New montain bike site WIP

  • toastedone

    #5046

    Hi, i have just started work on my site, have only achieved the new header so far and would like your opinions on it before i go any futrther.

    thanks

    http://c456rider.co.uk/

    toastedone

    #30435

    Well I am at a stage now where I am feeling happy with the site, what can I do to improve it in your expert opinions

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    Kenneth John Odle

    #30436

    Looks good. A few recs:

    1. Change “Recent activity. ” to “Recent Posts:” or even just “Recent Posts” (no punctuation).
    2. Change the slider colors to match the widget colors.
    3. In your custom menu, take out the link for “Gallery” and “Strava”. (This may help.)

    Cheers,

    Ken

    toastedone

    #30437

    Thanks Ken, I have changed one and two and to be honest they look better, your third suggestion I am struggling to understand a little at the moment, alsoI do not have a child them, or know what it is :/

    toastedone

    #30438
    Quote:
    Looks good. A few recs:

    Change “Recent activity. ” to “Recent Posts:” or even just “Recent Posts” (no punctuation).Change the slider colors to match the widget colors.In your custom menu, take out the link for “Gallery” and “Strava”. (This may help.)

    Cheers,

    Ken

    Ok I think I have now fixed all 3 things you mentions, thanks, any other positive improvements I can make?

    toastedone

    #30439

    Hi, I am looking for some advice, I showed someone my site and they told me I should make some changes to it.

    They told me that the home page should show all my recent posts rather than what it already shows, some blurb about the site.

    Would it be better to delete what is already there and use panes on that page instead, or would i be better deleting that page and using a post page as the homepage, or something else.

    Please give your honest opinions, the site is a little over a month old and the homepage is Already a PR3 so I do not want to do more harm than good.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    http://c456rider.co.uk/

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    Kenneth John Odle

    #30440
    Quote:
    They told me that the home page should show all my recent posts rather than what it already shows, some blurb about the site.

    You have two basic options with most WordPress themes:

    1. Show a list of recent posts, just like a regular blog.
    2. Show a static home page, which makes it look more like a regular website.

    Using Graphene’s homepage panes, you get the best of both worlds: a place to put a blurb about your site, and a listing of recent posts.

    I honestly can’t think what they have a problem with at this point. You have the slider with recent posts, you have the homepage panes with recent posts, you have a widget with recent posts. It’s pretty easy to find your content. You could try increasing the number of posts you’re displaying in the homepage panes, however. (And maybe style them a bit: add a different background color or a border to make them more distinct.)

    One thing I would recommend is that you take out your <h2> level titles of your posts. When you enter a title for the blog post, Graphene automatically coverts that an <h1> tag. You’re then adding it again as an <h2> tag, which makes the title appear twice in the slider and on the posts. It’s redundant.

    Other than that, it’s a nicely done site. I smiled when I saw this: http://c456rider.co.uk/cat-puzzle/

    Cheers,

    Ken

    toastedone

    #30441

    The person that said that the home page should not be static was someone from a site called bloggeries, they said that once someone has read the front page they wont want to read it again, to be honest I am happy with it.

    “. (And maybe style them a bit: add a different background color or a border to make them more distinct.)” How would I do this?

    The reason for the H2 is because when using seo by yoast it tells me there is no H1 or H2 so I started adding a H2 and it tells me all is ok, i dont know why i does not see the H1.

    Thank you for the kind words.

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    Kenneth John Odle

    #30442

    bloggery…shmoggery. As long as you’re happy with it, and you’re working at building a community, that should be good enough.

    Quote:
    when using seo by yoast it tells me there is no H1 or H2 so I started adding a H2 and it tells me all is ok

    Don’t get me started on what a boatload of snakeoil most SEO is. But if this is the case, you might want to use that H2 as a descriptive tagline for the post, rather than just repeating the title.

    Quote:
    How would I do this?

    Start playing around with the .homepage_pane class, like this:

    .homepage_pane {
    background: #e3e3e3;
    color: #0000ff;
    border: double 3px #0000ff;
    border-radius: 12px;
    }

    In a child theme or via custom CSS, of course.

    toastedone

    #30444

    Thanks, I will check it out, if anyone else has anymore feedback for me I would appreciate it.

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