WEB Critique my blog's layout

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by axio, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. axio

    axio New Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2004
    Messages:
    4,001
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Houston
    http://ty.rannosaur.us/ (I previously talked about it here)

    No content yet, still trying to work out the kinks in the layout. But I'm almost done :) I didn't do any work today, just worked on getting some of the header kinks out :rofl:

    I've been playing around with having having the WP excerpt show under the logo under a single page that has it filled out. If you want to do something similar here is the code I threw together:
    Code:
    <?php if(is_single() && $post->post_excerpt) {the_excerpt();} else { bloginfo('description');} ?>
    And I like it because it gives someone who just clicks in an idea of what the entry is about, but I wanted to get an unbiased opinion also. I'm considering dropping the "Jump to content..." from the section right under the logo. It feels sort of pointless to me but some people were complaining that the header was too bit and I sort of am in love with it :o

    Also, if any of you are any good at marketing (specifically SMO - digg, reddit, etc) shoot me a PM, I need some advice on how to get the site off the ground.
     
  2. tryfuhl

    tryfuhl New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2003
    Messages:
    75,450
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    MD/DC Metro
    It looks "fun"

    Get the site off the ground by content before marketing, that's for sure, if someone only has 5 articles to read they're probably going to bounce quickly, as maybe only 1 or 0 articles interest them

    get people to make comments on the blogs or if you want to, do it yourself with different accounts

    when I saw the jump to content I was thinking.. isn't that what's right below here? plus it's in white and I had to highlight the thing just to read it
     
  3. Browning

    Browning Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2005
    Messages:
    89,465
    Likes Received:
    10
    I still think that's one of the most interesting headers I've ever seen:coold:
     
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2008
  4. kingtoad

    kingtoad OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2003
    Messages:
    55,918
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    I think it's pretty good. I'd left justify the titles of the blog posts though.
     
  5. axio

    axio New Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2004
    Messages:
    4,001
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Houston
    Thanks for the positive feedback guys. The content is going to be a lot of '80s/'90s nostalgia along with other trivia I find interesting (obscure/strange). Since it is going to be a bit upbeat I wanted the skin to look peppy.

    Is there a specific reason you guys are against centering titles? I thought it looked cleaner. Also, any more thoughts on the jump to content link? Is it needed? The more I look at it the more it looks like an annoyance to me.
     
  6. michelin man

    michelin man IDB Construction

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2001
    Messages:
    11,658
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Austin
    clicked one of you ads

    cute site
     
  7. kingtoad

    kingtoad OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2003
    Messages:
    55,918
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    I don't think center justifying the text makes the layout look cleaner at all. I think left justifying it would though.
     
  8. mq778

    mq778 New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2008
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    0
    The advice is totally comply author's avatar! :rofl:
     
  9. tryfuhl

    tryfuhl New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2003
    Messages:
    75,450
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    MD/DC Metro
    cleaner = pattern = clean lines = flow

    it gives it structure and is much more friendly to view

    say you had a title for the content above it like

    ty.rannosaur.us blog -- that would be fine to center, but the content and its headings should definitely go to the left
     
  10. autox

    autox OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2002
    Messages:
    98,733
    Likes Received:
    434
    .
    I like it a lot
     
  11. i agree on aligning the text to the left.

    blog content sounds interesting. reminds me sort of deliciousghost.com
     
  12. axio

    axio New Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2004
    Messages:
    4,001
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Houston
    Thanks :) Currently working on content, I should have some stuff up by the first week of May.
     
  13. TurkeyChicken

    TurkeyChicken New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2003
    Messages:
    42,913
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Albuquerque, NM
  14. Insert Tokens

    Insert Tokens Making Cancer My Bitch OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2006
    Messages:
    8,315
    Likes Received:
    70
    Location:
    Tasmania
    I like it.. a lot. I agree the titles would look a lot better left-justified.. also i'd consider putting an icon to the left of the search box, like the other boxes have.. and making it more obvious it's a text field, like the email subscription box. At first I thought it was an unfinished box that you'd put a note in for later and hadn't put a search box in yet :dunno:
     
  15. axio

    axio New Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2004
    Messages:
    4,001
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Houston
    Thanks guys, I should be soft launching in a few days with some stuff for Digg. I could use your help to get traffic moving to the site.
     
  16. kingtoad

    kingtoad OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2003
    Messages:
    55,918
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Jesus christ, those centered titles bug the shit out of me. Please left justify them.
     
  17. pkr

    pkr Guest

    Haha. Same here.
     
  18. Jesse

    Jesse PSN: iamajesse; XBL: Inhale My Rod; G8 GT crew; Ne OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2005
    Messages:
    25,649
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    California :: (925)
    it's May
     
  19. axio

    axio New Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2004
    Messages:
    4,001
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Houston
    May 15th :squint:

    Fuck, thats not the first week.
     
  20. Jesse

    Jesse PSN: iamajesse; XBL: Inhale My Rod; G8 GT crew; Ne OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2005
    Messages:
    25,649
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    California :: (925)
    :hsugh:
     
  21. axio

    axio New Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2004
    Messages:
    4,001
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Houston
    It was 1:45 and I was a bit toasted :o
     
  22. axio

    axio New Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2004
    Messages:
    4,001
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Houston
  23. registeredPORK

    registeredPORK Happy Poo Poo

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2006
    Messages:
    5,363
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Slaughter House
    Honestly... my first thought: Oh gawd that dinosaur is so freaking cute!

    That's a pretty interesting header for a blog. It's really... playful almost.
     
  24. axio

    axio New Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2004
    Messages:
    4,001
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Houston
    Thanks, I had a few people read it before I put it up and made some changes to make it palatable to the average reader. I wanted to lead with something that wasn't too extreme.
    He just wants a hug... and for you to buy a t-shirt of him when they come out :o
     

Share This Page