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    Default One more non-Wordpressy site

    I am wrapping a site up at http://goo.gl/RrKVHq

    I added rounded corners, a shadow to highlight the title block and removed the linkable title so it becomes a clickable slider on the cell phone. The most exciting part for me is that all this is done with the most basic of themes in twenty twelve and a child theme by adjusting the style sheets.

    My personal goal was to come up with an easy to produce, but effective non bloggy looking website that was responsive as well. This one also features its own captured RSS feed on the page and converts the blog into more of a news engine.

    A news engine on a website then becomes a source for its own social media posts and trackable click through links fro news letters. Plus it is a great content management system then for the customer. This make s a simple but effective solution.

    So, why post it here? I think it may help some people get out of the box of what they can do with their sites and not have them looking cookie cutter or like so many spamalot sites thrown together that turn off their visitor.
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    Spamalot... Two Words, Monty Pyton.

    Site looks great just one quick suggestion, I loaded it up on an iphone + ipad, it's not centered, its set to the left, the theme.
    I don't know if this was done on purpose or what.

    But yes, a contained content production system, can be an invaluable tool, for any small business short on resources (man hours) and I am impressed with this, goog job!

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    Good work, Bill.
    Good Success!

    Website: Success With Money
    "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." —Maya Angelou

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    Been racking my head on that space on the right, but finally figured it out. It is coming from the Facebook post image on the lower right! Even though it does not show on the website, it is taking up container space. Once that banner post gets moved down, it should correct.

    Wierd, huh?
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    Wierd, huh?
    Don't know how weird, but common enough. Although even once in a while is too often.

    I have seen things like this that left me puzzled for hours if not days. Not too long ago I had a situation where my menu bar just below the header on one site decided to relocate about 5 pixels to the right. (Sorry I can't even remember what caused it, but it made no sense at all and didn't even seem to relate to that part of the page. Crazy.)
    Good Success!

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    I take it you're going to do some formatting of the body copy? It looks like several rather dense paragraphs which would benefit from headings, bullets, indents, spacing etc.... I'm sure you'll be taking care of this once you have finalised the website style, yet it is still worth a mention I think.

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    Funny you saw that. I thought so as well. They had a writer do their content. I'm trying to figure a way to spread it out and not make it look like a newspaper.
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    First impression: layout looks good, but fonts/text lack edge (not sharp enough, blurry). I would select a Google Font (for example) that works better with large text or messages. Menu items are great. Responsive design works. Fix the font issue and that would be great work IMHO.

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    Loved your new wordpress website. good work bill

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    Your site looks awesome very nice and clean website.

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    Not sure! Don't really have the words to describe it but here goes. When I scroll down your site its in a kind of stuttering motion. I think that it is the embedded video that stalls the scroll and gives a stuttering effect. As I play with the site I get more used to the stutter but i'm still reminded that as a person visiting the site for the first time the user experience was not great.

    I have not read the content but note that others have commented.

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    Hi Garnish,

    Do you know what your Internet speed is? I use http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/

    I know the background sometimes is slower, but did not see the other chop.
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    ^Don't know. Its an old fashioned internet café.

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    Good to have used responsive css.
    But the whole design is very old looking.
    We're in 2014, not it 1990!
    I would also like to see some hover effects, when the mouse goes over your main menu.

    I dont know about the content (i hope it is good), cause the design made me not to want to read it.

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