Remodel finished--Please Review!

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I'm finally finished with my remodel of my site! I would appreciate any comments or suggestions. I am specifically interested in: 1) How it works in your browser, especially Internet Explorer. 2) How it looks on your screen especially people with bigger screens.
3) If the yellow sections are readable. 4) If you notice anything weird. My picture doesn't count! :) Thanks for your help.
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And the url is?
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Oops, I'm so excited I forgot! LOL
http://www.wolfmediaplus.com
Thanks.
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First of all, Diane, you did a fantastic job!

Now to try to be helpful:

1 &2) Using firefox with 19" screen, so can't help you much there

3) If you mean the yellow in your menu, it's readable but could be better. I don't think the yellow is the problem as much as the Georgia font you're using there. Have you tried using Lucida Grande font like you have in the large heading line (About, Portfolio, etc.)?

4) The text in your header looks a bit fuzzy to me. It fades out where it overlaps the white/gray planets/stars in the image. Would yellow work there?

Is that a dd menu?

I'm impressed everything is on one page. Very cool! I can see why you're excited!

Last of all, Diane, you did a fantastic job!

And, yes, I know I repeated that. It deserves it.
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Hey Diane,

Yola burnt out my 27" monitor, so I'm viewing it on my laptop at the moment and all I can say is... it looks brilliant. I love the way you managed to get the blog, contact form and the links into the drop down menu. Looks like it took a lot of work.

Glad to see you got the full images to display in the menu. (I actually spent a bit of time going through the css problem you had regarding the menu in another thread.)
It is a nice menu isn't it? I may steal the concept for a future site ;-)

I'm not to crazy on the banner. You seemed to have had a better one the previous time I visited the site. I think the Wolf logo was bigger. That's it... make the Wolf logo bigger, it looks really cool.

Otherwise, great portfolio site. I hope you get loads of work from it.
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Thanks Margie and Boomer for looking at the site. I had the wrong header--without black behind the text. Thanks for catching that! The logo is slightly larger on the correct header too. Great idea on the font! That helped a lot.

Not sure what the problem was with the images originally but it must have been a copy and paste error. It's actually an accordian with jquery. Here's the link if you like http://css-tricks.com/grid-accordion-...

Thanks again.
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Its amazing Diane.
The accordion doesn't work well in Opera but looks stunning in Firefox and Safari.
I haven't tried it in IE or Chrome as my computer doesn't like these programs and goes on a mad rampage.
But its looking great.

Keep up with the amazing work.
(Sorry I can't say what it looks like on a large screen only using a 17" )
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Thanks, John. You know I've never even looked at Opera--I should download it and play around with it though I don't think too many people use it. Hope your exams went well. How are you doing?
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Diane,
Hi! I checked out your website and I have to say it looks very well put together. But as I was reading your site is seems a bit confusing as far as which direction you are trying to take your business. I do webdesign myself (I won't post the url for respect reasons) and I have to say that I am impressed with your work, but at the same time I feel you need to have a direct market. Here are some small issues you can fix yourself if you feel it is needed, I personally would recommended that you do fix these for a more professional look. I don't feel you have a professional website yet,

* Your website blog has your credentials. This is not important to know sense people either A.) love your work or B.) don't. (Housekeeping/er can be done by anybody and has nothing to do with your business alone with some of the other things posted in that area.)

*You also have posted on your site how people can post videos and music, but if you are going to tell them how to build there site then why would they want you to do it for them?

*You also have posted on your site your prices, I always recommend never post prices, but offer a free estimate. This is done in case you happen to run across someone who may want many things done. You don't want them to base the price off of your site and any competition will be very happy to beat them prices, excluding myself and other higher priced webdeign companies sense we offer expensive things.

*Subdomains are NOT a good idea. Why? People who are seeking a professional website is NOT going to settle for a subdomain. I know why you offer it, but at the same time you will not make any money from it.

*If the address posted on your site is your home address I would recommend that you take it off and replace it with a po Box. I know that you have kids and a husband by your photo, but it is not a safe thing to have.

I hope by some of these tips I have helped you become more understanding of some things that we all happened to learn in the past from our on mistakes. I would never discourage you to not do what you love to do, but I would recommend that you improve your site for a more professional look. And one last thing. I do love yola, but if your going to tell people where your getting your stuff from, why should they pay you when they can do it themselves? I would much rather pay yola then to pay a company who is doing the same thing I could do.

Good Luck To You!!!! I wish you all the best and success!

Nightage
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Awesome site Diane ... created by a true Champ.

You would certainly be a smart choice for any business to have build them a website.

you have a true passion for this.

cheers
Todd
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Thanks very much, Todd!
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You are very welcome Diane ... do not listen to the guy above

for just this one reason alone ... posting your pricing is More than OK

this very often closes a sale

when someone says call me for a price ... 99% of the time they are Not the best value.

you have the proper vision ... I also see a lot of business coming from word of mouth with your clients, just give it Time ... soon you will have more business than a work day allows.

