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Topic: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: gsoshutout55
Posted 2012-10-26 20:35:29 and read 2509 times.

I don't know what I'm doing haha.

I just finished my CFI practical. I want to create a website that I will place a on a business card to give to prospective clients.

I would like to have only 5 pages off the main site,

1 Who am I?
2. Why chose me?
3. My qualifications
4. What is a BFR?
5. FAA resources.

any links to websites or books?

DHFlight.com

Thanks All

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: 3DoorsDown
Posted 2012-10-27 16:39:51 and read 2390 times.

Not meaning to slam you, but please use someone who knows how to spell to check your site before you publish it to the world, Spell check often is not good enough. Case in point choose and chose (#2 above) would both come up in spell check correctly.
When I look at a web site and they have a bunch (more than two) words not spelled correctly, I leave it.
Just a passing thought. Congrats on your CFI and your new website.
BTW, if you need biz cards, www.Vistaprint.com is a good source and they do a great job.
3DD

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: idealstandard
Posted 2012-10-28 02:02:11 and read 2348 times.

I'd recommend using Blogspot/Wordpress as you can remove the blog aspect.

Or use 1AND1 as they have a website maker service which is actually quite good.

Cheers

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: ManuCH
Posted 2012-10-28 04:03:16 and read 2310 times.

Quoting idealstandard (Reply 2):
I'd recommend using Blogspot/Wordpress as you can remove the blog aspect.

I second that. Blogspot is probably the easiest to use, and the quickest way for you to get started, if you don't have any web design experience.

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: DeltaMD90
Posted 2012-10-28 09:29:04 and read 2282 times.

Not trying to be harsh, just honest feedback

No back links. I know the back key on the browser works, but still
Pages are all inconsistently formatted. I mean not every page needs to be the same, but in this case it looks sloppy
Very bland outline. In the about me section, the page is completely empty minus to lines at the top (that wrap all the way from one side to another)
No pictures shown, and I'd rather see the pics rather that clicking the few links
Not much information. You don't have to write a book, but this was very brief
Make the layout more complex. Have a title, subsections, pictures, not just Title, next line, next line, next line, etc

Not trying to be rude, but I wouldn't share this website with potential clients until you really overhaul it. It looks rushed and unprofessional in its current state. I'd recommend a complete redo, start from scratch, look at other websites for ideas. Look at a.net, it has multiple colors, a common theme from page to page, etc

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: gsoshutout55
Posted 2012-10-28 14:08:41 and read 2232 times.

Thank you all!

My website won't be given to anyone for at least two more weeks. I have an interview for a CFI job this week, and will want to do that for a bit before I begin freelancing. I'm about 10% finished, and have NO idea what I'm doing.

I welcome ALL constructive criticism, fire away!

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: gsoshutout55
Posted 2012-10-28 14:10:13 and read 2231 times.

Quoting gsoshutout55 (Reply 5):
Not trying to be rude, but I wouldn't share this website with potential clients until you really overhaul it. It looks rushed and unprofessional in its current state. I'd recommend a complete redo, start from scratch, look at other websites for ideas. Look at a.net, it has multiple colors, a common theme from page to page, etc

thanks! Maybe I neglected to mention that no one else knows about my site, and I intend to keep it this way until it's in a more complete state.

I learned basic HTML in middle school using geocities websites, but it's been awhile. I am slowly re-learning HTML and becoming familiar with CSS. My goal is to have a basic outline completed on paper by tomorrow, then show it to people in an effort to help make the website look like my paper design.

I don't want anything fancy, I'm looking for what will essentially be a giant, very detailed business card.

[Edited 2012-10-28 14:20:15]

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: DeltaMD90
Posted 2012-10-28 15:44:25 and read 2195 times.

Quoting gsoshutout55 (Reply 6):

Doesn't need to be fancy or flashy, and honestly, you don't really need to know more HTML than you already know. Like you said, draw it out on paper and format it. Maybe have an artistic friend weigh in. In fact, having less a lot of times makes it more professional looking. Just stress consistency and layout! Good luck!

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: gsoshutout55
Posted 2012-10-29 17:19:44 and read 2121 times.

The drawing it out on paper has helped me tons. I think most of you all will recognize my color scheme  http://www.dhflight.com/BFR/BFR.html

This is my most up-to-date parent page, all the links on it work as well. This is close to what I want all of my pages to look like eventually.

Almost 300 of you checked out my page, so speak up!

Thanks  

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: DeltaMD90
Posted 2012-10-29 18:38:14 and read 2101 times.

