The morning is warm, sunny and the sky is free of clouds on Krawk Island. The birds of the island are chirping a cheerful melody and the water nearby is splashing as you browse around the shops. The line-up for Krawk Fashions is growing rapidly, but as you walk near you discover that it actually leads past the store and into the neighboring bakery instead. A huge sign hanging on the door says Opens at 9:00 AM. You take a quick glance at your watch: 8:59. Just a few more seconds and...
The door opens and the crowd rushes in. You follow them and a pleasant scent of chocolate and fresh-baked bread fills the air. A brown usul welcomes everyone in. Once you get seated, she wanders over to your table. Welcome to The Bakery. I am Tessa and I'll be your waitress today. What would you like to eat? She smiles softly as you answer, What do you have? She hands you a menu. Take a look at that and I'll be right back, she answers and walks to the next table.
Welcome to Infinity, a button and petpage layout request site by Nikki. Here I will provide you with high quality petpage layouts and buttons! We opened on the 24th of July, 2012. If you have any questions, comments or anything at all, feel free to neomail me!
Try to be very specific! When the form says colour scheme please include several colors and preferred hex codes. When I ask for size try to give me exact measurements if possible. Giving me lots of details will ensure that I will make the exact button or layout you are looking for.
First thing I notice is that you have three headers right next to each other which looks very un-professional. My suggestion is that you remove the buttons header but add "button" in front of headers for borders and animations! (button borders and button animations). Lets start with your borders! Your turning pages border has a rather small fold on the side, you should make it larger in order for the border to stand out! Your foremost border has a rather small space for text. In case the text will require two lines it will look squished on that border, so I recommend increasing the size of the front box. Now lets move to your animations! The glow animation is very hard to see, try increasing the size of the glow of the brightness. Your waves and one at a time animations are too quick. Slowing them down would help concentrate on the image below it and will make it easier to read the actual text. Lastly for your request page I recommend linking the neomail me signs straight to your neomail form automatically including "Layout or Button Request" as a title! Lets move to your pickup page.
First thing I notice is that five buttons would fit in a row, not four! I recommend either adding an extra space for one button on each line or removing one of the lines. Also you should include something like this at the top of the page:
Your button or layout will be removed from the pickups page after one week! They will be placed in the portfolio, so if you forgot to pick it up you can view it there.
On your extras page the links are small and the page is almost blank so to increase the size of content I recommend making "portfolio" and "about me" headers! Also in the description for the portfolio you say A portfolio of everything I've made which is really not helpful is a person does not know what a portfolio is! I would say A page with all the buttons and layouts I have made in the past. By the way the page only features your buttons and you have no layout examples whatsoever. I recommend at least adding Infinity's past layout images to it! Next dont forget to center the back link on your about me page as you did on your portfolio page. That's it for this section!(13/20)
Quantity of Content: Sadly you dont offer a whole lot of content! You offer layouts and buttons with a wide variety of animations and borders but the rest of the content is not a whole lot. Your extras are small! You can add a previous layouts page featuring all the layouts Infinity had in the past and even rankings. Something other than what the usual request sites have! (15/20)
Sitely: Your sitely looks okay. You have three link back buttons, which are not all that good. Now I will comment on each one of your buttons.!
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The first thing that I noticed on your rules page is that Rules or guidelines should be rules and guidelines. No need to capitalize rules and replace or with and! Also you mention the word rules in every single sentence so it gets repetitive. This is what I recommend you to write instead:
After Anne left, you walk up to a brown pedestal. Then you notice that there is writing on it that says rules and guidelines. You have to read it before going on! So you glance down and read the rules.
Another major change I suggest you adding is making each neomail me link to your lookup, for the convenience of the reader. In rule #4 make inform me link to your lookup! The rest of the page looks good, and your rule #6 is really smart, it ensures that the requester read the rules completely! Lets move onto the names page!
First thing that caught my eye on your names page is that your textbox is not centered! Simply use center tags around it so place it properly. Lets start with the first row of names! Short names are considered to be good site names and I dont see many of those. I do love Motivated, Triggered, Tempted and names like those that are considered very high quality. Some site names that are not very high quality are Krazy Graphics (because it is long and rather not creative), Secret Giveaways (because it refers to giveaways that are banned by TNT), Prized Buttons (because prized is often considered to be paying and paying for graphics with np or items isnt allowed), The Marshmallow Bakery (because it is a long title that would barely fit on buttons and other graphics), The Delicious Goodie Box (because of the same reason I told you above) and Satisfying Pleasantness (because of the same reason I told you above). I do highly encourage you to write short one word names with a creative theme! Some of your names are simply amazing such as Single, Blow, Time and Voice! Let's move to the extras page!
