: 8/10 points
It's better than the last time, for sure. Instead of that plain little banner, you have a banner with a slightly fancier background. I would still recommend finding a better one, though; while it has improved, it's nowhere near the quality that screams, I have an awesome site and you need to stay here long enough to request!
(Deducted one point.)
You need to include a link to your userlookup; not only does it help people figure out exactly where
you're coming from, it allows a quick and easy contact link so they can neomail you instantly without going through a ton of links. Other than that, your introduction is short, simple, and to-the-point. (Deducted 1/2 point.)
I don't understand why they could not be side-by-side. Is there a specific reason that you have to have them stacked one on top of the other? It looks a bit messy. A much better choice would be to have them side-by side. Check out Dark Light
; see how all the buttons are lined up across the top? Looks neater, does it not? You could even put that "Vote for Me?" button with the other two buttons if you wish. (Deducted 1/2 point.)
What is up with the large space between the buttons? There's a big white space between all of them, leaving the counter to be smooshed in at the very bottom.
(No points deducted.)
: 8/10 points
It's the exact same layout as last time I saw you, and to be perfectly honest, it's not that great of a layout. There are a ton
of gorgeous layouts out there - just check out Vibe
and Nienke's Premades
. Even Sugary Premades
has better-quality layouts. While I'm sure that this layout appealed to you in some way, it's just not doing your site justice. There are so many other layouts out there that are more visually appealing; you just have to do a bit of searching for them. (Deducted 2 points.)
: 4/5 points
I did not find any spelling errors while reading through your site.
: 4/5 points
One: When requesting an image please give me the URL where the image is located, and if the image is off-site please save it to a petpage so I can retrieve it.
When requesting an image,
please give me the URL where the image is located;
if the image is off-site,
please save it to a petpage so I can retrieve it.
It would make more sense with a semi-colon instead of a comma there; besides that, you had a few missing commas.
Two: The color only button option let's you pick the general color and border you want on your button. So, I will just do the rest.
The Color Only
button option lets
you pick the general color and border you want on your button, and I will
do the rest.
The option name should be capitalized (the same with the other ones, by the way!), and you have an apostrophe where you do not need one. Then you have a fragment, so I fixed that by combining the sentences with a conjunction.
Only two grammatical mistakes found.
: 7/10 points
They all look exactly the same! The cat's the in the same place, and the font is identical on all of them. Try some variety! If you have a button site, you should be able to make some unique buttons
to show off your site flair! Remember, your button is the first thing that potential customers see when they are browsing other peoples' affiliates/credits. Be sure to make them attractive, otherwise people will skip over your buttons for the shinier ones. By the way, please take them out of that scroll box. It makes it very hard to look at all of them. (Deducted one point.)
Why are you keeping them trapped in one tiny little scrolling box? It makes it hard for people to see all your affiliations at one time; I know that a lot of people don't like being trapped in a marquee (at least, when marquees were allowed), so why give them the same grief with a scroll box? Take them out of the scroll box; it won't take up that much space. You should also try to alphabetize them. (Deducted one point.)
Refer to the "Affiliates" section above. By the way, there's no need for the "Open/Close" sign above your listings. YOU apply for the listings; if someone asks to list your site, why should you refuse them? That's free advertising you're turning away! (Deducted one point.)
: 14/25 points
Here we get to the meat of the matter. I'm going to try to do this one section at a time; let's see where this gets us, okay?
Have you ever read this guide
? It explains all about those trick words in the rules; not only are they annoying, but most of the time people just skim the rules for the trick word and place it in the form. There's no reason for them to read the rules at all if they can easily spot the trick word! (No points deducted.)
Hm. It might be better if you made those border options, font options, and animation options with actual backgrounds. The white background (or is it transparent?) makes it hard to see the options correctly. Your Four Hearts
border options...I would get rid of those. They just don't fit in with the rest of them; if the hearts were transparent (with just outlines), it might be a different story. I do like your "Curtain" border, though. It's very nice. (One point deducted.)
Nothing here. (No points deducted.)
Nothing's changed since the last time I reviewed you
It would make the buttons look much
better if you were to make the borders transparent. You see the corners, how they're cut off and a bit of the background isn't
surrounded by a border? If you were to make that transparent, the button would look far better. Just because something is 88 x 31 pixels, it doesn't mean that it should be a perfect rectangle every time. Having those extra pixels poke through the border makes it look a bit messy. (Not to mention the fact that when you put it on a non-white page, you can see the pixels floating around it!)
Now, the fonts. The best thing about pixel fonts is, if you outline them, they look three hundred times more awesome
and are about five times more readable
than if you do not outline pixel fonts. You're still not outlining your fonts! (In the vein of outlining, too, I would also outline, or "pad," the inside of your buttons. See the Paint Button Tutorial
section of THIS PAGE
to see what I mean by "padding." It's underneath Step Three.)
Some good news, though. The BEST button you have would have to be this one:
You've outlined the font (rather nicely, I must say) and the border has been nicely cleaned up. Again, though, make the borders transparent!!
See how, when I put it in this light-blue box, you can see the white pixels all around it? Not pretty.
I also noticed that you're using some pretty shoddy, blurry, or just plain S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D images as the backgrounds. If you can't adjust them properly, or can't find an image small enough, FIND A DIFFERENT IMAGE! Stretching or warping the image just so it fits into that tiny little pixel space makes it seem like you're just trying to get the button done as soon as possible. Make a little effort to find some great images, and your button-quality will make a great leap! (Deducted ten points.)
See "Sitely" section above. (No points deducted.)
It's a very bare-bones credits section. Do you have any one you want to thank? What about telling us your site information? (e.g., Why did you start this site? What were some great milestones in your site history?) Heck, you could even add some pretty buttons at the bottom in addition to the text links at the top!
: 0/5 points
There's absolutely nothing here that would make me want to come back, sorry.
: Just read through what I've already mentioned above; I don't think I left anything out. *No Points deducted*
: 46/70 points overall
That's a 66%
. You haven't done much improvement since I last saw your site. There's just a slight change in the graphics (although there are still the white borders!) and the minimum change possible in the banner. You have fixed up your spelling and grammar mistakes, but that's not all a site is supposed to be about. A site is about content
. REMEMBER: QUALITY OVER QUANTITY! So what if it takes you half an hour to make a button? If you make it right, you'll soon become a fantastic button-maker. Be sure to review tutorials for your specific graphics program. I'm sure there's some way for you to make transparent buttons! (If not, I recommend that you check out GIMP
. It's free and easy to use!) Remember to check out Create Impressions
for some button-making suggestions. Even if they're not made for your specific program, I'm sure you can make some tricks work!
I'm not going to lie; you have a tough mountain to climb if you want to move up in the world. I can only suggest some guides (such as Create Impressions
, which I mentioned above) and point you to some directories (such as Soroptimist
) to find more guides. I wish you luck, though, Katie.
Recommended || Not Recommended
There's nothing special here. It's just another cut-and-dry amateur button-making site. It needs a lot of improvement.