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fixtatik gave it on 9th Jul 2009 and said:
I like to do site reviews in 4 categories: my first impression, visual & technical aesthetics, and UI (or user experience, ease of use, what-have-you).
I wasn't impressed with the quality of the images. It might just be the colors, but glancing at them makes them appear as highly compressed JPEGs (even though they're PNG). The font used for title of your site is a complete turn-off. It makes me wonder if I'm in a western dollhouse, or browsing a professional website.
As above, not a huge fan of the appearance of the images. I do like the colors, but perhaps it might be better if you used a more subtle tonal range, or spread the purple a bit more throughout the rest of the site. I do appreciate the fact that you're not using tiny, 9-pixel font size. I immediately leave sites like that. However, I don't understand why you use various font faces throughout the layout. The top navigation looks like Tahoma, the main content area Arial, the search box Verdana, the sidebar Trebuchet MS, and the different fonts in the title image. Use one font for content text (including the navigation), and one or two similar fonts for the title text.
I'm not sure why you have "TPFL NET" in the header. While it is your site's acronym, it gives the impression that the domain is tpfl.net, which of course it's not. I'd probably just take that off completely, especially since you don't even have that in the header of the message board.
One mild thing that bugs me (I don't know if it was intentional or not) is the overlapping of the main area onto the header. On either side of the content area is a nice border at the bottom of the header, but gets chopped off once you hit the main area. It would look nicer if that border stretch the full length of the page, tangent to the top of the content area.
I might also suggest making it more apparent that the sidebar is separate from the content area. Both being white, it just seems very empty. There's also the issue with the white background, white content area and purple footer. It feels a little awkward when in some places there's a gradient, but suddenly switched to a boxed area with curves. I don't think the rounded corners on the footer fit very well with the rest of the layout. As far as consistency goes, if you want to keep the rounded corners on the footer, you may also want to change the navigation of your main site to look like the navigation of the message board. Personally, I think the message board's navigation is far more attractive.
Validated sites always make me smile. While yours isn't completely valid (a couple misplaced paragraph tags, no big deal), it's damn close. You've kept the number of scripts to a minimum and compressed jQuery, which is also good. And also a plus on using list items for the navigation and list of links throughout the site. Really, nothing negative to say as far as coding goes!
UI, UX, etc.
For the most part, I can figure out where I'm going. I suppose the only thing I have against navigating through your site is the number of links in the navigation itself. I guess it could be necessary, but it seems like you could merge a few of those links into one, and perhaps use a fluid drop-down menu. You already have jQuery on your site, so you could just apply a few functions to make a visually attractive menu without too much extra load.
The message board bugs me. It's part of the same site, but it feels like it takes me too a completely different site. There's no link back to the main area of TPFL, and the colors don't match. I imagine you did this for a reason, but inconsistency is just something that irks me. The colors aren't a huge deal, but I think the link back to your main site is.
You have a very well-built, easy-to-navigate (for the most part) site. The biggest thing I think you can improve on is visual consistency. Overall, 3 stars. Well done!
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Ryeorin gave it on 9th Jul 2009 and said:
Layout & Design
I really love the simple concept of your layout. The colors match each other just perfectly. I don't have any suggestion about the layout, since I love it alot. Keep the good work.
Since TPFL.net is a big community, it would be nice if you add more useful content and resources, like how to maintain a physical fanlisting well, how TPFL.net was born, and links to useful resources, it will really help the listing owners.
Not much to say about the coding, since you're using wordpress, which is a good thing and plus :D
I love the site overall, and how well it is maintained. You've done a really great job as an administrator of TPFL.net. :D Keep up the good work, and take care.
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zippycart gave it on 8th Jul 2009 and said:
As ususal I will go with bullet points to do my review of The Physical Fanlistings Network also know as TPFL.net!
- The Physical Fanlistings Network has a decent wordpress template with a purple on grey that works well for me but I would like to see the purple be a bit more rich.
- The twitter mention on the right had side is nice as it is a good way to build followers on twitter which should turn into visitors to the site.
- The top navigation is really cool but there is no real footer which does not make it as search engine friendly.
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While I appreciate you taking the time to visit, I wish you could have told me some points of how to improve the sited versus just criticizing it. Your review was extremely short and completely useless in terms of how I should improve the site. Thanks anyway.
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