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blueguy
19th June 2006, 1:53 AM
Yay for shameless self-promotion! Hello all! So, as I've come back to my comics once again, and have fixed the errors with the comics pages, I thought I'd repost and advertise my website, located here (http://www.freewebs.com/pokechow/). Enjoy. Comment. Dance.

Magma Leader Maxie
19th June 2006, 3:34 AM
Thank God - finally a site hosted by freewebs without their stupid layouts.

I have to say I really like the header of your pages, the images are great, all the right shades to match the rest of the page, the navbar is small but sweet, and I appreciate your site all in all.

I don't like splash screens though... what's the point? You just waste the user's time.

Furthermore, some of the images have been enlarged so that they are very pixel-ish. How about getting higher resolution pics or making them smaller? That would have a good visual impact, I'm sure.

VDknuckles
19th June 2006, 6:32 AM
Furthermore, some of the images have been enlarged so that they are very pixel-ish. How about getting higher resolution pics or making them smaller? That would have a good visual impact, I'm sure.

Uhhh...I think he made them "pixel-ish" on purpose. Anyways, great site, I really enjoy the comics. I like the use of inline frames, I've been contemplating using them myself. I also like how the pixel themed layout suits the comic. Chances are that you either only used MS paint, or atleast heavily used it to make the layout; and I must say, you're very skilled with the program! Keep up the good work!

-VDK

Black Mage
19th June 2006, 1:18 PM
YES POKECHOW IS BACK


I don't like splash screens though... what's the point? You just waste the user's time.

The comic has some...mature themes in it, it's meant to act as a warning for younger kids I think.

~Thunderstar ;121;;373;

Jetx
19th June 2006, 9:01 PM
I love this site, I checked it every week for a new ep but you finally did one. Woohoo.

MLM, I'll quote from Dragonfree:

Do not use a splash page if there is no point in having one. There are really only two points to splash pages: a) being named for example index.htm if that's what your starting page must be named even though your real main page has another extension; and b) containing things such as browser requirements, copyrights, styleswitchers or basic information about the website's theme that you'd prefer people knowing before entering your site. If you don't need any of that, don't use a splash page.

Magma Leader Maxie
19th June 2006, 10:03 PM
I dislike the whole concept of a splash page. I'm not discouraging the use of them, I just think that wasting the client's time by loading a 500x500 image is pointless. Just place your disclaimer or whatever on the index page above the rest of the content.

blueguy
19th June 2006, 10:44 PM
As for the splash page, it is there to warn people about the comic's content, so it actually does serve a purpose. I realize that it seems like it doesn't, but I have to be responsible about making people aware of the content.

EDIT - On second thought I think I'll remove it...

Faltzer
20th June 2006, 12:26 AM
I really like this site and for once no more freewebs layouts anymore. Although nothing special of using your own layout in freewebs. Those comics are funny in my opinion. Splash pages don't really serve the purpose unless it's either giving people warnings about background music,mature content,working on the website,etc. Although I think the one who started splashes was Suta Raito I think,than other sites come do the exact same thing.

Dragonfree
20th June 2006, 12:40 AM
Suta-Raito didn't start using splash pages. It's been a known (and infamous) concept in web design since almost the beginning of the web.

blueguy
20th June 2006, 6:33 AM
Well, I've decided that the next "add-on" for my website will be commentary on select episodes... So I suppose I'll have to get to work on that some time... -_- I've also been meaning to change up the index page, but it's quite stressful and difficult for me as I can sometimes seem like I know what I'm doing when I don't... XD I've been trying to use tables to make it but it ends up being like a table embedded in a table embedded in a table and it's gets very confuzzling... O.O

Sol
22nd June 2006, 9:31 PM
blu, I'd like to affiliate with you. Let me know if you're down. <3

Magma Leader Maxie
22nd June 2006, 10:03 PM
I have a question. Your banner loads using JavaScript for some reason, and it's probably an image-randomiser script. Could you take some measures for those who don't want dynamicdrive JavaScript headaches from other freewebs sites?

You should use the <noscript> tag to load a default image for the clients that don't have JavaScript enabled, because I don't want to enable it for freewebs.com (due to the garbage other websites put up, eg. dancing stars cursor from dynamicdrive.com).

That would make the page more friendly.

Dragonfree
22nd June 2006, 11:21 PM
Eh... what is up with the prompt asking for your name? Why is that necessary? o.O If you don't have anything more useful to do with my name than to put "Good evening, Dragonfree" on the top of the updates, I suggest you ditch it. It's rather pointless right now.

Generally, Javascript should not be used for things that are 'neat but absolutely pointless' like a time-based greeting by name or something. A random image generator has a point, because it adds a little variety, and sometimes Javascript can enhance functionality, but there is nothing beneficial to being greeted on the main page so it really doesn't need to be there.

RevoBlaze
25th June 2006, 11:02 PM
I have hated Freewebs (and all sites), since the beginning of time. However this site is amazingly good. I am totally stunned that is actually looking good on FREEWEBS :O

It looks better than half the sites that are actually hosted on real hosts, bravo.

blueguy
26th June 2006, 12:54 AM
Eh... what is up with the prompt asking for your name? Why is that necessary? o.O If you don't have anything more useful to do with my name than to put "Good evening, Dragonfree" on the top of the updates, I suggest you ditch it. It's rather pointless right now.

Generally, Javascript should not be used for things that are 'neat but absolutely pointless' like a time-based greeting by name or something. A random image generator has a point, because it adds a little variety, and sometimes Javascript can enhance functionality, but there is nothing beneficial to being greeted on the main page so it really doesn't need to be there.

I suppose I should remove it, as it serves no purpose, however I did find it nifty... I got carried away with all the glorious codes I found on a website with JavaScript. All in all, being greeted like that is superfluous and unnecessary. Thanks for giving me your honest opinion. XD

As for the banners, they're here to stay. I absolutely love having a random banner...

@ Magma Leader Maxie: What's a <noscript> tag? Could you explain? If there's a way I can make it better for you and others, without compromising the random banner feature I'll do it.

Dragonfree
26th June 2006, 9:35 AM
The <noscript> tag is basically an HTML tag, the contents of which are shown to any users with browsers that do not support Javascript or have it turned off, but hidden from everybody else. Therefore, you can just put something like this below the banner generator:


<noscript><img src="defaultbanner.gif" alt="PokéChow"></noscript>

and that will show the default banner for everybody who doesn't have Javascript.