Is my site alright?

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Hi everyone!

I hope all is good with you. I think, for me, it's about that time to get an opinion! I've been making a yola site and tweeking it for a while. I'm no pro web designer so I don't know how good it is. I 'spose the best way is to get feed back!

If anyone can help and offer constructive critisism or point out anything that needs changing it would be greatly appreciated!

Is the layout okay?
I know the scrolling marquee doesn't work correctly in Chrome. Do you know how to fix that?
Yup I also know my writing abilities aren't great (especially blog posts) but I know with time they'll get better!

Please could you give me any feedback on any aspect!

www.adventurefreak.co.za

Thanks guys the input is priceless!
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adampwade

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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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Hi adampwade,

I think your site is coming along very nicely. I love your custom graphics and your scrolling images are nice as well. I tend to struggle a bit reading colored text on black backgrounds however if that is an important style choice for you, the overall readability is not too bad for me personally.

I'll ask our HTML team to take a look at your marquee in Chrome and they will get back to you if they have any suggestions.
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Hi Laura,

Thanks for the feedback! I definitely see where you are coming from with the orange text on a black background. But, the theme colours are black and orange and they have to be 'pushed'. I was quite anxious about receiving feedback, but you relieved that. This is actually also my first forum post and comment ever!

Thank you again Laura!
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adampwade

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Hi again Laura. Have the HTML team been able to look at the marquee in Chrome and what might be causing the issue? I look forward to your reply. Thanks.
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Andi North, Mangopear Media

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Hi Adampwade,

I would like to say well done, a good site for a novice. I would suggest that all body font remains the same size, on the About Us page it is smaller than the rest.

I would also recommend that you edit the Alt tags on the Navigation. To do this, click on the page button in the Sitebuilder, then click on Edit Navigation. When the window appears, you will see your page names, click on the arrow next to them and edit the second box. I would recommend something like: "Click here to return home..."

Other than that, a very well thought out website that works quite well.

Andi
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adampwade

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Cool Andi. I think I got that right now. About Us fonts size changed: Free. Alt tags changed: Free. Valuable advice: PRICELESS. (Yup, that was very cheesy but truthful!)
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adampwade

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Thank you Andi!

Haha I didn't even notice the difference in font size! That's why it's always good to get solid advice from other people. I will get onto trying to sort out the Alt tags ASAP.
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No problem, glad I could help :)

Andi
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Very nice Adampwade! Since your color scheme is black & orange, have you tried doing test pages with a slightly less bright orange background and black text, by chance? It may make readability easier for your visitors (older peeps sometimes have a lot of trouble with bright text on a dark background).
The scrolling images at the top is really great! Nice images and the visitor is immediately drawn to them; exceptional quality on the photos as well.
The only thing I could suggest would be to maybe change your social network icons as they have "white fuzz" around the edges (they're not transparent backgrounds or a black background). Here's a page that has a set of social network icons with transparent backgrounds that you can download for free: http://www.wpzoom.com/design/21-sets-... There are 21 different sets on the page (the ones that look closest to what you already have would be the Aquaticus Icons about 2/3 of the way down.

PS~A comment to Andi North: I was desperately trying to find a good photo gallery set up to showcase thumbnails with the option to have large images show on roll-over and an optional slide show of the large images. I stumbled upon one of your suggestions to another member here in the forums to use VisualLightBox and I have to say that it is THE most amazing program out there (and it integrates with Photobucket so I don't have to store over 500 3Mb images on my site taking up valuable space)! Your tutorial was pretty easy to use (although it doesn't cover adding from a photo storage source as your tut was for adding images from your hard drive) and I had all 14 image galleries up and running in a day! However, might I suggest that in your directions you indicate that the css file and in the picture links in the HTML that VLB generates that you have to add "resources/gallery/" to the links - many peeps don't know that when they upload their stuff to Yola it goes to a resources directory as items appear to be uploaded directly to the root or folders created in the root. But your suggestion was wonderful and it worked out spectacularly for me - Thank you from a very frustrated user (for a while!) Diane :o)~

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Andi North, Mangopear Media

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Thanks Diane,

I am very glad it helped. I shall make the changes you have suggested later tonight for those users who wouldn't understand.

I am also glad that you could do it so quickly!

Good luck with your website,

Andi
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Thank you! I'm gonna give the orange background and black text a try in the next few days. But, I'm going to jump on the social network icons now! Thank you again Eat_A_Peach_5

That is such a cool site for icons! http://www.wpzoom.com/design/21-sets-...
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Your enthusiasm comes through on your site, well done....One thing you might consider is not to have live e mail links on your site. Hackers have armies of bots that harvest e mail addresses to either send you spam or hijack e mail accounts...That is why so many use CAPCTHA...It is totally free from Carnegie Mellon University (they invented it) and very easy to use....Here is the link if you or others are interested .....http://www.captcha.net/
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adampwade

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Hi John, great advice. I'm actually doing the whole CAPTCHA thing now. You spend hours looking at your own site and these sort of things just don't appear. Thank you John.
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Hey John, was having trouble trying to get the CAPTCHA thing to work. What I've done is remove the email addresses and just left the Wufoo form. From what I read the have some sort of auto CAPTCHA. Would you suggest this?
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Hello adampwade

Wufoo does have a captcha feature! By default, all forms in Wufoo are set to automatic protection, but you can also set the Captcha system to always show or never show the Captcha on your form as well. You can find this feature's options under the form settings tab when you edit your form: Edit --> Form settings.

I hope that information helps!
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adampwade

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Hi Sanja.

Thanks for that! So with the Wufoo form with an auto Captcha I shoudn't have many bots contacting me. Is that right?
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Hi adampwade,

With regards to your question, that is correct. The Captcha facility does eliminate quite a bit of "bot requests".
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adampwade

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Thank you Francois!
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adampwade

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I would just like to thank you all for your great input. Also a great two thumbs up to the Yola team! You guys have always been super helpful and really quick with your responses.
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Hi adampwade,

Just wanted to chime in and say that your use of the space on the top of the site is very effective. The viewer opens the page and sees the scrolling images and intro content in the entire screen (even on small monitors), and framed by the orange line under the "Challenge Yourself!" statement. The content that appears on the top few inches of a page determines whether people will scroll downward or click on your links.

As far as font color, the convention is to have a dark font on a light background. Most sites follow that norm, probably because it is what readers are most used to reading. And it makes for easier content transfer to .doc files, .pdfs or paper printouts. A minority of sites break the convention with good effect. I like your choice of orange font. The low contrast is easy on the eyes yet still distinct enough to read on a laptop in the sunlight. If you are curious about different color schemes, there is a great source on web style, the Web Style Guide from Yale.

Good work,
-Nate
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adampwade

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Thanks for the compliments Nate! I really appreciate them. I've just had a quick look at the web style guide and it looks full of all the information one could need on building a site. Thanks for that link. I gonna get reading this evening!

A slight sign of relief when I saw them say that yellows (which are very close to oranges) on black is fine.
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It's always a pleasure adampwade. We're here whenever you need us!
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adampwade

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Another quick question if no one minds. I come across quite a few sites that have very cool Facebook widgets. I just have the 'like' button every now and then. How could I get a cool little facebook one to go next to the twitter feed under the social media buttons on the home page ( www.adventurefreak.co.za )?