CCafe, I certainly value and thank you for your input.
I trust that you know more about web design than I do as I’ve only been
doing this stuff for about a year now. You’ve given me something to think
about for sure. I need to figure out what “clutter” means in website terms
and implement that into a layout that is easier to navigate.
Here’s an image of the current basic layout:
You're right, the 3 second rule is golden... Thanks man.
The one comment I would make, and it concerns more than just this page, is that the small font size, combined with the italics, combined with it being reversed out...makes it quite hard to read. I would nix the italics, except for where you want a few words emphasized, and increase the font size.
It's all about our visitors reading what we write, yes? So we need to make it easy to read, not hard.
I can't believe I went into overkill with the italics and didn't even notice. I left italics in one key spot only. You're right, it makes such a difference. Also, I bolded some of the fonts to stand out better from the background.