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09-05-2004, 05:00 PM
Just wanted to put my help out to others. I build websites as a hobby and also do some for small business. If anyone has questions about wed design and other related topics, let me know.

Webb Builder (www.webb-builder.com) :cool2:

09-08-2004, 11:44 PM
Okeedokee... I just started to update mine. Trying to anyway :) I am just an amateur working in notepad.

I would like to have small green rectangular buttons instead text for my links. How would I go about this?

On the Request Quote page (just added this page today)... when you press "Submit" a warning comes up. Is there anyway around this? Also, after you hit "Submit" and then press "OK"... you are looking at the same page. I'd like it to either go to a page where it says something like "Your info has been sent... Thank you for your intest in our services........" Or be redirected back to Home or Contact page. Is this possible? Easy?

Lastly (for now)... On my "Our Work" page... I'd like to know if it's possible to have a slide show? How difficult would that be?

Thanks for your time!

BTW.. You can visit my site by clicking on my Name.. then "Visit.. homepage"

09-20-2004, 01:57 AM
You could always make buttons in Paint or something or just use tables for each one. Those would be the easiest for your button situation.

09-30-2004, 12:30 PM

Your Davis Designs site, while a very nice design, will look infinitely better if you would switch your logo and banner menu to a .gif instead of the .jpg format. Notice the graininess around the text and the solid background color? That's the reason. You'll also benefit from the file size being significantly smaller.

Dayton, Ohio

10-01-2004, 10:11 PM
Thanks Tony but I didn't build that website. It is one of my good friends landscaping comapny. He had it designed by another person. But I do see what you mean.

10-04-2004, 03:03 PM
Hi Lawnscapes

I checked out your site and it looks really nice. Great pictures, good info and very straightforward.

You asked about slideshows. Here is a link where you can find 39 different, mostly free, fairly cool slide shows that are easy to install.. http://www.hotscripts.com/JavaScript/Scripts_and_Programs/Image_Effects/Slide_Shows/index.html

As far as green buttons, check out www.flashbuttons.com They do have cool buttons in flash. If you want to go something with less flash (that was a pun, I figured I had better tell you cause it was too dumb to notice otherwise) check out www.flamingtext.com They have some free graphics and some really great text effects that you did not ask about.

You are doing great, keep it up.

10-08-2004, 08:22 PM
Thanks for the help everyone. I have made some changes including a slide show... I modified the program a little and it works but it says there is an error on the page. If someone can look at the source and figure out why.. let me know.

I'd also like to know how I can get the forward and back arrows next to each other at the left-bottom corner of the picture. I can't figure it out?

Thanks again.

12-09-2004, 11:06 AM

Didn't see any error messages, but here is how to center the buttons.

Change this existing block of code:

<div align="left"><id="backforthbuttons">
<p><a href="javascript:goforward()" style="float: right"><img src="blueright.gif" border="0"></a> <a href="javascript:goback()"><img src="blueleft.gif" border="0"></a>

to this:

<div align="center" id="backforthbuttons">
<p><a href="javascript:goback()"><img src="blueleft.gif" border="0"></a> <a href="javascript:goforward()"><img src="blueright.gif" border="0"></a>

Hope this helps.

12-30-2004, 03:19 PM
I have a quick question. In designing buttons, what is the easiest program to use??? Flash or can you make them in Fireworks?

Also, if I designed them in illustrator and import them into photoshop and make a gif out of it will it be the same as using the programs listed above?

12-30-2004, 06:14 PM
This is not my field of expertise but I think I can clarify it for you a bit. You mentioned Adobe Illustrator and Macromdia Fireworks. Those are both vecor graphics programs, basically the same thing by different manufacturers. They are going to produce a picture (basically a drawing but not necessarily) which you would likely save as a gif. Flash is more like a movie and can have fancier effects.

For anyone who wants to play around in this technology there is another program called Swish which is similar and swish allows you to download a free trial version good for about 30 days. Swish is probably a little easier but also just a tad less powerful.

If you want to use Fireworks or Illustrator on your buttons there is another free program called the mighty magic mouseover machine or something close to that. Do a web seach and you will find it. It will allow you to add some effects to your buttons. In other words you would created two gifs, on static and one when the curser is over the button and the mouseover machine will make the effect work.

Hope that helps a bit

12-30-2004, 06:19 PM
I looked back on your question and It read which is the "easist" to use. To me all three of those are tough. I have all three and am not very good on any. I have gotten the furtherest on Illustrator. I am not sure what you have in mind for buttons. There are a lot of sites where you can get free, premade buttons. That is the easiest. Based on your question I am assuming you don't have any of those and they are all expensive programs to use one time to create a few buttons. You can make any graphic into a button easy enough and avoid the programs all together.

