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Posted: 10/11/2005 6:48:16 PM EDT
Just finished it! www.NampaBanner.com
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:51:00 PM EDT
Too wide.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:51:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By deimos:
Too wide.



My wife made it. She is cursing you right now!
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:52:06 PM EDT
A bit heavy on the blue side.  I cant read your awards.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:52:57 PM EDT
Congratulations!  Best wishes on the web presence and the business.  I'll keep my eyes skyward next time I am in the area.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:53:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Archtaan:
A bit heavy on the blue side.  I cant read your awards.



This is great! It is my wife's first web site and she is up in arms at the critizism!
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:53:42 PM EDT
Where is the gif of a plane towing a banner?



+1 too wide
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:54:10 PM EDT
a good start.
On your news section I kept wanting to click on the underlined words since that usually means a link.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:55:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Planerench:

Originally Posted By Archtaan:
A bit heavy on the blue side.  I cant read your awards.



This is great! It is my wife's first web site and she is up in arms at the critizism!



Then I guess I shouldn't comment on the fact that the awards on the first page aren't aligned properly....
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:55:27 PM EDT
get rid of the counter. its unprofessional.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:56:19 PM EDT
Too wide, needs better pictures of the rewards... I don't think the blue is a problem and the overall layout is user-friendly.


- BG
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:57:07 PM EDT
+1 on the too wide.

Do you have a better pic of the plane actually towing a banner?

How bout you rig up a nampabanner.com banner?
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:58:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BUCC_Guy:
Too wide, needs better pictures of the rewards... I don't think the blue is a problem and the overall layout is user-friendly.


- BG



I think she took like 20 pictures of the awards to get it that good.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:58:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/11/2005 7:06:34 PM EDT by PsyWarrior]

Originally Posted By deimos:
Too wide.


+1  a little too wide.  Even on a wide screen monitor, had to scroll side to side.

Pricing information should be in the about us section, not the contact us.  

Pages

1.  Home, general information and some cool pics and the video
2.  About us, more specific information such as time in business, location etc.
3.  pricing chart of prices for what services/durations and a sub section for specials.
4.  contact us, map to location, mailing address and phone numbers and link to e-mail.




IMHO.....

ETA:  Great first try.  How about putting a little image of a plane towing a banner on the website banner.  Cut a couple of seconds off the beginning of the video too long a lead time before you can really see anything.  I say start it when the plane can be clearly identified and put it on a loop so it replays.  
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:58:44 PM EDT
BTT this tomorrow and I'll email you a comprehensive listing of good and bad things for a website and how to fix those

If it's her first website, it's mighty cool, though!
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 6:59:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
+1 on the too wide.

Do you have a better pic of the plane actually towing a banner?

How bout you rig up a nampabanner.com banner?



It is already built but I have not had time to tow it. Today I tryed to sway a school bond vote. If it fails I will be in high cotton (if my house doesn't get firebombed by the NEA).
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:00:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BUCC_Guy:
Too wide, needs better pictures of the rewards... I don't think the blue is a problem and the overall layout is user-friendly.


- BG



+1     I'll look up next summer when I'm back over there checking fields.

NMSight
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:02:52 PM EDT
Try to get it to 1024 pixels wide.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:19:02 PM EDT
one thing...

when you click on a button it turns gold and the text is blue. very hard to see the text at that point. change the font color to white when the button is gold...

very good for a first website
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:19:14 PM EDT
Was that you flying over downtown Boise last Saturday for BSU homecoming? Nice site...but the counter needs to go IMO. Also, on the Contact Us page I got prompted for some sort of plugin that my browser couldn't identify (Firefox).  That's a big no-no in my book. Other than Flash, I find the need to install plug-ins a turn-off.

Congrats to you and your wife on the biz.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:24:40 PM EDT
the activex / windows media thing on the contact us page only works in internet explorer, that has to go, also makes the page load slow.
lose the cheesey counter. if you want stats look at the raw log files.
Other than that, its good, I have a wide screen dell so the width thing is not an issue for me. I didn't need to scroll.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:27:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Spudgunner:
Was that you flying over downtown Boise last Saturday for BSU homecoming? Nice site...but the counter needs to go IMO. Also, on the Contact Us page I got prompted for some sort of plugin that my browser couldn't identify (Firefox).  That's a big no-no in my book. Other than Flash, I find the need to install plug-ins a turn-off.

