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November 14, 2004

Critique my site

DEAR TINA: Please can you critique my site http://twoheartsminis.com

Kimberly

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Two Hearts Minis web critique

DEAR KIMBERLY: The critique was given at my FrontPage List and then you asked questions here are the answers to those questions.

Original Critique > "This is a framed site," >>>

KIMBERLY: I am going to work on changing this.

TINA: Just make a new web in FrontPage and start work on a template. First work on a piece of paper your layout for your menus, it really does work:) Then start with your homepage in designing your template. Cleaning up your FrontPage Code this article might prove helpful. and also How to promote your website further down the line. Test your templates and make test one's, ask the FrontPage List for feedback.

Original Critique > "You don't have any text links which is important for search engines and for those that can't see graphics." >>>

KIMBERLY: This is one thing I do not understand.

TINA: Image links lose all the benefits provided by anchor text links. (Which is simply good old fashioned text links that use your key phrase as the text for the link) Anchor text links are vital for your position in the search engine results and this follows with all the seo practices. I really hope you join Cricket's SEO Techniques class, it's the most wonderful help you could ever get in building your site and getting results in terms of sales and visitors.

Original Critique > Your using a graphic for your email link, not everyone can see that link when you use a graphic a text link should be provided see Protect your email address for what to do. This is part a business site and part a homepage site, I'd make your main domain your business site and make a subweb for anything else that way you can promote just the main site, and let friends and family know about the subweb. >>>

KIMBERLY: The whole thing is a business site. I raise, show andsell pygmy goats and I have an embroidery business. I have been thinking of doing a sub domain for the Kimberly's Designs. Which is my embroidery business.

TINA: Ok, see the impression I and others got was that it was a homepage site. If your truly serious join Cricket's seo classes you won't regret it. If you have another business you need to separate that out and use another domain really. Though I understand not everyone can not pay for hosting for more than one site, though I believe 1and1.com lets you do this for a very modest fee. Myself I have around 15 sites and use a reseller account ($35 a month) it's more cost effective for me, you have a bit of a learning curve but I can't afford to pay out more so I had to learn:)

Original Critique > You need a privacy policy and sitemap, sitemap's are essential for a better position in the search engines, not having a sitemap your restricting the bots from crawling your site effectively. >>>

KIMBERLY: All of this I do not understand either. Can you show me a sample of a privacy policy?

TINA: http://accessfp.net/privacystatement.htm and this is my disclaimer too http://accessfp.net/disclaim.htm Here is a very old article I wrote about privacy policies and here is a more up todate one written by Elizabeth

Original Critique > You have lots of pages that are not reflected within the menu, making a text linked menu using includes will make it a lot easier for users to find their way around. >>>

KIMBERLY: Ok am I understanding this right? Instead of using graphics with words on this as links, it is best to use just words. Is this right?

TINA: Yes though you can use both, perhaps use graphics at the top of the site and text links at the bottom if you don't want to give up your graphics ,though they should be easy to read and not add a lot to the page load if you look at http://accessfp.net my menu is all text links but I've made an effort to spruce it up a little as though they were buttons with the main categories down the left hand side again on http://addonfp.com It is best to use includes with menu's see this FrontPage Includes article for more info about includes.

Original Critique > The background on this page is not configured. >>>

KIMBERLY: I don't understand this either.

TINA: In Internet Explorer go to.

Tools Internet Options Colors Untick the Use windows colours and choose a colour for the background that no one would use like spruce pink click ok twice and refresh the page to your site you will see what I mean. I use this method to check my own pages you would be surprised at how many 'big' sites don't have theirs configured try looking at http://www.yahoo.com/

To configure your background in FrontPage.

Right click on the background of a page, choose Page properties. Go to the background tab, go to 'Colour's 'background' and choose your background colour, while you are there change the hyperlink colours from automatic as well to the colour of your choice and the text too. Press Ok. Remember to use the same link colours throughout your site so you won't confuse visitors

Original Critique > Some of the links are 404. >>>

KIMBERLY: what is a 404?

TINA: Here is an article I wrote about 404's. 4 Guest Article - "Error 404: File not Found"

Original Critique > With your photos offset them in spacing by about 5 pixels so the text does
not jut against the side of the image. >>>

KIMBERLY: Don't understand what you mean by this either.

TINA: Click your graphic to select it and then right click and choose 'Picture Properties' from the pop up menu, go to the 'Appearance' tab and see horizontal and vertical spacing on the middle right change the figure from 0 to 5 on both press ok. You will see how the graphic then moves away from the text.

Original Critique > This site could be pretty awesome in presentation, if you keep it as it is you should at least fix all the broken links, configure backgrounds. >>>

KIMBERLY: How do I do this?

TINA: As above on the configure backgrounds for broken links you can use FrontPage's report feature. Running a Broken Hyperlinks Report.

Original Critique > You need a copyright. >>>

KIMBERLY: Can you give me a sample of how to do this?

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