Thanks for all of your feedback on the old PixelBuddy design. I really appreciated it and took it to heart. One thing too that I noticed is there was a lot of errors in my code so a fresh start was a good thing.
Here is a recap on what was advised:
You could also make it a little bit more wider, maybe 70%, it shows like stick on 1600x.
Mmm. I don't think brown is appropriate for your site. The color scheme should really be quiite neutral to the content,
and I like the site, just not too fond of the colors
I have to agree, also, I'm not a fan of brown.. Maybe beige or light brown, but not dark brown. It's cute tho,
Not normally a big fan of brown but it seems to work here
Your site is dark in contrast. This usually works well for gaming communities since swapping in and out of web space and game space maintain similar luminance. A few other sites have done well with dark backgrounds, but as a rule its hard.
I took these things to heart and I have had other people suggest something other than brown. Back in October 2003, when I first started the site, brown seemed good.
Frankly, I am tired of the brown, it hurts my eyes, and its too narrow. I wanted to expand the site and my navigation was full to the max...it was time for a redesign...
So I set out to make it better, make it lighter on the eyes, and keep the style of the site. Hopefully, I still did this...please review the site and tell me what you think.
I might consider changing the color of the links, unless you think the default blue encourages clicking. The pixel navigation headers are a bit small and may be easier to read in full CAPS.
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Opera is usually one of the best at rendering CSS according to proper guidelines. 99% of the time, when a site breaks in minority browsers, it's because designers misuse CSS to fit with the IE CSS model (which is quite broken), or apply too many browser hacks in an effort to implement less well-supported CSS elements, essentially holding their sites together with toothpicks and bubble gum.
Most of the time, there's a simple way around these hacks. It just takes looking at a particular design with a fresh set of eyes.