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Reviewed: Lindsey
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‘Vote’ – I would, if I were an American. As I’m not, not only does this image appear pointless to me, but it strikes me as thought your entire site is going to be about Bush/Kerry or politics. Obviously I know better, but maybe you’d be better off with a smaller image and an explanation for those who don’t?

Upon entering the site via your boring white splash, I’m given a sudden dose of colour. A relief, in that I won’t be screwing my eyes up looking at text on a huge white ‘canvas’, but bam, such a shock to swap from one to the other! I am assuming the splash will be removed after all this election stuff is out of the way?

I like your layout, but then I’m a sucker for simple things. Normally I would criticise you for having ‘feature’ text bigger than the title on your image, but on this occasion I’m not sure anything else would suit. I like it, even if I don’t know what the two short sentences mean.

One thing I did notice almost immediately was that you have no “home” link. Even thought “main.html” has no real content or anything that the visitor needs, I still like to start from the beginning sometimes if I feel lost, or if I simply want to get to grips with the place. I suggest a “home” link be the first link in your horizontal menu.

While we’re on the subject of your Home page, there’s unnecessary information (”After spending many years..” bla bla..) on there that would be better suited under “Domain Info” in my opinion. To fill out your Home page again, some information on what each link in your menu contains would help, even if it seems redundant.

I always get confused when the navigation changes, which your site does when I click Art (under Content). This probably wouldn’t be a problem, but when I click Home, instead of taking me back to “main.html” like I was hoping I get whooshed back to that bloody splash page again!

I was disappointed not to find a single piece of information on you on your site. Thought the main purpose of the site is to serve as a collective, it would still be nice to have a little something to read about you. This can be something basic from your name, age and location to a full biography.

You have plenty of good artwork that I thoroughly enjoyed looking at, although as a past-visitor I’ve seen most of it before. What I really like is the fact that you add comments to your images; not many people (including myself) can be bothered to do this anymore. Bravo to you. It would be even better if you could put the comments into a title tag on your pop-ups, so people could hover and read the description before clicking. This could prove quite tedious though, and is not an absolute must.

Oh my gosh, I love you even more than I did originally. I don’t have to review your coding, whoo. Valid XHTML, welcome to the club! Actually, I lie, I do have one comment on your coding. On “main.html” you use non-breaking spaces ( ) to indent your text. There is a way to do that with CSS, which you may want to look at. As you only indent one paragraph though, this is purely your choice.

To summarise this rather short review, your site is wonderful. It is exactly what I love browsing. Simplistic layout, small graphics and gorgeous artwork (both written and sketched). With the exception of your splash page and the slight glitch with the “Home” link in the navigation, your site is delightful!

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Reviewed: Jordie Site URL: Thankfully I’m on a broadband modem, so the first three seconds of browsing your site is a pleasant experience. You’ve got a stunning top image that is interesting to look at. The only problem is, on dial-up I could have been waiting about one minute for that to load. The… read full entry »

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Reviewed: Michelle Site URL: Well, the crucial 3 seconds have passed and I’m yet to see something which would make me stay, or browse deeper into your site? Your huge top image just isn’t practical, and doesn’t look right. It’s slow loading on dial-up, and really has no focus-point. You could cut it down… read full entry »

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Reviewed: Dorie Site URL: As first impressions go, yours is good. You’ve got a nice, easy to see top image with large CLEAR text. The average visitor will certainly know where they are. Already I can tell your site is bright, cheery and will not be full of profanity or other undesirable content. The… read full entry »

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Tony Blair Was Wrong

Wow.. Tony Blair just admitted he was wrong about the Weapons of Mass Destruction. “I have to accept that we haven’t found them, and may never find them.” Holy shit, he admitted it. I didn’t see that coming!

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Reviewed: Sam Site URL: You didn’t specify a skin, so I’m just going to review your new one – Abstract Butterfly. Surprisingly enough, I like the colour scheme. The particular colours you’ve chosen fit well together, and you’ve obviously picked them to complement the butterfly. Unfortunately, I think that the fact your side-bar is… read full entry »

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Reviewed: Chelsea Site URL: The first thing that I saw was your top image, above your content. I enjoyed looking at the details on the leaves – quite a fetching photograph. The only problem is, you’ve covered the main flower with your title text, and I think it defeats the purpose of the image…. read full entry »

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Reviewed: Lisa Site URL: Immediately upon entering your site I was settled. No glaring colours, no huge images, no pop-up “vote for me” boxes. Already, I can tell that this site has a certain style and definite class. A short but to-the-point introduction is framed by a cool and calm background colour with a… read full entry »

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Reviewed: Sarah Site URL: The first thing I notice when I open my eyes at your site is the text “Welcome” at the top. That’s not a bad thing, it immediately told me it was good to be here – but I get the feeling the attention grabber really should be your beautiful side… read full entry »

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Reviewed: Linze Site URL: “Aaah”. Immediately I am relaxed. Strange really, most people wouldn’t consider a website “relaxing” as such, but there is something that appeals to me here. I’m not a dog lover, but it is refreshing to see a great photo implemented into a layout with a corresponding colour scheme, and see… read full entry »

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Reviewed: Bubs Site URL: Note: I am reviewing skin 7, “My Doodleblog”. The first thing I see upon getting to your site is the doodle, smack-bang in the middle. Not such a bad thing, as it’s a cute doodle – but I think it dominates the screen. The layout is lovely, and the colours… read full entry »