Can anyone take a look at my site and tell me what you think?

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Can anyone take a look at my site and tell me what you think?
(comments/ suggestions/ improvements/ comments about the content).

My site is at...http://michellesfoodblog.synthasite.com/

you can add your thoughts/comments/suggestions
in the comment box on the 'healthy recipes & food' page.

If anyone has a health site we can link to eachothers site if you like it and we can link to each others site and vice versa.

Thanks to anyone who does this!
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Hi, Michelle, i think your on to a good idea with this site, its got a lot of potential. I love the look and feel of the site - like i said before it needs filling out with content.

You can add a favorite icon from the content side bar (just under where you added your window titles and keywords) -- these could do with filling out a bit as well - i use around 10 keywords per page and about 150 characters in my window titles - (no one knows the exact perfect amount) but yours are short for sure.

I think the image i have added below would make a nice favicon - or you could add anything (like an apple or something else healthy)

Apart from that, images would be great on the home page - a picture says a thousand words :) - people need an insentive to move on through the pages.

Lee. http://hexham.info

if you want to use this just right click it and save image as.

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Hey Duke,

I forgot to mention that I added it as a favicon and then put it on my site..but it didn't work somehow?
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Hi Michelle

A very nice beginning indeed... It seems you are well on your way to becoming quite a great website builder.

One thing I did take note of is that your images on your Healthy Recipe and Food page are quite large in size. They range from 2.7 MB (2700 kilobytes) to nearly 3.7 MB (3700 kilobytes). Optimally they should be no larger than 100 kilobytes in size.

You can reduce the size of your images by clicking on the 'Edit With Picnik' link at the top left of your image on the page. This will open up the Picnik editing dialog. Once the dialog has loaded, under the 'Edit' tab is a resize option. You can use this to resize your image until it's a bit smaller. For the size of your images to be uniform in width (at least) you should in the first size box place 250 and then click once in the second box to allow it to auto adjust the second dimension by itself. Select OK and then 'Save To YOLA'. The image will now be the new size.

You'll find instructions on how to use Picnik to resize the dimensions of your images plus some additional tips in YOLA's tutorial on 'Images & More' -

http://www.yola.com/tutorials/images-...

Scroll down to the heading 'Pixel Pushers' for those Picnik instructions.

An important thing to remember is that the smaller the images = faster load speed and time for your viewers... You should try to reduce all your images on your website in this manner to ensure your viewer does not have to wait to see your wonderful pictures of food...

Keep up all your great work and happy site building...
Ed
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Thanks for the feedback Duke (or do I say THE duke?).

That was very helpful! What is a favicon?

is it possible on my home page to link to certain blog POSTS?

Also is it possible to make rollover images with different images
on the 'rollover' bit that link to my blog posts?
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a favicon isi that little image you see in the tabs of your browser and next to the bookmarks (if you use them) ...
You can make a link to any page you like and you can use text or images, to use rollover effects you need to be using the text editor to add code rather than the normal links methods, Littleus would beable to explain specifics better than me, as she uses tehm alot - to start there is a great tutorial here http://www.yola.com/tutorials/creatin...

If you look at the published page of your blog, the URL in the address bar is the only information you need to get when making links, the rest is simple with Yola.

Lee.
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Hi mishmo

It's always great to see people's site especially when they have a passion for the topic they write about.

I would agree that having images that captures your purpose of your site would be a nice touch to have on your homepage. It helps to bring in that visual dimension to your readers.

I noticed on your "healthy recipes & food" category, the pictures take a long time to load up. I would suggest editing your photos in Picnik and resizing them. Hopefully this will help to make your page load up faster.

I also noticed that in your tag category, the words are hard to read because of that underline. I don't know if that's because you have quite a long column of words that the words are being squished closer together. One possibility you could do is to create a tag cloud which would add a neat dimension to your site. In case you don't know what a tag cloud is, I'll try to give you a mock example here:



It creates a box with all these tag words. If this is something you're interested in, let me know and I can try to find you a code for something like that.

You have done a good job in creating your site. I wish you luck with this venture.
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i want i tag cloud :) - they look great.. i dont think i could get it to work for my site - maybe the next one (i'll make it fit :) i need 1
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clouds are ideal when there are lots of classes and tags. Some intersting variations too. See Roy TANCKS WP Cloud tag. That's very clever.
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Littleus,

A code like that would be really great thanks! where would I add it?
I'm not sure why there is an underline on the tags though.

