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    comments on website

    Hi gang,

    I've made alot of changes and updates to my campaign website

    Paul Pearson - Justice For Paul

    I would like to hear what you think of it in terms of

    speed
    navigation
    clarity
    and any other comments

    This is very important to myself and my familly to get this right as we will be meeting up with the media soon.

    Cheers

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    Some stuff I noticed in IE8:
    • Two 'LINKS' links at the bottom of the main page
    • Large 'Paul' on background did not render till mouse was moved over the outer section
    • content section is not centered on the screen leaving a large gap to the right on my widescreen
    • Perhaps a set of social media links would help to add publicity, ie Digg etc.
    • 'Archives' could possibly be relabled 'comments' for clarity
    • Speed seemed ok for a uk based site from the end of the interent
    • Layout is nice and clean which is good and clear
    Last edited by SYNACK; 10th July 2010 at 10:11 PM.

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    It's pretty slick. Enabling output compression would be nice, you could take about 60% off index.php which is where the load time is greatest.

    In fact, does that need to be a .php page at all? It's quite latent, a static page would be a lot quicker.

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    I'd promote your contact block up to the right-hand column, too.

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    Thanyou

    one of the 'links' is to be changed to campaign updates tonight
    the site is supposed to be on the left and not centred. I decided not to have a centred main contents
    Archives and categories are to be relabled... just trying to think of suitable titles
    I have facebook and twitter at the bottom - Im mofing them tommorow so there bigger and under the right menu

    Intresting you say about the Paul rendering. I've not had that problem... will look into that

    Thanks for your comments
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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    It's pretty slick. Enabling output compression would be nice, you could take about 60% off index.php which is where the load time is greatest.

    In fact, does that need to be a .php page at all? It's quite latent, a static page would be a lot quicker.
    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    I'd promote your contact block up to the right-hand column, too.
    Cheers.

    what do you mean by output compression?

    I will have a have to think about the contact block some more. the menu in the footer is starting to get full which means I may have seriously consider moving it

    Cheers

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    OK I see what you mean about compression, so I need to enable Apache compression gzip etc

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    Yes. You'll probably have to talk to your host about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    In fact, does that need to be a .php page at all? It's quite latent, a static page would be a lot quicker.
    index.php is used for the whole site meaning the user never leaves index.php everything else is preloaded in and cached

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    In that case, investigate a Joomla file-based cache to avoid database hits on every request, and consider modifying your template to allow local caching too.

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    Local cache and other suggestions done.

    Only one person that dosen't like the bubble. Personally for me I think it works

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    On the links page, should it not say sex offenders register rather than sexy offenders?

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    lol thats what happens when you work till 4am on it and put over 30 hours in on a weekend. cheers!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    In that case, investigate a Joomla file-based cache to avoid database hits on every request, and consider modifying your template to allow local caching too.
    The PHP Pageing system keeps the user on "index.php" and each page is cached on first visit... and updates to the site reloads the cache and the cache is then re-loaded on next page visit... if you understand that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PEO View Post
    lol thats what happens when you work till 4am on it and put over 30 hours in on a weekend. cheers!!
    No worries! Under different circumstances it would have been an assuming slip up!! all the best with the site and campaign.

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