A big issue being a designer first and foremost is the battle between something looking pretty and actually working. Translating ambitious mock ups into working websites comes with much sacrifice, something I learned the hard way.
One of the main visual aspects of the website was to have the inclusion of a moon, either in the logo or as the background.
“flashy designer mock up”
“messy integration into php”
even when I managed to center it and it seemed to look acceptable;
it came with the issue that the image was ‘contained’ in all of the containers, which meant it continuously tiled.
Also the visual cluster of white text and a light grey/white background was not appealing, the clean, solid blue look is much more user friendly, and keeps in line with the angular, ‘metro’ style of todays technology.