Hi Brian :-)
If you`re going to use a dark background, your text pretty much has to
be a sans serif typeface, like Arial or Verdana. Otherwise, it`s very
difficult to read.
One option that works very nicely is to put a box into the dark
background, with a light color background and regular black text.
Nicely done, it can lend some fine aesthetic value just having that
box...or several of them.
Another option would be to use a more turquoise color like in the
tropical oceans or a saltwater tank? Then if you put in a box, you
could use the same color, but maybe 50% lighter.
Right now, the page looks like something out of "Jaws," with the
cichlid being threatening. I`m assuming that`s not what you`re going
I don`t think you`ll have a problem with "spyder," as long as you join
it directly to "cichlids." So Spyder Cichlids would be fine. It would
only target people already into tropical fish who know the type of
fish they want. You`d likely not get many visitors who are just starting
out with a tank.
I didn`t mind the site`s loading time, using Firefox and a DSL line.
But when I went to your photography page there weren`t any photographs.
You`ve said the site is under development, so maybe that`ll come later.
On the other hand, if a site can "snap" into place with no scrolling
down, that`s definitely nicer.
We`ve made a decision on our site, where we really want a blend for the
background. So we`re going to have a scrolling time, but it`s a
trade-off we`re willing to make. I can understand your wanting that
nice background, though.
As a compromise, we`re using exactly the same JPG for the background on
all the pages. That way, the browser only has to cache it one time, and
it should load the other pages more quickly. On your site, it seems
every page is scrolling downward though.
I see you`re using a lot of "spacer.gif" images, and other nothing
images. Why? Oh....wait...I see you`re putting in your text as a
graphic! That`s definitely a no-no! The search engines can`t crawl it.
So instead, use the table cell background colors or image, and put your
actual text into each cell. That`d likely cut way down on the loading
time per page. (Is there an acronym for that, "LTPP?")
People are used to seeing an underlined phrase as a hyperlink. But in
your images, the underlined text isn`t at all clickable, being that
it`s an image. I`d rethink that concept.