I am In Lhs Marching Band and Color Guard. But I also make web sites. I made the LHS web sites. I just want to see if there are any other web masters out there. And If there are please reply. Tell me about yourselves and where you are from. And if you can please criticize me web site. Which is www.marchinglobos.org
. Thank you.
OK, you asked for it!
I have been designing websites for many years and my comments are only meant to give you insights into how to approch web design, not as a put down, I promise.
First, why does the Flash version only link to HTML pages and not to more Flash content? It kind of defeats the purpose of using Flash for the front page doesn't it? There should be a good reason the use Flash. It make the navigation easier? It organizes and presents the content better? Need an interface to a database? You are an entertainment content website? So, what is your
reason? If your reason isn't good enough, do you really need Flash?
Second, the HTML front page does ot fit within a 800X600 screen resolution. Big mistake, over 50% of all web surfers browse at that resolution. Same mistake causes big problem in the appearance of the scores page, too many blockquotes. Photo of the band on front page is too large in file size (149KB at 640X480 pixels). You forced the photo to a smaller display size using the HTML width and height parameters instead of resizing the photo and optimizing the compression rate. When I ran the photo through Adobe Photoshop I got the file size down to 39KB, that is a huge download time savings.
Third, the band photo page, the photo has a bad URL. It is being called from your computer's hard drive (src="file:///Charis38/Photos/DC97/MtCarmel2002/AUT_4005.JPG") instead of the web server, oops!
Forth, the "Band", "Boosters", "Results" and "Instructors" pages do not have any title headers at the top of the page. Yet the "Links" page does?????
Fifth, the calendar is cool except that the visitor must put their cursor over the date to see the event. Aren't you asking the visitor to do too much work? You are supposed to supplying information TO them, not making a "hide and seek" game for them to play. Make the info visible for all the dates and create some other mouseover effect instead.
Sixth, when publicizing your website, let people know who you are! To someone not
from Littlerock, what meaning would "LHS" carry? Absolutely nothing! Always explain what LHS means, don't make us guess!
I hope these hints help you make the best website you can! Good luck!