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Old 07-06-2006, 04:55 PM   #1
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I finished a first draft of the Vermont cottages web site.

It seemed like a simple project to begin with, but as the pages accumulated, I began to get lost. (The pictures are still to come.)

If you have time to look, please approach it as a possible guest at the cottages. There is still time for changes in content (or other aspects of the site, actually).

Is the site easy to use? Does it give you the information you want with ease?

Thanks. Appreciate any feedback.

   
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Old 07-06-2006, 05:45 PM   #2
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I finished a first draft of the Vermont cottages web site..
Nice and clean as one would expect <s>

I always like to see a map as part of directions or even more prominently.

   
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So far, it works for me. A small quibble: the links to the boating test and test informaiton I would take to a new window (or tab). I don't like links taking visitors totally away from my site. I do seem to recall a discussion about that and reading a strong opinion that one should not use links to open new windows.
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Nice and simple and New England-y.
(But what is this thread doing in the Print Design and Layout department? )

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Is the site easy to use? Does it give you the information you want with ease?
Some surprises...

About - if I go to this page, about halfway down is "About North Cove Cottages"; that's confusing. An "about" page should use "about" (or similar wording at least) in its main heading.

Contact - has a so-called download (? it just opens, it isn't a download link, really) link for a PDF under a subheading "More information about North Cove Cottages". Clearly that belongs on the About page? It's nothing to do with "contact" (even if it is a sample newsletter). And you don't want to use a non-obfuscated email address on that page (or anywhere) - that's just an open invitation to spammers.

Links - bit curious (apart from the fact they're not links yet ) I can imagine links to "local eateries" are useful - but links to Friends' websites? I have my doubts about "The deserving" too.

   
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Old 07-07-2006, 05:22 AM   #6
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I always like to see a map as part of directions or even more prominently.
I agree. And I guess I will have to draw it. On the list.

   
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Old 07-07-2006, 05:23 AM   #7
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So far, it works for me. A small quibble: the links to the boating test and test informaiton I would take to a new window (or tab). I don't like links taking visitors totally away from my site. I do seem to recall a discussion about that and reading a strong opinion that one should not use links to open new windows.
Hmmm. Those are plain links. Doesn’t your browser setting determine whether they open new pages or open tabs?

If not, not sure how I should control that. Guess I’ll go study up! <g>

   
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(But what is this thread doing in the Print Design and Layout department? )
Oy! No longer!

   
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I agree. And I guess I will have to draw it. On the list.
Draw a map!?

Not when Mapquest can help!

   
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And you don't want to use a non-obfuscated email address on that page (or anywhere) - that's just an open invitation to spammers.
Thanks for your advice on the content. I should have warned that it awaits the edits and additions from my friend, and much is still missing.

You’re quite right that the About page should start with About North Cove Cottages; maybe I will just rearrange those sections now, even though Karen needs to tell me what she actually wants there.

You remind me: I have been using a JavaScript script to obfuscate addresses. Is that what you use (I have a hunch not!) — or what is a good way?

For now, I would like to be sure all the links work (which evidently they do not), and that the general arrangement makes sense.

   
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