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Old 08-05-2009, 06:47 AM
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Its never too early to work on SEO, google for example ignores meta keywords( so you'll want to utilize your meta description tag better.
Points noted - I realize Google ignored keywords but after reviewing your site I see that I have room for improvement in the descriptions tag. Thanks for the tip!

I really need to increase my page rank some how /sigh. That's going to be hard it seems Page Rank 1 - 0 backlinks from google - no adwords running atm - I've added my business to google maps, but it's only for my one city which is not my entire target area. I tried to create multiple stores locations and unfortunately it's going to take weeks for that to appear in google maps.

I have read and read that craigslist can help but god I hate posting on there. Every single ad I've ever placed on CL ends up with countless spam and fraudulent emails. (I have TechNibble to thank for recognizing those scammers when we first launched) I really tend to view craigslist as the cesspool of online classified ads. Everyone that I have encountered there is looking for something for free or the "cheaper" way out.
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:54 AM
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The website is coming along very nicely. It seems a lot more simple and less cluttered, which is good. There are a few more minor things I noticed that you might want to fix. Nothing major but if your a perfectionist like me, you'll want to take care of them.

-On the home page, the text towards the bottom of the "Satisfaction Guaranteed" box, is a little too close the edge. I would move it up above the border so it lines up with the text in the other boxes.

-On the home page, in the "Don't throw your old computer away" box, the white part of the robot dude image overlaps some of the box border. Maybe you could turn the image into a .gif and make the white transparent?

-On the "about" page, there is the same issue as on the home page in the "Satisfaction Guaranteed" box. The text is overlapping the border.

-On the "FAQ" and "Contact" pages, the graphic on top seems larger than on the other pages. If you keep the page scrolled all the way up, and go to one of those pages, you should see what I'm talking about.

-There is a white strip on both sides of the top graphic on all pages.

-The footer is left justified on all pages.

I'm looking at the site using my Eee PC 900 with a resolution of 1024*600 if that matters at all.
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:43 AM
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The website is coming along very nicely. It seems a lot more simple and less cluttered, which is good. There are a few more minor things I noticed that you might want to fix. Nothing major but if your a perfectionist like me, you'll want to take care of them.

-On the home page, the text towards the bottom of the "Satisfaction Guaranteed" box, is a little too close the edge. I would move it up above the border so it lines up with the text in the other boxes.

-On the home page, in the "Don't throw your old computer away" box, the white part of the robot dude image overlaps some of the box border. Maybe you could turn the image into a .gif and make the white transparent?

-On the "about" page, there is the same issue as on the home page in the "Satisfaction Guaranteed" box. The text is overlapping the border.

-On the "FAQ" and "Contact" pages, the graphic on top seems larger than on the other pages. If you keep the page scrolled all the way up, and go to one of those pages, you should see what I'm talking about.

-There is a white strip on both sides of the top graphic on all pages.

-The footer is left justified on all pages.

I'm looking at the site using my Eee PC 900 with a resolution of 1024*600 if that matters at all.
Thanks, I'm trying to correct the little things as much as I possibly can.

-Home page fixed
-Reduced size of robot image. I am getting away from the use of gifs, i do like their transparency abilities, but I find that I often lose some smooth edges that I create in photoshop.. I'm going to test png some as I hear it handles alpha transparency a bit better - we'll see

-About page fixed

I see what you are talking about on the FAQ and Contact page but I don't think the images are bigger, it seems to me like it is pushing each down. I can't figure out why right now considering it is the same div tag - img - and css that is on all of the other pages

<div id="top-logo">
<img src="images/top_logo.jpg" width="967" height="137" alt="ExpressTech Sherman Denison Computer Repair Banner" />
</div>


#top-logo { position:absolute; left:0px; top:0px; width:967px; height:137px;}



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Ahh the never ending footer problem.. *grumbles* some more..

css code for it

#footer {
display:block;
position:absolute;
margin-left:auto;
margin-right:auto;
top:100%;
padding-top:35px;
bottom: 0px;
width:913px;
height:32px;
}

I've been battling with the footer staying uniformed on each page for quite a while now. its not perfectly center - I can live with the left justify for the time being.. Previously it was displaying in the middle of the screen for one person even though I had a clearly define css position that was very different from the above version.


and yes I am a perfectionist about such things too =) Now that you have pointed out the faq and contact page i dont see myself sleeping anytime soon. Thanks =D

** Edit the white lines on the left and right of every page are where the graphics end.. I initially intended to transform the design into flash.. I got sidetracked along the way and stuck with xhtml and css - at some point I wanted to add a border around the main div element but do to the inconsistencies between firefox and ie and how they handle borders, and after many headaches and trying to get them to display the same way in both, i elected to just forget the borders

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Old 08-05-2009, 10:20 AM
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*grumbles* endlessly at cross-browser / os compatibility.
I know you said you were a perfectionist. but the only way your going to make it uni-formal across all browsers and OS, is to make a large graphic and center it in all directions. Flash probable being the best approach.

