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btlinberg
05-10-2005, 12:42 AM
Just launched last week. I gotta hand it to the OR creators. This software is really impressive! I can't wait until 2.0 is finalized. I really want to make the entire site standards compliant. Right now all pages except the OR templates should validate both XHTML and CSS.

There are still a few bugs I need to work out, like the PHP pages not centering in IE, but at least it's all functional.

I also want to customize the page layouts of the search and listings pages all with CSS so the next step is to get 2.0 working once it's released. Thanks to all the people creating Open Realty and keep up the great work!

dsm-fsbo.com (http://www.dsm-fsbo.com)


-BL

RealEstate
05-10-2005, 12:54 AM
BL, outstanding design. In the top 10 designs I've seen here.

Did you design it yourself, or is a template you bought?

Your thumbnails have a blue glaze on them. Have you look into this?

The anser is in this forum

marb
05-10-2005, 02:59 AM
A nice and calm background design. I like that, let the content tell the story and not dominance the design.
All your pages are centerde but not;

http://www.dsm-fsbo.com/listings/listing_browse.php
and http://www.dsm-fsbo.com/listings/listingview.php?listingID=18
and http://www.dsm-fsbo.com/listings/viewimage.php?imageID=22&type=listing
Viewed with a 19" inch screen IE 6


Marten :)

btlinberg
05-10-2005, 09:30 AM
Yep, I did design it myself. But I feel so restricted since I don't know much about PHP coding. Hopefully OR 2.0 will allow more freedom so I can change more of the look and feel with the CSS. I did notice that blue glaze on the thumbnails but haven't figured out what's causing it. Anybody have any ideas?



BL, outstanding design. In the top 10 designs I've seen here.

Did you design it yourself, or is a template you bought?

Your thumbnails have a blue glaze on them. Have you look into this?

The anser is in this forum

RealEstate
05-10-2005, 04:40 PM
Do a search for blue thumbnail and you'll get the answer.

btlinberg
05-11-2005, 01:45 PM
Fixed it. Thanks for the tip. :)


Do a search for blue thumbnail and you'll get the answer.

pp
05-11-2005, 03:40 PM
One the best one I have seen so far on this board.
It would be nice if you can resize the pictures to fixed dimensions in the search results. It just looks more professional.

Also in the property display page try to spread "Description" across the two columns instead of displaying into only in one column, it would look better because you could read entire line vs. broken lines.

Try to create buttons for the tools(calculator etc.) on the top of listing below heading and price. Basically you will be adding one line of four buttons.

The registration form, instead of one long form berak it down in to three or four. For example first page can only be for personal info, click next for House info, click next for Credit card etc.

After you make all these changes, would you send me copy? :-)
Just kidding! but I wouldn't hesitate to buy.

btlinberg
05-11-2005, 06:29 PM
Thanks for the comments. I know what you mean about the property display page. With the time constraints we had for launch, this is far as I have gone. I have a huge list of things I'm planning to do to improve all the listings and search pages.

Putting the tools buttons at the top of the page is a good idea. As for the registration form, I really wanted a multi-page application with an easily identifiable list of steps, but I come from a web/graphic design background so cgiemail was a learning process, and I haven't experimented with any other methods yet.


One the best one I have seen so far on this board.
It would be nice if you can resize the pictures to fixed dimensions in the search results. It just looks more professional.

Also in the property display page try to spread "Description" across the two columns instead of displaying into only in one column, it would look better because you could read entire line vs. broken lines.

Try to create buttons for the tools(calculator etc.) on the top of listing below heading and price. Basically you will be adding one line of four buttons.

The registration form, instead of one long form berak it down in to three or four. For example first page can only be for personal info, click next for House info, click next for Credit card etc.

After you make all these changes, would you send me copy? :-)
Just kidding! but I wouldn't hesitate to buy.

edprush
05-18-2005, 03:47 PM
That is a very nice looking site!

Can anyone tell me how btlinberg was able to get the 'headings' (such as "Property Information" and "Exterior Details" to display on http://www.dsm-fsbo.com/listings/listingview.php?listingID=18 ?

