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dyous87
June 24th, 2008, 08:11 PM
Hello all,

I am currently trying to put together my own web design business and build up a portfolio and I would be more then willing to design a free site or sites for some open source projects as long as time permits me.

If anyone knows of any projects that can require a new site please do let me know.

The link to my web site is: http://www.netforgeweb.com (http://www.netforgeweb.com)

Thank you,
David

LaRoza
June 24th, 2008, 08:13 PM
You might want to have your site pass validation, as that is often checked for people looking for designers. Not having valid code is a big turn off.

dyous87
June 24th, 2008, 08:14 PM
You might want to have your site pass validation, as that is often checked for people looking for designers. Not having valid code is a big turn off.

Hmm thanks a lot I guess that is a good point. I will look into it!

ghindo
June 24th, 2008, 08:50 PM
I agree with LaRoza. Here are some handy links:

Here's the W3C's X/HTML Validation Service: http://validator.w3.org/

Here's their CSS Validator: http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/

The site looks very clean and professional. Great job! :)

LaRoza
June 24th, 2008, 08:52 PM
Here's the W3C's X/HTML Validation Service: http://validator.w3.org/

Here's their CSS Validator: http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/

The site looks very clean and professional. Great job! :)

www.useit.com is also a great site to read up on the latest developments.

_DD_
June 24th, 2008, 09:03 PM
Not trying to hijack the thread, but if dyous gets fully booked up them I'm also looking to do some free work to build up my portfolio :D Go to dyous first though! I'm just looking to leech onto smaller projects!

I did my site last year but still haven't got around to putting content on it. Anyway, its www.designcut.co.uk (and yes it does pass validation, but I need to fix the warning :))

dyous87
June 25th, 2008, 09:22 PM
You might want to have your site pass validation, as that is often checked for people looking for designers. Not having valid code is a big turn off.


I agree with LaRoza. Here are some handy links:

Here's the W3C's X/HTML Validation Service: http://validator.w3.org/

Here's their CSS Validator: http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/

The site looks very clean and professional. Great job! :)

Thanks a lot guys! I am at work now, but I will work on getting my site fully validated as soon as I can :)


Not trying to hijack the thread, but if dyous gets fully booked up them I'm also looking to do some free work to build up my portfolio :D Go to dyous first though! I'm just looking to leech onto smaller projects!

I did my site last year but still haven't got around to putting content on it. Anyway, its www.designcut.co.uk (http://www.designcut.co.uk) (and yes it does pass validation, but I need to fix the warning :))

I like your site a lot by the way that is a really nice, clean and professional design you have there! :)

dyous87
August 15th, 2008, 06:35 PM
Well I wana thank everyone again who gave me tips in this thread. I have been really busy as of late so I have not been able to work on my website much but I have recently came up with a design for my new site and I put the home page together using valid xhtml and css. No tables at all were used in it.

You can take a look at it here: http://netforgeweb.com/beta/v2/

I'd like to know what you guys all think of it. It's still incomplete so only the home page works. None of the links or the form are connected.

I look forward to seeing what everyone thinks of this! Thanks again!

David

Paqman
August 15th, 2008, 06:49 PM
Some (hopefully) constructive criticism of your site: I like the look, but i'm not a fan of the way it's coded.

You should learn how to use CSS properly if you want to work as a web designer. It would clean up and rationalise your code a lot, and would mean you wouldn't have to resort to some bad coding habits (such as using javascript for a rollover). The use of tables for formatting is also discouraged these days.

Apart from the way the site is coded, i'd say it's very good. You seem to have a good grasp of the prinicples of how to display information on a screen, which is something a lot of people making websites lack. Brush up on the technical side and you'll be laughing.

Edit: Ok, scrub that, you've posted your new site and it's a lot better. Good work!

(You know you can do rollovers with CSS though right? Not everyone has javascript enabled.)

dyous87
August 15th, 2008, 07:01 PM
I began reading your post and I was thinking in my head "huh, that's exactly what I tried doing" lol then I saw your edit. I've been making sites for a while but I was never taught the proper way to do it and the company I recently worked for wanted me to avoid using css.

I wanted to learn to right way of doing it though so I finally decided to learn how to build a page using css and to clean up my code and I am now really getting the hang of it. It's actually so much easier and less of a headache this way!

Thanks for your reply though. So you suggest the only thing I should do is get rid of the javascript rollovers and do them is css?

I will have to look into how to do that then.

Thanks,
David

kernelhaxor
August 15th, 2008, 07:03 PM
Some (hopefully) constructive criticism of your site: I like the look, but i'm not a fan of the way it's coded.

You should learn how to use CSS properly if you want to work as a web designer. It would clean up and rationalise your code a lot, and would mean you wouldn't have to resort to some bad coding habits (such as using javascript for a rollover). The use of tables for formatting is also discouraged these days.

Apart from the way the site is coded, i'd say it's very good. You seem to have a good grasp of the prinicples of how to display information on a screen, which is something a lot of people making websites lack. Brush up on the technical side and you'll be laughing.

Edit: Ok, scrub that, you've posted your new site and it's a lot better. Good work!

(You know you can do rollovers with CSS though right? Not everyone has javascript enabled.)

Thats very good advice. As a web developer myself, I can say that CSS is good style while inline styling isnt.

Good luck with your business mate!

dyous87
August 15th, 2008, 07:11 PM
Thanks a lot! I agree. Now that I know how to do it CSS is so much easier and much less of a headache! :)

lingnoi
August 15th, 2008, 07:30 PM
Have you ever considered contributing to http://www.oswd.org/?

sparkyjoe34
August 15th, 2008, 07:38 PM
dyous87,
I really like the site. the only other thing I would suggest in order for your site to have a better look is to change the .png images
(home_on.png,services_on.png ,pricing_on.png,partners_on.png,contact_on.png,hom e_on.png,vines_computer.png,call_now.png) from a light blue to a transparent background. That way the worn paper will sorround your text. Unless of course that is what you wanted to accomplish. Good luck with your web design business.

dyous87
August 15th, 2008, 08:04 PM
dyous87,
I really like the site. the only other thing I would suggest in order for your site to have a better look is to change the .png images
(home_on.png,services_on.png ,pricing_on.png,partners_on.png,contact_on.png,hom e_on.png,vines_computer.png,call_now.png) from a light blue to a transparent background. That way the worn paper will sorround your text. Unless of course that is what you wanted to accomplish. Good luck with your web design business.

I'm not sure I follow you, they are transparent on mine, that is how I made them. Is there a chance they are rendering differently on yours. What browser are you using to view the page in?

dyous87
August 15th, 2008, 08:08 PM
Have you ever considered contributing to http://www.oswd.org/?

No I never did but now that you mention it, I guess that would be something I can do with some extra time that I may have. Thanks!

jonabyte
August 15th, 2008, 09:29 PM
Have you ever considered contributing to http://www.oswd.org/?

Did that site die or something, I don't see any new designs.

Or am I blind??:lolflag:

Paqman
August 16th, 2008, 07:57 AM
So you suggest the only thing I should do is get rid of the javascript rollovers and do them is css?

I will have to look into how to do that then.


You're actually doing it already with :hover. You can use it to change background colours/images as well as styling links.

sparkyjoe34
August 17th, 2008, 10:23 PM
My apologies dyous87, I guess thats what I get for viewing a web page with IE. I was killing time at work the other day when I came across your site from the forums here. The site looks great!