

    maybe like...

    a different image instead of a dart board maybe a more of a gaming pic

    and other little tweaks:>

    font sizes etc

    but nothing major! because its allready nice

    oh and maybe the header a little lighter maybe upto you

    ps thanks for quoting me..AGAIN
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    Quote Originally Posted by crake2 View Post
    very cool site searching and a games site? now that is different its what i use at school since most games site are blocked

    this one will be blocked soon as the admins are allways on top

    but then all ineed a proxy surf

    but going back to the site the deisgn only needs a few little tweaks and i think its shall be complete

    maybe like...

    a different image instead of a dart board maybe a more of a gaming pic

    and other little tweaks:>

    font sizes etc

    but nothing major! because its allready nice

    oh and maybe the header a little lighter maybe upto you

    ps thanks for quoting me..AGAIN

    You seem to like the quotes. Here we go again. lol.

    Ummm, I will look into changing the darts image and put a better image there when I get some time. I had put that there mainly for quickness.

    I don't think the top header needs lightening up really as it seems to blend in just right, unless that is me.

    The fonts are alright, but there may be one or two that could be improved, the problem with having so many pages is that you cannot do everything for everyones liking.

    lol.

    Anyway, I will definately look into adding a better games image instead of the darts image when I get sometime.

    My time is so limited that it will probably take a good few months to change the image, if not upto 6 months or more. lol

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    OK NO QOUTES i managed to get this account back as i got hacked.

    i am crake2

    anyway they were just tweaks i picked up on about the darts image..

    i shall see if i can make or find a image that wil look better on the site

    i will pm you if i find one
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