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JewishPoptart89

Retired Administrator
Retired Staff
Council
Nov 27, 2015
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#2
Just a couple things I'm seeing right off the bat:

  • The slider images should be the same size. You don't want to see shrinking or growing in these images, check it out:
  • Also, these thumbnails should all be the same.

  • Your "About" page seems a little short to me. I'd go more in depth about your vision and what your website is all about.

  • I'm sure you're aware of this, but your chat link in the nav menu links to discord's main website. If you aren't ready for your discord channel to be started, I'd recommend not advertising it yet. (If you need help setting one up, I could help! Just pm me)

  • I would get rid of the login and register link on the top header. If you do decide to leave it, be sure to change the default /wp-login.php to something else. ElegantThemes made a great tutorial on it a while ago. As they point out, rebranding the login/register form can really help out too.
    • I'm not saying to take it off in total, I think you should put a login form in a widget on your sidebar. For your writers, you can give them a direct link.
  • Events should be on your main navbar. That way its more prominent and not taking up space on the top header.

  • Try to eliminate this kind of white space. You could add another article or an ad here.
 

Cameron

Executive Director
Executive
Jan 29, 2015
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www.camerontaylor.net
#5
Definitely agree with what James has said, especially regarding the variation of the sizes of the slider images, given that all of the content below the slider budges whenever the second slider image appears. I'll be reading a preview of one of the blog posts on the index, and then suddenly everything moves. You've got the blockchain assets image scaled to 630x350px, so the Microsoft logo needs to be scaled to that size as well.

I'm not familiar with the style you are using, but I'd like to see you using a slider with the ability to toggle between the slides. When you have more than 1-2 blog posts on the slider, it's going to be a little annoying when you have to wait like a minute for the slider to restart again. WordPress has lots of great slider plugins, so if you can get one working with your style, it's definitely worth the investment.

As James said, your About page is pretty basic. I think you definitely need to expand that. It's definitely a great start though. I think that description of your blog would serve as an excellent mission statement. In your header, you also have a link to Facebook, which links to an actual Facebook account. I'm confused why you didn't make an actual Facebook page or group for the blog?

In your Useful Links in the footer, I think it would look better if you capitalized the "us" in "Contact us." You have "Terms of Service" and "Privacy Policy" with that kind of capitalization, so I assume it would make sense to also have "Contact Us." I think that would keep things consistent, but maybe I'm wrong. Finally, the favicon looks kind of strange from my end. I see the icon in your logo on a white background with the typical 16x16 size, but the icon isn't centered on the favicon. It looks like the icon is being cut off at the top, and then there's plenty of white space below the icon at the bottom. Perhaps that's just an issue on my end?
 

Tsar

Drastically Average
Oct 14, 2017
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#6
Definitely agree with what James has said, especially regarding the variation of the sizes of the slider images, given that all of the content below the slider budges whenever the second slider image appears. I'll be reading a preview of one of the blog posts on the index, and then suddenly everything moves. You've got the blockchain assets image scaled to 630x350px, so the Microsoft logo needs to be scaled to that size as well.

I'm not familiar with the style you are using, but I'd like to see you using a slider with the ability to toggle between the slides. When you have more than 1-2 blog posts on the slider, it's going to be a little annoying when you have to wait like a minute for the slider to restart again. WordPress has lots of great slider plugins, so if you can get one working with your style, it's definitely worth the investment.

As James said, your About page is pretty basic. I think you definitely need to expand that. It's definitely a great start though. I think that description of your blog would serve as an excellent mission statement. In your header, you also have a link to Facebook, which links to an actual Facebook account. I'm confused why you didn't make an actual Facebook page or group for the blog?

In your Useful Links in the footer, I think it would look better if you capitalized the "us" in "Contact us." You have "Terms of Service" and "Privacy Policy" with that kind of capitalization, so I assume it would make sense to also have "Contact Us." I think that would keep things consistent, but maybe I'm wrong. Finally, the favicon looks kind of strange from my end. I see the icon in your logo on a white background with the typical 16x16 size, but the icon isn't centered on the favicon. It looks like the icon is being cut off at the top, and then there's plenty of white space below the icon at the bottom. Perhaps that's just an issue on my end?
Thank you. The favicon has been a pain, i'm working on it. And about the slider, the articles are also visible on the right. And if you click and hold on the article you can move it away.

Anyway, thanks again for the feedback!
 

edenwax

Designer
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Feb 17, 2016
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ed3n.me
#11
So I'll start by agreeing with Cameron and James' posts, but theres a few things I'll add as well to spice it up a bit!

I do like the logo art, I think that looks really nice - I just wish there was a nice piece of text next to it like:

Also I find the dark blue very hard to distinguish from the grey bar along the top of the nav(on my monitors), I'd try lightening up the accent color a bit and it'll make the site feel a bit less harsh on the eyes.

And lastly, the footer isnt the same background color as the nav, so I'd unify that and include that new accent color like so:

 

Tsar

Drastically Average
Oct 14, 2017
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#12
So I'll start by agreeing with Cameron and James' posts, but theres a few things I'll add as well to spice it up a bit!

I do like the logo art, I think that looks really nice - I just wish there was a nice piece of text next to it like:

Also I find the dark blue very hard to distinguish from the grey bar along the top of the nav(on my monitors), I'd try lightening up the accent color a bit and it'll make the site feel a bit less harsh on the eyes.

And lastly, the footer isnt the same background color as the nav, so I'd unify that and include that new accent color like so:

o_o I hope you dont mind if I use the coloured text for the website until I make something better. It looks good! Thank you!
I'll try the colours you suggested for the nav and footer, thanks again!
 

edenwax

Designer
Developer
Feb 17, 2016
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ed3n.me
#13
o_o I hope you dont mind if I use the coloured text for the website until I make something better. It looks good! Thank you!
I'll try the colours you suggested for the nav and footer, thanks again!
I don’t mind at all! Feel free!

You’re welcome :smile:
 

Tsar

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Oct 14, 2017
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#14
I don’t mind at all! Feel free!

You’re welcome :smile:
Independent is misspelled. If it isn't too much trouble could you correct it when you have time? Or could you send me the details on the size and font of the subtext? I'm having some trouble editing in the last 'e' in independent in a way that looks right. Thank you!