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DesignMyGame.com Review/Break

Posted 02 September 2013 - 10:09 AM

Hi guys! I've just finished the first version of the website for my new game development project. I would love any feedback in terms of design or function. Also feel free to try to break the login/registration system. Thanks!

http://designmygame.com
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Re: DesignMyGame.com Review/Break

Posted 02 September 2013 - 10:59 AM

Your 404 page is busted..

your registration doesn't seem to do much validation..

http://designmygame....hu/register.php
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Re: DesignMyGame.com Review/Break

Posted 02 September 2013 - 01:01 PM

Thanks! I never realized that trying to access a nonexistent directory would break the css on the 404 page. I fixed the issue like this:

<?php
	$url = $_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'];
        if ($url != '/error404.php') { header('Location: /error404.php');}
?>


It seems like there should be a better way though.

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Re: DesignMyGame.com Review/Break

Posted 03 September 2013 - 02:53 PM

I've added much more validation to the registration page. It now has a maximum character length, and ensures that the fields are not empty. I think the functionality is getting to be pretty solid, but I would love some feedback on the design.
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Re: DesignMyGame.com Review/Break

Posted 03 September 2013 - 02:57 PM

The design is neither good nor bad.. it just is 'meh'. It's 670 characters wide of content space on a dark background, okay coloring, and basic menus.
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Re: DesignMyGame.com Review/Break

Posted 11 September 2013 - 04:21 PM

To the point: the design is far too generic, and tells me nothing about what the site is meant for.

If the name of the site was not present, it would be very difficult to tell what the site was even about. There are no images, no projects being highlighted, nothing that would indicate that I should check anything out.

The key issue of a website is that you have less than half a second to convince a user that they want to stay on your site. The homepage is the most crucial element of this, and with a relatively blank homepage not much is going to happen there.

I'm not a fan of the background, it draws too much attention to itself on a large screen, and there's not much contrast that leads me to the main content.

The font sizes are small, and difficult to read at a glance. Focus on getting key word headers out there. 'Hi' is not a header, something like 'Let's Design a Game Together' is more appropriate.

Avoid all caps on anything, especially menus. It's been proven that all caps are harder to read quickly. Using a strong or bold styling would be more appropriate to call attention to it.

The logo itself doesn't have much contrast from the background, and is very blurred around the edges. Make it sharper, larger, and drop it to a single line. Using a bolder and brighter shade of yellow would suit you well here. Really, do that for all of the yellows you're using that aren't on white / light backgrounds.

A tad sporadic, but that was how my eyes flowed the page. If it seems out of order, then it may be time to establish a stronger visual hierarchy as well.
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Re: DesignMyGame.com Review/Break

Posted 12 September 2013 - 04:30 AM

Very good points, thanks for the great reply.

The main issue I have with putting information up on the main page is that I just don't have much content to post yet. I have added a screenshot of the game and a download link on the index page though. I've also done some major style changes based on your input, and I'm really happy with the results.

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Re: DesignMyGame.com Review/Break

Posted 12 September 2013 - 04:19 PM

This is an I have 20 minutes mixer, and does not have the best code, but makes the point of some slight improvements. Not sure what I'd do with that button, probably switch it with a white background and keep the dark text.

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CSS Changes:
h1 {
  color: #CCC;
  font-family: Arial;
  font-weight: bolder;
  font-size: 48px;
}

.gold {
  color: #FFB500;
}

h2{
  border-bottom: 3px solid #ccc;
  padding: 15px 2px;
  font-weight: bold;
  font-size: 32px;
}

#content p {
  font-size: 16px;
  line-height: 20px;
  padding: 4px 8px;
}
#nav_container, #sidebar{
  border-radius: 10px;
}



In place of the logo:
<h1><span class="gold">Design</span> my Game</h1>



Seriously though, this is a quick edit. Adjust as you see fit, but that should get you in the right direction in general.
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