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    Web Design Newbie (wanna be)

    Edited by WyllyWylly to add URL tag. See the markup help. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Hi All <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29>

    I have been asked to design a web site by a business owner that has no idea how to market the products he has to offer.

    Now, a few months ago, he bought a new computer. (emachine) Not knowing a thing about computers, but how to check his email. But wanting to get his products marketed on the internet.

    Part of one of the "Perks" of buying that computer was a free web site, with the offer to set it up for him. Well, that was nice of them to do, BUT, it's very, very generic. Not at all attractive nor appealing.

    There is only three links on his page. One that opens mapquest.com, one that opens a "new mail" so you can email him for more info, and the third link opens a page of photos that are about 1 1/2" square. With nothing indicating that the pics can be enlarged, the "hand" curser appears over the enlarged pic, & the pic enlarges again, but the 1st enlargement pic is already taking up the whole window. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> "pic00x.jpg" is under the picture (tacky, in my opinion) and nothing else.

    At the top of the page with the tiny pictures the are three links: previous, home, and next. The home link, does not take you to the home page, but rather the page with the tiny pics! <img src=/S/mad.gif border=0 alt=mad width=15 height=15>

    Take a look for your selves, and you'll understand. http://www.abilitiesfirstcycle.com

    Now, my problem is... I want to fix the above problems on his page, make it look more appealing, then I need to "Market" his products. But........... I am completely clueless as to how to help him. <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>

    That's where you smart people come in. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> If you could help me, by telling me, if there is any web sites with step-by-step instructions for the "completely clueless", or if there is someone out there that has the time to teach me how, or... or... or..... <font color=6495ed>something</font color=6495ed> Please <img src=/S/please.gif border=0 alt=please width=31 height=23> It would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: Web Design Newbie (wanna be)

    <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/flee.gif border=0 alt=flee width=25 height=25> No wonder you want to make it look better.

    I don't know what website design tools you have access to, but I strongly recommend the combination of Frontpage and OutFront Templates for a task like this. It will allow you to take a completely built website and customise it as much or as little as you want.

    There are a lot of beginner tutorials around, but the best experience IMHO is to use a tool like FrontPage and look at how other websites are put together. I would also consider checking out the design books at Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble's websites. Read the customer reviews of the books listed for one that you think will suit your needs.

    Hope that helps,
    -Mark

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    Re: Web Design Newbie (wanna be)

    Hi,

    A few things firstly:

    1. The Testomonial is way to large and takes up to much room.

    2. Put contact details on the top of the web page.

    3. Put the history on another page.


    4. The logo on the web page takes up far to much room in needs to be reduced a lot more.

    If you make a start on these things l will give you some more.

    Regards
    justin.
    webmaster: www.make-a-date.org

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    Re: Web Design Newbie (wanna be)

    Hi Guys,

    I'm so sorry that it has taken me a couple and a half months to read & reply to these posts. I haven't been able to get online since I started this thread. They don't let patients play on their computers at the hospital. <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20> <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    But I'm back now and my web page problem waited patiently for my return. <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> I haven't yet tried the suggestions given here, I wanted to post this right away. I will try them in the morning. In the meantime, if anyone reading this now, (Good morning/afternoon/evening - whichever fits <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>) if you have anything to offer <font color=magenta>PLEASE</font color=magenta> do.

    Thank you all for your time,

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    Re: Web Design Newbie (wanna be)

    Hi, I am very new to Web design, too, and found a site that proved very helpful. It is called "Basic Web Resource Site"; its URL is http://www.fluffbucket.com (sorry, don't know how to make that a link!). Hope it helps (and hope you're feeling better!).

    Linda

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