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ConservativePolitico
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6/13/2012 11:15:30 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Currently my website has a dark grey/black color scheme going on with white text and so forth.

I chose this because I didn't want a white background for my site because that's well boring.

Now, I have been asked to consider a different color scheme but have no clue where to start.

Any ideas or suggestions?

http://www.conservativepolitico.org...
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6/13/2012 11:32:23 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I think that the background should be made a bit darker. I don't see any need for a full-blown switch though.
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6/13/2012 11:38:52 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I love the current color scheme. You chose a background that was pleasing but not distracting, and text color that was readable and similarly not distracting.
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6/14/2012 1:33:42 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Alright. I thought so too.

I was just looking for feedback.

I had one complaint about the color scheme and didn't know how others felt but now that I see that more people (including myself) enjoy the current one, I'll keep it as is.

Thanks for the feedback. It's what keeps my site alive and evolving.
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6/14/2012 2:31:20 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 1:33:42 AM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
Alright. I thought so too.

I was just looking for feedback.

I had one complaint about the color scheme and didn't know how others felt but now that I see that more people (including myself) enjoy the current one, I'll keep it as is.

Thanks for the feedback. It's what keeps my site alive and evolving.

It hurts my eyes, honestly. I highly recommend using something more 'standard' for text areas.
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ConservativePolitico
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6/14/2012 10:38:53 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 2:31:20 AM, JaxsonRaine wrote:
At 6/14/2012 1:33:42 AM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
Alright. I thought so too.

I was just looking for feedback.

I had one complaint about the color scheme and didn't know how others felt but now that I see that more people (including myself) enjoy the current one, I'll keep it as is.

Thanks for the feedback. It's what keeps my site alive and evolving.

It hurts my eyes, honestly. I highly recommend using something more 'standard' for text areas.

And then we have people like you who don't like it....

Eh. I'm at a loss.
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6/14/2012 11:18:28 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
White on black is not to bad as long as there are not huge bodies of text...for large bodies of text, the dark color goes over the lighter color. (Don't do something like blue on red though...)
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6/14/2012 12:01:26 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 11:18:28 AM, THEBOMB wrote:
White on black is not to bad as long as there are not huge bodies of text...for large bodies of text, the dark color goes over the lighter color. (Don't do something like blue on red though...)

Okay I can kind of see that.

I just have no clue where to start if I want to recolor the whole site.
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6/14/2012 12:06:29 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 12:01:26 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 6/14/2012 11:18:28 AM, THEBOMB wrote:
White on black is not to bad as long as there are not huge bodies of text...for large bodies of text, the dark color goes over the lighter color. (Don't do something like blue on red though...)

Okay I can kind of see that.

I just have no clue where to start if I want to recolor the whole site.

I say make the text a little less bright, but the background darker.
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6/14/2012 12:10:45 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 12:01:26 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 6/14/2012 11:18:28 AM, THEBOMB wrote:
White on black is not to bad as long as there are not huge bodies of text...for large bodies of text, the dark color goes over the lighter color. (Don't do something like blue on red though...)

Okay I can kind of see that.

I just have no clue where to start if I want to recolor the whole site.

Since you now own the domain, can I suggest a whole redesigning?
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6/14/2012 12:15:45 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 12:10:45 PM, THEBOMB wrote:
At 6/14/2012 12:01:26 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 6/14/2012 11:18:28 AM, THEBOMB wrote:
White on black is not to bad as long as there are not huge bodies of text...for large bodies of text, the dark color goes over the lighter color. (Don't do something like blue on red though...)

Okay I can kind of see that.

I just have no clue where to start if I want to recolor the whole site.

Since you now own the domain, can I suggest a whole redesigning?

You could but I'm not very good at HTML

I'm not terrible but an entire redesigning sounds daunting...
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6/14/2012 12:19:12 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 12:15:45 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 6/14/2012 12:10:45 PM, THEBOMB wrote:
At 6/14/2012 12:01:26 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 6/14/2012 11:18:28 AM, THEBOMB wrote:
White on black is not to bad as long as there are not huge bodies of text...for large bodies of text, the dark color goes over the lighter color. (Don't do something like blue on red though...)

Okay I can kind of see that.

I just have no clue where to start if I want to recolor the whole site.

Since you now own the domain, can I suggest a whole redesigning?

You could but I'm not very good at HTML

I'm not terrible but an entire redesigning sounds daunting...

All you really need is a home page and a few tabs to place your articles into. Have the most current one on the home page and make it so the less current ones immediately go into the correct tab. Just to make it easier to navigate.
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6/14/2012 12:20:29 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 12:19:12 PM, THEBOMB wrote:
At 6/14/2012 12:15:45 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 6/14/2012 12:10:45 PM, THEBOMB wrote:
At 6/14/2012 12:01:26 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 6/14/2012 11:18:28 AM, THEBOMB wrote:
White on black is not to bad as long as there are not huge bodies of text...for large bodies of text, the dark color goes over the lighter color. (Don't do something like blue on red though...)

