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Mike Rockett

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  1. Very nice site indeed, and clean too! Simple always works best. With regards to Affix, it doesn't seem to be working for me, in any browser. I'm running 1366x768, and there's definitely enough estate for it to become fixed when I scroll (also, no bookmarks bar, and I'm using the small taskbar on Win8), but that's just visually-speaking. When I go fullscreen, it works. Most people use 1366x768 (laptops), and so I'd suggest making some kind of an alteration to make it work. Perhaps if you make Affix ignore the "Modify Search" heading, and only do the block beneath it? I'm busy building a site for a charity, and found myself in the same place with the home page slider - I'm just using repeaters, as they really are efficient. Edit: If you decide to use repeaters, be sure to set your image field to only accept one image. Then, when you call it in your template, you still need to call the first() method, like this: <?php print $slide->your_image_field->first()->description; ?> I'd like to make one comment with regards to the design: it feels almost too Bootstrap generic. If it were my site, it would be inclined to, at the very least, change the font, heading colours, and the bullet-footer (perhaps you could scrap the indent, remove the bullets, and split each link with a thin, light line). There's also a 1px white line at the bottom - I would definitely remove that. That said, the site, as it is, is very friendly, and easy to use - so kudos for that. I would only make the changes as the Bootstrap look is too generic - at least for me anyway...
  2. ChiefPundit, welcome aboard! And such a great read It's really great to see content-rich sites built in PW, and so well-designed. As for load time, seems pretty good here in South Africa. Though, every now and then, the initial request-fetch takes a while.
  3. Completely forgot that I posted this... Anybody?
  4. I'm not going to make too many comments about responsive design at this point, and only because I haven't fully ventured into it myself (I'm only building my first fully responsive site on PW now...) That said, I do think it's a good idea. I'm based in South Africa, and it seems to be the trending thing with all modern designers. In addition, even my clients in Cameroon want their sites to be responsive. Otherwise, I do like the sites, @muzzer. One nit to pick: On the Uncharted Wilderness Tours site, it says "About Us page" in the footer. The word "page" should not be there. I am very sure that was a simple oversight. Yes?
  5. Oh right. My bad indeed.
  6. Mike Rockett

    ED DESIGN

    Does seem a tad slower though... Loaded up in just over 6 seconds this time around. Then again, yesterday's results were also a bit jumpy. First test was under 5 seconds, second test was as I mentioned before, and the third test was over 7 seconds... Nonetheless, load times are good enough, the way I see it.
  7. You're welcome, reems Here are some snapshots: Browser resize: http://imgur.com/PbjrVzv Lumia emulation (confirmed with my own Lumia): http://imgur.com/y2eGp2J Galaxy S4 Emulation (I don't have a device to confirm this with): http://imgur.com/YYDajVr
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    ED DESIGN

    @diogo - I see, great stuff Works great. In terms of speed, from here in SA, an initial complete reload took 5.92 seconds over 34 requests, including render-time. DOMContentLoaded (before assets) was 1.41 seconds.
  9. Mike Rockett

