Website Splash Page Attempt 1:

EDIT: Picture and link now working. Apologies for that.

I am thinking of having the domain name direct itself to a landing page because as someone told me, visitors turning up and viewing this as the very first page they see, may be confused.

So I thought: “Yeah, okay, I know Photoshop, I know Imageready, I can do this.”

So I tried and came up with this as an option:

If you click on it, you can see the full sized version. The links don’t work or anything but design wise, let me know what you think.

Getting the domain name to point to the landing page is fine, but getting the links to work as they should and go straight through to the weblog is proving a bit difficult. I installed the blog in a subdirectory on the server and then went through hoops to get it to think that it wasn’t in the subdirectory so I have to figure out how to fix that right now before this will work. Also, I might have to resize the page itself, on some machines it’s fine, but on my mine, I suddenly have scrollbars. Given how long it took to figure out how to get some of the effects, I am not going to be working on it any time soon.

But, yes, comments are welcome. Do you find the front page of the blog confusing? What would you like to see on it, what would you not like to see on it? Let me know.

Cheers, Marisa.

Marisa is a globetrotting freelance writer, journalist and editor with cat for hire (her, not the cat). She is currently based in Melbourne.


  • Marisa

    @ Jerry & @ Azrael: Thanks for letting me know. I accidentally linked to the server location of the image so of course it looked fine and turned up on my computer. That’s why it prompted you for a CPanel login – it was linked to the private location of the image rather than the public one. It’s sorted now, so if you still have the time, let me know what you think.

    Cheers, Marisa.

  • Jerry

    Well your comment up thee is invisible as the bg colour is the same as the text colour.

    The landing page looks all right, though you might wanna make the nav options a bit more legible?

  • Marisa

    @Jerry – The comments are fixed now! Thanks for pointing that out as well. As for legibility – you have a point but I am a bit wary of mixing font types. I tried to make them bigger and make the bar at the bottom larger as well but it took away from the 3D look of the entire design which was sort of what I was aiming for in the first place.

    When I redo it – eventually – in 1280×800, it might work better. Who knows?

  • Jerry

    Nah, two fonts won’t make it look too amateurish. But I guess it’s readable enough…
    And I’d recommend keeping it at 1024px wide or less. Or you’re gonna have a significant number of people having to scroll horizontally. Not much fun.

  • Marisa

    @Jerry The background was inspired by the background used for Apple products in their ads though usually the apple products themselves are a bit more colourful.

    The lightbulb went off in my head when you said to keep it at 1024 pixels wide or less – that sorts the scrolling problem out because I am a doofus and went with the dimensions that you would use for wallpaper. Not being much of a geek goddess there, LOL.

    You might be right about the fonts though – maybe a sans serif down at the bottom.

    Also someone else pointed out that for a landing page, it doesn’t say anything about what exactly I do. It has a slogan “Life. Work. You. Clearly Communicated.” but it doesn’t say that I am an editor and writer, however I cannot figure out how to say editing and writing and not make it sound like the most boring and vague thing ever. I figured my slogan said pretty much what I can do for my clients. I always get questions like “so what do you write?” or “can you do ____?” I thought I had sufficiently summarised all that information in the slogan.

    Your thoughts?

  • Jerry

    Sorry for the delay, long weekend full of pandols and people sticking free drinks in my face.

    Maybe have a pen icon or something in a corner? Maybe have a link to articles you’ve written, and not have it labeled “Portfolio”? I can’t think of anything that doesn’t sound completely cheesy. But maybe you can, being a writer and all? 😉

    The easiest method though, is to just add a bit of text beneath your name saying “Writer. Editor. Chronicler.” or some cheesy stuff like that. Unless you go with the other option of a longer sub-tag line like thing, for example “Proving the pen is mightier than the sword, one word at a time”.

    Yes, I know. I’m sorry.
    Cheese just oozes out of me. I can’t help it. :/

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