12-31-2004, 11:14 AM
Fireworks and Illustrator are not comparable in any way. Yes, Fireworks can generate vectors, but it's core is bitmap based. Macromedia makes Fireworks for web graphics, but their similar software to Illustrator is Freehand. And Fireworks can generate roll-overs.

Of all of them, Fireworks is hands down the "easiest" (being relative) of them. Flash can be more of a hinderance to your site (read: annoyance to visitors) as the odds are if you are asking these questions, you won't rapidly develop the skills to make a flash interface that would be worth the effort. that's not a slam on you or your tech skills, it's more of a issue of creating a menu that is meaningful vs. bells and whistles.
The Flash learning curve is especially steep if you don't have the graphics experience.


01-04-2005, 06:38 PM
Looking for some help for the members who have built their own web sites. I just want a simple informational web site, maybe 4 pages total with nothing fancy (no jumping letters or movies), and a way for my customers to be able to e-mail me from the web site (possibly a fill in the blank type e-mail for address, phone # etc.). I built a web site a while back with the help of a friend and retained nothing from it. I am on a shoe string budget so is it possible or should I wait till its in the budget then start working on it? Thanks in advance.

01-04-2005, 09:07 PM
check out the gopher link on the ad banners. not only is he amazingly helpful in these forums, he's got web templates to get you started.

01-04-2005, 09:26 PM
I have no experience in web pages at all but would love to put a small, basic one together for advertising purposes. Can you give me some information on how and where to start and also how much it costs?

Thanks for any help you can give.

Team Gopher
01-18-2005, 09:14 PM
Hi Tony,

Thank you for thinking of us!

Hi j.p.landscaping,

Here is a link to some free web templates (http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/cgi-bin/ikonboard.cgi?act=ST;f=15;t=898) you can download and use to create your own website.

01-18-2005, 10:24 PM
I've got a question......My website is www.lyonspressurewash.com My pictures are fuzzy, but when you click on them and make them full size, they're ok. Any help?

Carolina Cutter
01-18-2005, 10:27 PM
Just wanted to put my help out to others. I build websites as a hobby and also do some for small business. If anyone has questions about wed design and other related topics, let me know.

Webb Builder (www.webb-builder.com) :cool2:

Ok...I just have a general question for ya ABOUT websites. There is a website that I used to go to and can no longer....well, I can get the front page to open but when I go through the pages....Internet Explorer, Mozillz Firefox and Netscape browsers all say they have encountered a problem and need to close.

Can you tell me what is going on? Only happens on this one website.....

01-19-2005, 10:36 AM
guys, if you start a new thread for each of your questions, you might be better off. while the pilotguy started this thread, i've not seen him actually helping much in the way of answering web-related questions and this thread has grown a bit old.

merlin, if you want, pm me with the site and i'll see what's up. could be any of a million reasons, but first guess is that it's trying to run an executable file or applet that's taking down your system.

lpwhandyman, your picture issue is one you can't get away from if you print text on the picture and then shrink it. shrink the pic, and then add the text to it. what are you using to shrink them, that could also be the problem.
i'd also suggest shrinking down your large pics some. those things are unnecessarily large, and still in a high res format. if so, shrink them down to something more manageable. there's an old rule of thumb to take it to 72pdi (for purposes of this argument, go with that, but it's sort of a false rule) as that's what a monitor will max out on. basically, just try to make the pic more of a manageable size and one that does not only show 10% of the pic and having to scroll around to see the rest. you want to provide web site quality and not print quality.


02-14-2005, 12:07 AM
how do i get my site listed on top 10 search engines ?

02-14-2005, 09:53 AM
here ya go...

submission page for all of the top search engines (http://www.search.com/guides/submit/register.html)

02-17-2005, 06:03 PM
To make things simpler, if you need any assistance please send me a PM as I do not surf this page too often. CP. PS and yes I am still around just been very busy at work with my training schedule.

02-17-2005, 08:58 PM
5 and 1/2 months is a pretty good response time. :sleeping: do you work for dell customer support by chance?

02-18-2005, 10:55 PM
5 and 1/2 months is a pretty good response time. :sleeping: do you work for dell customer support by chance?

HaHa. Glad to see that someone keeps up with when everyone is on the boards. Some of us have to work and don't have lots of time to sit and post on forums. Thanks though for letting me know how long it's been since I posted on this topic.

02-19-2005, 02:27 PM
best of luck in all your endeavors.