    ED DESIGN

    Quite an interesting site, I must say. Love the fact that it's just different. With regards to the font, all my browsers are rendering just fine. The issue at hand is with regards to DirectWrite. If it's turned off, it doesn't look so good at all. But, as stated already, it should be on by default now, so the majority of Chrome users will see the correct rendering. With regards to the grey button, that's a silly IE thing that Redmond has never, ever bothered to change. Alternatively, it's the order of your CSS rules. By that, I mean that you are declaring a color for all buttons after you're declaring them for the menu in particular. Still, that seems to be an IE thing, because no other browser has an issue. I think adding !important to the rule for the menu button should fix it. I know, using that flag is bad. But sometimes, you just gotta use it anyway, because it does its job. I find it quite interesting that you chose to use a strike-out on the bottom menu links when viewing a page. Any particular reason why you chose to do that?
  10. Very nice site I just have a few nits to pick from a user experience point of view: The top menus' anchor tags do not fill to the size of their menu blocks <div class="mymenu bn block">...</div> This means that I have to click on the actual anchor link. Whereas, you did this with the menu on the left, making it easier to click on each item. (Only thing I noticed with the left menu is that the anchor tag for "Luxury Honeymoons" goes past the length of the black parent container. Oh, and these links also don't seem to show which one is currently being viewed, i.e a 'current' class.) Same concept with the Top 10 drop down. I should be able to click on any part of that, instead of just the drop down arrow. I think more work could be done with how the site responds to different screen sizes. As soon as I scale down my browser, or use the device renderer, everything starts overlapping everything else. Unless, of course, you did not intend for the site to be responsive, which is what I've gathered. Despite this, I really do like the simplicity and usability of the site. It isn't overly complicated, and anything you need to click on is shown to you straight away, which makes it a friendly site. Kudos!
  11. @DaveP: It seems that the breadcrumbs are only updating to show the parent of the current page being shown. So if you go to a specific event, it'll show "Home / Events". I think that's an oversight.
  12. Indeed - it is a great site. very nicely built. Must agree with Philipp here. In fact, there are several images that are too large. Sure, they're not all 2.3MB, but they're a tad too big. May I suggest that you have a look at this article for more information on how to work around this: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/02/03/one-solution-to-responsive-images/ The article makes reference to these as well: - http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/07/08/choosing-a-responsive-image-solution/ - http://adaptive-images.com/ (this looks quite promising) And perhaps a loading indicator? Changing the title to "Loading..." was not easily noticeable for me; perhaps some people have slow connections/latency may question if a page is even loading. Otherwise, I like it!
  13. In a nutshell, I moved away from other systems and started using Bolt, due to its custom content-type-driven system. There are some features that Bolt lacks, some of which are not planned to be implemented as yet. Specifically I was interested in a hierarchy set-up, with content-types. That's when I stumbled into ProcessWire (not for the first time, I might add - I had seen it before, but the styling turned me off for some reason). When I did, I saw a new website, and an amazing admin-theme, which won me over pretty darn quickly. My first site in PW is for a Cameroon-based company, called AEG & Partners. For my first attempt, I'm quite proud. It was really easy to put together, and very straight-forward when it come to building custom modules. Glad to say that, at this point, I won't be looking back. Edit: Oh, and Ryan, I did pop an email through with regards to the showcase link - it doesn't have a thumbnail... Was my image incorrectly sized?
  14. I love this - it's such a unique design, something I really appreciate. Going to +1 the scroll-with-touch-pad problem, and I think it's worth mentioning that it's quite jumpy on my touch-screen as well. It's probably a missing-link with regards to my resolution, which is 1366 x 768. When I drag that main slider up/down, it jumps a little, every now and then. Tapping the arrow, however, obviously creates a smooth effect.
  15. Hi, and welcome cwsoft I'm also pretty new around here, having fully switched to ProcessWire a little over a month ago. I, too, came from various different systems (PyroCMS, SilverStripe, WordPress [yes, also forced ], Typo3, and Drupal). PW has really done a good job at melding everything together in such an elegant, and simple, fashion. So yeah, welcome to the club @renobird: I can't wait for 2.5 - going to give the dev branch a try today.
  16. That's one thing that I did think of doing - moving the 'required' labels to the field labels, and perhaps putting them in brackets.
  17. Thanks for your constructive input, Benjamin - much appreciated. I think the scrollable-list-box is the main thing behind why it seems like the form asks for two much information - it's really just a mindset thing. So, I will be changing the two of those to standard select-boxes. With regards to the placeholder texts, I can see where you're going with that, and you are quite right. For me, it isn't an issue, but I'm sure it can be for others. I'll either add placeholder texts to the name and email fields, or make the other placeholder texts pop up in little tooltips when the respective field is entered. Which ever looks simpler is the one I'll push to the server. I have found, through a bit of research, that many people actually don't focus on the meaning of the asterisk. Perhaps if I remove the 'optional' labels, and leave the 'required' ones on the form? And yes, I agree with the logo-link - I think it is necessary to have. Force of habit for most users, anyway.
  18. Thanks,glad you like it I think I'd be the person to know that the arrows are not links simply because I am a UI designer, and am not 100% aware of what people expect links to be. I think I'm going to change them to diamonds, or many even circles. As for the phone number, it should be white on grey... Could you perhaps show me a screenshot?
  19. Oh, and I'd also like to know what people think of the contact form, in terms of its layout. It has been pointed out to me that, at first glance, the form asks for too much, even though many of the fields are optional. Do you think I should make those 'optional' fields collapsed by default, ProcessWire-style?
  20. Thanks! I would think that's old-school - I've only seen them to be links on really old sites (you know, with tables). From my perspective, a link should be highlighted in colour, perhaps with an underline, or should be in the form of a button. Simply, anything that looks clickable. Would love to know what others think of this. I could change it to a square-diamond, which would match the logo. What do you think of that?
  21. Indeed - I'm one of those people that checks things out thoroughly.
  22. Great site - I love your work Just noticed that the links to the websites you have made are incorrect - little bit of human-error in there somewhere: <div class='meta'><p><a href='Array' target='_blank'>www.reims.fi</a> ...
  23. Thanks, Gayan - much appreciated.
  24. Greetings Recently uploaded my first site made within the amazing walls of ProcessWire. It's a very simple, yet professional, site for an accounting, tax, and business consultancy in Limbe, Cameroon. The site uses well-built templates (especially on the backend - I really love the way everything works with the editing pages on a per-template basis), and a custom module for the contact form, which runs a clear and concise validation service, powered by the respective Illuminate components (yes, I had to mingle Composer into the scene). Looking forward to many more sites in PW - as it is, I have three more to upload by the end of July. Hope you like it - feedback is always welcome. www.aegpartners-cm.com
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