My website (still) stucks. I need help

Discussion in 'Personal and Professional Photography Websites' started by RMThompson, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. RMThompson

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    Hey all.

    My website, www.rmtphotography.com , still sucks. A lot of really nice people have offered to help, but no one can point me in the right direction.

    I can do a lot of the programming/input side myself, but the problem I am having is the DESIGN of the website. I don't need anything fancy, just something CLEAN, normally I would use a template. However, I cannot find a template that looks good that can also add in a EASY to use gallery!?

    I want to have a gallery I can update on an almost daily basis if I want, so I can use my own site to store pics, and send people there instead of my flickr.

    Does anyone out there have any ideas/servces/websites that can help me?!

    PLEASE!:hail:
     
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    Here are some services... Do you know flash?

    http://www.templatemonster.com/category/full-site/

    You pay for the template.. like 80 bucks but you need flash in order to customize it. I don't know flash but the photography section has REALLY cool templates.
     
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    Personally, I hate Flash sites, so I would recommend staying away from them. The site as it is now looks really busy. My eye first goes to the banner image at top, but then it has no idea where to go because you have so much stuff there.

    The simplest advice at the moment is to get rid of the "Version History" stuff. No one who's going to buy photos from you is going to care what version of your site they're seeing, they're going to care whether they can find pictures they want to buy.
     
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    For the gallery part, use JAlbum. It's free, has over 100 skins, can do everything from Flash to AJAX to standard HTML and has an active forum where you can ask questions if you need help.
     
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    I too would stay away from flash, 56k users wanna be able to view your page too without it taking an hour to load. What are you trying to add to your website? I do some web design myself with HTML format using macromedia dreamworks. Maybe I could help.
     
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    Thanks for everyone's comments!

    alan, thanks a TON for that. Thats freaking AWESOME.... Im gonna try to use that

    Noel, I am looking for a clean design, something that would work well with the JAlbum I apperently will be using!

    :)
     
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    np :wink:

    I had a similar reaction when I first found JA about 2 years ago, and that was version 5... at this point my site is 100% JA-generated, which I'm told is unusual. (PowerBase and Profiler skins)
     
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    thanks, but I get this:

    Sorry! Direct access to this page is not allowed!
    Please try accessing this page through the links available on your service provider's website.
     
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    sorry try this one http://www.njwebspace.net/sebase/testdrive_home.jsp?uno=4021799&lang=en

    Then just click on Build a website with site wizard to see the templates
     
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    If you want to be able to manage your own website without having to be a web designer, you're going to need a CMS (content management system). There are a number of free ones out there. The most comprehensive open source (read: free) ones are probably Joomla, Mambo (those two are essentially the same), Xoops, Drupal, etx. I'd probably go with Joomla, as it's generally the easiest for non web designers to get the feel for, and it's the most easily skinnable and modular. The problem is installing and configuring it on your server, which is probably not something you want to do yourself, unless you're at least generally familiar with SQL and PHP.

    Flash is very cool, but it makes your site invisible to search engines, and isn't something you could do well yourself.

    HTML is alright, but static, and isn't super capable.

    CSS is the way to go if you want to build a site from the ground-up.

    Again, you really should have someone setup a CMS for you, if you want to be able to manage your site. You can attempt it yourself, but set aside a good 10-20 hours to figure out what the hell you're doing.

    And I hate to say it, but although your current site has a clean design, it's very generic and very corporate.
     

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