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sdm
01-24-2005, 09:16 AM
Hi,

Just thought i'd post this link to see what you guys think of this.

http://67.15.48.20/~wwwphil//

Thanks,

SDM

frobn
01-25-2005, 10:14 AM
Your site is nicely layed out, clean and with pleasant colors.

Some minor points. You are not taking full advantage of the underlying css design. This is not to say that you are incorrect but only to show how you could get more mileage from the search engines with very little effort.

Your header is a background image and your text on the header is embedded in the image. Background images load last and search engines ignore images, but if you remove the embedded text and use css to style and position the text on your header it will improve search engine friendliness by loading important text first, as well as giving visitors with slow access or images turned off something to look at other than a black header.

see posts http://support.open-realty.org/showthread.php?p=21657#post21657

and http://support.open-realty.org/showthread.php?t=4493

The next point is really a personal choice but one that will give your site better accessibility. You could use css to eliminate javascript and all but one button image for your navigation menu. Why eliminate the javascript menu? It is estimated that up to 15% of web users turn javascript off so that is a potential loss of 15% of visitors. When you use css even if the visitor's browser is css challenged they will still see the text links and be able to navigate your site. For an example on how to use images in css navigation see the css code in blue.css from the download at:

http://support.open-realty.org/showthread.php?p=21556#post21556

sdm
01-25-2005, 05:23 PM
I agree with the comments you have made, I really must get to grips and spend some time utilisng CSS much more. Currently I only use it for controlling ,links, hover, visitied and active etc, but know that it is so capable of so much more.

Do you recommend any good reads on the subject, I know I can get some from the net but most people have at least one book they swear by.

Thanks for your time,

SDM

frobn
01-25-2005, 08:10 PM
Hi SDM,

I just purchased "Web Standard Solutions" by Dan Cederholm. I haven't read it all but so far I think it is excellent. It is basic enough for a beginner and rich enough in detail for someone more advanced.

I highly recommend http://alistapart.com which has excellent articles and discussion on CSS as well as other web development topics.

Regards,
Frank


I agree with the comments you have made, I really must get to grips and spend some time utilisng CSS much more. Currently I only use it for controlling ,links, hover, visitied and active etc, but know that it is so capable of so much more.

Do you recommend any good reads on the subject, I know I can get some from the net but most people have at least one book they swear by.

Thanks for your time,

SDM