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awddesign
01-05-2005, 09:40 AM
Hi

Happy new year..

The Grass Is Greener @ OPEN REALTY EUROPE

yes we are now updating the long awaited site for 2005

Site:
http://ore.awddesign.co.uk/

feed back very welcome :)

Al

tsguitar2004
01-07-2005, 12:09 AM
Lose the grass in the background of the body. Either that or make sure it lines up with the grass in the middle content section and add that dirt effect to the bottom of it. Right now, it's a bit odd that the grass in the body is slightly lower than the grass in the middle content area (NS7/pc). I also want to know a little bit more about why you've called it The Grass Is Greener.

And set the body background color to #fff. It's showing up grey in IE6/pc (just delete your first "background: #ffffff" and change the second one to "background: #fff url("masthead_bg.jpg") repeat-x").

You only need one background declaration in your body CSS. What you've done with the body delcaration is indicative of the rest of your CSS: you don't use shorthand techniques and therefore make your CSS much larger in file size than you need to. Shorten your CSS; it detracts from your professionalism as a designer to have such unwieldy code.

The body content could use editing. Several grammatical mistakes detract from your professionalism, as well.

Why make the body position: relative? I don't see that as necessary. This is another spot where you have to let parent-child relationships do their thing in the CSS. You've repeated yourself a bit there because of that, most notably with regard to font-family.

For font-size, "em" is typically advised. That allows users to resize the text. px doesn't let me do that in IE6/pc. I want control!

Your navigation should be in unordered lists if you're thinking of code more semantically (and it looks like you are thinking that way). Speaking of semantics, I don't like that your ALT tags for sep.jpg are just dashes. That defeats the purpose.

Can you align the whole site to the left? I think that would look better than centered. That might also address part of the grass background problem since the house will act as a seperator.

Also, in the "sexy" half of the main content area, those a:hover underlines are wreaking havoc with your layout (again, NS7/pc; they don't show up on your images at all in IE6/pc), causing everything underneath the links to shift up and down as you hover off and on the link.

It's a standard two-column layout with header and it looks good with that header (just fix it up a bit). I'm happy that you're using CSS for layout, but your code doesn't validate for some easily fixable reasons:
http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fore.awddesign.co.uk%2F

And your site's powered by rodin? How's that!? You must have done some pretty major modification!! I'm curious...
-ts

marb
01-07-2005, 09:57 AM
Hi Al,

The look of of your index page without the grass on the background looks better for me as before of as the other pages of the site where the grass background is in there.
I have view it only in IE6 on a 19" inch pc screen and a 15" inch wide screen laptop. For me (personel) would preferably the page center. Think the page look more well-balanced than, as the "eyecatcher of the design" is in the top. It give now a lot of white space.
I like the clean design, just calm and straight where its made for.
I dont have look at the grammatical part of the site. http://www.open-realty.org/support/images/icons/icon10.gif

Marten http://www.open-realty.org/support/images/smilies/smile.gif

awddesign
01-07-2005, 11:36 AM
Hi

thank you for your comments will have a good look at the site.

ref rodin yes done a lot been talking to jon too. sent in to them a few free designs for his site as well. making a backup db for it as well. :)

have a demo site where i do my testing here:
http://awddesign.co.uk/designs/r/


Marten:
Thank you too

I am going to stay with page center as I like that.
still working on getting the pages all valid..

did some more work today with the free templates and will be adding to them soon. Products page just needs to be re-done to validate, and I hope the site
will be done soon.



regards
al

tsguitar2004
01-07-2005, 11:59 AM
I like the design of your rodin site, except that the Next/Back links are not a good color for that background. I like the header and the color scheme, though. Off topic, but do you know of a way to completely delete an entry in rodin? When I delete the content, I'm still left with a blank entry page in my final rodin site.

So you just used rodin for the main content on those pages on your grass is greener site then, right? It's just a quick way for you to edit the text on those pages, eh?
-ts

awddesign
01-08-2005, 09:34 AM
Hi ts

Its where i do my testing for rodin design is only 80% done..

delete the content..Yah I found that too I just be carefull what i put in at the moment.

So you just used rodin for the main content on those pages on your grass is greener site then, right?

right only text stuff untill I get rodin working to how i want it to.

Al



I like the design of your rodin site, except that the Next/Back links are not a good color for that background. I like the header and the color scheme, though. Off topic, but do you know of a way to completely delete an entry in rodin? When I delete the content, I'm still left with a blank entry page in my final rodin site.

So you just used rodin for the main content on those pages on your grass is greener site then, right? It's just a quick way for you to edit the text on those pages, eh?
-ts

tsguitar2004
01-08-2005, 03:40 PM
I'm trying to get rodin working as a sidebar links manager. I never use the keywords fields, so I think I'll just turn one into a URL box and the other into the link name box, with the main content area as a description of the site.

I just modified the archive function to list more than one entry on the index page and I also put the archives into the admin section so I can edit an entry by clicking to it directly instead of having to click "back" until I get to it.

My next task is to work on making the archive a monthly archive that will only list entried according to the month they were posted. It's a nice, flexible system, much like OR is. I just wish there was a way to completely delete an entry.

Back to your OR site, what if you applied a blue gradient to the body background that matches the blue gradient in your header?
-ts

P.S. Here's my rodin test site (no design changes, only code changes for now):
http://www.toddseal.com/rodin/index.php
I can show you the admin section too, if you're interested in the functions. I just sent the archive listing in the admin seciton to Jon; he apparently wanted to do the same thing. I haven't told him about the ability to list more than one entry on the home page.

awddesign
01-10-2005, 10:29 AM
hi ts


I just wish there was a way to completely delete an entry.
this can be done, will look into it soon.

I am just testing the db back script at the moment. all is fine at the moment.


Back to your OR site, what if you applied a blue gradient to the body background that matches the blue gradient in your header?
will have a look later. Busy adding another design to the site for TM

YAH here look see:
http://ore.awddesign.co.uk/tm/
Going to add TemplateMonster to Open Realty 1.1.5b templates in this one

And befor you say it :) I am still working on it. he he he...

Al