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    Hey everyone.

    I am looking to gather some feedback on my first proper website. I had done a few sites previously to completing it but they were only small sites. This is my first full size website.

    I would love some feedback on the overall design and maybe some of the coding. Also I would love to know how much a website like that would be worth as I did it for free.

    Thanks in advance

    Haydee

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    Great work and dedication as you are doing it for free . The overall look is great, just have some problems regarding images. The text in your logo is not quite sharp/crisp like the image logo. Maybe you also need to make the text stand out more from it's background color. Some of your images in your sliders are a bit blurry too. The pictures with people in it have better resolution.
    Would be great to put some borders on your images on the sub pages, especially images that have whites at the edges since your BG color is white as well.

    Great design all in all. Just need to make some images sharper. Nice work!

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    Nice site Hayden,

    The design fits perfectly with the content, it is a well balanced layout. I particularly like the header and also the splash area with the coinslider. I agree with the comment on sharpening up the header image slightly.

    Observations
    The navigation links are not aligned to the centre.
    The content area left and right margins are not correct. Each 'li' sits too far to the right.
    The footer would look better if the light rounded rectangle area was gone, in my opinion.

    I tend to calculate how many hours it took and multiply it by an hourly rate, usually minimum wage at this point, as I have just started out too. In my head this hourly rate goes up slightly every time I finish a website and gain more experience.

    Good work, you should be proud of your efforts.

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    My first job as a web developer fetched £14 p/h as an undergraduate, so I'd expect to earn probably around £8-10 p/h for this static site in my opinion. It isn't bad though, there are some changes I'd make style wise. It's also static I'm guessing. I'd recommend using a CMS if you can, it would also bump up your pay rate if you were being paid.

    I'd make the navigation bar blend into that oval shape below it, I'd attempt to make it seamless.

    It looks like your sidebar is an afterthought, I'd say the grey doesn't work, and the header link background colour green isn't quite there. I'd give it some more style, maybe an oval shape below it, a little gradient or something.

    I'd make the grey behind your logo a lot brighter, it would have higher contrast if it were closer to white. If it was white, it would also match your content area.

    It's pretty good though. Have a look at Wordpress for this sort of thing, it would make the whole process of updating them a lot easier. Just create a few template files and fill them dynamically with content! If not Wordpress then have a look at some other CMSs. Wordpress has a simple learning curve also, and would mean the people your client could update it themselves.
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    Wow thanks guys for all the constructive feedback! I shall go and implement some of those changes that you guys highlighted as I agree with you.

    Also I have already used wordpress, joomla and drupal to make websites, but the issue that I have is that I always feel confined to using already made templates for the design. I like the freedom a static site gives in terms of the CSS. What I really want to learn is how in incorporate a CMS into my static sites so I can still have the freedom to design it the way I want, instead of just tweaking templates. That would be a dream come true.

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    Learn how to design themes! That site you created can easily be converted into a WP or Joomla theme. Two years ago, I was in the same boat as you, hating to modify themes. I bought a book and disk from that Joomla guy, Barrie North and started doing Joomla templates. Didn't really like it, switched to WordPress and loved it. I bought a tutorial from a Canadian guy, John something that gave me the basics. It does not get into all the intricate fun stuff, but it's a good foundation (for back then).
    I have gotten into the habit of not judging other designers/developers work, but this is my Microsoft Meandering time so I'm MEANDERING...

    Oh, almost forgot: spammers are gender-less parasites...

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    You can design themes as DanExcell suggests - or you can learn about child themes - much the same thing except easier since you only have to create the CSS (and possibly a few custom functions).

    If you find a good framework, one with many page templates to choose from, you can do virtually anything you want with the layout. You can find some good free frameworks here, or just Google for them.
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    Not bad... I don't think the background realy fits with the website IMO. The code is good and relatively clean. Good job
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    Hi Haydee,
    I liked the design. As its your first site, its really appreciative. Just one suggestion the background texture effect is not suiting, instead of that you may use gradient effect in contrast color.

    I must say, good job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rose_designer, post: 218278
    Hi Haydee,
    I liked the design. As its your first site, its really appreciative. Just one suggestion the background texture effect is not suiting, instead of that you may use gradient effect in contrast color.

    I must say, good job.
    I think the background texture effect is very appropriate, since hemp is used to make cloth, and that looks like natural hemp cloth.
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