I agree that the pizza slice logo is a little too large. I'll have to work on that.
And, too, I agree that version #2 looks a little cleaner. My goal with #2 was to make the main menu look like, well, a menu! The red border, the soft shadow, all tend to make the menu look similar to a restaurant menu.
And, I agree with Pete and the rest of you in that I feel that the main focus of the website is the forum. The recipes on the main site are nothing compared to what's posted in the forum, with the exception of DKM's two recipes. I still want to publish a "Tom Lehman" using Peter's research, but I just haven't had the time.
So, I agree that the forum link needs to be pushed to the top of the list.
Dave, I am very interested in seeing what you could contribute to the website. You seem to have a great proficiency with PhotoShop and what this site needs is some spiffy new graphics.
I am trying to position the site so that it ranks #1 in Google searches for "pizza making", "making pizza", and "pizza recipes". In order to get top Google rankings, the main menu must stay pretty close to the way it is now... Currently the site is #1 for searches on "pizza making" (duh), and is ranked #2 for "making pizza" and doesn't even show up on the list for "pizza recipes". That should change with the new menu as I've incorporated the word "recipe" into the menu as it was not mentioned before.
If this site can jump to #1 for "pizza recipes" then I think we'll see a dramatic increase in new members as that's probably the phrase most people with key into Google. I'm anxious to see if we make the list the next time Google indexes the site.
Also, I think that I might have to make a change to the url of the forum (again). Originally the forum was a subfolder of the main site (it was located at http://www.pizzamaking.com/yabbse
) and Google treated it (and indexed it) as part of www.pizzamaking.com
. Late last year I made the forum a sub-domain of the main site (it's now at http://forum.pizzamaking.com
) and I just learned that Google treats subdomains as separate domains! So now none of the forum content appears in a Google search because the forum is classified as a new domain with very few links to its content).
So, long story short, I am thinking about changing the url of the forum to http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum
which should put everything back under the roof of pizzamaking.com.
Lots of work to do.