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    Hi All,

    Just about finished a site for a piano dealer and would welcome any feedback. I had no control over the font for this page as its part of the companys Identity.

    The site has been made to a strikt budget so it is only small but contains everything the client is after.

    Quality new and used pianos Sheffield South Yorkshire

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    I think you should have used Google to find a free CSS template that
    would be more flattering to the piano site. Something that is fluid
    enough to fit 800, 1024 browsers without horizontal scrolling.

    Maybe in UK you spell "wish" like "whish"?

    Check spelling ... and oh my ....

    Stienway and Beckstien? shame shame

    WORKSOP?

    Check your spelling before you show this to a piano dealer.


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    OOPS missed the whish spelling, Worksop is a place near sheffield so thats ok.

    I know what your saying about the scrolling, I am normally very good at making sure sites dont scroll but this one suddenly needed a contact form and more information adding onto the bottom but the budget wouldnt stretch to having a new page and a menu system adding. I've also just switched from a 17" to a 24" monitor which isn't helping.

    I take it those arn't the best makes of pianos then? dont know much about them personally.

    Thanks for the feedback mlseim

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    No ... Steinway is the best .... you spelled them both wrong!

    Check your spelling.


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    Just because it is a budget site doesn't mean that it should look like one.

    The green line across the bottom goes over the "Send" button. The names of the piano manufacturers should be capitalized and spelled properly. The background picture of the yellow piano needs to be cleaned up. A hyphen should be used, rather than an underscore for Pre-Owned. Also, why is everything in the body of the site capitalized?
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    ... and keep in mind that nobody is here to bash or flame your site,
    we know a little bit about web design, and we are just passing on our
    personal opinions in hopes that you get some ideas to improve your site.

    With some fairly easy changes, this particular site could be made to look
    much better and more flattering. I've look at other Atum Studio designs,
    and the other projects look much better than the piano site.

    When you ask family or friends to check-out your websites, they will usually
    say they "love it" and "it looks great" ... we have no bias, and we're saying
    it doesn't look so good. I really think you should start over with a new design.


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    It would also be better if you have validation for your form. Instead of having another page saying that the visitor needs to back and enter his or her name, a message box or an alert box would tell the visitor that he/she needs to enter name or email.

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    +1 on the green line across the send button. Suckas that it's a budget site though, could have so much more content.

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    I don't understand the "budget site" thing ...

    Once you have a CSS style sheet and a basic layout, any other
    pages are just a simple cut and paste ... With PHP, you could
    have 20 other pages that are just simple Notepad text files that
    get "included" in the page using PHP. All dynamically created.

    For example, this site has dozens of pages ... all of the content
    is just simple text files. It's really only one PHP script that loads
    different text for different pages. It's less work than making
    static pages, so this would be considered "budget"? I don't think so.

    Example of using PHP to dynamically make pages:
    http://www.palosantodesigns.com/

    Move mouse over links to see the URL ... one PHP script,
    dozens of pages. That's the power of PHP and CSS.


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    ok, I've taken those comments on board now.

    changed a few things and personally Im much happier with the site now.

    Abbey Pianos of Sheffield

    (I dont like the CAPS either but the client wants it that way)

    I think the thing I was talking about with it being a budget site was that the client had originally decided that they only wanted one page with hardley any content on for a very limited budget.

    When the site had been made this way he suddenly changed his mind and wanted more and more bolting onto it but without increasing the budget. If he had decided upon the extra content from the beggining the I would have planned the site completely differently. Guess it shows how important it is to get the brief nailed on at the beggining.

    I agree I need to incorperate an alert box or similar when the contact form fails for whatever reason and I know the flash could be slowed down abit too.

    Thanks again for your feedback,


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