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    Currently I am just in the process of creating one website and I made the decision when started that it would be best to design in a 750px wide box for a collective business site. What it is is the "enterprise" is a company that is made up of other smaller companies that provide different services which are all linked by the enterprise company. The opening site, for the enterprise portion, would be a rather simple site that links off to the separate businesses. This opening site would be 750px and centered on the screen. Now that I have taken a break from the project(it is for my brother) and picked it back up, several months later as uncontrollable issues put the project on hold, I am trying to decide what the best design philosophy would be for the project.Resolutions is only a small portion of the project, but it is something that has put things on hold until I can decide which is the best way to go. At least three sub companies will make up the enterprise so I need to think about what is best for the owner, the companies and myself while designing these pages. Should I stick with the 750px for the main site and the individual sites, 750px for just the main site, or a more fluid and/or larger layout for all of them?I wish my brother would just tell me what he wants and I would work with that, but it seems all decisions have been left entirely up to me and I don't feel I have an adequate grasp on what would be best.System
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    PHP and MySQLI picked up this book last year and just started reading it again. There is a newer edition of it out and I haven't heard anything bad about it.System
  4. LOL thanks spoonraker. With how many hours I am getting at my actual job I will have to try and create it there lol. ###### of a year this is turning out to be.David
  5. I am more worried about doing something wrong, that he may not even know is wrong, so I am covering all the bases I can before I go about it. I did some more reading on PHP today and it will help out website design a ton from what I can tell, not layouts, but content and such.David
  6. Well, in all honesty, I don't think that the idea will really get anywhere, but he asked for help so I will try lol! This is a new venture to him so they don't really have any color schemes and they hardly even use the internet themselves. 790px does sound a ton more accomadating and I appreciate the input. This is something I feel must be terrible for the professionals out there, asked about projects and given no information. I tried asking him questions about what he wanted, but he just kept saying, "Do what you think is best". What I think and what he wants are probably totally different and it is just a frustrating situation. I will use some generic colors to do with the Romanian flag and the old stars and stripes for his layouts and just do something pretty basic to start. I remember the last site I made... when I got done one of the two guys that were interested in me making it came out and said, "I won't let anything go through that I didn't design myself and all I want from you is the PHP to make it work". I dropped the F bomb on him and canceled that project as it wasn't a paying venture, just practice. Going to be frustrating and a long process, but hopefully it all pays off in the end.Thanks again for the info and I wish I had more to go on, but it is what it is and I will just do my best,David
  7. Yea, thats the thing... other than the information provided I didn't get jack for "wants" for the site or about the people he plans to have use it. I just know they are from Romania and are going to be employed in the USA for part of the year. I hate to end up leaving scrollbars and I created a site using all em to have it fully scale, but that was just a news site and nothing business like about it. I don't think I am qualified at all for it, but he wanted me to give it a shot so I figured I would. All I agreed to do in the end is the layout not the content as I told him I don't know anywhere near enough about PHP yet. I will probably go with a banner with his company name/slogan if they have one and perhaps a small flag to the right of that with one fade from Romanian to American on load(just to make him happy, not what I would do) or perhaps the two flags, American on left and Romanian on right. I build in notepad++ and view in Firefox because that is the browser I use myself and will try and keep it as generic as possible as I know the more advanced it gets the more chance it will look fugly in other browsers.With how much I am working and how little free time I end up with I am just trying to get some guidelines setup so I can put as little time as required when it comes build time as I am not even getting paid to do it, just practice I guess. The 550px maximum width for the site sounds doable. Should I have it centered on the screen or leave it aligned left?Thanks,David
  8. Warning: Terribly sorry about the long detailed post, but I just wanted to include as much information about the project at hand rather than just creating many questions on details I may have left out. If I didn't include it, it most likely means I have no idea/haven't thought about it yet. Thank you for your time.Well greetings to start... and then a brief introduction on how I got into this predicament. I went into work this afternoon only to be confronted by a high school friend and this friend had a proposition for me, something I am not sure I am ready to handle. He asked me if I could put together a site for a business he is starting up that involves helping out of country workers on finding jobs and places to live. He didn't really give me any guidelines on what he wanted other than he wanted it to look professional and to use my best judgment on layout.I tried to downplay my actual site making skills because I don't think they are adequate for a business yet, but I told him I would at least give it a shot and give it a shot I will. I come to you, humbled, and in need of advice on how to setup this site. The only things he really mentioned so far were that he would like a page for people to preview housing they may choose from and that he would like a way for the people to sign in and view their own personal job/housing related information that the company has set up for them. I am guessing that would take at LEAST PHP and probably something more advanced. I told him that I doubt I could handle something like that now or anywhere in the near future. So the job I agreed to take on entails just creating a couple of different layouts for him. I figured the best thing to do would be to just create the "home" page or index page of the site that would be the first page that his customers saw rather than worrying about any of the links actually working.I have studied xhtml and CSS and feel I have a pretty good grasp to work on layouts and I have just very recently started to learn PHP. I told him with all of the cross-browser issues that I would have to build it for one browser to start, unless there is an easy layout to use that is not difficult to layout for multiple browsers?Now on to my questions and general sentiments!1.) Are there any specific guidelines for small business sites that I should be aware of? Are there specific resolutions I should build on? Should it be a fluid layout that scales or set resolution?2.) He mentioned wanting a Romanian flag to fade out to an American flag and then back (not sure how many times he meant), but should I talk him out of it? Perhaps using just one fade from Romanian flag to American for his original idea to work out?3.) Would horizontal or vertical, perhaps even both, navbars be best? Perhaps not even use navigation buttons and just use separated text links by category?4.) Is there a basic layout that would be easy to translate into multiple browsers or would it be best for me to just build it in one and go from there? I just know that there are quite a few different browsers and they take tricks here and there to make them look the same, tricks I don't think I can handle yet unless they are rather basic.I will of course be happy to answer any questions this may bring up and I appreciate any helpful information, as I just want to do the best I can and I haven't really had any opportunities to do sites for people. Sorry if I offend anyone with this posting I just want to do my best with my less than perfect abilities.Thanks,David