Your extras page is well organized and there are only a few things I recommend removing/editing. First of all I dont see the point of the brainstorm center if you already have a similar one on your names page! Secondly I recommend you make a few simple rules to submitted names to ensure that your names are not bad or repetitive. Last recommendation is that you center your Awards, gifts & achievements section as you did with retired buttons. That's it! (14/20)
Quantity of Content: Over 190 site names a lot so you dont struggle with providing a big variety of content at all! You just have a tiny amount of submitted names so I recommend that you encourage your friends and visitors to submit more! You have a big variety of great extras which is definitely great for a Visible Sketches! Your wide variety of content is the key of your site so you get a perfect score in this section! (20/20)
Sitely: Your sitely is well organized. Starting with the link back buttons, then a sister site, then the affiliates, then the reviews and listers at the end! You have a good bunch of link back buttons although I do recommend removing the following...
Introduction: The introduction was not very pleasing, you start pretty well by saying Hello and welcome to Morgan's CSS. which looks good but then when you list what your site offers instead of features I recommend writing has or contains. Then when you introduce yourself you write This site was created by me, Morgan (nevershoutmorgan) I recommend first of all deleting the me part and secondly make your name link to your profile instead of writing your username in parentheses next. A good introduction is a key to win the visitors good first impression. What bothered me once again was the green link text. All of your bold text is green, which does not match the layout or the color scheme in any way and I recommend using one of the following colors: #EED5D2 or #DE85B1 which would match the image's colors. (3/5)
Quality of content: Lets start with the lookups. Style one's lookups look simple and good but a bit cramped all together. I suggest making the about me box wider and the navigation not as wide. Next is the font, it is mixed and is placed un-properly. You should make bigger letter spacing in the code and not make all of the text bold. Having transparent signs and a shield could be good too.
Style two looks pretty good to me except maybe having it wider could make it look more organised. Style 3 is definitely one of the least in quality. Top parts have poor shades, your headers have not matching font and color and the text is squizzed a bit again. Style 4 is one of my favorites, simple and organised. All other lookups are pretty fine but the last one, style 10 has distracting backgrounds, they are too bright in my opinion but the idea of having an anchored lookup is brilliant.
Moving to your petpage layouts. Style 1 would work great with simple things such as applications or notes and has a good color choice. In style 2 you might want to remove the diagonal lines on the background of the text boxes because they distract from the content. Style 3,4 and 5 are easy to customize and work great.
Moving on to your pet lookups. Style 1 could use headers which could be like white colored. Style two has a distracting background, you could make it look better by changing the size and color of the text box and making the background more pale. Having a border around the image of the pet would look good as well and would grab the visitors attention quickly.
Moving to your requests page. Your requests are closed sign is unappealing and small. You could find bigger and better signs at TLB's resources. Go to we resources, then open/closed signs and you could find better ones such as the glowing or the grey colored ones. Your requests box is too small. Make it bigger. I suggest removing Just fill this form out and neomail it to me: part because it has no purpose. Instead you could put a "neomail" sign below the form and center the form and the sign. Favorite requests section could be made smaller for easier navigation. (8/15)
Quantity of content: You have quite a big variety of content to choose from. You have enough lookups in my opinion but all of their styles are similar. Try using textures to have prettier backgrounds and placing the boxes elsewhere to make more creative ones. Your petpages are all quite similar as well, try using different navigation styles and different headers.
You dont offer many pet lookups. There are several ways you can get ideas, first of all try making more image-based lookups with more colors. Or if not make a rectangle box at the top for a banner. (11/15)
Sitely: Your sitely looks pretty well organised from the first glance, all the necessary sections are located conveniently and places properly.
But lets start with the high quality link backs:
Button is cropped very interesting, has a fast and simple animation and easy to see text and image.
Very nice font and image used and they look great together.
Here are the low quality ones that I suggest removing:
I suggest removing this button because the animation is poor, it moved slowly and makes the text highlighted in white which does not blend with the button's colors.
The text is rather hard to read and the background is too bright for the eyes.
Next go your affiliates, you have a decent amount of good affies but affiliates such as Delicious Pie Directory and Circus are rather lowest quality of all of them.
Next are listers, just a notice that the following are closed and should be removed: The Faerie Compass and Zebbarl's links (affected by filter and does not work).
