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Can I get some opinions on my website?

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created 10/13/2014 6:37 pm by Rawstrus
last reply 12/22/2014 11:49 am
Hey guys, Just wondering if I can get some feedback on my website, you can use the comments or the suggestions page (You don't need an improvement to use the suggestions page )

Here's a link:
http://www.minesnap.co.uk

Not that this really matters but I am 14 so I am not a professional web designer, I started this project so I could teach myself html, css and php (obviously it's working! )
Donations are welcome to help support me pay for hosting and domain ownership.

About the site:

Minesnap has been an on/off project since around april of 2014. I made this website entirely from scratch, no website builders. Just a text editor and an apache server (and mysql of course). I purchased the domain in may and have worked on the site since then. I have just finished the password hashing and salting algorithms so now I can finally allow for users to register securely!
Most features work although the gallery is only temporary, I plan to have individual user galleries . (Might take a while to program but hopefully I get motivated to do so)


*EDIT*
I am very thankful for all the feedback and I will definately be using it to shape the site. First up though, the gallery is temporary don't worry, it won't be this ugly for much longer, I am working on a new gallery.

Secondly, the site is probably slow because I am hosting it on my old laptop connected the the internet at speeds of 1mbps upload. This is why I need donations for hosting
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Rawstrus
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
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34 replies

12/22/2014 11:49 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Luckypat_17
Looks great!
12/15/2014 9:09 am
Level 4 : Apprentice Network
FawdawAS
Not bad!

7/10
10/25/2014 4:55 pm
Level 26 : Expert Princess
Snowyfox
Not bad of an idea, but I'm personally against it because anyone can just use a standard image sharer (many people use Imgur for purposes like these). I'd suggest adding something a bit more special to the soup.
10/23/2014 3:13 pm
Level 20 : Expert Scribe
MissWriter
The link does take forever to load--and then crashes and tells me that it does not exist.

Have you updated the link since you posted this thread without updating the original link in the first post?
Or is your site not compatible with other browsers (like Chrome)?
10/25/2014 4:18 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
Rawstrus
Sorry, I stopped hosting for a while.
10/17/2014 3:10 am
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
Rawstrus
Thanks guys although most of this ^^ was said to be changed in the original post.
10/15/2014 3:12 pm
Level 64 : High Grandmaster Slime Tamer
VeryMadCrafter
Seems very basic. The font should be defenetly upgraded. Also, use lower resolution pics beacuse they load slower than on any other website.
10/15/2014 2:58 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
EmmienMinecraft
Also a name and description for the screenshot would help keep things organised, and also lay he foundations for some sort of search feature.
10/15/2014 2:57 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
EmmienMinecraft
Maybe have a personal gallery and a public one, and a tick box to say if you want it to be public or private.

Also, you need a report button. Whats to stop people posting pics of their ...
10/14/2014 2:10 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
Rawstrus
Currently working on the site so it will look derp, thanks for all the suggestions guys!
10/14/2014 9:50 am
Level 37 : Artisan Architect
nammerbom
I like the idea of the website I think it will be really cool! The actual design could be spiced up a bit with a different font and some newer looking backgrounds to make the website a little bit more "up to date" if you get what I mean. Right now it looks like something people were creating in 2004, but because you are doing this by yourself I must give you props for that.
10/14/2014 9:39 am
Level 22 : Expert Architect
ZonkedCompanion
Your index.php defines the doctype a second time half way down the page and also has a html open tag and a set of head tags within the body tag.


<ul class="blocklist">
<li><a href="filler.php" title="Minesnap #1">Minesnap #1</a></li>
<li><a href="filler.php" title="Minesnap #2">Minesnap #2</a></li>
<li><a href="filler.php" title="Minesnap #3">Minesnap #3</a></li>
<li><a href="filler.php" title="Minesnap #4">Minesnap #4</a></li>
<li><a href="filler.php" title="Minesnap #5">Minesnap #5</a></li>

</ul>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html>
<head>
<bgcolor="#"/>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<link rel="stylesheet" href="styles.css" type="text/css" />

</head>
<body>
<div id="Mico">
<h4>Click here to check out Michael_Ton's minecraft content!</h4>
<a href="michaelton.php"><img src="/images/michaelban.png" width=100% height=100%></img></a>
</div>
</body>
</html> <h5>
Work in progress ^-^
</h5>
<!-- SIDEBAR -->

</div>

<div class="clear"></div>
</div>
<div class="footer">
<p>&copy; MineSnap 2014-2015</p>
</div>
</div>

</body>
</html>



...but apart from that not bad, looks sorta "bland" though.
10/14/2014 7:59 am
Level 56 : Grandmaster Programmer
sycoinc
For your age this is very neat and tidy (code and design) and from a quick look at your source code via what i can see on the built in browser source code viewers it seems to function well.