Okay I can kind of see that.

I just have no clue where to start if I want to recolor the whole site.

Since you now own the domain, can I suggest a whole redesigning?

You could but I'm not very good at HTML

I'm not terrible but an entire redesigning sounds daunting...

All you really need is a home page and a few tabs to place your articles into. Have the most current one on the home page and make it so the less current ones immediately go into the correct tab. Just to make it easier to navigate.

Unfortunately, I don't know how to do that... Haha
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6/14/2012 12:25:33 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 12:20:29 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 6/14/2012 12:19:12 PM, THEBOMB wrote:
At 6/14/2012 12:15:45 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 6/14/2012 12:10:45 PM, THEBOMB wrote:
At 6/14/2012 12:01:26 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 6/14/2012 11:18:28 AM, THEBOMB wrote:
White on black is not to bad as long as there are not huge bodies of text...for large bodies of text, the dark color goes over the lighter color. (Don't do something like blue on red though...)

Okay I can kind of see that.

I just have no clue where to start if I want to recolor the whole site.

Since you now own the domain, can I suggest a whole redesigning?

You could but I'm not very good at HTML

I'm not terrible but an entire redesigning sounds daunting...

All you really need is a home page and a few tabs to place your articles into. Have the most current one on the home page and make it so the less current ones immediately go into the correct tab. Just to make it easier to navigate.

Unfortunately, I don't know how to do that... Haha

HTML to create the webpage/tabs. Then some other language to do the auto move and other stuff. Maybe PHP.

Good ole programming forum: http://forums.devshed.com...

And another: http://www.phphelp.com...

Tutorial: http://www.w3schools.com...
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6/14/2012 12:27:09 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 12:25:33 PM, THEBOMB wrote:
At 6/14/2012 12:20:29 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 6/14/2012 12:19:12 PM, THEBOMB wrote:
At 6/14/2012 12:15:45 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 6/14/2012 12:10:45 PM, THEBOMB wrote:
At 6/14/2012 12:01:26 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 6/14/2012 11:18:28 AM, THEBOMB wrote:
White on black is not to bad as long as there are not huge bodies of text...for large bodies of text, the dark color goes over the lighter color. (Don't do something like blue on red though...)

Okay I can kind of see that.

I just have no clue where to start if I want to recolor the whole site.

Since you now own the domain, can I suggest a whole redesigning?

You could but I'm not very good at HTML

I'm not terrible but an entire redesigning sounds daunting...

All you really need is a home page and a few tabs to place your articles into. Have the most current one on the home page and make it so the less current ones immediately go into the correct tab. Just to make it easier to navigate.

Unfortunately, I don't know how to do that... Haha

HTML to create the webpage/tabs. Then some other language to do the auto move and other stuff. Maybe PHP.

Good ole programming forum: http://forums.devshed.com...

And another: http://www.phphelp.com...

Tutorial: http://www.w3schools.com...

Thanks. I'll look into it.
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6/14/2012 12:30:58 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
White on black is not to bad as long as there are not huge bodies of text...for large bodies of text, the dark color goes over the lighter color. (Don't do something like blue on red though...)

Okay I can kind of see that.

I just have no clue where to start if I want to recolor the whole site.

Since you now own the domain, can I suggest a whole redesigning?

You could but I'm not very good at HTML

I'm not terrible but an entire redesigning sounds daunting...

All you really need is a home page and a few tabs to place your articles into. Have the most current one on the home page and make it so the less current ones immediately go into the correct tab. Just to make it easier to navigate.

Unfortunately, I don't know how to do that... Haha

HTML to create the webpage/tabs. Then some other language to do the auto move and other stuff. Maybe PHP.

Good ole programming forum: http://forums.devshed.com...

And another: http://www.phphelp.com...

Tutorial: http://www.w3schools.com...

Thanks. I'll look into it.

Anytime and good luck!
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6/14/2012 12:49:39 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
The site looks good as a piece of graphic art, but white on black is not easy to read. I'd use conventional black on white, or maybe a pale background color. The first-impression impact will go down, but the chances of reading it will go up. Studies show serif fonts are easier to read, so sans-serif headings with serif text is generally preferred.

I don't recommend a site redesign, the benefit is not worth the effort. Political sites are about content, not flashy graphics. However, for those with a general interest in the subject, bluerobot.com http://www.bluerobot.com... has lists of examples. They suggest coping the html and modifying it for your content. The site http://www.colorcombos.com... deals with selecting colors for web sites.
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6/14/2012 2:02:33 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 1:50:36 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
Changed it. I tend to agree it looks more readable.

http://www.conservativepolitico.org...

It looks nice. I like it <3
#UnbanTheMadman

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Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory of lighted streets on quiet nights..."

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6/14/2012 2:05:15 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 2:02:33 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
At 6/14/2012 1:50:36 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
Changed it. I tend to agree it looks more readable.

http://www.conservativepolitico.org...

