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    Review please

    Hello everyone, I'm new here! Could I have a review of my website, aquariumkids.com, please? If you could leave some comments on it as well too, that would be great. Thanks so much! - Evan

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    I think that is very, very simple design.
    I dont know if this can even called "web design"

    First, you need to make and put a logo!
    Second, you need to make your main text, less wide.
    Not 100%, i can not read it in my desktop, screen.
    It tired me.

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    Evan, using a simple design is probably a good idea until you learn more about design or development. Not bad for someone so young. My question is where do you want to go from here? Do you want to be a web designer, developer, or just help your audience with their problems?

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    Quote Originally Posted by george.weballey View Post
    I think that is very, very simple design.
    I dont know if this can even called "web design"

    First, you need to make and put a logo!
    Second, you need to make your main text, less wide.
    Not 100%, i can not read it in my desktop, screen.
    It tired me.
    It maxes out. Should I make the max width smaller? Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 8.03.37 PM.jpg

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    I'm not exactly sure where I'm going with this. While I definitely wish to help people learn how to properly care for their fish, I also wish to have a pleasing web design for my visitors.

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    New site updates:

    1. Bolded important homepage links
    2. Separated that nasty block of homepage text with headers and 2 boxes
    3. Changed mobile CSS to have the width of the screen so that it must 1000px instead of 1300px before maxing out the content width

    How do I go about designing a logo?

    Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 9.35.24 PM.jpg
    Last edited by aquariumkids.com; Dec 21st, 2015 at 11:35 PM. Reason: Added image

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    There is nothing fancy in the design of your site you should think about revamping the site.

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    This is the problem with asking designers for advice. Every one of them focuses on the aesthetic rather than the most important thing...the content. The guy has built something very useful and very helpful and some of you worry about whether he has a freakin' logo?!? Come on.

    Evan: as I told you in another thread, focus on your content first and foremost. You clearly have knowledge and you clearly have experience. Use those. Whatever you do from a design point of view, don't stray from this. You're a smart kid, and being a smart kid will help you more than worrying about doing what everyone else does or wants you to do. Take it from an old man of 38.

    As far as the layout goes, I wouldn't worry about a logo as much as "how to draw attention to the important parts of your site" i.e. those sheets. What I would suggest you do is put them as high up as possible on the home page. I'm going to use a web hosting template as an example of how you can do that.

    Hosto ? Bootstrap Responsive HTML Template Preview - ThemeForest

    Do something like this, except link your betta and goldfish templates the way "secure and reliable"/"super fast"/"support" are designed. Use the boxes to draw attention to them as key portions of content and use simple images/boxes/colors to separate your areas. Oh...and don't use the template/code. Build something similar from scratch.

    When you're designing your content, think of it the same way. People tend to read short passages more easily, so use things besides borders to break them up if you can.

    But again, stay true to your content. Make sure your knowledge is on full display. You've got quite a bit of knowledge on the subject of fish. That's the key.
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    I agree with The Game. I recently saw a request for a site review for a page that placed design above everything else. Most designers loved it, but I hated it. Why? Really fancy design but I couldn't figure out what the site was about. The purpose of design is to highlight your content, not to obscure it.


    I would suggest moving “My current work” section down below “Our history” section.


    And again, as The Game said, you can improve your design by adding images to each page. Be sure to use relevant images/photos. I see too many sites adding irrelevant images that make me ask “what are they thinking”? For instance, on your Goldfish Care page you could use a picture of a goldfish, then in the fish tank section, a picture of a fish tank. How many images to a page depends on how much content on the page – don't overdo.

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    Okay, I don't have this version uploaded to the public yet as I still have to finish writing the Guppy Care Sheet and fix some things up on mobile, but I've placed more emphasis upon my content through some images. What do you think?

    Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 12.42.55 PM.jpg

    And @James More: how do you propose I do that?
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    Last edited by aquariumkids.com; Dec 22nd, 2015 at 05:17 PM.


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