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Website feedback: Mainville Sportsman Club
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Mainville Sportsman Club

I've mentioned a time or two that I am working on a new website for my club. The time has come where I am looking for feedback from a variety of sources on design and usability. This is something that I volunteered to do as a donation of services toward the club. Thus far I have been given a lot of creative freedom in the design and development, with the understanding that I am to keep it simple and relatively friendly upon old eyes. This works to my benefit because I am typically a server side code monkey, graphic arts and GUIs are not my cup of tea.

I took a few steps along the way to minimize my time investment. One of those steps was using an open source CMS (something I generally dislike doing). Writing the scheduling piece for events and getting the latest version of jQuery to work was my introduction to the API for this thing. Now that I have a good handle on it and tuned the server to get it running decently I am relatively happy with the CMS. Another time saving step was lifting a large amount of text and photos off of the club's old static html site while I snap new photos and work on new text. To some degree I am paying for that decision because I now find myself spending time hunting down typos and dealing with verbiage that is just plane and simply out of date.

One strongly desired feature which I have yet to implement is a range open/closed status which works off the schedule of events. The idea here is to allow members to check quickly before they leave home to avoid arriving at the club and being greeted by a big CLOSED sign after having packed all their gear and driven from wherever.

At any rate, if you have some time to kill I would appreciate it if you could take a look around and give me some feedback. I have been working in IT for quite some time, I am no stranger to criticism be it constructive or harsh. You are not going to hurt my feelings.
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Looks nice and clean! Maybe a little too clean, LOL! I'd add a little more color or maybe a sportsman scene ghost background...something to break up all the white. But otherwise it does look good and not too cluttered.

What CMS are you using? Wordpress? Joomla?
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RocketFoot;19272 Wrote:Looks nice and clean! Maybe a little too clean, LOL! I'd add a little more color or maybe a sportsman scene ghost background...something to break up all the white. But otherwise it does look good and not too cluttered.

What CMS are you using? Wordpress? Joomla?

Thank you! Smile

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have you considered using Wordpress CMS ?

I am working on a site for my district right now.. I'm having a color issue though..... it seems to look the best in Google Chrome...


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It looks really good. Clean, not cluttered, good choice of fonts and colors. I especially appreciated the pictures of the ranges, its helpful to be able to see what the club offers for new people. One other poster mentioned that you could get more colorful, but I think its a good, low-key design.


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Make a tab , header ,subheader or footer link to a schedule page. Scheduled events are there on the home page but only if you "click an event for more info". It might be helpful to have a overall visual representation of what's going on and when with the club on a monthly basis.

The cowboy action page is blank (i know you said its still a work in progress, just pointing it out): http://www.mscrange.org/index.php/about/...oy-action/
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jshwak;19290 Wrote:have you considered using Wordpress CMS ?

I am working on a site for my district right now.. I'm having a color issue though..... it seems to look the best in Google Chrome...


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I considered wordpress but I personally am not too fond of it. Functionally it is more than adequate and I think it is a great way for people who aren't programmers to get a good website up fast. What I don't like about it is the over simplified database design.

What sort of color issue? I have it open in Firefox and the only thing jumping out at me is the gradient does not go full screen when the window is maximized. Easy fix, I'm not sure where your inline css is coming from but on line 219 of your rendered source you have:

PHP Code:
body.custom-background background-color#ffffff; background-image: url('http://eightoclocksunday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Background-blue28.jpg'); background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position: top center; background-attachment: scroll; } 

You just need to change your background-repeat to:

PHP Code:
background-repeatrepeat-x

stimrob;19309 Wrote:It looks really good. Clean, not cluttered, good choice of fonts and colors. I especially appreciated the pictures of the ranges, its helpful to be able to see what the club offers for new people. One other poster mentioned that you could get more colorful, but I think its a good, low-key design.


Suggestions:
Make a tab , header ,subheader or footer link to a schedule page. Scheduled events are there on the home page but only if you "click an event for more info". It might be helpful to have a overall visual representation of what's going on and when with the club on a monthly basis.

The cowboy action page is blank (i know you said its still a work in progress, just pointing it out): http://www.mscrange.org/index.php/about/...oy-action/

So something to bridge the gap between the schedule summary on the home page and the slightly more focused schedules on the individual activity pages, and perhaps something that displays all the event meta data as part of the normal layout rather than a javascript dialog? Good stuff, I like it.

I've been reaching out to fellow members for some text ideas on the cowboy page. I just got a response this morning that gives me a good direction so I should have that populated soon.
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In the name of taking out some of the white I've tweaked the CSS a little bit. Wondering if this layout is maybe a little easier on the eyes? Or perhaps just adding another shade of gray to the mix makes things worse?

I actually think removing the vertical lines makes it a little bit cleaner, but that never worked with the all white background. I am leaning toward liking this setup more.

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#8
Nice and clean.

I would make your menus a little bit bigger if old eyes are looking at them. Also if you could add some type of graphic just below them, filling in that huge white space it would be nice. Or you could center the logo a bit, maybe 400pxs to the left would do. Bring the graphic and text on the right down a tad, too busy in that area.

Oh, and I like the staging site better, The lines just don't work.
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