Blog Review: Noobite by Kris Edison

Title: Noobite
Author: Kris Edison
Platform: Wordpress
Genre: Programming and Technology
Description: Community site and tutorial blog for newbies who want to ask, learn, and share anything about programming, Iinternet, blogging, technology, gadgets, software, applications.

Browser Check

  • ✓Chrome
  • ✓ Mozilla Firefox
  • ✓ Opera
  • ✓ Internet Explorer 7
  • ✓ Internet Explorer 8
  • ✓ Opera Mini

Things Worth Mentioning

  • Font perfectly fits the site since it is a programming blog
  • Images have titles and alt attributes

Things that Need Attention

  • redundant menu for navigation
  • to much ads scattered all over the page

Tips from BTT and Guest Judge

  1. GJ: Cloud Tags are good for entertainment or game blogs, but your blog belongs to the technology and SEO related blogs so it would be best to just remove it.

    BTT: Another thing to point here is, flash is something you should not play with anymore. Flash or SWF files are now considered obsolete in the industry of web development. Read this article for you reference.
    Blog Review: Noobite by Kris Edison

  2. GJ: There are more than 20 embedded external resources. Try to reduce the number of included resources (images and style sheets). For instance, stylesheets can be merged together instead of being split across several files.

    BTT: I guess, the key here is keep it unified and minified

  3. GJ: I think you need to rearrange the ads place, too many ads means distraction.

  4. Our tools detected that you are using table tags on your template. Using tables for designing is already obsolete. Try playing with divs, spans and CSS. Tables are only used for rendering information and not for designing.

BTT's Opinion for Noobite

Design 2/5 ★★★★★

I find the design to basic yet a little bit dirty especially the bottom part. The site was intended for noobs, so it should be simple yet fun to keep their interest on reading.

Sidebar really looks messy. Might as well clean that up.

In short design was a little bit too lame and needs some "WOW" factor.

Content 3/5 ★★★★★

Programming wise - articles were fun to read but not all.

Noobite Community - I don't get the idea of this link above. I do understand before that you are trying to build a community for programmers, but seeing that, but where's the interaction?

Contact Us - I think the form is lacking of something. You are a programmer, so you should know that public forms shouldn't be left out like that especially with all those robots lurking on the net to fill out forms automatically -- we call them SPAM.

Blog Review: Noobite by Kris Edison

Branding 4/5 ★★★★

NooBite came from the combination of two words – from the English slang “noob” which means newbie and “bite” which means the use of teeth to cut or hurt something.

With the term noobite and the way you are providing tips to beginners, I guess you are standing on your chosen track. Other than that, the title itself was intersting if you'll hear or read it somewhere. I can remember the book series "* for Dummies" within your title.

For me, the logo was cool, but usually the glasses is use to connote nerds and geeks rather than noobs.

Impact 3/5 ★★★★★

I guess the only thing I can say here is, post often!!! if your blog's latest post is really really old, I guess lesser people would visit your site thinking that this site has been forgotten by the author.

Guest Judge's Opinion for Noobite

Today's guest judge is Lamperouge. Lamperouge is currently working in a BPO and a former web designer in a multinational company. He is also a freelance photographer and an admin of different multi media organizations. So here is what he can say about Noobite.

DISCLAIMERThe views expressed in comments by the guest judge published on this blog site are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of Beneath the Tree, nor do they represent the views or opinions of, or any entity of, or affiliated with

Design 3/5 ★★★★★

I like the color blue (*laugh*) but sad to say, it is the only thing that I liked (*kidding*). Seriously, you need to arrange some of the article on the side. You have: top 5 of the week, top 5 of the month, etc. - it would be best to choose just one of these so you can remove some clutter on the site.

In Layout - I think it was simple and good for the eyes but it would be best to be consistent with your color choice.

Content 4/5 ★★★★

I like some of your posts, especially if I'm just new to the blogging world. I would definitely visit again, though, I find some articles to be too lame.

Oh, by the way, I like some of the articles about the basic and how to improve my programming skills.

Branding 3/5 ★★★★★

Logo-wise, I find it weird. I don't find the connection of it to your site. My first thought was it is a nerd book site.

If you have time, kindly remove the eyeglass and change the font to courier to keep the consistency.

Impact 3/5 ★★★★★

I'm not sure if I'm the right person to give this rate, why o why? first, your blog was simple as ABC, anyone can make that theme but if you will revamp or rearrange some details link (like your Top 5 Of The Week, etc) I think I will like it more, especially if your target market is for newbies and those who want to learn programming.

Also, if you have time, kindly re-do the social connection links on your page.


BTT Total Rating: 3.00
Guest Judge Rating: 3.25

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  1. I've visited the site. I like Courier New ONLY if it's for a code snippet or for any other formal writing. :|

  2. Hello Aji and Panel! Thanks a lot for the review. I was sweating as I walk through the lines. :) There are too many things to change. And thanks for letting me know.

    Thanks BTT and more power! :)