A new Lincoln Parks and Recreation website went live this morning. I haven't yet had a chance to explore it in depth, but on visual impact alone it is oodles better than the Lincoln City Libraries site that Nirak panned a while back.
I do have a quick nit to pick. (This is the web developer in me talking.) The background gradients? They're all wrong on multiple levels:
But again, I'm being picky. I'm sure I could find lots of other things to be picky about, too. A large part of my job involves being picky about these sorts of things, so they jump out at me.
Overall the site is a nice, clean new look for Parks and Rec. Looks good, folks.
- The gradients are blocky, in large part because they have been exported as GIFs. PNG or JPG should be used instead.
- There are two background gradients. One covers the entire page, while the other backs just the main content area. I can't tell if the two gradients don't match on purpose, or if that's an accident. If it's an accident, make them match.
- The two background images are way too huge in filesize terms (roughly 100KB total for the pair). The page background image is over 49KB. Export it as a 1 x 1000 pixel JPG and poof, you shave off 99% of the file size (down to 474 bytes in my test). Likewise the other image's filesize can be substantially decreased, though by how much depends on a few different factors. Regardless, you could easily shave off at least 30KB -- and perhaps as much as 50KB -- out of the image's 54KB.