New website for Photography & Photo Printing

Discussion in 'General Shop Talk' started by FavillePhoto, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. FavillePhoto

    FavillePhoto TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2009
    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Mesa, AZ
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Hi everyone.

    I recently put up a new website for my business. We offer photography, large format giclee printing, custom framing, matting, photo editing and graphic design. Many services available.

    Why I'm here posting about this....

    I'd like some advice from any of you that would like to offer some. Would you take a look at the site, and let me know if it flows well, if the design is alright, if the layout is good. Do I need to add links? Change links? Add information or content? Remove information? More photos, less photos?

    Basically, anything and everything you guys can think of about the website. Up until now we've only done local business and advertising. Our business is doing well, but we're looking to expand online and have a web presence that helps bring us more business, or at least supplement our local business by offering more convenient information.

    Any criticism is appreciated. Give me your thoughts and ideas so I can make the necessary changes.

    Thanks everyone!

    The website is Faville Photo - Giclee Printing
     
  2. dlgbzh

    dlgbzh TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2008
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    currently in Barcelona
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Hello,

    my first impression is that there is too much text on the homepage and the actual products and services are too many clicks away. Remember that the homepage is the most important, and to get the attention of your visitors, it's often best to opt for meaningful graphics or images with a few words that catch the attention rather than a lot of text.

    Best regards,

    Denis
    viaterra.net : greeting cards, posters and JPEGs
     
  3. FavillePhoto

    FavillePhoto TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2009
    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Mesa, AZ
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Thanks for the input. My thought was that it's good for search engines to have alot of content to use for keywords... Thats why I put alot of info on the homepage, so google could read through it and hopefully help my page rank higher in different searches.

    What would you think if I cut out some of the content and made each section a little shorter, and added an image to go with each section? Would that help the layout of the home page a little better?
     
  4. Psyentific

    Psyentific TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2009
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    There is way too much info on the first page. I don't want to read an essay in order to decide if I am going to do business with you.

    The front page should be clear and concise. The next click I make should be an obvious choice within three seconds of my visit.
     
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2009
  5. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2005
    Messages:
    37,405
    Likes Received:
    10,666
    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Agreed. Keep your pages, ESPECIALLY your home page to a max of 1024x768. All of the 'Google' info can be incorporated into your keywords when you do your SEO. I'd also drop the 'Giclee' thing; let's face it: It's a made-up word that (1) Sounds pretentious and (2) is likely only going to confuse a lot of people.
     
  6. FavillePhoto

    FavillePhoto TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2009
    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Mesa, AZ
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Thanks again. The concensus seems to be to reduce the info on the home page. I'll work on dropping alot of that information and incorporating some images to help punch it up.

    As far as the giclee thing. With all due respect, I'm going to leave it. I have google analytics following search terms that lead people to my site, and giclee is my best keyword. Alot of people use giclee to find my site.

    Thank you for the advice on the home page. I will work on rectifying how much info is on there.

    Are there any other suggestions about stuff aside from the home page? Do I need to edit other pages or sections of the site, or do they look good?

    Thanks again everyone.
     
  7. c.cloudwalker

    c.cloudwalker TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2009
    Messages:
    5,394
    Likes Received:
    405
    Location:
    An American in Europe
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Way, way too much text on the home page. You do not need that much text to get all the right words in there. If not sure how to do it, talk to a serious web designer.

    As far as "giclee" is concerned, I agree with you 100%. One, it is not a made up word (it's french). Two, it is not pretentious, just the name of a high quality printing technique. And three, it is not confusing to anyone who knows about the different printing techniques out there.

    The rest of the site is also way too wordy. People don't read. And again, you don't need all that text to get the right words in. The menu works nicely as it takes you to a page with not too much text. But the red links, way too much text. Maybe get rid of the links and let people navigate from the menu. Then, in those sub pages, put links for whatever needs more text.

    Good luck.
     
