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mark123
07-18-2009, 06:22 PM
Hello fellow Gopher guys!

I was temporarily using a freebie site template for my business' site. It looked horrible, in my opinion, so I made a new template for it last week and I think I've got it dialed in.

Let me know what you think and suggest improvements.

http://boughterslawncare.com

Thanks for the help.

ccmark
07-18-2009, 07:45 PM
site looks great. I like the scrolling tips and the weather information.

mark123
07-19-2009, 07:56 AM
Thank you, ccmark.

I'm no artist, just a programmer/lawn care provider (nice combo, eh?). I was going for a clean and simple look. My logo colors are black and gold (this is Steeler country so I figured it would get some looks ;)) and I wanted to use those colors.

The calendar isn't being used as it should yet. It's a part of the CMS that I built so I left it in. I'm thinking maybe putting specials on there, "sign up before Aug 8 to receive a special deal" or something like that. Any other ideas for using the calendar?

mark123
07-19-2009, 07:59 AM
Hmm. I guess I should put a more detailed list of services on there. That makes sense.

turfmaster
07-19-2009, 09:08 AM
Hmm. I guess I should put a more detailed list of services on there. That makes sense.

That's the only thing i noticed.
Other than a lack of a detailed services list I like your site.

Steve
07-19-2009, 07:34 PM
I tried to go to http://boughterslawncare.com/ and it wouldn't load up.

I think there is a server setting to deal with that.

Does that happen to you too?

mark123
07-19-2009, 08:49 PM
I tried to go to http://boughterslawncare.com/ and it wouldn't load up.

I think there is a server setting to deal with that.

Does that happen to you too?
Works on this end. :) Thanks for looking.

ritchiem
07-19-2009, 10:09 PM
Clean and simple...just the way I like a website. Would be nice to see some more photos and better descriptions of your work.

mark123
07-19-2009, 10:15 PM
Well, instead of doing something important, like adding appropriate content, I built an RSS feed onto the blog section. http://boughterslawncare.com/feed.xml

I'll try to get more content soon and I definitely have some more that I want to say on the blog but I'm not so great at content writing.

Thanks for all the tips.

Anyone have any ideas for the calendar thing? :)

mark123
07-19-2009, 10:24 PM
Clean and simple...just the way I like a website. Would be nice to see some more photos and better descriptions of your work.
Hey, your site validates, too. :D Impressive. Tableless layout to boot! I'm not the only one that cares.

ritchiem
07-20-2009, 06:10 AM
Hey, your site validates, too. Impressive. Tableless layout to boot! I'm not the only one that cares.

For sure....just don't check The Lawn Blog ;)

mark123
07-20-2009, 09:23 PM
Services page added but I got bored and didn't finish it. :p

arthur712
07-21-2009, 01:45 PM
Mark, I think your website looks nice and easy to use.

On my site, I put the page tabs on the side because they are easier to see.
What are your thought on that?

Thanx!
Artie

mark123
07-21-2009, 03:12 PM
Mark, I think your website looks nice and easy to use.Thanks :)
On my site, I put the page tabs on the side because they are easier to see.
What are your thought on that?Well, I have TONS of stuff to say about web design (I've been in the business since 1997).

My theory on menu direction (horizontal vs vertical) is if the menu wraps or is larger than the width of the main content on a fixed width site then choose vertical over horizontal. This usually allows for five or six items in a horizontal menu, six or more, with six being the gray/overlap area, and I'd suggest vertical. The reasoning behind this is there is always a horizontal width even if it is 100% but vertical height is virtually unlimited. Sure you can scroll horizontally, too but horizontal scrolling on a web page is telling of poor design.

In the past I've employed drop downs off of a horizontal menu (like my for fun page (http://imaginekitty.com)) but it presents some usability and accesibility issues. My current site allows for a drop down menu if I add pages as a child to another page but I try to avoid using it.

My weakness is not being able to keep my mouth shut when a web design question comes up. ;)

arthur712
07-21-2009, 05:52 PM
Thanks :)
Well, I have TONS of stuff to say about web design (I've been in the business since 1997).

My theory on menu direction (horizontal vs vertical) is if the menu wraps or is larger than the width of the main content on a fixed width site then choose vertical over horizontal. This usually allows for five or six items in a horizontal menu, six or more, with six being the gray/overlap area, and I'd suggest vertical. The reasoning behind this is there is always a horizontal width even if it is 100% but vertical height is virtually unlimited. Sure you can scroll horizontally, too but horizontal scrolling on a web page is telling of poor design.

In the past I've employed drop downs off of a horizontal menu (like my for fun page (http://imaginekitty.com)) but it presents some usability and accesibility issues. My current site allows for a drop down menu if I add pages as a child to another page but I try to avoid using it.

My weakness is not being able to keep my mouth shut when a web design question comes up. ;)

If I new how to do the drop down on my site, I would do that, because I think I have too much on there.

Thanx Artie

mark123
07-21-2009, 06:47 PM
If I new how to do the drop down on my site, I would do that, because I think I have too much on there. No, I think you've got it right. I wouldn't change it to a drop down or a fly out.

mark123
07-21-2009, 07:30 PM
I decided to remove the calendar link from the menu. It doesn't really make sense to use it in this case.