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  • in reply to: Theme Design from scratch? OK. But 1st Define: “Scratch” #94862

    OniLinkCR
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    I see your point and it is valid. I had to learn the code before I was able to do my own things with it, and now I have a “scratch” theme myself.

    But designing a theme from scratch isn’t that far fetched. Read the WordPress Codex, they have the listing of the file hierarchy in order to have a barebones theme made. The rest, is up to you. I think Chris’ template is pretty barebones (it doesn’t have a front-page for example) and comment section isn’t stripped down to the basics if you ask me, but I DO THINK his tutorial was a HUGE, VALUABLE and dare I say, LIFE-CHANGING thing for me to learn. It ignited the my inner process of wanting to know more and more about how WordPress works and I have to say I have advanced tons than what I knew maybe 18 months ago. I hope it can do the same to you too.

    in reply to: Design critique – all input welcome #94353

    OniLinkCR
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    Correct, the same thing with the social media icons. If I (visitor) am interested, I would click on the article. This gives you the benefit of a higher pages per visit ratio because really, why would I visit the site further if all the buttons are there.

    I would get rid of the Google thing if you can’t change the background. It breaks or makes it (to me).

    in reply to: Design critique – all input welcome #94348

    OniLinkCR
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    Here we go.

    The header. I like it. Menu is good. Dislike the how there is little breathing room at the right though (Home, About Us, etc). Perhaps the color needs to change and that gradient is a bit too strong.

    The left bar: Dislike. The fonts, color variation, color selection, pretty much all of it. Try to clearly identify headers, from dates, to locations. They are ALL the same color, just a variant. Also the line selection that divides them is poorly executed (Facebook divisions from for example Sat Jan 28). I would make a clear distinction from the events compared to social networks. The Google white background, dislike. It blends poorly with the background.

    The partners. Again, the logos look stretched out. Bad. Try to de-saturate them on Photoshop so they look subtle. Make them blend in. You are forcing many colors of different logos within your design.

    The content. The first section is alright (New Website). I dislike the use of social media icons. Why one for EVERY article? It’s overkill. Include them in the actual article, same thing with the RSVP for Facebook (not fond of the harsh shadow). Also to the left, there is white that overlaps the side bar, about 15 pixels.

    I know it may seem like a lot and I hope I don’t come off as bitching to bitch. It needs a bit of work.

    in reply to: Is Dreamweaver redundant? #94347

    OniLinkCR
    Member

    It is, as others have stated, a matter of preference. I use Coda.


    OniLinkCR
    Member

    I use Paul Irish’ approach. I don’t know if it’s the same as the Boilerplate, but I recommend it.

    in reply to: WordPress vs Drupal #93870

    OniLinkCR
    Member

    Wordpress by far.

    Reasons:

    1) When I see sites I love, for inspiration, they are almost all made on WordPress
    2) I think Joomla and Drupal are too “squared”. You have to add menu’s and modules and what not to home pages. With wordpress, you can customize any page you want through your needs.
    3) Community. WordPress community, codex, is huge. It’s also easier to grasp in my opinion.

    in reply to: HTML5, PHP and CSS … #91581

    OniLinkCR
    Member

    I do mockups on paper first before I design the actual thing on Photoshop. There is a lot of debate as to whether one should start with HTML/CSS right away, but prefer not to. I can make changes easily.

    in reply to: Targeting a parent #91579

    OniLinkCR
    Member

    Fixed. Why?

    in reply to: Targeting a parent #91565

    OniLinkCR
    Member

    Hello Stand.

    The problem with your proposed solution is that it over the DIV, yeah, but the button stays the same color. The objective is that when the button is hovered, the entire DIV’s border changes colors. I did achieve it using jQuery like this:


    $(document).ready(function(){

    $('div.entry_info').hover (
    function () {

    $(this).addClass('hover_border');
    $(this).find('a.read_more').addClass('read_more_jquery');
    },

    function () {

    $('div.entry_info').removeClass('hover_border');
    $('div.entry_info a.read_more').removeClass('read_more_jquery');
    });

    });

    in reply to: Targeting a parent #91542

    OniLinkCR
    Member

    That’s a bummer eh? I think that parent to child is great, but the opposite should also hold true.

    in reply to: WordPress – Broken Images #91541

    OniLinkCR
    Member

    Yeah, it’s best if you post thumbnails if it isn’t already being used or get a multiple post thumbnails plug in. This way they just upload the image and its inserted.

    in reply to: How to test and preview on wordpress #88244

    OniLinkCR
    Member

    You can also do a folder instead of a subdomain. Make sure when you install wordpress that nothing of it is indexed by search engines.

    in reply to: Feedback On My New Site Launch #87556

    OniLinkCR
    Member

    I think it’s good but there is an underlying problem of trying to go back. I had to search for a while and look where can I go BACK to the home page.

    in reply to: Website Design Advice #87386

    OniLinkCR
    Member

    What johnnyb said. A possible solution towards this would be to change the color of the header to be greenish, redish, etc, just as an indicator that I am indeed on a new page of the site.

    I think your issue (back to your original question) stems from the fact that you want to squeeze all the bells and whistles in, such as typography, transitions, shadows, etc. Trust me, it happens to all us. The key IMO is to actually limit them and use them sparingly.

    Same thing with textures, etc. Your site looks great as is, it doesn’t need any textures IMO.

    in reply to: So……. when is the next CSS Off #86527

    OniLinkCR
    Member

    Oh great, just signed up. Love challenges like these. TREAT ME WELL CHRIS!!!!

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