Congrats to you and your wife on the biz.



I was flying traffic watch over the stadium and had to refer that banner to my competitor from LaGrande Oregon. The guy is terrible on the aircraft radio though and doesn't know the city very well. Channel 7 was paying to advertise a rerun of a game starting at 10:30PM to people who were watching it in person on a cable channel that only a third of them have (cable has a 30% market share). I don't know what they were thinking.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:27:30 PM EDT
That's awesome, I need to get a banner that says "ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US"
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:31:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By FortyFiveAutomatic:
That's awesome, I need to get a banner that says "ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US"



WHAT?! You want to start a mass panic?!
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:35:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Planerench:
This is great! It is my wife's first web site and she is up in arms at the critizism!



Then she shouldn't feel bad.

The content is nice.  Content is important.

Her color choices, alignment and placement of said content is poor though.

Man, if she decorated your house.....

After futher pokeing around, did she use some yahoo! helper thing to create the site?
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:39:30 PM EDT
Where's the porn?
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:44:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:45:51 PM EDT
Good start, but needs some work, it is too wide, I'm running 1024x768 and it doesn't fit, and the recognition plaques are too hard to read, one is waaaaay too dark.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:51:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/11/2005 7:54:21 PM EDT by Penguin_101]
Things that hit me:
- Too wide
- Too much blue
- Counter Needs to Go
- Pic of plane needs to be cropped to remove all of the junk on the ground
- On this picture:


Crop it down to the banner, the plan is missing and everything else in it takes away from the banner

Under Calender also:
-

We received our
banner towing
waiver from the
local FAA office!


I think that is a given. It shows that you are new (6-29). You may not be, but I wouldn't give that away unless you base your ads on it.

- The underlined things usually mean that they are hyperlinks, make them bold or another color.


Other:
- Need to make company name bigger. Some titles are the same or a larger font than the banner
- Most people want to be able to copy text, but you can without going through a lot of work.
- On the last page on the bottom, you linked two pictures together:



- The button's colors are bad when clicked
- The plug-in problem in Firefox
- Oh, the awards are hard to read
- On Contact Us, don't put the name in all caps

Those are things that stuck out at me, good luck and congrats!!!
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:51:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NimmerMehr:

Originally Posted By Planerench:
This is great! It is my wife's first web site and she is up in arms at the critizism!



Then she shouldn't feel bad.

The content is nice.  Content is important.

Her color choices, alignment and placement of said content is poor though.

Man, if she decorated your house.....

After futher pokeing around, did she use some yahoo! helper thing to create the site?



Why yes, yes she did! She still did a better job than I could have though.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:55:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/11/2005 7:56:48 PM EDT by Planerench]

Originally Posted By Penguin_101:
Things that hit me:
- Too wide
- Too much blue
- Counter Needs to Go
- Pic of plane needs to be cropped to remove all of the junk on the ground
- On this picture:
www.nampabanner.com/sitebuilder/images/DSCF0003a-752x555.jpg

Crop it down to the banner, the plan is missing and everything else in it takes away from the banner

Under Calender also:
-

We received our
banner towing
waiver from the
local FAA office!


I think that is a given. It shows that you are new (6-29). You may not be, but I wouldn't give that away unless you base your ads on it. New to towing banners, Not to flying.

- The underlined things usually mean that they are hyperlinks, make them bold or another color.


Other:
- Need to make company name bigger. Some titles are the same or a larger font than the banner
- Most people want to be able to copy text, but you can without going through a lot of work.
- On the last page on the bottom, you linked two pictures together:
www.nampabanner.com/sitebuilder/images/DSCF0009_2-128x133.jpg
www.nampabanner.com/sitebuilder/images/DSCF0009_3-247x133.jpg

- The button's colors are bad when clicked
- The plug-in problem in Firefox
- Oh, the awards are hard to read

Those are things that stuck out at me, good luck and congrats!!!



The problem with photos of the aircraft and banner are that the tow line is about 250 feet long total. It is hard to get a picture of the whole thing and then blow it up. We are trying to adjust the angle we shoot the rig so the perceived distance between aircraft and banner is shorter.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:58:07 PM EDT
Im running 1280x1024 and it is definately too wide....

