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site redesign critique & suggestions please

  • # August 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Just finished watching the first screen cast.
    You have some nice great points on it.
    I already mentioned that I will be getting rid of dropdowns in a next release.
    I don’t find them user friendly at all.
    I will replace dropdowns which is the 3rd level of navigation to visible crumbs style links.
    Those 3 home buttons. You are right on.
    I will rename them to a actual product lines like:
    Ultra-tec and Wire Rope.
    I will also implement Go to top, that was good idea and I’ve seen it many times when browsing sites.
    As you probably noticed, I got rid of popup windows for videos and instead embedded them in pages. Some customers who were behind some corporate firewalls were not able to see them and by embedding them on page it solved that issue.

    Thank you for your time, I appreciate that.

    # August 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    well semantics
    that would need someone better than me to explain

    I saw a lot of basic HTML tutorials where guys are deleting mere A tags in divs as you have and putting them inside of a list

    here is basic example why it is better to use list for menu, easy to move with CSS only

    # August 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I think, I see what you mean. So by simply setting up classes you can reuse that base navigation somewhere else?

    # August 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm


    HTML is mere skeleton that sets the core
    CSS is like paint with which you can change every bone :D

    # August 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    It was funny here in the office. Friend of mine heard that screen cast and said:
    That guy sounds like you. And I go, he lives in Czech . And friend says. Damn, you been here 30 years and you don’t sound any different than him as far as accent. So, don’t know how should I feel about that. Just kidding. Take care.

    # August 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    no problem :)

    sorry again for the audio quality (not the accent :D)
    not setup for recording audio + voice here

    P.S.: curious what time you have there on your side (being in office now), here is 09:45 PM

    # August 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I will send you tomorrow 2nd video about updating 65 pages
    some theory of using PHP

    you say you use notepad for development
    hope you mean this one

    NOT this one

    if you are serious about web coding stuff, get this editor (is for … Win, Mac, Linux)

    # August 1, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Just a regular Windows Notepad which you can find under Start/All Programs/Accessories.
    I am just downloading the Sublimetext.

    # August 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Damn, this Sublimetext is very cool.
    I went to File, Open Folder, selected the folder where my website is and I got everything available on the left side nav. Very cool.

    # August 2, 2012 at 1:12 am

    to enjoy it even more give this 30mins
    read following

    what you need from here is … 7 – Package Control !

    here = Zen Coding + Sublime CodeIntel

    good post as well (general info)

    + once you installed package control > go ahead and install package called “SideBarEnhancements”

    info what is what:
    Zen Coding

    do things I point out here now
    the rest you will need later, once more advanced, so ignore it for now

    get back to me if having any questions

    # August 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

    since we will be “coworking” as it seems :)

    you can add me if you want to (in case you use any of these)

    and I am Daniel by the way ;)

    # August 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Hi Daniel,
    I sent you friend request on FB
    I’ll be busy today with analytics reporting and creating some email blasts so I catch up with you later.

    # August 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm


    you said the company web has 65 pages and in HTML ?
    man I do NOT envy you :)

    if you can and have the “power” to change it, you should gradually but eventually, page by page, switch from HTML and convert it to PHP

    HTML is hard to maintain during time and on so many pages

    PHP will save you a 75 % of the time

    # August 3, 2012 at 3:01 am

    why to use PHP
    basics explained and live example in 06:45

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