Some people really ... I just do not get.

cheers
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I wouldn't dismiss Nightage's comments so quickly. I think they are definitely worth considering. If, after considering them, Diane doesn't agree with them, fine. But I wouldn't be in a hurry to dismiss comments that are offered by a knowledgeable person who has no apparent motive other than to be helpful.

Diane is a terrific person and a very fine Web designer, but I share some of Nightage's concerns. Not all, but some. I agree that the site seems to be going in several directions at once, and that a single direction would be preferable. I have an additional concern which no one else has mentioned, namely the fact that the home page at present gives an impression of being somewhat unfinished because only the middle column goes to the bottom of the page. I think it would be preferable to have a "full" page, rather than a page which is only half-full. Perhaps that's just a personal quirk, but I offer it FWIW.

In any case, Diane, so many of us at Yola are in your debt and I'm sure we all wish you great success. I know I do!
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I always like to see pricing myself... Anyway, things are going well, I've been getting clients and I've had a good response to the new site.
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That's what matters, Diane! Despite little quibbles here and there, I don't think anyone would think otherwise than that's it's a handsome site -- done by a woman who obviously knows her stuff.
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Diane, I just want to add that we have offered possible "criticisms" only because you did ask and because we want to see you garner all the considerable success that you deserve. Nothing said here can take away either from the obvious quality of your site or the respect and affection that you enjoy here at Yola.
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Thanks, Keara! I have received so much help here on the forum and I do try my best to pay it forward! I appreciate all the comments and trust me I do consider them all. I am very carefully carving out a niche market for myself and have considered everything I've put on the site. Pricing is one of my personal preferences and I know that there are a number of people out there who feel the same. There are pros and cons for both sides and I have chosen what I feel I would want as a client.

As far as the seeming contradiction of telling people about Yola... I offer help freely on my blog just as I do on this forum. If someone is helped by it, I'm happy with that. However, I do know that there are numerous businesses out there that may start out building a website but find that it is more difficult, more time-consuming, or that they are unable to come up with a design they like, etc. If they've found my stuff to be helpful hopefully they will come to me for more (and be happy to pay me for it :)) In fact three of my current customers found me through Yola. The Yola Makeover Challenge had over 1500 entries: they all knew about Yola but they all wanted help designing.

I also carefully considered the address, pictures, etc. Addresses are required by credit card companies, it also builds a sense of trust with the customer and it's not much different than having your name and address in the phone book or at whitepages.com.

Your point about the middle section is interesting. I have it open so people can read the services right away and also hopefully, get the idea to click on the other sections to open them. I will definitely watch this and see how it goes. I may try having it closed at some point down the line.

I really appreciate all the interest and comments on my site. Thanks, everyone, for taking the time to look at it!
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Diane, I love it when someone has the fortitude to look at comments, and just consider them. The outcome doesn't even matter that much, but the process is so important. It's not easy, but it's very worthwhile.

Personally, I have no reservations about stating a price and I agree that there are good arguments both for and against. In fact, it has occurred to me that you might want to beef up that part of your site by pointing out how very reasonable your price is compared to many others'. Just yesterday I came across a blog entry in which a designer was asking for lots more -- you could maybe even link to it, so that your customers know how good they have it -- Pearsonified.com.
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love the link--here's a quote: "Every week, I get emails from potential clients who all want to know one thing: How much for a design? Nine times out of ten, my answer causes them to run for the hills."
I'll be glad to scoop up those nine running people! LOL
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Diane,
Hi. I am truly sorry if what I have said hurts your feelings. I know sometimes when we have busted our bottoms off to come out with a new site we don't always expect to get hard "criticisms", but I feel what you have would be very successful if you had the right directions and material. I hope my helpful tips have been more of a positive "criticisms" then a bad one. I have been doing webdesign for over 10 years now and I have had many mistakes made by myself. It is all about learning different ropes. Sense I am more of a business person I guess I look at life in a different way. We go into business to make money, not give money away. I do wish you all the best of luck and to all that this may have effected. Once again best of luck to you!

Good Luck To You!!!! I wish you all the best and success!

Nightage
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No, it doesn't bother me. I've been in critique groups (tough ones) for my writing and now I'm into web design. Like I said, I am working on a very specific niche for myself. I have done my homework and I know where I'm going with it. I do a lot of research and designed the site around that. The design has a specific goal and I will see in the next few months if it bears out. There is certainly no perfect website in the world--there's always room for improvement.
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Actually I think you will do well with 2 or 3 page sites for small local brick and mortar companies that really just want to show in Google,Bing and Yahoo local search for their keyword phrases...I think many of them will not care if a sub or tld....If I lived in a larger city I would be doing that on the side myself.