3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 4, 2007 8:26 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Please review this site and help.

    Level 7

      Hi, I've had very limited experience with Dreamweaver and would really
      appreciate some opinions and advice on this site. Please note the
      'portfolio' section is not finished, nor have the images been
      optimised.

      I'm really struggling to make it look how I want it to. I have a murky
      understanding that the underlying code isn't good and that I need to use
      CSS. I initially thought I WAS using CSS if I used stylesheets for
      text, but there's more to it than that, isn't there. It would be great
      if someone could point me to a good tutorial for basic (and I mean
      basic) understanding of what CSS is.

      This site is just for myself, so my main concern is any blatant bad
      practise or anything I'm doing that will put search engines off.

      www.zingdesign.com.au


        • 1. Re: Please review this site and help.
          Level 7
          On 04 Jul 2007 in macromedia.dreamweaver, jacqui wrote:

          > Hi, I've had very limited experience with Dreamweaver and would
          > really appreciate some opinions and advice on this site. Please
          > note the 'portfolio' section is not finished, nor have the images
          > been optimised.
          >
          > I'm really struggling to make it look how I want it to. I have a
          > murky understanding that the underlying code isn't good and that I
          > need to use CSS. I initially thought I WAS using CSS if I used
          > stylesheets for text, but there's more to it than that, isn't there.
          > It would be great if someone could point me to a good tutorial for
          > basic (and I mean basic) understanding of what CSS is.
          >
          > This site is just for myself, so my main concern is any blatant bad
          > practise or anything I'm doing that will put search engines off.
          >
          > www.zingdesign.com.au

          Nice clean look.

          - The 'portal' page (the one with the graphic and just some text) is
          really not necessary. Make graphic_design_home.html or some other page
          your main page. Otherwise, if that's the page somebody finds, it's one
          extra click to get to useful information.

          - Your navigation bar looks like a breadcrumb trail because of the >.
          You might want to consider some other element (say a middot ·)

          - This may be just me, but you've given too high high importance to
          testimonials (second item on the menu); personally, I'd rank them
          lower.

          - 'Zingthink'? Huh? If I'm looking for information about your design
          philosophy, that's probably not what I'm looking for.

          - Having <h3> tags with identical text across all your pages may be
          considered spam by search engines, particularly since they're in a
          color close to that of the background.

          - Having a mailto: link for contact isn't best practice.
          -- Exposing email addresses like that leaves them open to spam
          harvesters.
          -- A mailto link isn't useful to somebody without an email client
          configured (somebody on a public computer; somebody who uses a webmail
          service like Yahoo!mail or Hotmail or corporate webmail)
          -- Have a page with address and telephone (and fax?) contact
          information.

          You're on an IIS server, so you should be able to do up a form using
          one of the ASP(.Net) serverside methods.

          --
          Joe Makowiec
          http://makowiec.net/
          Email: http://makowiec.net/contact.php
          • 2. Re: Please review this site and help.
            Level 7

            Thanks very much for that Joe.

            - The 'portal' page - I had the idea that that would help with search
            engines because the search terms appeared high up in the page. I must
            be mistaken?

            - I don't know about midots, but I'll look it up.

            "You're on an IIS server, so you should be able to do up a form using
            one of the ASP(.Net) serverside methods."
            You've lost me here...


            • 3. Re: Please review this site and help.
              Level 7
              On 04 Jul 2007 in macromedia.dreamweaver, jacqui wrote:

              > - The 'portal' page - I had the idea that that would help with
              > search engines because the search terms appeared high up in the
              > page. I must be mistaken?

              Not only will it not help you with search engines, it may well hurt
              you, and it will be annoying to site visitors. See also the comment
              about the <h3> which appears on all your pages. Get your search terms
              into the text of your page.

              > - I don't know about midots, but I'll look it up.

              They're little graphic dots which appear about halfway up the font
              height.

              > "You're on an IIS server, so you should be able to do up a form using
              > one of the ASP(.Net) serverside methods."
              > You've lost me here...

              It's frequently discussed here. The quick synopsis:
              - Create a form
              - Check with your hosting provider whether they supply a form mail
              script; they probably do
              - Set the form's action to the script your hosting provider tells you
              to use

              --
              Joe Makowiec
              http://makowiec.net/
              Email: http://makowiec.net/contact.php