It looks nice. I like it <3

Thanks!

How about the Red titles? Good?
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6/14/2012 3:14:44 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 2:05:15 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 6/14/2012 2:02:33 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
At 6/14/2012 1:50:36 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
Changed it. I tend to agree it looks more readable.

http://www.conservativepolitico.org...

It looks nice. I like it <3

Thanks!

How about the Red titles? Good?

That looks really good!
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6/14/2012 3:34:03 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 3:14:44 PM, THEBOMB wrote:
At 6/14/2012 2:05:15 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 6/14/2012 2:02:33 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
At 6/14/2012 1:50:36 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
Changed it. I tend to agree it looks more readable.

http://www.conservativepolitico.org...

It looks nice. I like it <3

Thanks!

How about the Red titles? Good?

That looks really good!

Thank you!

I hope the switch helps the readers.
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6/14/2012 7:37:01 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 7:25:49 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
I cleaned up the design.

Check out my new archives page, only one side bar, site news now a full page, the new colors.

It's evolving. Now how's it look?

http://www.conservativepolitico.org...

It looks pretty snappy, although now the right of the article looks a little empty. I suggest moving the poll page and such to the left, as most people have a dominant right eye. http://en.wikipedia.org...
#UnbanTheMadman

"Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory of lighted streets on quiet nights..."

~ Rush
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6/14/2012 7:37:57 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 7:37:01 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
At 6/14/2012 7:25:49 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
I cleaned up the design.

Check out my new archives page, only one side bar, site news now a full page, the new colors.

It's evolving. Now how's it look?

http://www.conservativepolitico.org...

It looks pretty snappy, although now the right of the article looks a little empty. I suggest moving the poll page and such to the left, as most people have a dominant right eye. http://en.wikipedia.org...

Oh, also, there is no comment box for the Contact & suggestion page.
#UnbanTheMadman

"Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory of lighted streets on quiet nights..."

~ Rush
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6/14/2012 7:43:20 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 7:37:57 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
At 6/14/2012 7:37:01 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
At 6/14/2012 7:25:49 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
I cleaned up the design.

Check out my new archives page, only one side bar, site news now a full page, the new colors.

It's evolving. Now how's it look?

http://www.conservativepolitico.org...

It looks pretty snappy, although now the right of the article looks a little empty. I suggest moving the poll page and such to the left, as most people have a dominant right eye. http://en.wikipedia.org...

Oh, also, there is no comment box for the Contact & suggestion page.

Right you are... How odd.

I'll fix it.
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6/14/2012 7:44:19 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 7:43:20 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 6/14/2012 7:37:57 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
At 6/14/2012 7:37:01 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
At 6/14/2012 7:25:49 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
I cleaned up the design.

Check out my new archives page, only one side bar, site news now a full page, the new colors.

It's evolving. Now how's it look?

http://www.conservativepolitico.org...

It looks pretty snappy, although now the right of the article looks a little empty. I suggest moving the poll page and such to the left, as most people have a dominant right eye. http://en.wikipedia.org...

Oh, also, there is no comment box for the Contact & suggestion page.

Right you are... How odd.

I'll fix it.

Fixed it.

Thanks
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6/14/2012 7:44:24 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 7:43:20 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 6/14/2012 7:37:57 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
At 6/14/2012 7:37:01 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
At 6/14/2012 7:25:49 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
I cleaned up the design.

Check out my new archives page, only one side bar, site news now a full page, the new colors.

It's evolving. Now how's it look?

http://www.conservativepolitico.org...

It looks pretty snappy, although now the right of the article looks a little empty. I suggest moving the poll page and such to the left, as most people have a dominant right eye. http://en.wikipedia.org...

Oh, also, there is no comment box for the Contact & suggestion page.

Right you are... How odd.

I'll fix it.

There we are.
#UnbanTheMadman

"Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory of lighted streets on quiet nights..."

~ Rush
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6/15/2012 1:52:09 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 6/14/2012 7:37:01 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
At 6/14/2012 7:25:49 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
I cleaned up the design.

Check out my new archives page, only one side bar, site news now a full page, the new colors.

It's evolving. Now how's it look?

http://www.conservativepolitico.org...

It looks pretty snappy, although now the right of the article looks a little empty. I suggest moving the poll page and such to the left, as most people have a dominant right eye. http://en.wikipedia.org...

Very good!

Much, much better, like, a lot, times 100.

Ok, some other ideas.

Move the pageviews element to the very bottom. Even better, get rid of it, it's amateurish.

The Headlines element has links to other websites... do you configure those yourself or is that something for revenue?

For the navigation bar, put content first over other things like Authors, About Us, Contact Us.

Maybe trim down how much of each post shows on the front page, or reduce the number of posts that show on the front page. It's kind of long.

Can you do drop-down menus? You could have archives, categories, editor's choice articles as options.

Just some thoughts :)
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