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    Hey, I've been working on a project that I hope will grow into something that is cool and useful. Please let me know what you think. Any recommendations on where to go with the website would be greatly appreciated.

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    Dude, you're breaking all the rules of posting a website on here.

    It's not crap.
    It offers something useful.
    It looks pretty good.

    Now go back and do it all over again!

    Seriously, I dig this site overall. It loads quickly, it's easy to navigate, it's cleanly coded, and it's a relatively original idea.

    I have two complaints, one very minor and one potentially pretty large.

    Minor complaint: contrast ratio. The light on light is hard to read on my laptop. If you darkened the orange/blue/green maybe 30% you'd have this solved. You also might want to put a stroke around the letters in the top left for the same reason.

    Potentially big complaint: selling the advertising. Advertising always was soft, and on the surface I'm not convinced a restauranteur will see the benefit to advertising on this site. You need to better explain the unique selling proposition on your site.

    Good stuff, though.
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    It's so nice to see a layout like this where the designer had not resorted to using tables! And I'm so happy to see commented code! This seems like a small thing, but is a terrifically useful tool that too few people make use of - good for you.

    One thing kind of jumped out at me from the header - the strange blue triangle in the photo is a bit jarring. It looks as if it should somehow be a clickable design element. Is that really a restaurant's roof?

    I do agree that the white on orange is difficult to read. I might also have centered the footer links between the copyright info and the 'designed by'.

    I don't know enough about selling advertising to comment on it, but TheGame is usually right, so my advice there is to listen to him. That said, I really like the bracketed names for the different advertising packages - 'Full Meal Deal, Light Lunch' etc. Totally in keeping with the flavour (yep, I said it!) of the site and adds a touch of humour.

    If I lived anywhere near Edmonton, this would definitely be a bookmarked site for me.

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    Thank you both for your input. I am still trying to iron out the advertisement details. That triangle roof is on a building in the downtown part of Edmonton. I will look into re-working some of the colors and the title to show up more clearly and be easier to read.

    Again, thank you for the feedback and the kind words.
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    You've got them coming, dude. About time someone did something useful online.

    AlphaMare, I think it depends on how it's commented. For example, I very rarely comment my HTML code because the server-side code usually uses pretty clear function/sub/variable/etc. names, as well as commenting. As such, my commenting of client-side code is pretty rare.
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    Game - I have such a bad memory - I comment pretty much everything - that way I can avoid having those unsightly bruises on my forehead from banging it against the wall while trying to remember stuff! :banghead:
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    heh

    My memory's not the greatest either, so I'm really anal about naming things in such a way as to make them painfully obvious.

    That, and I reuse a lot of code so often that I know exactly what it is and what it does.
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    I'm in the process of trying to organize a lot of my code with this website. When I first started working on it I named a lot of things very generically and eventually it started getting confusing. So I've changed how I name things and am writing more clearly labeled code to avoid any confusion in the future.
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    I try to use descriptive names and also comment like mad. My Mom (who continues to get smarter as I get older!) always said "Better to have it and not need it, that to need it and not have it!"
    I'm pretty sure she was talking about taking a sweater when I went out, but I apply it to my code as well and it seems to be working fairly well so far...
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    That is definitely a good point! The biggest thing is being able to understand what all the different divs and scripts do after not seeing them for a while. It's easy to forget the purpose of divs that aren't labeled descriptively.
    Check out some of my work: http://www.jr-webdesigns.com


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