Were they hard-coded into the page or is this a function of the listing template?

Thanks.

marb
05-18-2005, 05:17 PM
edprushThat is a very nice looking site!

Can anyone tell me how btlinberg was able to get the 'headings' (such as "Property Information" and "Exterior Details" to display on http://www.dsm-fsbo.com/listings/li...hp?listingID=18 (http://www.dsm-fsbo.com/listings/listingview.php?listingID=18) ?

Were they hard-coded into the page or is this a function of the listing template?



You can do that by (hardcoding) redesign the listingview.
Make tables and in the tables a td for the title and a td for the content.



<table width="<?php echo $style[left_right_table_width] ?>" cellpadding="<?php echo $style[left_right_table_cellpadding] ?>" cellspacing="<?php echo $style[left_right_table_cellspacing] ?>" border="<?php echo $style[left_right_table_border] ?>">
<tr><td align="left" class="row_main" width="50%" valign="top">title/Property Information</td></tr><tr>
<td align="left" class="row_main" width="50%" valign="top">
<?php renderTemplateArea(top_left,$listingID); ?></td></tr>




Marten :)

btlinberg
05-18-2005, 06:41 PM
Yep, that's right. You can put whatever html you want in there as long as you don't change the PHP tags.

-BL


Here's an example of what one of my tables looks like:


<table id="listingsViewTop" cellspacing="0" border="0">
<tr>
<td align="left" class="row_main" width="50%" valign="top">
<h3 class="headBlock">Property Information</h3>
<?php renderTemplateArea(top_left,$listingID); ?>
</td>
<td align="left" class="row_main" width="50%" valign="top">
<h3 class="headBlock">Rooms and Dimensions</h3>
<p>Measured in Square Feet.</p>
<p>M=Main, U=Upper, B=Basement, L=Lower, O=Other</p>
<?php renderTemplateArea(top_right,$listingID); ?>
</td>
</tr>
</table>

edprush
05-19-2005, 10:27 AM
Thank you for taking the time to explain that to me.

edprush
05-19-2005, 10:53 AM
Oh my gosh. I looked a little deeper into your site and it still looks fantastic!

Did you also hard-code the 'headers' like "Contact Information" and "Association Fees" on http://www.dsm-fsbo.com/pages/contact/app/index.htm the same way you did on the listingview page?

Great work!

btlinberg
05-19-2005, 05:09 PM
On pages like this I tried to use basic html tags like h1, h2... and th tags so I could format them with css. This way the page still looks ok without the style sheet too.


Oh my gosh. I looked a little deeper into your site and it still looks fantastic!

Did you also hard-code the 'headers' like "Contact Information" and "Association Fees" on http://www.dsm-fsbo.com/pages/contact/app/index.htm the same way you did on the listingview page?

Great work!

siestaguy
05-19-2005, 11:35 PM
I love the web site and wish mine was that good. So much so, I'd like to discuss purchasing a copy of it from you. I'm not anywhere near your market, so I won't compete with you.

btlinberg
05-20-2005, 12:45 AM
Sorry this design is not for sale. At some point I may consider designing some template sites. But for now this one is designed to be unique to our company identity.

-BL


I love the web site and wish mine was that good. So much so, I'd like to discuss purchasing a copy of it from you. I'm not anywhere near your market, so I won't compete with you.

Epox
05-20-2005, 03:00 AM
You really outdid yourself on this template. I think it is THE BEST no comparison, your company should be proud to have you. If I may ask, and I think I might be asking for others. Can you, if you have the time, release a smaller scale version of your template so others can learn from your creativity and skill? :)

btlinberg
05-20-2005, 08:06 PM
Thanks. I'll consider releasing a template once I start working with OR 2.0 and once I fix some of the bugs with my CSS. I want to make sure it's as flexible as possible. That is of course when I have time. :)


You really outdid yourself on this template. I think it is THE BEST no comparison, your company should be proud to have you. If I may ask, and I think I might be asking for others. Can you, if you have the time, release a smaller scale version of your template so others can learn from your creativity and skill? :)