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  1. tifosi United Kingdom

    tifosi Well-Known Member

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    Opinions and suggestions welcome for a new nearly completed site: http://www.distros.co.uk. There's a couple of sections to add. e.g. faq & contact and the footer to format, but the core of the site is done.

    It's based on WP3.4 and is the first in a number of sites using the WP-RAD custom post-type and taxonomy framework I've developed. It uses the cutting edge WP core to produce complex WP sites quickly.

    The framework - along with an additional menu generation addon - will be used for the next version of the iCodes for Wordpress plugin as well as domainstudio and others in the pipeline.

    Developing this and a few other sites as showcase sites and to hammer out any framework issues.

    S
     
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    Mobile version looks odd! Can't find a link to the full website?
     
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    It's trying to be a responsive design I think Ben, it's just not quite there yet :) Looks odd on my iphone.

    Thanks,

    Craig
     
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    I have a bit of code to remove the responsive design from Genesis sites if you need it.
    Regards
    Bruce
     
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    It'll be semi responsive when finished. I've focussed on the 1024+ size so far. I'll tweak the @media sections when the pages & footers are done.

    Stick to the look & feel of the laptop/tablet+ sized screens until then.
     
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    Easier just to switch to a non-responsive theme! :)
     
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    Not always, if you have a number of sites using the theme and they update it with responsive code, and you like the theme and want to keep it......
    Bruce
     
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    not bad, but a bit pinky purple for my taste :p
     
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    more green colour in lower boxes and text would do to keep the balance
     
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    As I mentioned. Not sorted the footer yet. That's likely to have some of the green.

    And it's not pinky-purple, it's royal purple! :)

    Sorted most of the responsive format issues. Just a few to go.
     
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    royal purple? lol. Pinky purple to my eyes :p
     
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    Pretty much done now apart from filling in a few pages & the faq. Footer sections complete in mainly secondary colour to complemnt the main "pinky-purple".

    Most of responsive issues sorted should look ok in tablets (1024) & phones though layout is the linear 1 column look.

    S
     
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    The second colour, and the footer are massive improvements imo.
     
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    Maybe it's because I'm not a techie, but the first screen I saw didn't give me a clue as to what your site is about - what you are selling/promoting and why look at your site. Once I started scrolling down, the "learn about linux" made a bit more sense.

    Personally, I'd give your site some form of prominent tagline - eg "the best place to learn about linux" and move the top right ads into a slightly less prominent position so that you can use this key space to get your message across rather than sell someone else's site. A visual might also be nice.

    Hope this helps.:)
     
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    Not sure if that's required. The intended demographic visiting the site would by definition know what the site is about - i.e. enquiring about linux & the latest distros. I've also not finished the meta tag/data sections yet, so that woul come across as sparse atm.

    In the long term there will be enhanced details, faq's & distro dvd sales.
     
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    Thought you'd like it. Pleased with how the footer widgets turned out.
     
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    Nonetheless I think it still wants a bit more text /expalanation above the fold. - just my opinion
     
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    Better? Added sidebar info block. Increased grid display to compensate.
     
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    Certainly on my largish widescreen that looks better.
    Does the search box need to be so big?
     
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    Fair point. search reduced in line with menu & logo size, and menu/logo repositioned a bit.

    Probably no more changes to structure. Fill in the pages etc now.
     
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