  8. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Messages:
    38,237
    Likes Received:
    5,008
    Location:
    Iowa
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Yes, Google's crawler looks for content, but first it looks at your metadata, second it looks for quality links, and then it looks for content.

    Your business name gets lost in the banner. Consider changing it to white with a black drop shadow.
     
  9. FavillePhoto

    FavillePhoto TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2009
    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Mesa, AZ
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Thanks guys for the 2 new posts. More good information. I think you're right about the home page...

    I've already begun changing it up. I'm going to cut WAY back on the text and just offer a couple pictures or something up there. That way the focus will lie on the menu at the top, and I think my navigation links are pretty clear about where they'll take the customer.

    And, thanks for your support about the "Giclee" =]

    Lastly, I'll have Jessica take a look at revising the logo at the top.

    I appreciate all the help guys. All good advice and I'd love to hear some more opinions!
     
  10. c.cloudwalker

    c.cloudwalker TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2009
    Messages:
    5,394
    Likes Received:
    405
    Location:
    An American in Europe
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Well, say hi to Jessica from me. But why do you want to revise the banner? To me it is not really a logo but it's colorful, it's readable, and I didn't notice anyone wanting to change it.

    What I would pay close attention to however is the english. I've only looked at a few pages but I saw some grammar problems and some overall bad english. Now, it's ok to not be the best writer and that is why there are editors. Find yourself a couple of people who are very good with english and ask them to edit the text for you. No shame in it. Even the best writers have editors.

    The reason I mention it is because bad english annoys me and I tend to move on if there are to many problems on a website. And I doubt I am the only one like that.

    That said, best of luck with your business. I may well give you a try. Especially if you send me a discount coupon for all the great advice :lmao:
     
  11. FavillePhoto

    FavillePhoto TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2009
    Messages:
    66
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Mesa, AZ
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Hahah, yeah, I'm not the best writer. Math was my strong subject. My father in law is actually an english major, so I will have him look over the text to see what kind of errors he can find and correct for me. I think if I reduce the amount of text on the site as many people have suggested, this will probably be a smaller problem anyway.

    Keith, above, had mentioned that the business name is lost in the logo, that's why I was going to have Jessica look at it. I like it. It's colorful and it's still readable, but, if we can punch up the name just a little bit to make it stand out a little more, that would be fine. I'm not going to go changing it. Just make the text a little easier to read - Especially on darker monitors, I can understand that it might blend in a little bit.

    As far as discounts are concerned, anyone on this post can have 10% off their first order for the help you've given me - Just mention it when you call or e-mail. Cloudwalker, you can have 15% since you brought it up. :D And, we're also running a contest right now where you can enter a drawing for 20 dollars off a 50 dollar order. It's at the top right of the home page.

    Thanks again for the help everyone. If you notice anything else, please keep it coming. I like the constructive criticism, and I feel like I'm going to implement alot of these changes and come out with a much better site.
     
  12. rufus5150

    rufus5150 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    1,658
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    1) There aren't just some grammar problems, the text is rife with them. Get a copy editor. Hire one.

    2) Figure out a way to be able to send and receive email with your own domain. Businesses with @gmail accounts can appear to be fly-by-night operations. It's better than hotmail or yahoo, but screams 'unprofessional'.

    3) It looks like a blog, not a commercial website. That layout is pretty common and you'll need to bump it to the next level to get a more profesisonal look.

    4) I understand the 'color wins a coupon' thing, but the link color, with the 'green wins today' with the background, etc... it's busy. Really Really busy.

    5) You take user information for a drawing. You must have a privacy policy and you must post a link near where you take their information in.

    6) Your rollover links in the sidebar are gray on hover, which is really, really hard to read on the gray background.

    7) Bullets on your event updates are blocky and giant and wholly unattractive. The font on the date is almost unreable (gray on gray again)

    8) Helpful hints -- you have 2 non-links there. Remove them until you have content.

    A very interesting product. I'd be interested in investigating this but the site would turn me off esp vis a vis the 'graphic design' services. I would expect a better asethetic from someone offering such services.
     

Share This Page