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Looking for Honest Feedback on My Personal Website

xtrp profile image Gabriel Romualdo Originally published at xtrp.io Updated on ・1 min read

First, thank you so much for clicking on this post, much appreciated!

I've recently made a pretty big update to my personal website, at xtrp.io which is now at version 4.

I built it with my own MVC system written in PHP, and it would be great if I could get some constructive criticism and/or suggestions on it.

Here are a few things I've personally thought of that need improvement, which I am working on at the moment:

  • Improve load speeds by switching to WebP for images, minifying CSS and JavaScript, etc.
  • Add hero/background photo to homepage
  • Make the résumé cleaner and add a download PDF link to the résumé
  • Add loading screen for entire site so that images load better
  • Add navbar menu button transition for mobile
  • Add an "add to homescreen" prompt for mobile devices

Thanks again for helping out.

— Gabriel Romualdo, October 10, 2019

Note: I formerly wrote under my pseudonym, Fred Adams.

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YuanHao Chiang

Website looks great, it's also really impressive to see what you have built considering your young age.

Do you have any plans or goals for the short/long term? Interested to know :) (I also started coding at a quite young age).

I did this when I was in my early 20's: wind-water.net

There's a small bug: when scrolling too quickly to the bottom, the viewport turns completely white in the bottom as if there were most posts but there are not. I tried it on MacOS so not sure if it will happen scrolling so fast in another OS.

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Gabriel Romualdo Author

Thanks for the feedback, I will look into the scrolling problem. As for any plans or goals, I'm just going to keep coding and see where it goes :)

— Gabriel

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Michael Skweres

Hi, So I have visited your website through Brave where I have by default blocked JS etc. and.. here's the result: vimeo.com/367550160

I like websites to be clean and your's is. I like them to get to the point and here is also checkmark. Although your sticky menu rely on JS and as you see before I allow it there has been a problem. Same with home page. No information about you, only strange generated avatar.. that's me. So I think it would be nice to set some information that JS must be enabled or.. maybe you will find some other solution.

As for avatar.. I know and used this generstor and it's nic but.. that's not "you". Put a picture or just ditch this element altogether. It's not you. It;s some (sorry for pure honesty) shitty generated image. Build your brand on you.. on yourself.

As for the content. I would increase the font size there to be easier and more pleasant to read. I also have recorded a slight change and.. to my mind at least it's way more pleasant :) vimeo.com/367551295

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Gabriel Romualdo Author

Thanks for the feedback! I've fixed most of the issues with accessibility for no-JS users, and tested on the site on Brave with JS disabled. I will continue working on adding more no-JS support in the near future.

As for the content, the Vimeo link you provided seems to be broken. Could you try re-uploading or sending a video file to my email (xtrp@xtrp.io)?

Thanks for the feedback again, much appreciated.

— Gabriel

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Michael Skweres

I have fixed the vimeo link :)

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Lautaro Lobo

I really like your site Fred! The first bullet point that you listed is huge, it will improve UX and help you to rank better on Google. Also, I wouldn't add a loading screen, instead I would try to improve even more loading time and so of your website. Do you know about Google Speed Insights? Maybe is just me that I don't like loading screens. Anyways, your site is lovely!

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Gabriel Romualdo Author

Thanks so much, Google Speed Insights is an amazing tool! Will be working on load speeds a lot as soon as I can.

— Gabriel

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Giorgos Kontopoulos 👀

@xtrp it looks clean and did not see anything that would need changing

On a more stylistic view perhaps give it some more colours. Also if the purpose of the site is to get people to hire you make the resume button more prominent.

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Gabriel Romualdo Author

Thanks for the feedback, will try and add more colors soon. Not really looking for work at all at the moment, but will make the résumé button more prominent when I do.

— Gabriel

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drew.tech

Curios why you wrote your own MVC framework. Was it a learning exercise? That’s pretty cool.

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Gabriel Romualdo Author

Yeah, it was mostly just me wanting to learn MVC by building my own framework for my own site, although I intend to use a real framework such as Laravel or Node in future projects because building my own has been pretty time-consuming.

— Gabriel

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