  9. Ah thanks Croatiankid, that would explain why it is fine in Firefox and not IE lol, I did the fixed banner size fix that I stupidly messed up. I think I am almost done with my first site.System
  10. I was using ems so it would scale when the user changed text size so the whole page would scale together. I figured why half it and just go with all ems so the whole thing is scalable, at least that is what I am lead to believe. I was building it in 1024x768 resolution and having it all done with ems or %, which I am not even sure is the best way, but eh not sure what else to do with it.System
  11. Well, what I have done is tried to color the background of each div differently to aid in seeing the layout and how the different divs are working together. I am unsure of how the two different background colors would matter much as I would like the banner div to be the size of the image and no more. If there is a reason for why there is a small line of extra banner space I guess I just need to know why it is there. With the banner having a seperate color I could tell if the image was filling up the entire banner div, which it does, except for the one small line.. maybe 2-3 pixels thick at the bottom. I have updated my code a bit for turning my navigation into horizontal nav bar, but the line is still below the banner image. By the way, this is in FireFox browser as I can't download any other browsers at work.I suppose I could just set the height/width of the banner in em to the same exact height/width of the image em size and toss out the max/min, which really serves no purpose? Could I have solved my own problem by eliminating a stupid mistake? Not sure why I was using min/max anyway.Thanks,System
  12. EDIT: Added rest of HTML(Edit replaced several things, none important) This is one of my first serious build attempts and any advice is welcome, it is just the beginning so a lot of stuff is left over from my earlier attempt at it and I have come back to fix it up using just CSS and no tables.Everything else shouldn't be needed, right? I have all the <div>s properly opened and closed, but for some reason the code below causes a red strip of background color to be visible below the banner image. At work, gotta run, will check back soon, thanks if you can find the time to try and help me fix this.CSS Code: body{margin: 0 auto;text-align: center;background-color: #6666F4}a:link{color:blue;background-color: red;}a:visited{color:black;}a:hover{color:black;background-color: purple;}a:active {color:red;}.deconone{text-decoration: none;}#container{background-color: #DDDDDD;margin: 0 auto;width: 95%;text-align: left;height: 100%;min-width: 67.25em;}#topbanner{background-color: #AA0000;text-align: center;padding: 0;margin: 0;min-width: 67.25em;min-height: 9em;}#horznav{float: left;width: 150px;}#content{float: left;border: 2px solid red;width:100%margin-left: 10em;margin-right: 4em;min-width: 50em;}#footer{background-color: #CC4444;text-align: center;height: 20px;clear: both;}ul{list-style-type: none;}img{height: 9em;width: 67.25em;padding: 0;margin: 0;} HTML Code: <!--Edit--><!DOCTYPE<html><head><link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"href="Edit" /><title>Edit</title><meta name="description"content="Edit"><meta name="keywords"content="EDIT"><meta name ="author"content="System"><meta name="generator"content="Notepad"></head><body><div id="container"><div id="topbanner"><img src="images/SGSbanner1.gif" alt="Edit" title="Edit" /></div><div id="horznav"><ul><li><a class="deconone" href="members.html">Members</a></li><li><a class="deconone" href="forums.html">Forums</a></li><li><a class="deconone" href="rules.html">Rules</a></li><li><a class="deconone" href="screenshots.html">Screenshots</a></li></ul></div><div id="content">FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />FIllthisspotlolhaiherhier</div><div id="rightnavigation"><br /></div><div id="footer"><p>This website is designed and updated by <a href="myinfo.html">System</a></p></div></div></body></html>
  13. I am still very new with building sites and it is just frustrating at this point. I know the syntax and how to do the basics, but anything more than that and I hit a wall. I can make an okay looking site, but no where near what I will need to be able to do. I will try and start working with percentages and such, it is just hard working 45+ hours a week, getting chores done and still trying to have some fun in life while also learning the ins and outs of web design.System
  14. Yes, I have been using Divs for different sections of my practice pages. I use a container which then includes banner/left/content/right/footer inside of it to do the layout rather than using tables. I just wasn't sure if it was the norm to use a scaling site or a static sized site.System
  15. I am just curious since this topic was brought up... what do people generally build if they are using CSS and a tableless layout? Do they build a site with a specific resolution in mind or is it best to have it be able to fit in different resolutions? I am new to learning CSS and now that I have found CSS I never plan to do a table layout unless I am specifically asked to by a future customer, if I ever get a customer lol. I understand HTML and have checked into the XHTML differences and other than a few closing tags not much is changing from how I coded my HTML. CSS is something that I understand how to use it, what it is used for, but I just haven't figured out how to make it do everything I want it to do, which I figure will come in practice/time. I find CSS a bit hard to learn, but maybe it is because I usually am taught from books rather than roaming around picking through other people's code and tweaking it to figure out how it actually works(which isn't always easy for me as some code doesn't appear to change anything, but who knows lol).So the reason of this post, build for multiple resolutions or just one? I understand what the benefit is, but is it really worth the extra trouble to get it to look nice in all sorts of resolutions/browsers? For practice, since I couldn't think of anything else, I am putting together a site for a FPS clan that I hang with, but none of them are putting in any ideas for what they want. The way it seems I learn best is tell me to do something and I will try and figure out how until I get the job done.System
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