We are a local wedding directory based in St. Louis, Missouri. We allow users to rate and review wedding vendors. We have a strong social media presence and a wedding ideas blog that is growing in popularity.
http://themeforest.net/item/kids-vo…iew/573808 - This site uses textures very well and we like the orange footer area that sticks out so well. Not sure this would work on our site, but it is an example of a quality footer design that we like.
Generally, we're looking to keep the same basic layout. Its a two-column layout capped with a header and footer section. The logo stays the same (it is attached). And the thumbnails for the blog excerpts will stay the same size.
The existing header/logo area occupies too much space and we hate that we have a photo utilizing the area to the right of the logo. GET RID OF THE PHOTO. Do not use the photo in your design.
Overall, we're looking for a more polished look - something a bit more universal, web 2.0, and clean.
1st Row (header) - Logo or Logo with Navigation or Logo with Email sign up
2nd Row - Navigation
3rd Row - Presentation of Vendor Categories (currently photo boxes which we do not like) or Presentation of Vendor Categories with Email Sign Up
Body section (2 columns)
1st row - Main content/paragraphs
2nd row - blog excerpts with photos
1st row - email sign up if not used in header section
2nd row - wedding vendor categories
3rd row - most popular articles
these widgets change but the point is that they are elements with titles and text contents
1st row - facebook feed, twitter feed, rss feed
2nd row - copyright info
i generally like it when this entire section is a different color - including a different shade for each row