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Old 09-27-2000, 07:15 AM   #1
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I redesigned it...ok, I'm still working on it rightnow, but it should be finished by the weekend. I'm proud of it right now so I want to show it off. Let me know what you think, and what I can do to make it better.

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Old 09-27-2000, 07:21 AM   #2
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You've got something on there at 155K in size....oh, it's your car.

WAAYAYYYY too big for the average dial-up user.

Try and kill the file size of the car. If it's in jpg format try to compress it down to a medium compression (In photohshop around 6).

It should make a dig difference.

When did Geocities start allowing the use of Frontpage?
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Old 09-27-2000, 07:40 AM   #3
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ok...I'll try and compress the image...

I'm not sure when they started, but it was a pain to upload to them...

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Old 09-27-2000, 08:24 AM   #4
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I am a dial-up user, and It loaded pretty good for me. In fact I was going to comment that it (the whole site) loaded really quickly for me. An I only connect at 31,200! Good layout, design, Background is nice, (could be a little bluer, but still easy on the eyes ) Please post when you update the diff areas. Good job so far.
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Old 09-27-2000, 08:32 AM   #5
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Heh! Cool theme... same as mine http://scrappyb.bizland.com
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Old 09-27-2000, 08:41 AM   #6
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The image loaded faster now because it went from 155K to 48K. Much better.
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Old 09-27-2000, 08:51 AM   #7
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Haha, Chuck. You're a photographer, but the pics of your car suck. No offense.

Impreza Rider, nice car and site.
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Old 09-27-2000, 08:53 AM   #8
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Yeah.. I know... I need to find a good spot. It's kinda like the cobblers kids' shoes... they ain't got none!
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Old 09-27-2000, 10:04 AM   #9
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Hey chuck, my theme's better since it's got a subie background

Thanks for the comments...I'll try to let everyone know when I finish...

I did go shrink some of the pictures since they were pretty big.

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Old 09-27-2000, 01:09 PM   #10
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ImprezaRider, where do you have your fairing rest on your car? ya know the rubber peice thats a pain in the arse to fit on the plastic fairing? well i had mine on my room just before the window started. but after a season of that it fricked my my paint and scratched it.

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p.s. i think this winter season i'm gonna set it on the window.
 
Old 09-27-2000, 02:13 PM   #11
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Matt-

I have it set right after the black trim on the top of the window. I've never had a problem with the rubber peice not fitting or anything...I remember one time when I stopped at a light when I had snow on the top of my car. The snow decidd to slide off the top of my car, and came out from underneath the fairing, taking the rubber strip with it. So I had to get out and get the rubber strip, and drive the rest of the way home with the plastic hitting my roof...it was very annoying. It scratched the paint up, and I'm glad that it wasn't on the RS when that happened...

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Old 09-27-2000, 02:21 PM   #12
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Impeza Rider,
Having worked in a computer advertising media agency for 1 1/2 years I have some very important imput. Crude, but effective.
I will not spare your feelings.

1.) The site is too damn huge
2.) Get ride of the backround, go white
3.) Fix those damn buttons on the left!
4.) Take out that i-club logo.. JEEZ!
5.) Have multi-directional navigation ON EACH PAGE! Not just the home page
6.) Organize your site thoroughly! Don't produce content clutter
7.) Use frames
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Old 09-27-2000, 08:23 PM   #13
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Sorry Sev but I must disagree. I have no exp. in advertising, but i do know what looks good to me. And that does.
I do not think it is to big.
A little empty at the moment, but over time that should improve.
The background is a nice touch, and gives you a feeling of depth.
I didn't notice anything wrong with the buttons on the left. They worked and looked good to me.....
I love that the I Club logo is in there! We are a small group of enthusiests, we should stick together, and show our support for each other. I am proud to be a memeber, It shows that I have a knowledge of the car, I care about the car, and that I didn't just happen to buy it because the salesman convinced me while I was looking for 'anything'....
Multi navigation, yes I agree on that one. but I have a 3rd button on the 'ol track ball so I don't notice as much, but i do agree with you on that point.
Clutter? I didn't notice any. It was all pretty clear to me. Everything was where he said it was.....maybe I'm missing something...?
Use frames? I do not know what your talking about. but the site worked well for me, and I like it. I will be checking back regualarly to see the updates.
You have to remember there are different formats for different types of sites. He's not advertising/or selling anything. He is showing off his pride and joy. And I think (whatever that's worth )that it looks good, especially for a first site.
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Old 09-28-2000, 12:00 AM   #14
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Nice I like it! Good job.

