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Postby scottdallas » Mon Aug 27, 2007 11:21 am

Once again.. trying something new and unique out.

Growing Sites.com
http://www.growingsites.com

Review it for me :)
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Postby D72 » Mon Aug 27, 2007 3:57 pm

Looks cute bro.
Think you have a nice one there. Bit more color and image stuff in the layout would fresh up a lot i think.
The blue a:link are so... youtube/google (boring)
But you're doning a great job again!

By the way, you must be single after a divorse, you definately have no job, your social life is at it's lowest point, you dog died cos of not getting something to eat and you should smell like shit because the word 'shower' is not in your dictionary :lol:
You are so busy making websites... where do you get the time for it dude? And you're a musician too...

Youre making nice stuff ;)

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Like your favicon too :wink:
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Postby scottdallas » Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:22 pm

haha thanks.. it's hard to balance time. I just sacrifice sleep and I can do it all!

I did the ff0000 blue links because I noticed people aren't afraid to click them and this site isn't worth crap if no one clicks crap. Man look how many clicks YouTube and Google get with their stupid blue links. That's their money maker and I'm not changing it lol
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Postby Ramon » Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:00 pm

Another one :? 8)

Well it looks alright and everything, but try not to stick to the same theme every time :) It's hard being original every time, but I quess in the end it'll pay off :)

Anyway, great job being so busy creating websites :) Gotta try that no-sleep thing sometime :D
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Postby Syrion » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:47 pm

I think you should add more whitespace to the page, it looks a bit busy. Increase the margins and/or paddings.
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Postby scottdallas » Thu Aug 30, 2007 9:42 am

It is pretty busy but at least it's pure good content to click. Not a single ad on the page.. unless you consider all the content ads since it's a site that promo's other sites which are circulated through my other sites as ads.

Do you think they look funny? I think they look way nicer than the Google text ads personally..

http://www.scottdizzle.com <-- has growingsites.com ads on top and right
http://www.scodal.com <-- has growingsites.com ads in same places.. right bar ads are text ads instead just for experimental purposes.
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Postby scottdallas » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:15 pm

It made me 1 sale so far lol.. I'm pretty happy about that cause I spent a lot of hours..
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Postby yesitsfree » Thu Sep 06, 2007 7:26 pm

looks good
are you making screenshots yourself and uploading images.

I have just made a new site listing local community websites in the UK still under construction.
I have used thumbshots for the images, as long as the sites are on dmoz etc. it will generate a thumbnail
my site is http://www.wvis.co.uk

and the thumbshots site is http://www.thumbshots.com/ several versions I use the FREE one.

Using cutefields I just put in the site url and with the code in my template it generates it.
Only trouble is you can have listings with no thumbshots
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Postby scottdallas » Sun Sep 09, 2007 2:41 am

Thanks.. I'm going to be changing a few things around here and there.. I've thought of ways to make the site more meaningful and efficient to everyone.

Yes, I do the screenshots myself.. I'm addicted to 160x120 screenshots because it's exactly half of 320x240.. which reminds me of DOS games and the size of a standard web video lol.. and they come out to be nice screenshots that are just big enough to make you want to click lol. Plus, I like knowing that my images will never disappear and I can change them anytime. Plus, they're really easy to do.. but you need mspaint (pbrush) from Windows 2000 or else Windows XP will drive you insane with it's retarded 'upgraded' version.

http://www.wvis.co.uk looks very nice and streamlined.. I like that yours is much more automated. How'd you figure out how to do that?
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Postby yesitsfree » Mon Sep 10, 2007 10:01 pm

http://www.wvis.co.uk looks very nice and streamlined.. I like that yours is much more automated. How'd you figure out how to do that?


I had used the thumbnails coding on another site so just thought if I put it in my template and used a cutefield to add the site url it would generate the thumbnail easier. Code for my template is below.

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<table class="listing2">
  <tr>
    <td colspan="2" class="titlefont">{title}</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td width="29%"><div align="center"><img src="http://open.thumbshots.org/image.pxf?url={cf:photourl}" border="1" onload="if (this.width>50) this.border=1; this.alt='Thumbnails by Thumbshots.org';" /></div></td>
    <td width="71%" align="left" valign="top"><p><span class="sitelist">{short-story}</span><br />
          <a href="{cf:website}" target="_blank" class="urlvisit">Visit Website</a> </p>    </td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td colspan="2" class="cato">Category: {category}</td>
  </tr>
</table>



Hope it give you some ideas to speed up adding sites.
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Postby scottdallas » Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:53 am

Wow, that's really neat. Yeah, that would help adding really fast to sites.. but only if more sites had something like that URL: http://open.thumbshots.org/image.pxf?url=xxxxx :p

Nice work though.. that's some good thinking and coding right there. Very smart and efficient.
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Postby yesitsfree » Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:45 pm

scottdallas wrote:Wow, that's really neat. Yeah, that would help adding really fast to sites.. but only if more sites had something like that URL: http://open.thumbshots.org/image.pxf?url=xxxxx :p

Nice work though.. that's some good thinking and coding right there. Very smart and efficient.


Thanks




is the code thumbshots give you to put on your site

image.pxf?url=xxxxx


you just replace the xxxxx with the url of the site you are listing. or in my case a cutefield entered url
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Postby scottdallas » Fri Sep 14, 2007 5:36 am

oh man that's beautiful. i guess i didn't really realize what thumbshots.org was. i just went to there site. nice idea they got goin on
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