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Hello everyone. This website is not live yet but I have a .jpg of it for your review. I am I guess looking for more design critiques since it is not live. The picture up top is going to be a flash slide show and the menu I'd like to slide out when the mouse is over it and the word that the mouse is over (Home, etc...) will slide back to the right...assuming I can figure out how to do that. Anyways, I am really really new to design so let me know anything that you may suggest. Thanks for your time!


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I'd say you're well on your way to a very nice website. Just change "web-site" into "website" and you should be good to start.
I do not care for the double spacing in the introduction letter but otherwise it looks nice.
Ok. Our website is live. We don't have all the pages up but let me know your thoughts on it. Let me know what we can improve on and what looks good. Thanks guys!
it looks a whole lot better than the first time I looked at it. Just a few minor suggestions but they are just my opinons - other may think differently.

1. Use fonts without serfs in body of the different pages
2. make the letter the same width as the banner above it
3. The church address is hard to see. Maybe use Dark fonts
4. put a navigation bar across the top of all the pages to make it easier to go back without usng the browsers back button.
1. Ok I'll give that a shot and see if I like the way it looks. Any recommendations on a font?
2. My thoughts on the banner being wider than the body was that it broke it up a little instead of having everything straight down. I'll try it out though.
3. Ok I'll try a darker font.
4. Which pages don't have the navigation bar? They all should. Let me know which ones don't and I'll check them out though.

Thanks for the tips and advice. This is my first website design so I appreciate all the input!
oops sorry about the navigation being missing, I just noticed that the flashblock I am using was covering it up.

as far as fonts any sans-serif font such as arial would be good.

the problem with the white fonts its its hard to see with the light blue background. You may have to play with different colors to find one that works because I really cannot think of one at this time that would fit with the color scheme of your site.
Great. Thanks for the tips though. I appreciate them.
One minor thing. You should make a taller background image. On my screen there's about 150px of white space at the bottom of the site.
Ok thanks. What resolution?
I'm on 1280 x 1024
I'm on 1920 x 1200 if that helps. However, I think it looks OK as it is.
I'm getting probably about a 50px white strip at the bottom but I'm also at 1920x1080.

It's not bad though.

Nice site BTW.
Looks a very nice webiste :grin:
Looks nice!

I suggest the following:
- make the banner graphic (church image) the same width as your content section. Same applies to the blue graphic blog on the left with your church info in it. Make it the same width as your sidebar. That way, everything lines up.
Hmm... I'm looking at your source here, and you have the same near-hundred lines of CSS styling embedded in every file. I'm obligated by the bandwidth gods to strongly suggest that you put all of that in a separate CSS file. :)
If you can tell me how to do that, I would gladly oblige. :smile:
Try this page:

It explains both in-page and external CSS; you should use external CSS here. Let me know if you don't understand any of the stuff on there; the general concept is that instead of including all your styles in each page, you put them in a separate file and reference the file in each of your pages.
It's fairly simple:

Create a new text file. Call file something.css, where something is a name of your choosing and .css is the file extension. Copy all CSS that is shared between two or more pages into this file. Upload file to server, keeping a backup on the hard drive as always.

Place <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="relative_url" /> in your <head>, where relative_url is the path of the style sheet in relation to your domain (basically everything after
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