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I'm helping a guy who runs a local car service here in Minneapolis by putting together a website.

Here's his original, which he pays too much for per year for marketing and hosting services, and also the ridiculous domain name:
http://www.minnesotaairportcarservice.com

Here's two drafts I've been working on, the first of which I abandoned for draft #2:
http://www.msptowncar.com/beta001
http://www.msptowncar.com/beta002

http://www.msptowncar.com/beta003 (this was added later, see post #5)

Obviously, the domain that I'll be using is http://www.msptowncar.com. Something short and elegant.

Thoughts? Positive and negative both welcome...
 

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I like the pic on the second one, however I like the menu of the first one where the info you click on is below the pic. Just my opinion.
 

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megascape said:
The first one would be my choice. It has an easy menu and it displays the 2 different models of vehicles
Ean-The-Escape said:
I like the pic on the second one, however I like the menu of the first one where the info you click on is below the pic. Just my opinion.
sinister mob said:
I like everything about the 2nd one better. Better layout and better photo.

The shorter name is definately better. Just needs an Escape in the photo background!.
I put up a different front page on beta #3 (http://www.msptowncar.com/beta003) so that both vehicles are on there. We had another photoshoot today, and a meeting about finer details, such as the actual name of the company (apparently individuals in this industry run the same gig with multiple names). I should take a picture where my Escape is in the background... like a signature or easter egg! :lol:

I think the picture in the third version rocks the other two. Just saying. It was pretty sick lighting.

Final edits (will be in updated beta003 or final release):
800 number, fax number to replace displayed numbers
menu background background missed edit (fixed, to be uploaded)
ford escape easter egg... maybe!
license plate edits on the large images
 

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Beta three, IMHO, but all three are really nice designs. Any one of them is a first-rate front page to a website. Seriously, NICE work!

If this isn't the start of your primary career, it should be.

:thumb:

BTW, rollovers can be done with CSS, too. That way, you don't need to rely on Javascript being enabled (although it is on 99% of browsers).
 

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I'm using old IE HTML... so I'm going to spend all day making sure that the HTML I have is updated (for example, in IE, there's no gap between the browser and the banner, but in Firefox, it's a fail; also, the white parts of the subpages should be 500px tall, but not so in Firefox).

I was thinking about back to school to get some IT certificates... I need to figure out which of the following I want: Visual Technology (graphic design and web), Web Design, Java Developer, or Oracle Database...

And if any of you guys ever visit Minneapolis and are not renting a car, I'll make sure this guy picks you up. It'll be on me. :D
 

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I'm viewing on Firefox 3.16.10, all looks good to me, but I didn't explore much beyond the home page.

I like all 3, Navigation wise I like #2 & #3 better, since some less savvy computer users might not like the mouse-overs. (Personally I think they are cool) I know one of the common complaints from my Mom is "where to you do this" and 9 times out of 10 she can't find the links, even if they are there, simply because they are not prominent or visible from the first pageload.

Awesome sites though, you do great work! :thumb:
 

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Good job tang, I like beta 003, Looks good on Chrome browser, very clear , no flaws , do the job just right, but i agree with sinister, you need a black escape or a black mariner as a photo cover,

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BTW, always check your pages against the HTML and CSS validators at http://www.w3.org/. This is how you can find problems that may prevent pages from working on certain browsers (don't get me started on how different browsers process HTML and CSS differently :cuss: ).

The HTML validator: http://validator.w3.org/

The CSS validator: http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/

Also, are you in control of the pages on the web server? Can you parse inputs like HTTPREQUEST? If you can, parse for the word "mobile" in the USER-AGENT property, then you can redirect control to pages designed for mobile devices when a mobile device hits the site. I do that with a few of my clients by opening m.sitename.com on the web server and programming all m pages specifically for mobile devices.
 

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I am in control of the server. I hadn't thought of making a mobile version of the site, but it wouldn't be too difficult. I actually don't know those codes but I can imagine how they work. Time to do a little homework, it seems... :lol:

Thanks for all the feedback! I put the site up yesterday at 8:30 PM CST.
 
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