-Keep it at 1024 wide, Thats about what people are using now.
-I personally like the color scheme
-I would use a program such as photoshop to brighten up the pics of your certificates, and try to filter out the flash reflection
-Instead of having the pics and movie in the contact us section, I would create a gallery section.
-get rid of the counter  too


All in all,  a fantastic first try..  alot better than the first one I did.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 7:58:19 PM EDT
Chrystina's Mom couldn't spell.  

It looks nice.  Good start.  Now it will grow and grow and grow.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 8:01:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Planerench:


The problem with photos of the aircraft and banner are that the tow line is about 250 feet long total. It is hard to get a picture of the whole thing and then blow it up. We are trying to adjust the angle we shoot the rig so the perceived distance between aircraft and banner is shorter.



Take two pictures the same day.  Splice them together to make it look like one.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 8:09:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Planerench:

Originally Posted By Penguin_101:
Things that hit me:
- Too wide
- Too much blue
- Counter Needs to Go
- Pic of plane needs to be cropped to remove all of the junk on the ground
- On this picture:
www.nampabanner.com/sitebuilder/images/DSCF0003a-752x555.jpg

Crop it down to the banner, the plan is missing and everything else in it takes away from the banner

Under Calender also:
-

We received our
banner towing
waiver from the
local FAA office!


I think that is a given. It shows that you are new (6-29). You may not be, but I wouldn't give that away unless you base your ads on it. New to towing banners, Not to flying.

- The underlined things usually mean that they are hyperlinks, make them bold or another color.


Other:
- Need to make company name bigger. Some titles are the same or a larger font than the banner
- Most people want to be able to copy text, but you can without going through a lot of work.
- On the last page on the bottom, you linked two pictures together:
www.nampabanner.com/sitebuilder/images/DSCF0009_2-128x133.jpg
www.nampabanner.com/sitebuilder/images/DSCF0009_3-247x133.jpg

- The button's colors are bad when clicked
- The plug-in problem in Firefox
- Oh, the awards are hard to read

Those are things that stuck out at me, good luck and congrats!!!



The problem with photos of the aircraft and banner are that the tow line is about 250 feet long total. It is hard to get a picture of the whole thing and then blow it up. We are trying to adjust the angle we shoot the rig so the perceived distance between aircraft and banner is shorter.



This is a little better, but not great:


Maybe someone who is better with Photoshop than me can help you.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 8:13:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PsyWarrior:

Originally Posted By deimos:
Too wide.


+1  a little too wide.  Even on a wide screen monitor, had to scroll side to side.

Pricing information should be in the about us section, not the contact us.  

Pages

1.  Home, general information and some cool pics and the video
2.  About us, more specific information such as time in business, location etc.
3.  pricing chart of prices for what services/durations and a sub section for specials.
4.  contact us, map to location, mailing address and phone numbers and link to e-mail.




IMHO.....

ETA:  Great first try.  How about putting a little image of a plane towing a banner on the website banner.  Cut a couple of seconds off the beginning of the video too long a lead time before you can really see anything.  I say start it when the plane can be clearly identified and put it on a loop so it replays.  


Hi, I am Planerench's wife. Do you have any tips on video editing. I am new to this and have no idea how to do it. Also, the video was a trial on how to best time the pickup,view the plane etc. thanks
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 8:19:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Offspring:
Try to get it to 1024 pixels wide.



A good rule to follow.. at least one that works for me is .. plan all pages for a resolution of 1024x768.  Images or main "containers" on a website should be no bigger than 1000-1004 pixles wide.

Works for me...
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 8:23:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Penguin_101:
Things that hit me:
- Too wide
- Too much blue
- Counter Needs to Go
- Pic of plane needs to be cropped to remove all of the junk on the ground
- On this picture:
www.nampabanner.com/sitebuilder/images/DSCF0003a-752x555.jpg

Crop it down to the banner, the plan is missing and everything else in it takes away from the banner

Under Calender also:
-

We received our
banner towing
waiver from the
local FAA office!


I think that is a given. It shows that you are new (6-29). You may not be, but I wouldn't give that away unless you base your ads on it.

- The underlined things usually mean that they are hyperlinks, make them bold or another color.


