YAY!!! Finished My First Sandbox Theme

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  • #299740

    vivianpaige
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    Much better on the hover code.

    The links are unusual, that’s all. (Line above and to the right and slightly different background color?) They just don’t look like links.

    Color is OK.

    #299769

    rosclarke
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    I agree with Vivian about the links. They look more like editable text than links.

    If you’re thinking about a colour scheme, here’s my suggestion, for what it’s worth. Choose a total of no more than five colours and stick to those for everything: background, text, links, borders, everything. (I counted 8 on your page at the moment, not including the header image). Use one main colour for text, with no more than two accent colours for e.g. headings or links. Use the same colours on the sidebar as on the main page and the menu bar. In fact, what I’d do for your page is to take the colours you’ve used in your header image and stick with those throughout the page.

    Once you’ve got it as clean and simple as you can manage, then decide if you want to add any extra highlights. You can’t highlight everything – that’s what makes it look cluttered. Work out where you really want to draw people’s attention and use something different there.

    Just my suggestion.

    #299772

    rosclarke
    Member

    Also, I wonder if you’d be willing to share your CSS code in the forum? It would be great to add a link to this thread. I’m sure lots of people would love to use what you’ve done as a basis for their own coding.

    #299784

    Rosclarke – here here! I would love to see the CSS code. This is a phenomenal design.

    #299788

    vivianpaige
    Member

    rosclarke – that thread is closed. But somewhere around here there is another. I just can’t find it.

    #299791

    talk2kapil
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    YAY!!! Finished My First Sandbox Theme – I DON’T THINK SO!!!

    There are so many design and content related issues.

    Also it is not validate web standards.

    Take too much time to load.

    …and many more.

    #299793

    rosclarke
    Member

    Why do staff close all the good threads?

    There used to be a ‘Show off your CSS’ thread but they closed that one too.

    #299794

    vivianpaige
    Member

    Interesting that you have criticisms yet haven’t provided a link in your user name to your blog.

    #299795

    @talk2kapil – Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

    #299798

    talk2kapil
    Member

    Just registered domain, currently in under-cunstruction.

    Provide the url shortly.

    My reply not for criticise you, but looking for more improvement. For example:

    1. If you display posts in two coulmns content / exerpt for post will be approx. same lenght. If it is not possible the don’t put complete box, just add speaprator.
    2. Use small or fix lenght excerpt on home page.
    3. Font size is too big.
    4. Using iFrames, not recomended.
    5. So much time on load, which lose visitors.
    6. Make is more colourfull.

    …and never say Finished…but…UPDATED

    #299803

    vivianpaige
    Member

    There is no way he is using iFrames since they aren’t allowed here. Funny – you’ve been registered for less than an hour and already are passing out bad information throughout the forums.

    #299805

    rosclarke
    Member

    Can’t spell, either.

    #299806

    aw1923
    Member

    Thanks for the styling tip Rosclarke, for a new color Im thinking, pink, black, grey, white, and light pink.
    talk2kapil…I have no words right now for you. But, I don’t understand the loading time, it loads fasts for me since I have removed some of the background patterns. And I haven’t had any shortage of visitors.

    #299809

    rosclarke
    Member

    It loads fast for me too. Just ignore him.

    I love the sound of the black/white/pink combo. That could look really slick and stylish. Let us know when it’s done.

    #299810

    Oooooo – black, white and pink sounds very artsy and stylish. Good call

    #299819

    aw1923
    Member

    Well, I think I can say that Im very happy with the new color scheme

    #299883

    devblog
    Member

    Your skin is looking good aw1923. Just a recommendation, don’t use pixel units for font sizes; use “%” or “em” instead.

    #299884

    devblog
    Member

    Also, I just saw your blog in IE6 and it doesn’t look good… you might want to check it out.

    #299885

    rosclarke
    Member

    I agree, that new colour scheme is terrific and the whole thing looks much cleaner. Great job.

    #299886

    aw1923
    Member

    @ devblog Thanks on the recommendation about % or em. And, I gave up on trying to make the blog look better in IE6, I just got the navigation bar to look decent in IE7. I put a FireFox button on my blog, to kind of recommend people get firefox, but based on my stats only around 7% of my visitors use IE6 but as long as they can see the content then Im ok for now.

    @rosclarke Thanks, if it wasn’t for your tips, the blog would look horrible!! And when I was redoing the color scheme, I thought of putting a big giant purple RSS feed button and search form in the header, but I remembered what you said about basically not overdoing it.

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