Blog Review: Elite By Design

Brian requested a Free Blog Review of his blog, Elite By Design.

Here’s the review…

What is Elite By Design?

Blog Review: Elite By Design

According to the About page Elite By Design is intended as, “freelance and web design community website where bloggers, web designers, and graphic artists can come to share innovative ideas and opinions.”  It also appears to be a way for Brian to promote his services as a web designer. Brian was previously interviewed in this article, Interview: Brian from Elite By Design, if you would like to know more about him.

Site Design/Theme

As you might expect from a site that features a web designer, Elite By Design sports a custom, 2 column, WordPress theme. The sidebar is on the right side. The color scheme is black and white with touches of gray and orange to give it personality. Faint gray divider lines help separate content areas. All in all, it’s a good looking, professional, theme. 

The site navigation is good. Using the paging widget rather than the typical previous/next combo is a good touch but may become cumbersome as the amount of content increases. A sitemap plugin, which I typically recommend, might be useful although the paging widget comes close to providing the same thing.

Monetization is primarily private ad sales and affiliate offers. This is probably a good idea for this blog although, if it’s intended to be a showcase of Brian’s web design skills it might be better to drop the advertising and just sell services and themes. I’d also strongly recommend dropping the Text Link Ads affiliate offer button.

Content

Brian has written some good articles on design as well as some on general blogging. One I had linked to earlier, Photoshop Resources, is a good list of Photoshop tools and plugins. Let’s see what else I found.

Another good list post, 170+ Must-Have Tools For The Beginning Blogger, proved to be quite popular.

In Navigation Bar In Photoshop - Tutorial, Brian shows you how to use Photoshop to create a web site navigation bar.

And, in Website Design For Blogs, Brian describes his ideas about designing WordPress themes.

A few notes on the content. Don’t put up the Digg button with zero diggs on a post. Also, don’t beg for stumbles in your posts. Both these may turn off social bookmarking visitors. I’d also recommend spending a higher percentage of time writing about design issues than blogging themed posts.

Overall

Elite By Design is an excellent showcase for Brian’s skills as a web designer. The only cautions I have would be to continue to have care with the monetization method used and to avoid some common pitfalls of social bookmarking promotion.

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4 Comments »

Comment by Elite By Design
2008-01-04 07:09:56

Thank you so much Frank for this review.
I can’t say that I disagree with you on anything and I’m going to make some changes starting really soon.
I appreciate your time and your comments.

Brian

Comment by jfc
2008-01-04 09:11:35

You’re welcome Brian,

I’m glad you found it helpful.

 
 
Comment by Alka
2008-01-04 09:43:45

nice review .. Would please review my website too..
I really do not like the design and in fact anything at all but being a newbie , I am sticking to it hopefully your suggestions will help me tweak it to make it more purposeful..

Comment by jfc
2008-01-04 11:45:18

Hi Alka,

First of all, your comment went into the Akismet spam bucket and I had to recover it from there. Go to their site and let them know that someone wrongly marked you as spam.

As for the review, please see my Free Blog Review page on how to apply for a free review.

 
 
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