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    I am absolutly in love with the simplicity of the site below, and I am very curious how hard it would be to make a similar layout.

    The site is

    http://www.mistwalker.info

    Its super simple, but I am not proficient enough with flash yet. I want to get a site somewhat similar in form and function for my own game design studio. Were should I begin?

    Its funny I can design MMO games, but I can't design a site for them ;: )

    Thanks in advance.

    -Small Creatures

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    If you want to modernize, then use AJAX. Seriously, I'm annoyed at the site refreshing on a tab change. AJAX doesn't do that and is quick and easy to use.

    Although, again, I'm worried if AJAX is dangerous for Search Engine crawlers. But for a game design studio, I think it's OK.

    The flash there isn't really all that amazing, really, can you explain which part you want to replicate?
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    Honestly I just like the simple layout and the tab tat follows behind the tabs at the top. And the size of the site.

    I have not heard of AJAX. If you think you'd be able to help me out on this let me know.

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    ajax wouldn't really work for this website to be honest, im guessing that you like the way the link section is animated? this really would be most practically produced in flash. if done correctly flash can be excellently
    http://www.lukamaras.com/tutorials/cool-design/flash-tab-menu.html

    this is a tutorial on tabs in flash, its not quite what you wanted, but its a start!

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    Solid,

    I sent you a PM.

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    I'd personally go for effective design over cool animation. ^^

    The moving bar is quite possible with JS... But you need to find a library for that, although since you're a game designer I don't see why you'd have much trouble scripting an acceleration - deceleration script.

    Actually the entire site is replicable with AJAX.

    If you want shadows and frame, you would make those in CSS, and set the center area for AJAX refreshing. For blurring effects, they're everywhere.

    Like the small size? Well here's an AJAX library thats also small: http://moofx.mad4milk.net/
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    HAS ANYONE LOOKED AT THE CODE?

    This site is done in FRAMES. FRAMES, not iframes, not divs, not AJAX, it's done in FRAMES!

    </rant>

    Okay, sorry. I'm better now.

    To be completely honest, you can do that kind of animation with CSS. Yes, CSS. Utilizing the :hover pseudo class, you can make a series of background images... Flash would be BETTER for this, but CSS is another option.

    As far as the rest of the site is concerned, a CSS background can make the visible container and the code container for the content.
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    He wants the cute sliding animation. Frames, oh, no wonder. Firefox shows "Loading..." in the titilebar, made me think it was a page switch.

    So the frame thing has GOT TO GO if you're replicating this site. There is NO reason to do that. If you really want remote refreshing, use iframes (which is a gamble in itself)...

    Edit: I still think javascript is better than flash. If JS is deactivated, users can at least still press the links, but if flash is deactivated / slowly loading, they can't navigate at all.
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    Steax,

    It's not that we want a cute design, it's that we want to create something simple in nature that reflects our studio, and none of us are great with flash. So we looked around and found a site that was most similar to what we were looking to achieve.

    I don't disagree with you about java and its potential, we have coded two FULL games in it, but I don't think its right for the site. Then again I know nothing about web coding, thus the post here.

    Thanks for your suggestions, but I think we got someone who can help us out a bit.

    -Small Creatures

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    Err... Javascript or Java?

    Ah, anyway... good luck on your work then. I would think that if you're a programmer it shouldn't be very hard.
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