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Rick Rick

15 Oct 2009
Posts: 336

www.hambrook.co.nz




We finally got our company site up and running... Just gave it a bit of a switch around, but am glad it's up.

Hambrook Web Design is the company we launched after encountering redundancy. We believe we can offer something more to the businesses around town than what is currently on offer.

After having to write at least four custom plugins just for this site (then re-writing them to make them more versatile and extensible)... the biggest challenge was coming up with content.

Still working on it, but for the most part, it's done.

Comments and critique welcome.

p.s. We estimate we considered over 400 company names, all ruled out for various reasons, so we fell back onto this (my surname)... but it's growing on me.
tom

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tom

6 Nov 2009
Posts: 379

Delayed response sorry! How'd you do the flip thing on the homepage - Very swish! Nice font choices too (always like sites that give mac users what they deserve). Is that some kind of sifr thing happening on the h1s?
Rick Rick

9 Nov 2009
Posts: 336

Thanks for the kind words... I still think I should've gone brighter for more impact for branding, but oh well.

The homepage rotation is jQuery carousel running off a Portfolio plugin (based on Articles) which needs cleaning up a bit, heading fonts are replaced with Cufon.... list of plugins

The rotation on the homepage came with the static html template I purchased... and I had to tweak it to work as expected (clicking any image would just rotate them, I wanted the front image to follow a link when clicked).

Lots of little tweaks on this, like renaming the homepage link in the footer to the site title instead of 'Home' or similar.
Rick Rick

29 Jan 2013
Posts: 336

Responsive update with custom menu... I haven't had anyone keen on a responsive website so far so finally found time to do mine.

Instead of just dropping in the Bootstrap responsive menu code I custom wrote one that left the current menu item as the text (or "Menu" if the current page wasn't on the menu).

Not sure on the "hiding all lis except for current" method instead of simple throwing the current page's menu name into the menu button text.

Looking forward to some from-the-ground-up responsive builds.
tom

Developer

tom

30 Jan 2013
Posts: 379

Nice - I'm not a big fan of bootstrap's nav collapse thing myself. It's kind of cool but I worry that the menu button icon thing is maybe a bit too cool (as in totally mysterious) to anyone outside the tech matrix.
Tinynav though, I love
Rick Rick

30 Jan 2013
Posts: 336

Nice. I thought about making the icon a down arrow, but the three bars is quickly becoming more known. It's the menu icon in Chrome as well as in the Facebook Android (not sure about iOS). I'm happy to test with my site and see how it goes.

What does TinyNav do if the page you're on isn't in the menu? At a guess (I haven't tried it) I assume it'd simply show the first menu item. This isn't overly bad if "Home" is your first item, but could be confusing if your homepage isn't in your menu.
Rick Rick

30 Jan 2013
Posts: 336

Then again, you could do the same thing I did... detect that the current page isn't on the menu and add a default option to the start of the list with no link attribute.
tom

Developer

tom

31 Jan 2013
Posts: 379

yeah, I had that with a site I just did, where home wasn't on the menu and it is odd, but then again I figured on a phone it's odd to not have pages in a select menu anyway so I just set it so that it was only hidden above phone size.
For other oddballs like Sitemap and Search, it would then default to Home, which is probably OK.

It has the option to add a non-linking header like 'Navigation' built-in if you want it behave more like the BS one.

The 3 bar thing is getting traction I agree but I reckon it's still currently with a very particular demographic.
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