Switch to English Language Passer en langue française Omschakelen naar Nederlandse Taal Wechseln Sie zu deutschen Sprache Passa alla lingua italiana
Members: 71,864   Posts: 1,583,192   Online: 786
      
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 30
  1. #1
    Eric Rose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Calgary AB, Canada
    Shooter
    4x5 Format
    Posts
    4,276
    Images
    73

    Just revamped my website

    Looking for the usual suggestions. I am using a new gallery system and have added / deleted a bunch of stuff.

    It's the www.ericrose.com one below in my signature.

    thanks in advance.

    Eric
    www.ericrose.com
    yourbaddog.com

    "civility is not a sign of weakness" JFK

    "The Dude abides" - the Dude

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Netherlands
    Shooter
    Medium Format
    Posts
    5,686
    Light-ish letters on a dark background: difficult to read.

  3. #3
    Ian Grant's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    West Midlands, UK, and Turkey
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    16,431
    Images
    148
    While I'd agree with Q.G. about many sites being illegible with light lettering on a dark background I don't have any issues at all with Eric's site in this respect. The balance of colours/tones is fine.

    I'd suggest that the top right newsflash panel and photo on the left are not making the best use of space, that text area is rather empty.

    Also the external links are better opening in a new widow, ie the Bad Dog Marketing (even though it may well be a sub domain)

    Ian

  4. #4
    Greg Davis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Crestview Hills, KY
    Shooter
    8x10 Format
    Posts
    1,950
    I am using the latest version of Firefox and all the little orange "New" tags are placed randomly on the page, some in the middle of the picture and others overlapping, etc. I would get rid of them altogether.
    www.gregorytdavis.com

    Did millions of people suddenly disappear? This may have an answer.

    "No one knows that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." -Matthew 24:36

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Carbondale, IL
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    224
    Im on Internet Explorer, the tags seem to be in the right place. The font may give some a little trouble reading it, but it is fine for my eyes.
    M. David Farrell, Jr.

    ----------------------------------------------
    ~Buying a Nikon doesn not make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner!

    ~Everybody has a photographic memory, but not everybody has film!

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Somerville, MA USA
    Shooter
    Medium Format
    Posts
    393
    Images
    1
    Hi Eric,

    If you can stand a little harsh criticism, and are interested in the little I know about "pro" websites, I'd say

    1) the pages are slow to load, which is frustrating...most sites are pretty quick to load.
    2) I think you want to minimize the amount of clicks it takes to get to a picture: counting clicking the link to your website, I count three, which isn't bad, but each click is slow, so it feels more like 6.
    3) The orange tags marking photos as "new" definitely do not look "pro"
    4) You kind of have two navigational things going on at once, because you have all the thumbnails on each portfolio page, but then once you click in your into this linear progression of pictures. And the viewer thing takes over the window, which is sort of annoying. My preference would be to click on a thumbnail of one picture and have it take me to the album.
    5) way too much text on the home page...no one cares about reading stuff till they see your pictures
    6) thumbnails are too small to be helpful
    7) "wild rose brewery" only has three pictures in it...kind of a dissapointing click. Seems like not a completed project, so it sort of detracts from the whole. But if you had a folder called "documentary" or "breweries" and had a whole project in there, that would be fine. Or just take the portrait picture and put it in a folder called "portraits".
    8) .jpg at the end of photo titles doesn't look good.
    9) I think I'd make the blog a seperate entity, that's just me.

    The pictures themselves look great. Sorry to be harsh, it's a fine website, I've just spent a crapload of time thinking about websites, and you asked.

    I ended up going with viewbook.com, which after a lot of improvements works really well and I think looks good.

    Good luck!
    paulmcevoy.net
    flickr.com/paulmcevoy

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Somerville, MA USA
    Shooter
    Medium Format
    Posts
    393
    Images
    1
    ps I know it's sort of obnoxious to talk about "pro" things but if that's what you aspire to (not sure if you do or not) there are a lot of conventions that you will see.

    these posts are helpful:
    http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2007/10/...website-rocks/
    http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2007/10/...website-sucks/
    paulmcevoy.net
    flickr.com/paulmcevoy

  8. #8
    Eric Rose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Calgary AB, Canada
    Shooter
    4x5 Format
    Posts
    4,276
    Images
    73
    Great comments so far.

    - have removed the new tags. btw they displayed just fine in both IE and FF for me.
    - The Wild Rose Brewery is an ongoing project and I will be added verbage to explain this, but I agree there needs to be more.
    - Currently the images are rather large, averaging around 200K, and I intend to reduce the file size in the near future to reduce load time.
    - have to figure out how to get rid of the .jpg thing.

    I used Zoom Gallery but with the latest release of Joomla it no longer works. I liked that gallery but alas ....

    Keep the comments coming, I have a thick skin lol.
    Last edited by Eric Rose; 07-14-2010 at 11:02 AM. Click to view previous post history.
    www.ericrose.com
    yourbaddog.com

    "civility is not a sign of weakness" JFK

    "The Dude abides" - the Dude

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Somerville, MA USA
    Shooter
    Medium Format
    Posts
    393
    Images
    1
    Good for you, dude. Sometimes you offer criticism after it's been requested and people freak.

    Are you saving your jpegs as super high quality? If you compress them more you can decrease the file size and increase the image size without any noticeable change in quality.

    I still recomend going with a "store bought" solution...photography sites are really hard and some of the services available are not too expensive and look really pro.

    foliolink.com is another good example.
    paulmcevoy.net
    flickr.com/paulmcevoy

  10. #10
    Eric Rose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Location
    Calgary AB, Canada
    Shooter
    4x5 Format
    Posts
    4,276
    Images
    73
    I could make it a lot more sexy if I used Flash but I'm trying to stay away from it even though it seems to be the standard for commercial photogs these days. My market is not the publication industry but the buyer of photographic art and teaching.

    When I get around to resizing (compressing) my images I will be adding a copyright notice to them as well. One thing I miss from Zoom is the ability to disable hotlinking.
    www.ericrose.com
    yourbaddog.com

    "civility is not a sign of weakness" JFK

    "The Dude abides" - the Dude

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast


 

APUG PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY:



Contact Us  |  Support Us!  |  Advertise  |  Site Terms  |  Archive  —   Search  |  Mobile Device Access  |  RSS  |  Facebook  |  Linkedin