Other:
- Need to make company name bigger. Some titles are the same or a larger font than the banner
- Most people want to be able to copy text, but you can without going through a lot of work.
- On the last page on the bottom, you linked two pictures together:
www.nampabanner.com/sitebuilder/images/DSCF0009_2-128x133.jpg
www.nampabanner.com/sitebuilder/images/DSCF0009_3-247x133.jpg

- The button's colors are bad when clicked
- The plug-in problem in Firefox
- Oh, the awards are hard to read
- On Contact Us, don't put the name in all caps

Those are things that stuck out at me, good luck and congrats!!!


Actually, the picture is all the same, however, when I take the picture, the banner is flying approx. 250 feet behind the plane. SO in order to see the banner on the web I have to crop it back together so the plane and banner are closer together. Thanks .
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 8:30:05 PM EDT
What software did you use to resize the pics? They come out on the page kind of blurry. I use a pretty good program for editing, and if you like, send me the "originals" and I'd be happy to see if I can sharpen them up a bit.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 8:42:06 PM EDT
you need to hire bikini babes to pose and free porn links.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 8:50:27 PM EDT
Tried sending you and an email to link that you provided, was returned...invalid address.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 8:57:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zardoz:
What software did you use to resize the pics? They come out on the page kind of blurry. I use a pretty good program for editing, and if you like, send me the "originals" and I'd be happy to see if I can sharpen them up a bit.


The only way I can attach it out of our computer file is to email them. Can you give me that?Thanks for your help.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 9:00:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SINCE_1829:
Tried sending you and an email to link that you provided, was returned...invalid address.


Thanks for the info. I'll have to check into that. I had no idea is was invalid.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 9:05:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Planerench:

Originally Posted By Zardoz:
What software did you use to resize the pics? They come out on the page kind of blurry. I use a pretty good program for editing, and if you like, send me the "originals" and I'd be happy to see if I can sharpen them up a bit.


The only way I can attach it out of our computer file is to email them. Can you give me that?Thanks for your help.

IM inbound.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 9:12:53 PM EDT
I couldnt find any porn or guns.




And it's too wide, I absolutely hate that.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 9:13:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By deimos:
Too wide.



Too norrow
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 9:26:31 PM EDT
I really like the blue and the layout very much.  She might want to tone down the blue even a bit more on the right as it is very blue but still over all I like it.

The picture of the plane should be made smaller.  Personally most of my pictures are 320 pixels wide and 480 is the widest I typically go.  I would recommend 480 here.  This would make the site not so wide.

I too couldn't see the lower award because it was too dark.  Two last nit picky items but the top navigation should have a link to the home page on all your pages and the buttom used to show which page your on is pretty dark and difficult to read.  Not a huge thing though.

Over all a good job, congratulations!

Patty
PS Your wife should also enbed some meta tags into the source so that the search engines pick it up quicker.  She's more than welcome to email me or IM me for help.  I know there are others here as well [daydreamer just off the top of my head].

Link Posted: 10/11/2005 9:54:38 PM EDT
It's a good start. Better then many.

I would lose the counter, it's cool to see the numbers go up but it does nothing for the site itself.

Make it less wide, many people don't have large monitors with high resolution displays.

Color combinations are tough. The blue looks good to me. Perhaps less variations of it would be improve the look.

Some more content is a must, I was left wanting to read more about your banner towing service.

You have the essential keywords in your meta tag which will help the search engines with your site.

1 thumb up, a great start, just needs some tweaking.
Link Posted: 10/11/2005 10:06:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By billparadise:
Color combinations are tough. The blue looks good to me. Perhaps less variations of it would be improve the look.



for colour matching

make sure the colours contrast enought so it is not hard to read.  you might have customers with bad eyes or colour blind.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 3:31:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MissouriBob:

Originally Posted By Planerench:


The problem with photos of the aircraft and banner are that the tow line is about 250 feet long total. It is hard to get a picture of the whole thing and then blow it up. We are trying to adjust the angle we shoot the rig so the perceived distance between aircraft and banner is shorter.



Take two pictures the same day.  Splice them together to make it look like one.



It still doesn't look right unless the sky is completely clear and blue. Any clouds make it impossible to match the background. We have only flown on one day that was completely clear.
Link Posted: 10/12/2005 3:45:05 AM EDT
Buy a better camera.

A professional business site should look professional. The currnt site looks like it is thrown together, things placed 'where ever they can fit'.

Make a different page for the awards and citations etc...Needs to be organized.

Drop the hard colors.


Good luck on the business, stay safe up there.
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