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#1 jonbey

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:25 AM

Hi

Been a long time since I was last here, so hi again.

I run my own website. I built it all myself using Wordpress. I have slightly modified a free theme (just tweaking the CSS to get it to look the way I want).

However, I feel it does not have a strong image, does not impact etc.. But, I cannot work out what (or how) to change to make it a lot better.

It is a article based website, 2 columns. So my thinking is that all that is needed really to make it look lots better is a snazzy looking header area and sidebar. Maybe some tweaks to content layout, fonts, colours etc. too.

I have been looking at many site for inspiration but always left confused! I am not a designer.

I have thought about getting a professional design done do far not seen a company who specialises in Wordpress and will not make silly changes that will ruin my navigation and architecture - it is vital that this all remains untouched.

This is my website.

I have been looking at sites like these, hoping for inspiration, but still not sure the direction to take. These are all mostly news / magazine sites, some really basic looking actually:

Celebrity Gossip, Fashion Trends, Hair & Beauty Tips (Glamour.com UK)
Latest news, sport and comment from the Guardian | The Guardian
ABC.net.au
Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph - Telegraph

See, I want simple, clean, with a little style. But my attempts to get there seem to be failing ... :mad:

Many thanks, look forward to your opinions.
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#2 Andrea

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:34 AM

I wouldn't worry about the looks - I clicked your link and now, well over a minute later, the site still isn't open.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:39 AM

strange, it is not normally like that.
Looking in to it now!
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:42 AM

I think the issue is resolved. Poor timing!

Had a Pingdom alert so it was not just you either.

But back up again now. Fingers crossed.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:44 AM

and just had a mail from the webhost to say that they are looking at network issues. Those guys are sharp!

Right, back to the design .... :)
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:10 AM

A couple comments:

-- The design might feel more modern with a sans-serif font like Arial rather than a serif like the site currently uses
-- Perhaps headers should be in an alternate, bolder font? See fontsquirrel.com for some alternate ideas and the @font-face packages needed to use the fonts
-- Please don't use underlines on things that aren't links. It's just confusing.
-- Perhaps an additional accent color (something other than blue) would be helpful?
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:20 AM

Thanks Ben,

I recently added the orange around the subscription box after seeing organge/blue on another site, and quite like it, Maybe more orange?

I see what you mean about underlines - all the headers are underlined, will look at changing to nicer fonts.

Cheers
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:32 AM

Yup, now it works.

this isn't so much about the look - but I find there are way too many links on that page. It's downright overwhelming, and I'd have no idea where best to even start clicking. I think a cover page that kind of explains what this is all about with links to the main categories would be a better approach.
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:38 AM

Yeah, the home page is something else that I am looking at sorting out. Maybe get shot of the "latest" boxes down the bottom, that would cut out a lot of options.

But, the reason why I linked up the news sites is because they manage to squeeze a lot of links in very well without it looking cluttered. I could probably get about 25% of my whole site in that Telegraph format!
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:06 PM

Made some font changes.
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#11 RichardVega01

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 11:30 PM

hmm, I'm not also a website designer but I think you need to make your site more organized. I don't know where to start but that's what I've noticed when I checked on your site. Otherwise, i think this really contains a bunch of useful information. The only thing is, this should be conveyed in a way that would be easy for people to see. ;)
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