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arthur712
10-23-2009, 11:21 AM
I made some changes to my website.

Please take a look and let me know what you think.

PLease tell me the your HONEST thoughts.

www.mytakeacard.com

Thanx!
Artie

mark123
10-23-2009, 11:30 AM
It takes a really, really long time to load. Perhaps some optimization is in order.

Also, don't do this:OUTDOOR BUSINESS CARD HOLDER OUTDOOR BUSINESS CARD HOLDER OUTDOOR BUSINESS CARD HOLDER Keyword stuffing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyword_stuffing) doesn't help and can negatively affect your search engine ranking. Just put the terms in a header tag once and that should suffice.

There is an old rule in web design that states "Very few users will read everything they see on the page before scrolling. Some of those will scroll once and continue. You'd be hard pressed to get your own mother to read to the end of a long page." Basically the page is too long and should be separated into relevant parts. Remember in newpapers the most important stories are kept above the fold on the front page.

arthur712
10-23-2009, 12:45 PM
It takes a really, really long time to load. Perhaps some optimization is in order.

What is Optimization, and how do I do it.

I fixed the other stuff you said, I think! LOL

Mark, Thank you so much!!

mark123
10-23-2009, 01:35 PM
What is Optimization, and how do I do it. ...
It's basically just making everything load faster.

For starters I'd work on the code first. Get rid of all the <font> tags as they are deprecated. Get rid of all the target="_self" and OnClick="" attributes. That will probably cut the size of the homepage down to about 20%.

Next choose only a few videos for the home page.

Then make the images the appropriate size for the page. For example this image: http://www.mytakeacard.com/images/hpim0423.jpg is huge and then you have it squashed down using the height and width attributes. Just make it the correct size that it needs to be. Right now it's over 860kb. Resize and compress. I posted this back in 2005 but it's worth reading today: http://imaginekitty.com/30/ow-my-bandwidth-is-clogged/

arthur712
10-23-2009, 02:43 PM
If I do not have adobe photo shop, what should I use? Photobucket.com?

mark123
10-23-2009, 02:52 PM
If I do not have adobe photo shop, what should I use? Photobucket.com?
I'd suggest Adobe Photoshop Elements (http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopelwin/). It's less than $80US.

arthur712
10-23-2009, 03:03 PM
I'd suggest Adobe Photoshop Elements (http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshopelwin/). It's less than $80US.

I may have to break out the piggy bank. LOl

Thanks!

mark123
10-23-2009, 03:16 PM
I may have to break out the piggy bank. LOl
Man, I love photoshop. Photoshop was the reason I bought my first Mac back in 1995. It's really worth it.

If you want a free version, you can look up GIMP. I use it from time to time since my Mac is on the fritz. I use it on my Vista machine. The only problem is that it seems to really lower the image quality when shrinking and compressing the images. Photoshop seems to retain the image quality much better.

mark123
10-23-2009, 04:59 PM
After posting that I realized it's been over a year since my eMac went all screwy on me. I guess I didn't snap in the video connection between the boards when I replaced the hard drive with a faster and larger unit.

I just got done stripping it to parts and putting it back together and this time the video connection made an audible snap when it connected so I hope that means it is actually hooked in now.

So far it's working 100%. I'm going to do a burn in for a couple of hours to see if it works as it should. :)

Steve
10-24-2009, 04:27 AM
Huge files like those on your images can really bog everything down. I don't tend to notice that stuff with this connection I have now but with other connections I am sure I would.

Here is a smaller image for you.

arthur712
10-24-2009, 09:39 AM
How do you guy know which images are large?

I really need to learn all of this!

Thanks for all your help!

mark123
10-24-2009, 09:45 AM
I do you guy know which images are large?

I really need to learn all of this!

Thanks for all your help!

I'm pretty sure all of them. An image that size should weigh in at no more than 20kb. Yours are around 800kb. Right click on an image and choose properties (assuming you're on a PC).

arthur712
10-24-2009, 09:55 AM
I wish you could give ma a call and help me, I will send you some free Card Holders. Haha

I feel really bad to bother you guys with this stuff!
321-917-3318

mark123
10-24-2009, 01:06 PM
I wish you could give ma a call and help me, I will send you some free Card Holders. Haha

I feel really bad to bother you guys with this stuff!
321-917-3318
Drop me an email: http://boughterslawncare.com/contact

Steve
10-25-2009, 05:53 AM
Even if you right click on the image and then left click on view image. If the image stays the same size, you are ok but if it becomes huge, you can tell that you are using HTML code to give the appearance of it shrinking but it's still a huge file.

arthur712
11-05-2009, 01:20 AM
For starters I'd work on the code first. Get rid of all the <font> tags as they are deprecated. Get rid of all the target="_self" and OnClick="" attributes. That will probably cut the size of the homepage down to about 20%.[/url]

Mark, What do you mean by this?

Check out my web! I think I made Picture smaller.

Please let me know what I need to fix.

Thanx!
Artie

Steve
11-05-2009, 05:48 AM
Here is some code from your site.

<li class="sf_first_nav_item"><a href="Contact.html" target="_self" onClick="">Contact</a>

With the target _self (read more here (http://www.htmlcodetutorial.com/linking/_A_TARGET_95y115y101y108y102y.html))
'"_self" puts the new document in the same window and frame as the current document. "_self" works the same as if you had not used TARGET at all.'

So I guess you don't need that.

It seems the onclick has no functionality at all because there is nothing in between the quotes.

arthur712
11-05-2009, 07:47 AM
Steve, What?????

Did you post this in the wrong section?
Am I just so dumb that I do not know what all that means. LOL

Thanks!

akessinger84
11-05-2009, 10:45 AM
Artie,
your web site looks good. will be glad when our website is up.

StartALawnCareBusiness
11-05-2009, 07:02 PM
Hi Artie:

Your site looks good. I do have a few critiques.

You need to work on your meta tags in the head section of your html.

Couple of suggestions:

1) Change your Title tag. Instead of "Home Page", change it to: "Business Card Advertising for your Vehicle" (or something similar)

2) Your "Description" tag looks like it has been mistakenly named: "Outdoor Business Card Holders".

I agree with the others, your picture file sizes are too large. Anyone with a slow internet connection will have to wait forever for each page to load.


Keith

Steve
11-06-2009, 08:57 AM
Did you post this in the wrong section?
Am I just so dumb that I do not know what all that means. LOL

I was just responding to your html code. I wanted to point out the issues mark was talking about when he brought up the font issue, but ultimately I don't know if it really has much of a negative impact overall.

mark123
11-06-2009, 05:18 PM
... but ultimately I don't know if it really has much of a negative impact overall.
Well, I always suggest this to those making their first web site:
http://www.hotdesign.com/seybold/index.html &lt;font> doesn't get mentioned until page 26 but read the whole thing. It's worth it.

Enjoy. :)