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And then he keeps coming for this and that, and he wants FEEDBACK on the site, the pride haloing around him.
What can I do? My eyes grow sore and I'm really pissed. WHAT CAN I DO?
I don't envy your situation... been there before. The best way is to lead him to his own ideas. Suggest things and then let him morph them so they become "his" ideas. Do your best to save his ego, because to him, it was a big accomplishment.
If you don't like him, tell him the site's perfect and to buzz off. :)
You could also try being honest with him. Provide reference which speak to the unholyness of background textures and midis. Show him what a decent page is like and then measure his against that standard.
I feel your pain, but damn the torpedoes...full speed ahead.
Be as calm and rational as possible when giving advice otherwise they may take it as an insult.
There are some people who are not gun site designers, but still want to have a go. Try not to step on their feelings.
Yes, maybe it's the pride. Yes, maybe my first site looked the same. Well, it didn't, since animated GIF's and Midi's and frames where not yet used then. But point taken.
The best suggestion from a keep-a-calm-working-environment perspective is actually the one about template sites. The one I like best though is the worst-of-the-web suggestion...
We all have to go through a learning curve, so be patient with him. Perhaps point him in the direction of this forum to take the heat off you. I'm sure we could give him some good advice (although, of course, we wouldn't do a site review).
Go easy on the critcal statements, just suggest what may better in general terms like removing GIFs because they slow page download etc etc
He'll get the point
Tell him that reading the book is very important before designing websites and that he will get a lot of tips and information from the book.
He would probably sit down with the book, hopefully read it and realize that his first site wasn't that great. Also he hopefully will be greatful that you showed patience and guided him. Best of all he won't bug you that much since now he has a book he can consult :)