Photography Website Question

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  1. creative_one

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    I was thinking on having a splash page & then have flash galleries & all other pages are going to be non-flash.
    Is that too much flash or what do u think?
    Any advice?
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well... that sounds a lot like my site. I like mine.

    -Pete
     
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    I'm not a fan of splash pages, also, keep in mind the load time of those galleries, if they take too long to load, people are likely to just leave your site.
     
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    Any Flash is too much Flash.

    To qualify that statement: Flash is a bear to use SEO on, it's a bandwidth hog, and it can get really annoying, really fast.

    If you use Flash on your website, you better have a good reason to. It had better look good and not half-way. And your target audience should be able to afford high-speed internet (very high speed), otherwise it's going to be a sub-standard experience. (This is a major consideration for us Canadians, since our ISPs lag far behind other nations in terms of high-speed internet service.)

    And don't put music on it. Gah. Music makes me leave, every single time. I hate it when a site unexpectedly interferes with my Kamelot. –.–
     
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    So far, nothing but RAVE reviews for mine. Hmmmmm....
     
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    From who?

    Your site's great, but waiting for stuff to load, waiting for animations to finish, etc, it all gets annoying for someone that just want to see an online gallery.
     
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    From my customers... the one's viewing thier previews there, and the ones calling to book appointments.

    Is it really THAT long loading? I realize it's a bit "chunky" at times, but don't folks need a bit of time with each image anyway?

    -Pete
     
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    Well, let's face it, most people aren't in any position to comment on photography/websites/art/etc without resorting to simple things like "I like it" or "I don't like it". It'd probably be useful if you asked the opinion of web design professionals, along with customers that are knowledgeable in the field and capable of expressing their opinion cogently.

    It isn't that long to load, but it is noticeable, and I personally would rather not have to wait for content to load, and once it's loaded, not have to wait for animations before I can click and view content.

    It shouldn't be a problem if you and your customers are happy with it though.
     
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    ummm.... MOST of my work IS for design and marketing people. And I don't solicit their opinion... they offer it.


    Thanks for your imput!

    -Pete
     
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    I got an XML template for my gallery site, it's pretty slick. I customized it to fit my needs.
     
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    I really like webpages with flash, however in dial up, I can see very few of them.

    Do you have many potential clients on dial up?
     
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    Well, that should be enough, shouldn't it?
     

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