help make this site look better

Joined
12 Feb 2006
Posts
17,210
Location
Surrey
http://www.mammalianmedia.com/eloises/root/index.php

this is the site for my dads gf, some small changes i need to do for instance at the bottom of the nav bar will be another nav button but it will reveal the login bit, news part needs to be changed as i stupidly replaced the wrong file with an old version. other then that my dads gf is fine with the site, but the troulbe is, im not. I don't like how simple a boring it is and every site i do i do for my portfolio so this can't do.

what im asking is for an idea on stuff i can make better looking, effects etc without changin positions too much.

I know the header can do with a much better look but the trboule is for a horse website i think i should add horse stuff, but she dont' want it, so what else could i do for it to look nicer.

thanks all
 
Associate
Joined
1 Feb 2006
Posts
1,868
Location
Reading
Firstly use a different colour scheme, yellow and black is harsh. Use http://colormixers.com/mixers/cmr/ for help with schemes.

Secondly change the banner as its abit simple, dabble in some ps, maybe have a fading background pic of a horse mid jump.

Thirdly, the site is a little large for lower res' decrease all its size abit.
 
Soldato
OP
Joined
12 Feb 2006
Posts
17,210
Location
Surrey
eriedor said:
Firstly use a different colour scheme, yellow and black is harsh. Use http://colormixers.com/mixers/cmr/ for help with schemes.

Secondly change the banner as its abit simple, dabble in some ps, maybe have a fading background pic of a horse mid jump.

Thirdly, the site is a little large for lower res' decrease all its size abit.

all three things i know are problems, but she doesn't want them 2 differnt, maybe if i just lower size a lil but she wont realise, but colour scheme shes pretty certain (is that right word) on, well its the yellow black she likes and watns, any suggestions to make it not as bad, differnt ways of putting them together?
 
Soldato
Joined
19 May 2004
Posts
2,946
border doesn't come to the bottom of the content, looks a little odd as its level at the top, header maybe do a close up photo of some rosettes and a horse 'bit' on the right of the header and the logo on the left in copperplate or similar.
 
Associate
Joined
22 Dec 2004
Posts
1,828
Location
Southampton, UK
Definately a colour change needed the yellow is too harsh.

Also can you tell me what icon pack your got your icons from (or did you just rip them from another site?)

I've seen them before on another site and i really like them but haven't been able to find them in an icon pack and don't want to go ripping off someone elses bespoke work
 
Soldato
OP
Joined
12 Feb 2006
Posts
17,210
Location
Surrey
Harib0 said:
Also can you tell me what icon pack your got your icons from (or did you just rip them from another site?)

the icons are not the ones being used in the final version, i liked the look of them from another site, i forget which one, so as an exmaple for her to see what i'd be like having different icons next to the text i just copy and paste the bottom three icons onto it. saved me wasting my time for her to say yuck dont do that idea.

the white space at the bottom is not supposed to be there, i did mention in my first post but dont think clearly enough that i did woprk to the site, but when uploading the files to the server at a later point, i uploaded the older files which meant that the newer version with the news system and other things fixed has gone.

i will do some stuff on it now though i dpn't know really what improvments i can make as she is set on yellow and black for her website some reason.

thansk for the suggestions people. I'll post tomorrow after speaking top her some more and show updates and all.
 
Soldato
Joined
15 Sep 2003
Posts
9,454
I'm sorry to say but I can't find one part of that website I like. :(

The background makes my eyes funny, the header looks aweful and the colours used aren't nice either.
 
Soldato
OP
Joined
12 Feb 2006
Posts
17,210
Location
Surrey
JonRohan said:
I'm sorry to say but I can't find one part of that website I like. :(

The background makes my eyes funny, the header looks aweful and the colours used aren't nice either.

yeah tell me about it. it doesn't look like a site i can add to my portfolio but she just isn't helping me at all with any design accept when she gives me really rubbish stuff like yellow and black header etc.

I may have to end up putting it down as my first site or something for my folio.
 
Soldato
OP
Joined
12 Feb 2006
Posts
17,210
Location
Surrey
Pulse said:
im working on a small portfolio at the moment, i may be able to help..

but can i ask why its written as php?

if you want to check out some of my sites Click Here
i dont really understand the post, your saying because your working on a portfolio you may be able to help?

also checked out the provided link and all i get is an image that says heavy load?

its php because of the news system, check it ouit again and i think you will now be able to see the news bit just not looking like it should but its there.
 
Soldato
Joined
25 Jul 2006
Posts
3,526
Location
Taunton
addy_010 said:
i dont really understand the post, your saying because your working on a portfolio you may be able to help?

also checked out the provided link and all i get is an image that says heavy load?

its php because of the news system, check it ouit again and i think you will now be able to see the news bit just not looking like it should but its there.

the navigation bar is along the top to show alternate layouts, and the sort of things you can achieve.

what i meant was that i am also working on my portfolio and so i am doing a lot of website design and i may help by providing my websites to show you colour schemes, layouts, etc...

edit: site still looks the exact same as it did earlier? :(
 
Last edited:
Soldato
Joined
15 Sep 2003
Posts
9,454
addy_010 said:
yeah tell me about it. it doesn't look like a site i can add to my portfolio but she just isn't helping me at all with any design accept when she gives me really rubbish stuff like yellow and black header etc.

I may have to end up putting it down as my first site or something for my folio.

TBH mate I wouldn't put it on your portfolio. I'd rather see 4 nice sites than 10 average sites.

I've done a number of websites that aren't on my portfolio. :p :D
 
Associate
Joined
21 Jan 2006
Posts
2,171
Location
Seaham, Co. Durham
I would;

-change the colour scheme
-make the gap between the banner and the menu, and the banner and the first photo equal
-use a different font on the banner, it looks too childish and not professional
-put the initial text above the photo
-make the banner the same width as the page content instead of overhanging

Just do some improvements and show her what it looks like, she will probably like it once she see's it, you can always revert back to the original if she doesn't like the original
 
Back
Top Bottom