For my homepage I want to create small rollover image links that are pictures
of one of each recipe and then the rollover image that says the name of the image- do you know how I could do that?

I'll try the picnik thing now and see how I go!

thanks!!
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Hi mishmo

I would be glad to help you out. But, I just have to run out right now. Then I'll get back to you. In the meantime, you could try using http://www.htmlbasix.com/mouseoverima... to create your rollover image links. I'll be back to help you out with any problems and to find that tag cloud for you.
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Thanks littleus! I've started to add some rollover links if you would like to have a look! I feel quite proud now!
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looks much better already - you know the coffe image in your blog? its a really big file - its 2,304px × 3,072px (scaled to 325px × 433px) you should edit in in Picnik and make it the size its scalerd to now - you will notice it load much quicker.
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sorry its a banna date smoothie not a coffe - :)
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really you could do the same with most of the images in your blogs.
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Here's a really cool tag cloud generator. It allows for color customization, size,, etc... You can easily tweak it further in your own site builder. Once you've created your tag cloud, then what you need to do mishmo is to drag an html widget box over. Paste the html code given to you into that box and voila! =)

Here's the tag cloud generator:

http://www.tagcloud-generator.com/

Feel free to ask further questions if needed. Your rollover links are looking good! =)
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<!--
MIchelle - i see your mouse over is not working properly.

Try and this part in a html widget high in the page

<script language="JavaScript">

loadImage1 = new Image();
loadImage1.src = "http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3398/3...;
staticImage1 = new Image();
staticImage1.src = "http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3325/3...;

</script>

And then add this section where you want it displayed on the page.

<a href="http://michellesfoodblog.synthasite.c..." onmouseover="image1.src=loadImage1.src;" onmouseout="image1.src=staticImage1.src;">
<img name="image1" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3325/3..." border="0"></a>

-->
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sorry i just noticed - you will need to change the names of the images if you want to use more than 1 on a page.
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Hello Michelle,

Would you like some help with your blog? happy to do that if you like. Not sure if you're up and about at 3 am or so but leave a message here and we'll be happy to be here for you.
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Thanks Duke... do you mean the bit loadImage1 = new Image(); ...or the url under that line? cause the image still doesn't work,..so i'm not sure what I did wrong.

Peter- that would be great! Yeah I went tto bed at about 12- so I was asleep then!
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Hi Mishmo,

Lee (The Duke) posted another thread about the problem you were having with your Tags. I did a test and it appears that it is a bug which will need to be logged and fixed. For the time being if you would like you can choose to have your tags in a Tab Cloud instead of Inline. There is a Tag Cloud built into the site builder blog feature.

To change to a tag cloud:

Click on the Edit button of the Tags widget:



Choose Tag Cloud:



Please let us know if you need further assistance.

Kind Regards,
Emmy
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Oh wow!!! That's so cool Emmy! I had no idea there was a tag cloud in the blog! I just love how we learn new things all the time! =)
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Cool, glad you like it! Thanks for your help on this thread!
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Thanks Emmy! I like when things are so easy like that!
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BTW- does anyone think I should add a disclaimer (because I'm putting up
health info) and a copyright thing? if so what should I write?
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To be on a safer side its always good to add a disclaimer and copyright. I am personally building a site having tips on beauty care (skin, hair etc). I have put up a disclaimer. you can have a look if you need a hint to write a disclaimer :)
http://beautybliss.synthasite.com/dis...
Though i m not sure if it covers everything, but it covers pretty much of things :)
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Hi monica...ive started my Disclaimer and this is what i have so far...http://michellesfoodblog.synthasite.c... what do you think?
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Your disclaimer is fine Mishmo.
You mentioned your copyright notice. What would you like to protect? Your web design, your menu or anything else.

Would you want people to be able to copy your menus. Do you want people to simply hand thses things out. Do you care if people sell your menus etc. They're considerations if it's important to you.
Let me know and I'll help you with it.

How's the tag cloud coming along? Happy with it?
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Very nice... Like the topic cloud (or whatever it's called)... How do you get one of those, if you don't mind me asking...
Nice site!
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There is a tag cloud function in your blog. If you look above at Emmy's response, she gives detailed instructions on how to obtain one through your blog.

If you are looking for something that is more customizable.. then I encourage you to take a look at this thread:

http://getsatisfaction.com/yola/topic...
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as i've just learnt from emmy...on your site where the tag box is...click edit...then a box will pop up that is called "blog tags- show links to your blog tags"....the click "show all"under the heading tag filter and "tag cloud" under the heading type of tag display