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    Default First Guinea Pig!

    Hi All,

    Guess I'll be the first one to ask for critique.

    Have a look at my site and please let me know what you think - any and all suggestions/tips/help will be appreciated. www.BirdHouses-BirdFeeders.com

    Thanks.
    Lynn LaFrance
    Webmaster - www.BirdHouses-Birdfeeders.com

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    Default Here birdy-birdy

    Lynn,
    I like your site, the only thing I would change is the long Web site name, you might want to get one without the hyphen. something easy to remember.

    Otherwise its great!, I like the wood buttons. : )

    You might want to put some birds on the site. 8)

    Keep up the great work.

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    My first thought on seeing the home page is - where are the birdhouses? I'd get some nicer (bigger, less jaggy) images and put them above the fold. Seeing an attractive product will create that birdhouse craving you're after.

    cheers,
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    Tom von Alten
    tva@fortboise.org

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    If I had to be picky, I would say that maybe it would be good to use the same font. I notice you have a few different fonts on your site. It's not a big deal, mostly just personal preference (I bet theres others out there that will say you should use more fonts ) I also agree with what the others have said too. You have the content there, but maybe bigger pictures and a shorter name would help. Maybe a bird housey background would add some color to the site too

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    Default Avoid underlining for emphasis

    Minor suggestion: don't use underlining for emphasizing text. It adds confusion because the user may think that it is a hyperlink.

    David

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    Default table size

    I've got a question.

    I'm just wondering, why did you choose to use a constant size table on the front page. The constant size stops to content from resizing when I resize the window. I guess this is just a nit-pick though. Other than that, I like this site.

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    Default re: BirdHouses-BirdFeeders.com

    Lynn -

    Suggest running site through validator, cleaning up errors and then making your style changes using style sheets. May also want to drop javascript. Validator is here: http://validator.w3.org/ You're going to need a DTD at top of each page (available at w3.org). Good luck.

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    Forgot to add, if you have trouble wading through w3.org there is a good tutorial site with easier to follow specs and validator here: http://www.htmlhelp.com/

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    Default Thank you all

    I would like to thank everyone that took the time to look at my site and comment. I will definitely be looking to make some changes based on your comments.

    I guess I should have also warned you before that this is my first attempt at a website on a "stand alone" basis. I've put together a site with the host's online editor - but this my first with a normal HTML editor (1st Page 2000).

    To answer some of your questions and comments:

    joelphil - thank you for your comments - I created the wood buttons myself in PaintShopPro. Bird photos are coming up soon.

    alien and jdbaker - I'll see what I can do about better photos on the home page - and in better position. Thanks.

    cds3 - I know what you mean - I've been debating myself whether or not to remove that underline for Free Shipping. Guess the debate is over!

    torrin - I didn't really decide - I used a template and I didn't know the difference. Part of being a newbie developer I guess. I wanted to make sure the site was accessable for older browsers without the need to scroll. I wouldn't know how to make it non-constant! Thanks for your comments.

    samp - Thanks for your comments. I just started studying about CSS and plan to try to make changes in the site going forward. I don't know what DTD is but I'll look for them at w3.org and also have a look at the other site you mention.

    Thank you all once more. Been a learning experience and I hope to glean a lot more from these forums going forward.

    Lynn
    Lynn LaFrance
    Webmaster - www.BirdHouses-Birdfeeders.com

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