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Old 09-28-2000, 12:40 AM   #15
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Heh, there is something to say about the pre-made design of Frontpage web sites... I'm just not sure what.

Notepad rules - http://www.mwsoc.org
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Old 09-28-2000, 05:33 AM   #16
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At least you've taken the 1st step and wanted to try and put a site together. That's good.

It looks as though you're going to be putting a trememdous amount of info still on the site. Just don't let the info get stale months down the road. Update it frequently.

Well after looking through the site, here's my "constructive criticism":

1.) Font Usage and Selection
When you select a font for your site, you should try and keep the font face the same throughout the site. If you stat mixing serif and sans-serif fonts on one page, it does actually intruduce and give the impression of "clutter". An exception to using the same font should be in graphics only.

Looking at your home page, top to bottom, I see:
Serif Font: Title
Sans-Serif Font: Welcome to my...
Serif Font: This site is dedicated...
Sans Serif Font: I'm a member of...
Serif Font: What's New
Sans Serif Font: Sept 26th...
Serif Font: Back to Top...
Serif Font: All text & pics....

And then on top of that, the nav bar on the side is in a San-Serif Font.

Your site would vastly improve if you select a single typeface and used it throughout consistently. It introduces conformity and flow. It's like reading a book...how would you like to read a book where every other paragraph was a different type face? You'd be bored and tired of it very quickly.

2.) Copyright:
Not to be a pisser, but do you have the rights to reproduce the image that is in the background? Is that your car or someone you personally know? Your site would look better with a more subdued background or a solid background.

3.) Pictures::
When you put pictures on the page, don't use code (or FP) to set the size of the images. Shrink them to the size you want in a photo program. It will reduce the file size of the image and the page will load faster. I can put a 200K graphic and make it a 2x2 pixel image in the code and the browser will still try and load all 200K of it.

On your RamAir page, (http://www.geocities.com/imprezarider/ramair.htm) the 1st pic of your car is displayed. You set the browser to say it's a 300 x 200 image, when in fact, it's really a 768 x 512 image. The browser has to load all of the 768 x 512 image to display it in a 300x200 "window". If you reduced the pic to 300 x 200 in Photoshop, or whatever, it wouldn't look as choppy and all the lines would smooth out, and it would be about 1/2 - 3/4 the file size.

There are other pics on the site where you did this too. (Especially the evolution of your site page). That page could load about 10x faster if you shrunk the images in a photo program.

4.) Links:
Much of what Sev did say is actually true. I know you're using FP to let it build your navigation. That's fine for now. Just think about a better way to use navigation through the site. Usually on informational sites, the links that go from the home page are also accessible from any page.

5.) Content:
The site can be pared down. Many users on the web won't give you the time of day if they can't find the info fast enough. I usually tell people that the web breeds A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder). If they can't get what they want fast enough, they leave. By shrinking the image file sizes is a good 1st step. The other thing I can think of is consider putting a bunch of smaller pages on one page. You can still link to them from a menu by using the bookmark feature.

Example: When a user selects "Engine" under "Modifications", the content for Cold Air Ind and Ram Air should be on that page instead of linking to additional pages. You can put sub links at the top of the page and link to the headings for the Cold Air and Ram Air on the page.

That's about it that I can see.

Just a few things to work on.

If you want to see some of the sites I've done, or want any more tips, just PM me.

Here's one for you to look at. They're my biggest client: http://www.crosswinds-gallery.com

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