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Thread: http://apsemedia.com - Small Business Website Design and Development

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    For me it loads slow, the grey on white text on the services page is hard to read and the drop down menu is easy to miss.

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    As turboguy states, the contrast ration with gray on white is not very good - need darker gray to make it reasonably easy to read. I see you are using Wordpress. What have you modified to make it your own?
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    Not much.

    Designers shouldn't use themes for their portfolio sites. Full stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGAME1264 View Post
    Not much.

    Designers shouldn't use themes for their portfolio sites. Full stop.
    I was looking at the site thinking please, don't be a theme lol.. Well guess what it turned out to be a dreaded "I am a web Designer" theme lmao.

    Btw, GAME you should add a section to the Forum like so:

    CUSTOM Website Ratings and Reviews


    YO WORDPRESS THEME Ratings and Reviews

    That way we don't have to waste our time looking at websites just to see that it was a cookie cutter theme..... Or are we being too insensitive and we should just embrace the cookies?
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    No, we're not, and no, we shouldn't, Jeff. And I can't split the forums up, much as I'd like to. I'm but a lowly insignificant pawn mod.

    Because I've been asked this by a few people publicly and privately, I've decided to post the reason publicly: if you're a designer or an agency, the expectation is that you're artistically creative. When you use a theme as a designer, you're using someone else's artistic creativity as opposed to your own; if you're doing it for hobby sites or as part of a learning curve where you aren't getting paid. But in this case, you're getting paid to be creative and ideally deliver an original work. When you start from a theme, you can't do that.

    The other question you'll need to ask yourself if you're a designer who uses themes is this: what happens if and when a client discovers that you're using a theme? Now, you can be upfront and tell the client...but then you've just made your own service that much less valuable. After all, someone already took care of large portions of the artistic creativity. So you probably won't...at least if you're smart. But then what happens when you get called out? What are you going to say? is that a conversation you're ready to have?

    Having heard this conversation as a developer...and as the developer who discovered a theme was being used without the client's knowledge...I can tell you first hand that it doesn't end well for the designer. This is one of the (many) things that leads to a large percentage of clients saying things such as "my last designer wasn't very good" or "do you know Bob who builds websites? He screwed me over. He didn't know what he was doing."

    This is also one of the reasons I'm a very sharp critic of W*rdPr*ss and have been for years. It has now created this blight of plugins and themes whereby a small percentage of well-meaning suckers are supplying low-cost (in many cases free), low-grade crap to a much larger percentage of unoriginal leeches who insist on using it to build sites the way small children build houses out of Legos.

    Basically, it comes down to originality. If you're using a theme, it's not original.
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