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site redesign critique & suggestions please

  • # July 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I did a major redesign of our company website and have it live since last Saturday.
    http://www.thecableconnection.com
    I wished to go “Liquid” really bad, but due to large amount of tabular data which require considerable
    width I gave up and went with Fixed Width :(
    Any suggestions please, how that tabular data could be handled in liquid design?
    Looking forward to all the opinions and suggestions.
    Thank you!

    # July 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    First, you’re using the HTML5 doctype but not taking advantage of any of its features. Ditch the id=”header, footer, article”, etc and use the newer, semantic tags like

    ,
    , etc.

    # July 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    @theacefes
    dont’ have much experience with HTML5 elements
    we still have a lot of traffic to our website with IE6 &7 and have no clue how it would behave

    thanx for suggestion tho

    # July 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    @jurotek

    for IE you can “enable” proper rendering of new HMTL5 tags using this
    http://code.google.com/p/html5shiv/

    so you can have cleaner code

    text

    text



    vs.

    text

    text

    text

    but honestly 1st fix basic problems on your web before thinking about some fluid stuff and more advanced things

    this part almost killed me
    http://www.thecableconnection.com/ultra-tec.html

    .GIF that has 2.25 MB !?

    instead of going “1991 oldskool syle”
    use this solution for changing images

    http://webdesignfan.com/jquery-slider-tutorials-and-plugins/

    # July 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    thank you @krysak
    I’ll take your suggestions for sure

    # July 25, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    @theacefes You can still use the doctype without using the HTML5 elements. I do the same thing.

    # July 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    @krysak4ever
    So I take this?
    http://github.com/aFarkas/html5shiv/blob/master/src/html5shiv.js
    compress it, put it on the server root directory and link to it on each page
    in head section like this?

    Is this going to cover all IE versions?

    # July 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    @krysak4ever
    So I take this?
    http://github.com/aFarkas/html5shiv/blob/master/src/html5shiv.js
    compress it, put it on the server root directory and link to it on each page
    in head section like this?



    Is this going to cover all IE versions?

    # July 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    thanx for the link

    # July 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    @ChristopherBurton Yes, but that wasn’t my point. Obviously his site still renders and works. My suggestion (though now that I look back it may have come off a bit ultimatum-like) was made in an effort to help him clean up his markup a bit.

    # July 25, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    @theacefes I see. The way I read it made it seem that you were stating there was no reason to use the HTML5 doctype without the new elements. The divs used in @krysak4ever‘s post look okay to me.

    # July 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Nah, I’m just saying that he has the opportunity to take advantage of some of the nifty features it has.

    # July 26, 2012 at 11:12 am

    @krysak4ever
    Great suggestion for that slide show going with jquery instead ani gif
    Transision is lot nicer and it is so much lighter than that 2.5MB ani gif.
    I used better quality pics for it instead of over optimized pics like I had before.
    Thanx a lot

    # July 30, 2012 at 9:38 am

    @jurotek
    have 3 questions:

    1.] are you still working on this company website of yours?
    2.] do you have there any deadline until you need to redesign it?
    3.] can you alter only code or you also have say in design of the web ?

    I can provide you with some more feedback far more deeper
    if you want to

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