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Old 12-03-2005, 11:55 PM   #1
Richard Waller
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Default Too complex is bad

A warning to all web designers who crave flashy things.

http://www.remitconsulting.com/ is designed by a professional print designer with input from three assertive partners. It is hosted on a LINUX server (free) and the whole thing is CSS and flash programmed by an expert sub-contractor.

The only problem is that unless you use IE it does not seem to work too well. On an Apple the links across the top appear down the side. On the new Yahoo browser it all slips out of vertical. There are a dozen other browsers out there which do not let the site work too well, and many people have flash and pop-ups turned off anyway

I have to do a change of mental gear every time I make a mod, since my Internet faith decrees that it should be simple and rely purely on the content to attract visitors.

Now the owner wants to use content management so that several people can make their own mods rather than employing me at vaste cost.
http://www.itforpropertypeople.com/ uses this. But this means them giving up all the flashy stuff. Which would be excellent, and I would always vote to make it simple, but I can see that on a large site this is going to get out of hand.

Lesson? Have only one site designer and make sure that it is me.

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