Can people please give me their thoughts about my site?

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I've got a site and a domain, but I'm not sure on the appearance. Can people visit my site and give me their thoughts? The site is at The Recipe Book

My main worries are the main navigation bar and the recipe navigation. Are there too many links in the navigation bar? If so, how can I lower the amount? Is the recipe navigation system thing good? Should I hide some pages until I get more visitors and bring them back up for general use when I do so that my site doesn't look as if I don't get any visitors? Do you have any general comments or tips for me about my site? I will appreciate everyhting you can give me.

The stuff about the site not being running properly is mainly because the email isn't set up yet so I can't really manage the services. The forum and live chat works though.
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Nathan, Champion

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Hi Will! I am sorry nobody got to this thread...

I like your site!

And good news, you can take out links out of your menu but you can still access them by linking to them!

To take out or put in menu links for your whole site (it updates the whole site menu!) click on "Edit navigation" and you can drag menu items out or into the menu. It's that easy! :)

I hope this helps.

If you need any more help with this Will, let me know.
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As you can see on the category pages, you can view the recipes through links, but I'm not sure whether it is too busy.
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Hello Will

Some of those recipes sounds delish! I may have to give a few of them a try :)

The one suggestion I would have is to add some pictures to your site - perhaps photos of your food or food-related images. This will really help to bring in some of the visual appeal to your site. If you need any professional looking images, I suggest using Fotolia!

We have integrated Fotolia's easy-to-search library right into our Sitebuilder. Fotolia offers royalty-free (no licensing costs) images with prices as low as $1.00 USD. These pictures can help make your site beautiful and give it that professional look. You can find this in your Sitebuilder when you drag over the Picture Widget. Click on the "Find Professional Picture" to see all the available options!
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To be honest, I have never made most of the recipes on the site, but when I do make them, I will take a lot of pictures!

I have asked visitors to upload videos onto youtube so that I can embed them onto my site. I think that that is an even better way to do it, but its just a case of getting people to do that.

I will probably buy sxome pictures when I manage to get my site making a little bit of money. I don't want the site to cost me much money, because I only get 16 GBP a month so yeah.

Thanks for the advice
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Chiming in late here too. I haven't been here in awhile.

First Impressions:
Navigation:
I would move Partners, Questionnaire, Knowledgebase and Disclaimer links into a footer widget--probably your Fairtrade link, along with others you add also. Like Nathan said, you could also link to any of them from different articles on your page too.

I would probably rename "Disclaimer" to "TOS" (Terms of Service) or "Terms of Use." To me, "disclaimer" has a negative connotation.

You might consider using Comments on each page--or at least the home page, so it would be convenient and quick for people to enter a comment. Then it wouldn't need to be in the navigation at all.

Recipes:
I'm curious why you've divided it by ethnicity, rather than type of recipe, e.g., Bread, Soup, Main Dishes, Desserts, etc. I use a lot of recipe sites and your categories seem awkward to me.

As Sanja said, photos are a must. My favorites are where they show the finished product. Even better is when they show the stages while cooking it. Since yours are visitor uploaded, that may not be possible for you though. Even some chef, kitchen and generic cooking photos on the home and all category pages.

It looks like you've put a lot of work into your sitw, Will. Wishing you success.
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Is there a widget I could use to put the links in that would apply it to every page? I have 46 pages and I don't want to have to go into each one and add a link every time I get a new one, because, as you can probably imagine, it takes a while.

I have now changed the name of the disclaimer to terms of use, although I do still need to change it in the text links on the other pages.

I have a comments feature on every recipe page. I have used a code which separates each page's comment box so if you comment on one, it doesn't show up on the other. I thought this would be good so that it is clearer which is generally about the site, and which are for the recipe you might happen to be looking at

I have divided them by ethnicity because I don't have enough recipes to do it by type of recipe worthwhile. I will probably do that when I get more recipes though.