Quoting gsoshutout55 (Reply 8):

Wow! Looking a lot better! I'm impressed, and in short time too. Good job, keep up the good work

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: Quokkas
Posted 2012-10-29 20:19:28 and read 2095 times.

If you wish to avoid css and scripts, have you considered using a table to arrange the information on the page?

The table width can be set to accommodate the photo that you want to appear on the home page. The table can be centered on the page as this will make the page visually more appealing, rather than having text right up against the left margin. The basic table can be repeated on each page.

You can keep it simple by having just two rows, the top row can contain the links that appear on your home page. This row can be repeated on each page and will eleiminate the need for buttons and javascript. The top row can be split into cells, each containing one link.

The tag for the lower row will need to use the colspan attribute with the value set to the number of cells created in the top row.

On the home page, in the lower row you can place a suitable photo. On linked pages the lower row will be the placeholder for whatever information you wish to add.

The benefit will be that the alignment of your list of links and the photo and/or information will improve.

Alternatively, create a table with three rows: top row for a banner photo (using colspan attribute), second row for links, third row for additional info as desired. In this way the top two rows would be repeated on each page, maintaining a theme throughout.

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: gsoshutout55
Posted 2012-11-11 17:46:31 and read 1944 times.

I've made some changes, please critique the heck out of them!

I'm hoping to go live with it this Thursday, where I plan to speak at an FAA Wings Seminar, and pass out fliers with my name and website and such.

It still needs work, but please help me add more creative content, and tell me not only where it sucks, but ideas to suck less.

Thanks!


Visit Me!

[Edited 2012-11-11 17:49:45]

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: Quokkas
Posted 2012-11-11 21:21:05 and read 1944 times.

The layout looks good.

Couple of issues:
1) The Instrument Proficiency Check link appears to be a dead link., resulting in a 404 Error - page not found. You may need to check whether you need an absolute or relative link to the page.
2) Aeronautical Experience and Contact pages jump out of the table and load as new pages without any links. You may wish to tidy those two up (insert the information into a page with a table) so the consistent appearance is maintained throughout.

The only other thing, is the button needed when a simple link in the navigation column would suffice? IMO that would maintain a more professional appearance.

Best wishes.

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: nighthawk
Posted 2012-11-12 01:27:48 and read 1944 times.

A few things to note, some of which have been pointed out by others:

1) Spelling! Watch out for spelling mistakes, you have spelt profession wrong in your header, this immediately catches the eye as soon as you visit the page. It reflects badly on you, and makes your site look very "unproffesional"  

2) The right navigation bar text wraps when viewed in low resolutions, which makes it unreadable. I would set this to a fixed size rather than 20%. Not everyone browses the web with their browser fullscreen on a 1080p monitor, make sure your site renders correctly on lower resolutions. This is especially important these days with mobile devices growing in popularity.

3) Further to the above, I would avoid the use of tables. CSS brings a lot of benefits, and is the preferred way of laying out a site these days. I would read up on the use of CSS.

4) There is too much text on the home page. Keep the text short and simple, get straight to the point. No-one wants to read through paragraphs of text to get to what they want to know. When someone visits your site, you have about 3 seconds to persuade them that they have visited the right site.

You need a "call to action" - some prominent text/image which tells visitors what to do - in your case contact you and hire you as an instructor. I would create a graphic saying "Available To Hire - From $50/hr - Click To Contact Me" or similar. Place a table below with a breakdown of your prices.

5) I would say overall the design is very amateurish and dated. Your website is a reflection on you and the services you provide. I would suggest hiring a professional to at least design the layout of the site.

Quoting idealstandard (Reply 2):
I'd recommend using Blogspot/Wordpress as you can remove the blog aspect.

I wouldn't recommend Blogspot or Wordpress in this case. Wordpress in particular is fairly bloated and slow. It can be useful for dynamic sites where the content is going to change frequently, or where the owner is not comfortable with editing HTML, but in this case the content is almost never going to change, and the user does know HTML, so better to just stick with a static HTML based site.

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: DeltaMD90
Posted 2012-11-12 08:46:40 and read 1944 times.

Looking nice! I got a few 404 errors, some links seem to be on top of each other, and some pages seem wildly off the common theme (looks like remnants from the old website.)

Just clean it up a bit, but I think you did a great job! Better than I could do

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: gsoshutout55
Posted 2012-11-12 11:10:41 and read 1945 times.

Thanks for the constructive criticism.

