My New Website #1: Second Generation Website (with a lot of help from LJ's) Does this look better???

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 10-31-2011 09:43 PM 5900 reads 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A few days ago I posted my first attempt at building a web site and asked for LJ’s feedback and suggestions. I was overwhelmed by the support, constructive criticism and advice that I received.

I have made many of the changes you have suggested and have re-posted to ask the same question. ”How does this look on your browser?”

Your feedback is greatly appreciated as I can only see for myself the way it comes over on Google Chrome and Internet Explorer.

I have reduced the width and would especially like to know from those of you who had a problem with it before whether I have reduced it enough. All comments however are useful.

Thanks for looking and thanks in advance for any feedback you can give.


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 10-31-2011 09:49 PM

Wow Paul it looks great to me but it did before,I get lost in looking at all of your amazing work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 10-31-2011 09:55 PM

Goog Job Paul….. looks great and the width displays perfect on my screen now. Had to scroll right and left on your first version. Everything else flows really nice and the individual items as they come up are perfect.
Way to go !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#3 posted 10-31-2011 09:55 PM

Looks good from this computer.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#4 posted 10-31-2011 10:24 PM

Looks really good.

I have Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari all loaded here at work. Looks great, and I don’t detect any differences between the browsers.

Good job Sir,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 10-31-2011 10:52 PM

i like the changes…only had a few moments…but the only thing I dont like is the “transitions” on the home page of photos…how they “flip”...made me dizzy…

Your work is so amazing…just showed our secretary…she is drooling…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 10-31-2011 10:53 PM

A lot better Paul!

I like the new look.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 10-31-2011 11:17 PM

Thanks everyone

Matt, you can hit pause if you like. They will stop rotating.

If many others are bothered by it I can just kill the slideshow and make them manual.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 10-31-2011 11:34 PM

Firstly, you have some AMAZING work. I think my favorite is the Oops cabinet.
This was my first view of your website and I think it looks really nice. It is very responsive and the pages come up very quickly. And although I think each of the pages are nicely balanced, I do think you could enlarge your pictures a little bit to showcase your awesome work. The option of fwd, pause, rew of the slide shows is a nice touch and allows the user to look more closely at a specific shot. Also, have you thought of adding the feature to click on a specific picture to bring up an enlarged version for better viewing if you do not enlarge the pictures in the current website?
Regarding the slide shows, In my opinion, I prefer the fade transition to the next picture as in the Cabinet section versus the squeeze type transition like what is in Artist’s statement and Box sections. Although it is a nice effect for some applications, to me, it doesn’t seem to fit in your website when trying to show off your work. And because the transition effect is different between categories, the inconsistent behavior between categories kind of makes the website seem less polished.

I hope this helps and again, it is one person’s opinion.

Also, I want to say this again, your work looks really awesome.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#9 posted 11-01-2011 12:10 AM

Paul thats a great looking web sight. First class but then thats what I’ve come to expect from you. Welcome home.

-- Billp

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#10 posted 11-01-2011 12:41 AM

Everything fits on my screen this time and I still had to browse through your projects in awe and wonderment of your creativity. Maybe it’s my imagination but the picture seems sharper this time around. Very fine job!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 11-01-2011 01:06 AM

WhoMe,thanks for the kind words.
To answer your comments:
1) The photos were bigger the first time around but on some browsres people had to side scroll to see the pages. Reducing the pages meant reducing the images.
2) I haven’t found a “click to enlarge” feature in the program I’m using, but I have an Idea that I might try.
3) This is the first I’ve heard of different transitions. I made them all sideways flips and that’s how they play on my Google Chrome and on Internet Explorer. What browser are you using?

Bill, Thanks, good to be back.

Erwin, The photos are smaller so they will be a little sharper. Thanks.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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Gene Howe

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#12 posted 11-01-2011 01:15 AM

Paul, it looks fantastic from here. I use Chrome.
Be sure and present it over on the SS forum, too. I know they’d love it, too.
I’ve already provided your link to some more friends.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 11-01-2011 01:35 AM

Paul, it looks great but I use Chrome.

I’d recommend using a tool that can take screenshots in various browsers for you to view. There are a few that are available, some are free but you may have to wait for your position in the queue. Most will just do screenshots, so you won’t be able to test javascript across browsers (like your menus) but it will give you a basic idea of page layout which will vary across browsers.

For some browser test viewing, check out these sites…. Pay, but I believe it’s a more in depth tool and will test scripting as well haven’t heard too much about this one

For the javascript code, I highly recommend converting it to jQuery if you can learn it. jQuery is a free javascript library that handles the mundane task of writing different code for different browsers for event handling…its also easier to write and requires less code than javascript once you understand the syntax. There is also a mobile version of jquery that was just released which allows mobile cross-browser support.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#14 posted 11-01-2011 01:45 AM

Hi paul;

I think I might be inclined to make the page margins a slightly different color than the body.

Looks much better at this width.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 11-01-2011 01:49 AM

absolutely. very good

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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