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betrays its own mission

In the original review request of 1 KPL Web Design and Management, the author commented: this is a site for buisness websites, designed to show my future customers the high quality of work that I produce.
Reviewed by: Bennie C. Taylor
The "web and spider" image in the background is neat, but it should never be allowed to tile either horizonally or vertically. Tiling looks messy and uncontrolled. You could set the image to appear only once using CSS - or, perhaps better, reduce the image size and use it as part of your logo or banner.
      The yellow font is not a good color choice. It is highly visible, but it also vibrates and tires the eye. A very light gray would be more pleasing on your black background. There is no need for a splash page here - there really never is, in my opinion. Go ahead and state what you want to say on the first page. Perhaps use a light gray box with black text for your main content; i.e., the introduction and explanatory material. That would make reading easier.
      The lack of a menu high on the first page is disturbing. I want to know what is included in the site and how I can get around to view what interests me. Two pages are sufficient for the content you have (maybe even one page). If you use two pages, there must always be a link back to the first (home) page.
Links Gone Bad
The links to the sites you are offering as examples of your work did not always function correctly. One appeared to be broken the first time I tried it; some of the pages ask me to wait for something. But I do not want to wait. It might be better to offer a small image of each site and then link each of these to a full-size image (screen capture) rather than depend upon the various sites to be readily available by clicking.
      Be sure to optimize the larger images so they open quickly for those with slower computers. Take a look at some of the most recent successful sites on the Internet. Styles have changed a good bit in the last couple of years. Most professional designers no longer use unnecessary animation, busy backgrounds, fancy navigation buttons, and so on. The trend is toward a lot of white space, font which is often too small to read - you do not make that mistake - and a few fast-loading and colorful images displaying the products they offer for sale.
Posted: 10/29/2003

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