New website critique needed ~ please!

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  1. rub

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    Hello

    I have been working on my new website for a few days now. I will say now that I am still working on the gallery speed/navigation.

    Please take a look if you ahve a few minutes to spare. Im hoping to get some honest feedback about what works, but especially about what doesn't.

    I have recently come to find I dont much like shooting families and kids and newborns as much as portraits and weddings and boudoir, so thats what I tried to focus on.

    Any feedback is appreicated.

    Thanks,
    Kristal

    www.kristalburgessphotography.com
     
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    Kristal I work for a webhost/cms and look at websites all day everyday so I'll be happy to take a look and post some feedback when the bosses aren't around. :)
     
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    I think it looks super good. Go with it!
     
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    it is a bit slow to load, took about 30 sec to get to main page and longer to get into the gallery.

    You need to make it faster, I left after waiting for 1 min and 30 sec for the gallery to load.
     
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    Hi Speed, I'm on a TWC, and it loads super fast for me.
     
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    Ok I checked it out. I'm not a fan of flash websites at all. Nevertheless some people love them. But what you'll find is that a large number of visitors will get frustrated at the load times and leave the site early and/or not come back at all. This you see already with some of the feedback you've already received here.

    I didn't like the gallery experience at all. I thought it was counter intuitive and thought there were too many clicks. When I first clicked one of the top gallery links I expected to be taken directly to the gallery however your visitor is shown a couple of images. Then to enter the gallery the visitor has to click an image.

    But then I tried again and realized I just didn't wait long enough for the gallery to load. I may not be the first or last to do that.

    It would also be nice if the visitor could control the speed at which the galleries scroll.

    The home link doesn't work.

    The images in the circles on the About Me page rotate too fast for my preference.

    Pocketbook page has a misspelling.

    Kuddos page- Again I thought the image rotations were way to fast here. Plus you have text that tells the visitor to click the image to pause when more accurately the images are enlarged. I expected the rotations to stop and read the image there rather than a larger version pop up.

    I know that wasn't very positive but honest feedback is what was asked for.
     
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    Beautiful photos!

    I had trouble getting out of the Boudoir gallery. The site was slightly slow, but I think it was because I was downloading photos. Personally; I like to see thumbs and 1 large image.

    Maybe try a simpler site for kicks. Use google analytics and compare the two.

    Love & Bass
     
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    Thanks for the feedback everyone. This is exactly what I was wanting to hear - the truth! I will be working on these things today, and will post again when I am closer to be finished.

    Cheers,
    Kristal
     
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    I have made some changes, and hope you can look again and give more feedback. Please note there are just place holder photos in the galleries for now. Once I have it set, I will upload the images.

    Thanks everyone.

    Kristal Burgess Photography
     
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    The slower picture transitions in the about me page is much better.

    Still a misspelling on the pocketbook page unless you're intending to use the British variation. (enquire)

    Love the change to the Kuddos page (although I just realized it is misspelled too)...Kudos :)

    Home link works which is great.

    And the gallery change is great as well.

    I think there's some really nice changes in there Kristal. Nice job.
     
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    Thanks!

    I am the QUEEN of typos. I once had a 4' x 2' banner made for Kristal Bugress Photography. Ouch.
     
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    Haha yeah that would suck for sure.
     

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