This is a help site for those with the gift of being dyslexic

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I just published http://MyToolBoxToSuccess.com I would love to have your feedback. I am severely dyslexic and over the last several years I have found ways to turn my dyslexia into a gift, I want to show our children that it can start with just 1 person to make a difference. Any help with the layout etc... ways to make the site more user friendly
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Anthony Eller

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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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Hi Anthony,

What a wonderful accomplishment! I can see all the time and hard work you have put into your website. You should be very proud!

I do have some suggestions that I think can help with the overall aesthetic of your website, as well as improving readability. Given your target audience I think that should be a high priority for you.

I see you are using a number of different font types. Perhaps you were trying to differentiate your different topics or areas of text but the inconsistent look is hard on the eyes. I suggest you select a font family and differentiate your text areas by using different sizes as well as adding custom panel widgets to draw attention to and help define your content areas.

I would also suggest you include the word "dyslexic" or "dyslexia" in your website title to more instantly communicate what your website is about. "Toolbox" and "Success" could be in regards to any number of topics and doesn't work well to state your mission. Maybe even "Gift of Dyslexia"? Think about what you most want visitors to your website to learn about you in the first minute on your website and consider working that into your title and consider adding a tagline.

You can also use a Custom Panel Widget to allow you to add text on the left of your video so it's not wasted white space. You can use the same tool to better integrate your "Passion" graphic, which I'd also suggest moving up the page a bit in order to break up your text a bit more. Graphics and stock photography work well to accomplish that.

I hope this gives you some ideas. Let us know if you need help implementing any of this feedback.
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Laura, thank you for you kind comments. Is there a way to change the font to match without rewriting my work? What would be the cost if I want your help to clean up my site
This is web-site is a Christmas present from my wife and I used my vacation to get it up this week. I want this web-site to be an inspiration to every child that has had to live with the pain of not knowing there are tools available to make their life so much brighter.
i know this pain first hand and now it's time to give back
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Laura Thomas, Social Media Coordinator

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Yes Anthony, you can make those changes using the Style Designer. I linked blogs and tutorials in my comments above which provide detailed directions to do everything I suggest.

We do offer Yola Premier if you want a designer to create your website for you. As a Silver member, you can sign up for $400.
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Laura I took you your advise to heart. This is my last day of vacation and I got up early to make some changes from the suggestions you gave. I would like your honest opinion. This is going to be a work in progress

Thank you again,
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Wow, excellent strides you've made! I think there's a much bigger visual impact now and it's certainly more inviting.

I would still point you back to my feedback above about introducing Custom Panel Widgets to break up the text a bit more. However I do applaud your improved use of your graphics to that same end.

I would also urge you to reduce the size and font spacing of your header text. If you can fit My Tool Box To Success all on one line, I think it would make better use of the top of your homepage which is prime real estate!

My last suggestion would be to left align all of your text and remove all the italics. Things like bold, italic, centered and all caps text should be used sparingly for emphasis, headers or captions and not all through the main paragraph text as it's very difficult to read. Take a look at this site as an example of how to format text in a more reader friendly manner.