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ChildHoodHorror (New Admin) 1/2/2008 2:09 PM EST : Is my Banner centered?

ChildHoodHorror
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Hey guys,  I'm on a wide screen monitor and can't tell if my Banner is Centered or if it jacks up the page with a scroll bar at the bottom.  can anyone take a look and let me know and about how much smaller it needs to be to fit if out of place.  I'm using photoshop 6 and have no clue what i'm doing i'm lucky to have made that image out of the three photos.  thanks for the help

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LoL sorry forgot the link
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Ebenthorin (Guild Admin) 1/3/2008 2:47 AM EST : RE: Is my Banner centered?
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Yes, your banner is centered, but there are issues.

1) You banner is HUGE!!! That image alone will take up 1/2 the screen on a 17" monitor.

2) Waaaay to much vertical space before content. You're looking at 600px of vertical space before the start of your content. That appears on every single page. Based on average browser sizes, that means that pretty much everyone is going to have to scroll before seeing any content at all, on every single page.

3) You page is waaaaaay too wide. You're looking at 1100px to get rid of the horizontal scroll bar and 1200px to get the rendering to show up correctly.

I like the scheme and graphics though, so here's my recommendations:

1) resize that banner down to 800x150 or so. The smaller it is, the less scrolling your visitors will have to do. Trim off the lower parts of the background images, raise the guild name up, and work with the font/coloring/effects on the guild name to make it more prominent and easier to read.

2) Stack the two images in your content vertically instead of horizontally, this should fix the problem with the content box not rendering correctly below 1200px wide.

3) Be more consistent with your fonts. Some of the content on the home page is in an anti-aliased font, some isn't (I would recommend sticking with the AA font like the one used in your 2nd news post). There is also inconsistent coloring, italics, underlining, weight, and sizing. Work on getting that text more consistent looking so that the page feels more unified.

-Rick

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Didokova (Guild Admin) 1/3/2008 1:26 PM EST : RE: Is my Banner centered?
Didokova
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Yes it is centerd and it looks cool but you may want to make is smaller so it fits the screen better

Didokova banner
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ChildHoodHorror (New Admin) 1/5/2008 5:03 AM EST : RE: Is my Banner centered?

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thanks for the info,  I gotta work on that banner it took me awhile cause i suck with photo shop i guess.  I endend up printing out the pictures i wanted and cut and pasted crap together and played with the coloring on my scanner to get them together like like. Have to figure out if i can scale the picture down some more, About did all the croping i can do on the sides.

But I've gotten rid of the pictures cause the topic is old and M$ didn't give us the function anyways.  But I'll Remember to stack them next time.

And I'll finish up The Font today and get it right.

Thanks again guys.
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ChildHoodHorror (New Admin) 1/6/2008 1:11 AM EST : RE: Is my Banner centered?

ChildHoodHorror
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ok i think i figued out how to resize the image and changed font to match and not be so hard on the eyes.  If you wanna take a look and let me know what you think that's cool.  thanks again guys.
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Ebenthorin (Guild Admin) 1/6/2008 1:58 AM EST : RE: Is my Banner centered?
Ebenthorin
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Much nicer!

-Rick
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Ebenthorin (Guild Admin) 1/7/2008 3:07 AM EST : RE: Is my Banner centered?
Ebenthorin
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One last recommendation. I would trim the boarder images around your banner. These images:
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Down to about 200px, that should make them line up with the side content boxes and reduce the width before your scroll bar shows up. Luckily the page is rendering well so that even if the banner forces the scroll bar to appear, the content continues to render on a single page width. This issue appears to be an IE only problem as FF renders the border correctly (or incorrectly, but more visually appealing).

You still have ~600px of space from the top of the page to the top of your content, which is really huge (I try to aim for under 300px). The only way to cut that back is to trim up your banner.

One other little issue, for pages you haven't visited yet, the link color is the same as the background color on the menu tabs. It makes the menu tab turn solid lavender with no legible text if you hover over it with out having visited the page before.

-Rick
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ChildHoodHorror (New Admin) 1/11/2008 2:12 AM EST : RE: Is my Banner centered?

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I tired to do what you said but i couldn't figure out the box border images.  It was a theme off GP so i endend up just doing my own stuff.  I did everything with photo shop except for the box borders cause i still can't figure that crap out.  Sooner or later though.  But i like the new look now anyways, just need to figure how to make box borders to match my tab buttons.  thanks for the help man
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Ebenthorin (Guild Admin) 1/11/2008 2:47 AM EST : RE: Is my Banner centered?
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Posts: 1274
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Yeah, the GP themes do a bunch of custom stuff that isn't easy to modify

-Eben
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