Somone over at Thesis Theme HQ reviewed TechPatio.com recently and compared the current site design and layout (as of December ’09) to the one I had before switching to the Thesis theme, back in August 2009.
She did a really fantastic and lengthy review of my site and I’m really happy to see how much effort she put into it. She even went on to provide some really great ideas on how I can improve the site. Some of the ideas I had already thought about but some of them I haven’t, so I’ll have to look into some changes next year 🙂
I’ll just really quick comment on some of her suggestions:
“Suggest drawing out a colour or two from your header image such as brown, blue or orange to add extra flair.”
Interesting idea. I’m not a designer but maybe I can come up with something that will add extra flair.
“Suggest the nav items be reviewed so that the Subscribe item fits better and doesn’t create a second row with void of white. Perhaps reconsider the use of the ‘Articles’ button as the other nav items also have articles.”
I haven’t been able to reproduce this, as it’s an error. It looks fine in my browsers so I suspect it could be a resize issue somewhere. It’s supposed to look like it does in this screenshot, e.g. the “Subscribe”-link to the right being in the same row as the rest of the menu, and not on a new row, below the navigation menu:
How does it look in your browser? Leave a comment below!
Another great suggestion:
Length of Page
* The ‘About’ page for example is of standard length, however the insertion of every category in the right-hand sidebar and additional Google AdSense units stretches the page out to more than twice its length, making the task of scrolling down to check out what is in the footer a bit of a marathon.
* Suggest removing some of the category listings to the nav menu, a drop down system or a shorter manually coded text widget with the categories you really want to include in the sidebar.
I agree. That’s definitely something that needs to be looked into and some of the things could easily be moved to the footer, as Somone also suggests.