Your Opinion Again...

Just wanted some updated feedback on the progress I have made with the development of this web site I have been working on www.thunderbirdcovenant.com.  Please be honest...it is the only way I will learn.  The one thing I want to do is get more traffic...it has been really slow...maybe one or two hits a day.  Any suggestions?  I will be adding more pictures to some sections as well as music.

Thanks for any ideas you may have.
Sandra
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brunoCommented:
um...

all i see are two lines with "nt6.siteamerica.com" between them and a banner below them.  huh??
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mark2150Commented:
That's all there is. I looked at the source.

You might want to put *something* on your page to give people a reason to come by!

Check out mine for some ideas:

www.cyberchute.com/rvbus/madmark

I've got counters, guestbooks, jokes, pictures, links, voting booth's different stuff.

Once you have an *interesting* page, submit your site to Lycos/Yahoo/AltaVista, etc. I'm getting a three hundred hits a week since I got listed and building. Follow the FastCounter link and you'll find resources to publicize your site, add counters, rate your HTML, etc.

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egbservicesCommented:
May be you forgot to upload your re-designed page to your site...
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BrigidCommented:
<cough> Guys, click on the banner below the nt6.siteamerica.com. It's a splash page.
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helverCommented:
I think for your tabs, you may want a brighter color - the brick red that you have doesn't provide much contrast.

The menu in the bottom center, with the hand... I think that pic changes a little too often, or too dramatically... I think the changes happen so quickly and with so little movement that it's disstracting.

Just my 2c.
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mhjordanCommented:
First thing... put a timer on the "splash page", so that it will automatically advance to the "real" page.
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lexcineAuthor Commented:
What is a "splash page"?  I don't see anything but the site as I developed when I click into the site.  The frist page is the cover page, then when you click on the image you enter into the site onto the Home page.  www.thunderbirdcovenant.com .
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egbservicesCommented:
Hello Sandra
There appears to be a bit of a confusion. When you click on the link inside your EE question at the top you will get to one of your ISP default page and not yours. The fullstop behind ..com. does that (www.thunderbirdcovenant.com.) hence my previous comment. For next time it pays to add a / after your link (www.thunderbirdcovenant.com/) then the fullstop should cause no problems.
mhjordan mentiones a timer which is a good idea. 3-5 seconds is plenty time to be stuck with on your present index page.
As a timer, if you really want to show your'splash', place the following meta tag into the header:
<meta http-equiv="Refresh" content="10;URL=nextpage.html">
If you want traffic to your page forget about that 'splash' entry page all together and use your index page for important info.
Surfers in general do not want waste much time.
Welcome pages, big images, sound, complex applets, etc. will slow down your page. If it is an e-commerce or e-tail page the possible customers will be gone before they even read your offer. It's ok on a low traffic personal or club home page.
Make the index page uncluttered, small in size, frame less, no sound, etc. so it can load fast.
Place good info to the index page to catch the surfers attention so he will click on a link to the pages which contains to your real messages, deals and offers.
May be you can put your 'splash', sound, frames, applets, etc. there but do not over do it.
Loading speed counts more than gimmiks.
I would also use tables with a set pixel width on the pages. Chose the width so the page will fit without horizontal scrollbar into a 640x480 or max. 800x600 monitor. This will prevent your page from beeing squeezed together when the window is resized by the surfer. Just try it and look at how your page ends up. 595-600 pixels should be ok but try it your self.
Be aware, IE and NS are do not quite follow the same html code rules.
Make your page cross platform compatible with IE3, 4 & 5 and NS3 to 4.7.
JavaScripts do not always work with all the browsers test them before using.
I would use small images in your frame menu. Text sizes can be changed by the browser setting which will make your menu look pretty bad. Text images will retain the size.
Thats enough for now... good lock and see you later, Edi
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lexcineAuthor Commented:
Thanks Edi...just what I needed!
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lexcineAuthor Commented:
Thanks Edi...just what I needed!
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mark2150Commented:
ALso, if you're going to put a splash page up, give us a *clue* that there is something else there! As you noticed by the responses you got, several of us looked saw nothing and left. What would you do if the same %age of your potential *customers* did that?!

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mark2150Commented:
I'm getting an error dialog under IE, Line #1, column 1 when I click thru to the main page...

You need to add some *TEXT* on your splash page. I browse with autoload images *OFF* for speed. When I get your splash page I get two white rectangles and NO TEXT other than the ALT= contents. If I was getting there from a YAHOO link I'd be gone and never visit the underlying page. This will also impact others that browse with text based browsers (not everyone is on IE or NS you know!)

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lexcineAuthor Commented:
Thanks so much Mark...I took some of your advice.  I understand now.  Thanks again!
Sandra
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mark2150Commented:
Sorry, error is: Line #7, Column #1, "Object Expected".

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