In the reviewers section the following sites have closed: Cafe de Lis, Sweet Pea Reviews, The Looking Glass and The Deli. And please dont forget to put The Bakery's button there as well. Otehrwise your sitely looks great. (3/5)
Your navigation has a wrong title, instead of sidebar write navigation because a sidebar is not what sites call their links, a sidebar usually has news or site's updates. Next I suggest moving the sitely to the bottom of your navigation because the person that is reading it is most likely interested in the tutorial more than in your sitely. As I earlier said, I recommend requesting a petpage layout but if you do want to keep your current layout you could make it anchored. (The Bakery's layout is an example of an anchored one) Or at least make the navigation scrolling with the page. I love the effect of the text when you hover over it on the navigation, bright and a good border! Another suggestion, your counter on the bottom of the navi is too bold, you could use a counter base and other good web resources from TLB's resources. Now lets move onto the tutorial.
Starting with your updates, I love how they are organised, very nice color choice and easily readable. In your Symbol Key & Contact Information section I noticed the first paragraph says Mail me! Message me! I absolutely LOVE receiving mail! So go, go. Go choose what type you want to send ^^, you should absolutely delete it edit it because it sounds childish and does not have a point. Also you could add Symbol Key it bold letters above the key so that the readers know what they are now looking at.
Next is the gimp help & resource sites, this section is very poorly organised. You could rank the sites you listed in their categories (example: #1 - deviantART) and add spaces between the links. Your keyboard shortcuts are very nice, they are organised a lot better and look fantastic, with the bold and italic text.
Next is the actual tutorial, since I do not use gimp much I cant really grade it but I will quickly inspect it. You have too much images, they look overwhelming and it is hard to find the text, you could make more space around the text or make the images smaller. Under the first section, Clear Lines AKA Scale lines you made a grammar error at the very end, you wrote finsihed, change it to finished. That is the end to this section! (26/40)
Organisation: Your site is not organised very well, it is hard to get back to the top, you could use a button "back to top" under each section, which can also be found in TLB's resources. Getting to your sitely, these buttons I suggest deleting:
First button from the above has a hardly readable text. Second button from the above has a poor animation and an image that does not relate to your site. Also at the end you wrote && Come back soon delete the second &! In your sitely you also forgot to mention affiliates, example is in my sitely. (14/20)
Last Impression: I was not very satisfied, the tutorial is quite good and has a few helpful tips I could use in the future but the text is hardly readable and too much scrolling. I suggest requesting a custom petpage layout, editing what I listed above and of course, improving and adding more content. (10/20)
Overall score: 61%
Recommended | not recommended
Your ads column look neat, the text in the boxes is easy to read as well but I suggest centering the button with the text box. In bold blue letters you wrote get advertised but the blue bold text does not looks really good with the other text, you could change the color to maybe white. Also you could center it. Instead of writing the text you wrote you could erase it all and just put a neomail sign or envelope that would link to your lookup. (you could find those at TLB's Resources) Moving to the membership center!
The membership center looks good from the first glance, but too much text. After the rules you can add a "agree" and disagree signs or text and agree would link to another page where you can post the form as well as the other text below the rules. Instead of submit your application to cubscout30 you could use another envelope or neomail sign. Rule #3 is, I think, poor. Most people would not like to post the button of The Site Club everywhere. And if you do want to keep the rule you should still remove the but we don't go around checking everyday. part. Moving to your SOTM arena.
You started pretty well, the word arena already attracts the visitor. I like everything until I reach the rules. First rule states that he site must be established, why? I dont see any reasons why a new site cant complete. If you'd like to keep the rule I suggest rewriting it and telling the visitor what you actually mean by established. Rule #3 says that if you get the most votes you might not win, why? Another, in my opinion, quite silly rule. So does that mean that you pick the SOTM, not the people who vote? If so, state that in the rules as well. I though think the rule is unnecessary, people might not want to join the SOTM for that reason. Also the rule about cheating does not explain what you mean by cheating, you could add that too. And the very last comments about this page, the pink Enter the arena sign looks rather bad because the color does not match anything and is totally random. You could change that to white or something...
I am skipping the broom closet becaue you told me to, so this is the end of the section, you can read about the good bye desk in the organisation section. (22/50)
Organisation:The site is not very well organised, the rules do not tell much and you have many spelling errors, run a spell check. Now I will review your good bye desk. After the why not take a royal card... sentance you should add a question mark, because it is a question. You missed many commas and punctuated many words that should not be such as again at the end of the paragraph and you at the first sentance. All of your buttons though are very good. My favorite one is:
Because the image is very nice and bright the font is curly and pretty and the animation is simple. (11/20)
Last Impression: I was impressed by the variaty of your content, the site is very creative and I just loved the idea. Grammar and punctuation errors and some very weird rules did not look fine though, for that I lower the score. If I was a visitor I would visit again for sure, but only if you update often and add more content. (9/15)
Overall Score: 62%
Recommended | Not Recommended