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Jonathan Harvey
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Hi, I'm new to web development/design and I'm VERY novice. As a startup project I have created a basic homepage to a directory of businesses in portland Oregon. <a href="http:/www.portlandhotspots.noadsfree.com"> Portland Hot Spots </a>.I'm hoping I will be able to get some constructive feedback on both DESIGN and CODING of my website. Thanks!

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The image carousel is nice, did you do that or borrow it from somewhere? There is a weird straight petal in the rose background image that gives the unintentional impression of straight lines up and down the edge of the page. It might be worth a brief photoshop to make less obvious. Must be the only straight edged rose in photographic history.. The page is a little wide...browsers don't always open at max size, so perhaps some elasticity would be nice, or a narrower design: rather than set the widths in pxs, set them in %, so that the page renders nicely when the window isn't maxed. Set some kind of reasonable min-width though: there are limits to how small you can expect your page to be reduced to for real browsing. Overall, it's not a bad start, but everything is a bit big and brash. I'm no master of design, though, so I can't offer any helpful advice on how to make it a little sleeker.

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The image carousel is nice, did you do that or borrow it from somewhere? There is a weird straight petal in the rose background image that gives the unintentional impression of straight lines up and down the edge of the page. It might be worth a brief photoshop to make less obvious. Must be the only straight edged rose in photographic history.. The page is a little wide...browsers don't always open at max size, so perhaps some elasticity would be nice, or a narrower design: rather than set the widths in pxs, set them in %, so that the page renders nicely when the window isn't maxed. Set some kind of reasonable min-width though: there are limits to how small you can expect your page to be reduced to for real browsing. Overall, it's not a bad start, but everything is a bit big and brash. I'm no master of design, though, so I can't offer any helpful advice on how to make it a little sleeker.
Thanks! like I said, this is my first site, and I'm basically doing it for practice. so setting widths in % instead of px should render the page better depending on browsers? or user settings? Thanks again.
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Thanks! like I said, this is my first site, and I'm basically doing it for practice. so setting widths in % instead of px should render the page better depending on browsers? or user settings? Thanks again.
Yeah...changing widths to % means that if I resize my window, your page resizes with it, keeping things in proportion and everything visible. Like I said, it's worth adding a min-width property to at least the main content column so that if someone keeps shrinking your page the most important bit is the last to get lost.
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