Yes, several links are dead, that is by design. I am still working on those pages and haven't uploaded them to my server.

I plan to add content and have all pages the same style.

I will not hire a professional, 98% of flight instructors I have met do not have a website. Most have business cards, and that's it. Anything at all gives me an edge, I just need to do well as to make that edge as large as possible!

Check back tonight for more updates  

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: gsoshutout55
Posted 2012-11-15 10:14:51 and read 1944 times.

Just had a major update, any feedback is appreciated!


Visit my new layout

[Edited 2012-11-15 10:17:18]

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: gatorman96
Posted 2012-11-15 11:27:00 and read 1944 times.

Nice website. I noticed a couple things under the "Aircraft Ferrying" section:

"Ferry Cost,""Example Ferry Flight,""Ferry Price Quote," all appear to be headers. You should underline them and separate them from the rest of the sentence with a colon ( : ) or place the rest of the sentence on the next line below the header.

Also, if you specialize in ferrying aircraft in the southeast and east coast, your example ferry flight should take place in that region. This will give your potential customers an idea of what their actual ferry may cost.

Re-read your "About Me" section. There are a few grammatical errors that you can clean up. Just nitpicking, but very nice overall

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: gsoshutout55
Posted 2012-11-15 12:28:21 and read 1944 times.

Thanks for the input. The little details are the most important ones, I appreciate your time and the suggestions, many of which have been implemented.

Topic: RE: Help I Just Bought A Domain And Host For A Website
Username: czbbflier
Posted 2012-11-18 02:04:58 and read 1944 times.

Hey-
I just came across this thread and have looked at your website for the first time.

I see from other comments that there have been significant improvements to the website. Clearly, you have worked very hard and put in many hours to make this site work. I hope that you don't take this the wrong way but... I'd turn to Wordpress if I were you.

I have a few websites that I manage. One of them is a site that was designed by a pro and that I maintain now using the rudimentary HTML coding that I know. The others I set up from scratch using Wordpress.

Your service provider (Godaddy or in my case, Netfirms) should offer the commercial Wordpress module free of charge and after a bit of time consumed figuring out which theme to use, you can have a fully functional professional looking site up and running live within a few hours.

Here's an example I did for this discussion: I admit I'm familiar with Wordpress and I scouted out only a couple of themes quite limited in their customization (I couldn't get rid of the comments box at the bottom of the pages, and I couldn't modify the spaces between lines that weren't paragraph breaks, for example)

http://planehelp.wordpress.com

This site I did is free. I made it from scratch in about 2 hours (Yes, I have nothing better to do sometimes.... lol) OK, with all the additions I've made, 3 1/2 hours.

Today is November 19th, and I'll take this site down (without notice) next week- I've put it up and am leaving it up for discussion purposes only.

Meanwhile, the commercial version of Wordpress has access to literally thousands of themes, all customizable so you have have page tabs or not, footers or not, and what otherwise is a blogroll looks like a regular website.

And make sure that someone edits your spelling. I have seen a few people mention this to you but after all your apparent revisions to your website, there are still glaring examples of errors that should not be occurring considering how many times you must read these words in the books you've been studying.

Seriously, if I were a person looking to hire you, if I notice you can't spell these basic words, how can I know you know your material well enough to teach it, or entrust you with my half-million dollar airplane? In creating the Wordpress site, I have done my best to catch most of it. Make sure you don't just cut-and-paste, however, I have made a couple of editorial liberties and they may not suit your needs.

A couple of other things, if I may... I think you need to beef up your certifications page. In a resume, you either boost your education or else you boost your experience. Since you have just a little bit of experience and currently doing additional certifications and add-ons to your license, you are still doing the educational phase of your career. So I'd be putting up everything you've done in minute detail.

Your ground school marks
Your PPL marks from the examiner
E v e r y t h i n g

Pad this page 'till it's overflowing.

Add the odd accolade if you have one from your instructors. Quote what they said you did especially well.

I'm sorry to seem so hard on you. Competition is tough out there and since you've taken the time and made the effort to canvas us on A.net for our opinions, made yourself vulnerable to our sometimes horribly cruel writings, I feel it's only fair to be straight with you.

I hope that by taking the time to show you an example of what a Wordpress site can do for you, you will appreciate that I am not just attacking but trying to provide some constructive criticism and helpful guidance to ensure that the objective you have in mind is attained as effectively as is humanly possible.

Good luck to you.
PM me if you have any questions. I'll help with more old guy and / or Wordpress advice when I can... That is, if you're interested.  

Brian


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