from others. My immediate comments are:-
1. The total lack of images on your inside pages will induce boredom, and people will tend to click away. People buy with their eyes, and the very best information sites are image-rich. When teaching web-design I always refer people to the BBC news site
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2. Large areas of text are difficult to read on-screen. Try putting text into columns (like a newspaper) in bite-sized chunks, and experiment with a smaller text size (8point verdana bold is ideal) interspersed with images.
3. Ads are fine on an information site - people expect to see them - but beware of losing the correct balance between content and banner ads....too many ads blinking and flashing is a distraction and an irritation. The giant Amazon banner that greets you on the bottom of the 'about Brum' page is a real horror.
4. Get your site properly hosted on its own domain name - sites that are in free ISP space will be ostracised by the big search engines, and a free web-space address in the browser bar is a glaring sign of an amateur effort.
You're off to a good start, but in the community web-site arena the competition is fierce, and only the best survive. I suggest that you spend some time looking at other, similar sites where you'll pick up tips on how to lay out your content. Research has shown that the average visitor to an information site will spend between 4 and 6 seconds appraising a page before deciding whether to stay or move on - that's a pretty small window of opportunity for a web designer.