My suggestion is to re-evaluate your audience and consider how will be looking at your website. Probable mostly windows users, maybe some mac users if you want to mac clients, and probable not very many linux users, as linux is not very mainstream for most consumers. Once you have determined your audience, that is the OS/Browsers you program for.

Personally i don't like div tag too much. The tag allows for a lot of different uses but it also produces different results in different browsers depending on the how the browser supports the tag.

I rather enjoy critiquing site when requested, but then i remember i still need to work on my own still...

your 6mb DSL connection is probable only providing you a 1.5mb Upload speed at best. Most ISP provide a small hosting space you could use. Just create a meta refresh tag that will redirect the viewer to the hosted site temporarily

Edit - Also i wanted to ask what your using to create or write the code for your site. At first i thought it was a WYSIWYG program, but the code has significantly changed to allow for the different changes suggested which makes me believe your coding it.
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:01 AM
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ICEinLAVA hehe I could keep you eternally busy checking websites =D but I am thankful to you and all the others who have helped me improve my site's functionality and appearance.

Yes for uniformity I agree that flash would be the best - I elected not to create the site in flash because I felt it would cause more problems for some end users. I may or may not develop it in flash anyways.

50% of my vistors use FireFox and 49% use IE, so it is important that I have it displaying correctly in both browsers. Small 1% to Safari but I am not currently targeting MAC users. I am targeting Windows XP and Vista users, nothing spectacular there. I am not using strict w3 validation, but transitional should be enough. I can't help that Microsoft likes to use its own set of standards for IE. So there are some minor differences in appearance between FF and IE, but so far it's nothing major - don't get me started back on the border issue though!

hehe it seems a site is never really done. I know that feeling completely. I can already image so much more I need to add to my own.

As a temporary solution, we set up a small linux command-based web server. It has worked well in a pinch, though I must admit it was funny reading the logs from people in various countries trying to hack into our ftp server. It withstood their brute force attacks though it wasn't long before we became bored and limited those attempts. Yes my upload speed is much lower than 1.5 - its about half of that, so I realize the bottleneck it's creating. That will be taken care of soon (Hopefully before I am finished typing this post). My husband just signed us up with Hostgator, so just waiting on the MX/DNS records to change right now. He was waiting for me to finish changes, but he is working on it now.

In terms of site design, I design the entire site in photoshop. I am a visual person so this helps me design a layout, tabs, logos, etc.. Then I slice the page as needed and save the html and css it generates. I do use a WYSIWYG editor such as Dreamweaver - but I manually edit all the css and html myself. Photoshop doesn't export the css code perfectly for my needs and there is no way I would solely rely on WYSIWYG. 99% of all changes are done strictly through coding. I know enough css and html to do the entire site in notepad, but I don't want to torture myself that much =D
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:18 AM
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Imagine my surprise to learn that my broadband provider (OptimumOnline) provides free webhosting and domain name registration with my premium account. I would look into it.
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:35 AM
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Imagine my surprise to learn that my broadband provider (OptimumOnline) provides free webhosting and domain name registration with my premium account. I would look into it.
Free Domain name registration?! Wow nice.

There are only a couple isp's in my area. Cable One and ATT DSL. Cable One has a bandwidth threshold limit so they are just out of the question for me. So that only leaves ATT DSL. My service is reliable at least, but hosting/doman name registration isn't free and prices are common to other registrars and hosting companies.

Anyhow - the site is on a proper host now, so it should load quicker.
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This is one of the better sites I have seen requesting critique! Nicely done. Simple, good mix between graphics and text. I think this site will drive some new business.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:22 AM
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This is one of the better sites I have seen requesting critique! Nicely done. Simple, good mix between graphics and text. I think this site will drive some new business.
Awww, wow thank you for sure kind words. It's a constant task to improve it even more. I see so many great ideas on other sites and I have yet to incorporate them into my own. I'd like to have a testimonials, news article section, and just overall more content but it requires writing it all first.. then continuously updating it. Anyhow, thank you again for your thoughtful words.
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Old 08-06-2009, 11:49 PM
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This is one of the better sites I have seen requesting critique! Nicely done. Simple, good mix between graphics and text. I think this site will drive some new business.
I am going to agree with this. I really like how you layed out the services page, its different, but works well.
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