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Could you please have a look at the following web page for me. I am EXTREMELY new to web site design(as you will probably tell) and have had no training whatsoever. I would appreciate it if you would give your opinions of the page, and also offer any tips you might have for imroving the page. Honest answers much appreciated ?

[url]www.lstrailermaintenance.co.uk[/url]

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@AaronLJun 20.2006 — If your new to web design and coding, I must say that you have done quite well. The font is nice and the layout is fine. As your knowledge grows you will find new and interesting ways to design, create, and modify html, jave etc.

GOOD JOB!
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@CentauriJun 20.2006 — For a novice page, not too bad - I have seen a LOT worse! Main info about what the page is about is there without any diddling about, and layout is reasonably organised.

However, the coding of the page is a bit of a shambles, but that would be more the fault of the Yahoo PageBuilder, not yours. (actually a little surprised it did not provoke an error message, but at least Firfox displays it ok)

As you gain more proficiency, I would suggest you investigate REAL site building software such as Dreamweaver - then you can get rid of the frames formatting and implement other niceties such as a top header to keep your site links onscreen when scrolling etc.

Cheers

Graeme
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@luckylady24authorJun 20.2006 — Graeme,

Thankyou for your reply. I have thought about using dreamweaver, but I am unsure as to how to get the pages up and running so to speak. Obviously at the moment I use a free design program(albeit a cr@p one), and it publishes the pages for me- simple. However, I f i use dreamweaver, surely that will mean the need for a separate server and files stored on my pc, am I right?

Sorry I hate not knowing hwat i'm talking about :o)
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@luckylady24authorJun 20.2006 — and I can't type today either........
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@CentauriJun 20.2006 — Whilst the files will be stored on your PC for editing purposes etc, Dreamwaever can publish direct to the site (although I prefer to do it manually via FTP), even a free hosting one. Quite often, if you have your own internet account, the ISP will provide some personal web space on their server, and that serves me well (although you usually don't get any server-side processing ability). The free hosting sites quite often stick advertising banners everywhere.....

Don't worry about the typos here - I'm having trouble myself ... but then again, it IS 2am here....

Cheers

Graeme
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@luckylady24authorJun 20.2006 — Hi Graeme,

I have the domain registered with BT, but they don't offer any space with it as far as i know, so i am currently forwarding it to the geocities one. I would really like to get it looking more professional. Once i have designed the pages in dreamweaver I have no idea how to publish them. Where would i be able to find a server? Or would I have to use the same company as who supplied me with the domain?
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@CentauriJun 20.2006 — If you already have the Geocities account, I don't think you are limited to only using their website builder - I think dreamweaver should be able to publish to there ok.

Cheers

Graeme
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@luckylady24authorJun 20.2006 — Ok thanks, i still don't understand how to do it though. Once i have created pages in dreamweaver how do i publish the pages? My website is with BT not with geocities, I only use the geocities because it gives you 500mb of free space and the use of their pagebuilder but would prefer it if I could just publish pages direct from dreamweaver to my domain www.lstrailermaintenance.co.uk

Really sorry for being so thick :o)
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@CharlesJun 20.2006 — Actually, Dreamweaver isn't much better. The only way to make a page that works is to learn HTML. It's a steep learning curve but a short one.
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@t2090Jun 20.2006 — Good job!! I think you should change the bgcolor though

<body bgcolor="[I]color[/I]">
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@the_treeJun 20.2006 — No, black on white pwnz all. And if you [i]do[/i] change your colour scheme, do not do it like [i]that[/i].
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@slaughtersJun 20.2006 — My suggestion on the site design is to not use the bevel filter on the corportate logo or orange boxes. A nice clean flat look is more professional and tends to be a quicker upload
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@DaveinLondonJun 21.2006 — My personal veiw is that the menu would be more comforatable on the left where most are found.

Also I would recommend using HTML-Kit which is free.

When using it you are pretty much hand-coding with a few

shotcuts to speed things up. It has its own veiwer which is helpful although I usually flip to mu browser windo to check the layout is ok.

Hope that helps.

  • - BUT - very good - much better than my first attempt !
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