Starting a Gear Review Website - C&C pls!

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  1. Derrel

    Derrel Mr. Rain Cloud

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    I did not think he was being defensive at all, just explanatory. Just saying...alleging defensiveness if rather overreaching, IMO.

    Buuuut...the deer and fox shot...not a shot made by the site owner? Ehhh...not too fond of that.

    Anyway...plenty of things could be improved on the layout I think.

    Optimized for mobile devices? Maybe yes, but also maybe no. A version that's decent on mobile devices? Most definitely a YES!

    Optimized for mobile usually means short sentences and skimpy text; if that's what you want, then so be it. Personally, I think that the site owner needs to determine what the thrust of the site is; is it for people to browse at lunch on a phone? Or to read in-depth information on a real screen? The site is ostensibly aimed at photography enthusiasts, most all of whom have big, kick-butt screens, so perhaps the actual goal of the site needs to be considered when determining things like type size, leading, and line lengths, etc..


     
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  2. DGMPhotography

    DGMPhotography Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    That is a very astute distinction and not something I had considered. I may look at some different options now. Thank you.
     
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    limr Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I didn't mean to suggest that the site be optimized only for mobile devices, but that there needs to be a version that is able to work on mobile devices in a visually optimal way.

    True, the site is geared towards photographers, but how many of us just browse through stuff on phones or tablets during the day? We're not always sitting in front of our big editing monitors.
     
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    Designer Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I did not see any fox and deer photograph, either.
     
  5. benhasajeep

    benhasajeep No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The layout is simple compared to KR. But he also has hundreds of reviews if not a thousand or more. So, yes he has to have several layers to get to what you want. I don't go to him so often that I have noticed he copies and pastes from other reviews. As far as I can tell he seems to use the same layout in each review. I have not looked at very many lately.

    As for yours, I realize it's a work in progress. But I fail to see the review. I see some specification information on the D750 but no actual review. Just the same information I can get from Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, or any retailer!

    Now maybe your just asking soley for the layout. And yes it's cleaner and simpler. But if you do this beyond your own equipment. That first page that lists the gear by camera, then lenses, then accessories will get so full. People will not want to scroll though to find what they want. So, it may be simpler now, but as future items get added, it will get more complicated. I also question the prices on that page. Are they linked so they update automatically? If not that will be a lot of work on your part to update. Also it has the look it's more a sales site than a review site. Back to the review layout. The right sidecar is nice to have since it doesn't scroll with the page. But the background is too busy, with the jump links in plain white text over it. That shadows grey when your at that junction or hover over another one. So you have grey over grey background. The specifications take up a lot of space. And has some important information but misses in others. The video would be nice touch. But also a lot more work. I would expect more views of the camera itself. Maybe even some test charts or graphs. Without actual review information onthe page. It's hard to say more.
     
  6. DGMPhotography

    DGMPhotography Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Yea, I can see how it would be hard to scroll through everything, and how keeping prices updated would be difficult.

    I'll have to revisit it. I think I want to add a menu and search function. And as for the D750 review, you are correct, I haven't finished the review yet. As is, I've only filled in about a third of everything I want to include, so far.

    And for those who keep asking about the deer photo.. I addressed it because someone else kept bringing it up. Again, this is in response to those who decided to critique my whole site instead of the review page.
     
  7. Dave442

    Dave442 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I think it is great that you want to add this section to your site. It is definitely not an easy task to implement and maintain, but I am always enjoy it when I run across a site that can give an interesting read on product.

    Regarding the page layout:
    1) I don't like the FB popup. Is it telling me to just skip your site and go to FB?
    2) Your page looks to be more of a hands-on/long term review of product that you bought and use (used). I think the layout should promote that from the start so people have an idea of what they are going to find.
    3) The layout should be set up so it can expand over time. I expect that with each product shown on the fist page it will become too much to go through over time. I would prefer to just select the topic, such as Camera or Lens, from the list and then on the Camera page select the camera I want to read about.
    4) The page for Cameras for example should have your take (Experience) on the product right at the start. I would not put down anything else. You don't need to tell people looking at a D750 that they can find the specs somewhere else, they already know that.
    5) Don't link off your page unless it's making you money, as I usually don't make it back.
    6) With just your Experience listed, that would allow you to put your review of all of your cameras - or lenses, etc. - on one page. It is much easier to scroll down and read all of your Experiences about cameras without jumping back and forth, usually a better option for mobile users.
    7) Instead of the multiple topics selection list for one camera (Intro/Video/Specs/Exp) I would prefer the selection list would just be the camera models reviewed. I would not even show this list on the mobile version as you find it all by scrolling down.
    8) All product shots, test shots should be yours, always.
    9) Your Experience - I like when I find that camera setting that the early reviewers never have time to try out, something about the camera that allowed you to get the shot, what may have led to missing a shot.
    10) Good luck, keep at it.
     
  8. DGMPhotography

    DGMPhotography Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Thanks!
     
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    I think it's great you're wanting to add a review section to your page and good luck with it.

    I did spot a small typo on the D750 review, just minor, you say this lens costs X dollars when actually its the body you're talking about.
     
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    Good catch, thanks!
     

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