First of all, I must apologise to Sssaam and friends for the lengthy delay for this review. …They requested the review at the start of November, haha.
And I’m waiting for McDonald’s to tell me when my first shift is. Why McDonalds for my first job? Well, I’m still not legal working age, and there are very few places that allow you to work at 14 9 months anyway, I applied everywhere and only McDonalds asked me to come in for an interview.
On with the show.
Blog Review; The Panic Button
Without a doubt, The Panic Button is one of the fastest growing blogs out there. With at least one post a day filled with funny pictures, videos or facts, or even a movie review or personal post, The Panic Button (TPB) will have you coming back for more. However, because of the heavy amount of images and videos on the blog, it takes ages to load, which is a negative for any viewer. Saying this, there is little that can be done to speed up the blog. The variety of posts offered is great.
The first page is “All Pictures”…despite the name, however, this page only holds 500 of the estimated 2000 pictures on TPB. The heavy load on this page is a negative. I suggest splitting the pictures into several pages [like when you do a Google search, with users clicking on a “next” button at the bottom of the page to go to the next (sub-)page of preferably less than 50 pictures]. This page really kills dial-up users. There’s a well-organised caption contest as well as a “things to do” page [50 things to do in an elevator]. The newly created games page is home to several flash games. Once again, this kills many users with slow internet. A page a game is the way to go. The “And more” page is simply that – holding everything else from tips to the about us pages.
Unfortunately, after reading the sidebar, I realise that the majority of the blog’s images are actually not owned by TPB. Credit for these images [not just “Credit to George” but an actual link] for every image/post is an absolute necessity. I want to see more of these comics, but I have no idea how to.
Put simply, the design is calming and easy on the eyes, unlike other blogs I have reviewed. Although there is no strict colour scheme the colours generally compliment each other. The header is nice and bright yet not domineering. However the multi-coloured links on the sidebar are not appealing. That really is all that can be said about the design. It is relatively simple with a nice blue CSS background.
TPB is a great blog with good, varying posts and a nice design. However, it causes serious “lag” [for lack of better word] and I like to know where images I view on TPB come from. Other than that, it is a good blog.
I should be able to get Luhy’s review done tomorrow. Then I can start the overhaul of the reviews page.