Other than minor issues with outdated code or code that can be condensed you have a good understanding and start to website creation
10/14/2014 7:51 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Skinner
KingRex35
Make the letters more bold,not like this,but at least so I can see it.I can't seem to find rules anywhere. (I'll edit as I search more)In the gallery the pictures are really small. I can't view builds, and if you add that get a Most Popular, Most New, etc.I also recommend adding added new things to browse or upload. Also, the website isn't slow for me.(Just read your post.) 3.9/10
10/14/2014 6:45 am
Level 23 : Expert Engineer
Area511
Keeep training, one day you'll get there.
10/14/2014 6:38 am
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
theninjasbrother
I like the comsept of having to post evidence. Try adding a world save! I know its a work in progress. I give it a 6/10 but im sure if you put it together a 9/10. I also gave it a YEAH on the poll
10/14/2014 5:29 am
Level 39 : Artisan Fox
LuxLacis
The layout looks okay, quite nice actually. But the colours, eww xD Also the spacing isn't very well done, on the registration/login form the pinkish part is too close the the button.
10/14/2014 3:58 am
Level 49 : Master Dragonborn
luigi_vampa
Lose the pound symbol and replace with &pound; I believe it is. The header on the info page is slightly different to the other pages, except the gallery page which doesn't have a header at all. That intentional? Load time for the images was horrid (sorry). Check the file sizes of different image types (jpeg, gif, etc) and change the size too. Are they original screenshot images? Maybe an image preloader to cache them?
You've got some inline css in the image tags. Personally I'd farm that out to the exteranl styles.css file.

I like it though, simple and clean.

I've just noticed that you said you were hosting this off your laptop! It's certainly not good enough for professional hosting but I've always found these to be a great place to host websites during development. They're free and you're able to have php and mysql just fine.

http://www.000webhost.com/

Also, read up on the differences of HTML5.
I'm no dev but if you need any help just shout.
10/14/2014 2:46 am
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
Rawstrus
Thanks for all the amazing feedback guys! Don't worry the design is only the first draft, it will surely be changing over time.
10/13/2014 9:07 pm
Level 70 : Legendary Pixel Painter
EntG1
8/10.
I'll kinda list off some things:

-You have potential, I'll give you that.
-The text wasn't very appealing to the eye (white text on light background).
-The background (minecraft wood, dirt, bedrock, etc.) might be at a high resolution, because it took a bit to load on my computer (not bad internet/computer).
-I *really* don't like how there's a donation button right on the first page.
-The gallery is very bad, but that might be one of those things that improves with new pictures.

Overall, the website itself is not that visually great. I like the idea of having a single website to show your minecraft pictures, but it doesn't seem like it would prevent against a nasty person posting nasty images. That shouldn't be a problem if you have moderators constantly browsing the pictures (assuming that they're being handed out like hot cakes).
10/14/2014 3:17 am
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
Rawstrus
Thanks for the feedback and don't worry the donation button is literal testing, I only just added it haha.
10/13/2014 8:47 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Network
ObscurityGamer
I do like the idea however it needs to be cleaned up a bit.
6.5/10
10/13/2014 8:25 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Prince
Xivics
Not judging on load time of the website at all, because it is hosted on a .co.uk,
for this being from scratch, it looks great.
Navigation is a bit difficult if you click out of the main pages, you cannot get back without pressing the back arrow.
I love the idea of instant sharing of screenshots. Maybe you can get a mod-maker to make you a mod that screenshots, compresses, and uploads them to your site?
Make your site a resource that conveniently feeds all the game updates to your site so it becomes more useful and used perhaps?
10/13/2014 8:24 pm
Level 1 : New Crafter
SuperNotchHomie
How did you make this website? I have been trying to make a good clean website like this. I rate it 9/10, just make it a bit more original bud! But seriously, what web software did you use and just HOW?! xD Mine sucks,
brainpvp.enjin.com
10/14/2014 3:15 am
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
Rawstrus
Learn html, css and php then use notepad and type it up
10/13/2014 8:23 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Wizard
Smorez
7/10. Quite nice and clean looking. Simple too. Just some of the colors (such as that pinkish one) doesn't quite appeal to me.
10/13/2014 8:15 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Button Pusher
PolarBearSmall_
7/10. Its nice, a little plain, and its mostly clean. Great job though!
10/13/2014 7:11 pm
Level 26 : Expert Network
4377699683
6/10 I don't really like how it looks but other than that it's ok.
Get SSL and it'll be 8/10.
10/13/2014 7:58 pm
Level 41 : Master Droid
GigabyteGiant
+1
10/13/2014 7:50 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
Rawstrus
Thanks for the feedback but could you eloborate on what doesn't look good?
10/13/2014 7:52 pm
Level 26 : Expert Network
4377699683
It just doesn't look well together. (All the backgrounds)

But it's not bad. Better than the first site I made.
10/13/2014 7:10 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Explorer
DuskRaine
I like the idea, not very original tho. Website could be a little cleaner too.

7/10
10/13/2014 6:47 pm
Level 45 : Master Spelunker
vaxivop
6/10 nothing wrong with it, nothing particularly special about it either.
10/13/2014 6:58 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
Rawstrus
Thank you very much for the honest opinion.

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