Does anyone know if a free form exists where I can get visitors to fill in one much like this one, but so that they can submit photos of steps and the finished product?
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Does anyone know if a free form exists where I can get visitors to fill in one much like this one, but so that they can submit photos of steps and the finished product?

Is there a widget I could use to put the links in that would apply it to every page? I have 46 pages and I don't want to have to go into each one and add a link every time I get a new one, because, as you can probably imagine, it takes a while.
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Hi Will
We do not have a way for visitors to upload files to your site right now, nor does the File Widget allow for file attachments. For now, they will have to email the photos to your email address and then you can add them to your site. I know this is slightly more labor-intensive than adding it to a form, but as I mentioned, Yola does not currently have the functionality you need.

Yes I can imagine that adding the same link to each of your 46 pages will take some time to do. We do not have a link widget that allows you to add the same link to each page, but we will soon be adding a sub-menu feature to our Yola Silver package which will allow you to add a second menu level to your site. I think it will solve your problem of adding links to each page. We are very excited about this upcoming feature! :)
Let me know if you have more questions about this or need more help.

Thank you
Nazlie
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I don;t want to pay for yola silver because, as I said earlier, I don't get a lot of money from my parents and my site doesn't make any money at the moment. Could you sell individual features of Yola silver for a suitable price for those of us who do not want to pay that much so we can get just one of the features?
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Hello Will,
I can understand your desire to purchase some of the Yola Silver offerings ala carte. Yola does currently offer domain names and Yola Mail as ala carte features, however the other features of Yola Silver are only included in the package offering.

We have found that for a vast majority of people who use Yola, such as small business owners, the Yola Silver package offers all of the tools needed to create a standout website and they can be utilized best in a package form. Yola is also moving towards a subscription model and to keep our prices low and attainable for everyone, offering a package deal is the easiest most cost effective way to do this.

If you have any further questions regarding sitebuilding or Yola Silver please let us know.

Kind Regards,
Emmy
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safi ullah

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hello will i have seen your website and it is a good website hey can you tell how have you made on http://www.therecipebook.org/forum.php forum i have made forum but it is not on my page can you tell me how to make
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I have used a simple iFrame code:
<iframe src="INSERT DOMAIN HERE" style="margin-left: -64px"height="2000px" width="970px"></iframe>
I use this code all over my site to display pages not hosted on my site without directing my traffic away from my domain. I have made it wide enough to fit most pages, although you may have to change the height tag (the bit that says "2000-x". Don't get rid of the quote marks.
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Will

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I have used a simple iFrame code.

I use this code all over my site to display pages not hosted on my site without directing my traffic away from my domain. I have made it wide enough to fit most pages, although you may have to change the height tag (the bit that says "2000-x". Don't get rid of the quote marks.

I cannot work out how to put it in this comment, but search google for "HTML iframe code", I'm sure you will find it.
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Hi Will, I looked through your site and there were a few spelling errors - on your form and on the questionnaire (that's all that I noticed for the moment).

Also, one of your prices is in Euro's and the rest are in £'s on the Shop page.

Other than that, it is a good start, I would try to make the font the same style and size but that is just my OCD!
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I used to go with ariel black, but now I'm changing it to teh template default, and as I said earlier, I have 43 pages and I need to change each text widget individually.
If you look, it is for dispatch in Europe and so that's why it is in euros.

Also, I am using the British spellings of words if that solves the spelling errors.
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how to put forum on my page without going to link
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Hello Safi,

I would suggest Tal.ki forums... Yola is integrated with Tal.ki so it is easy to drag and drop it onto your site.

Here are the steps to add it:

1. Select "Communicate" in the Sidebar on the right of screen.
2. Drag and drop the Tal.ki Forum widget.
3. You can sign in using your Facebook, Google, or Yahoo account and more!

For more information about Tal.ki and how it works, please feel free to visit their site Tal.ki .

I hope this helps.