Took me long enough...I HAVE A SITE

Discussion in 'Personal and Professional Photography Websites' started by clarinetJWD, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. clarinetJWD

    clarinetJWD The Naked Spammer Staff Member

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    The galleries will all work once i get back to school, but everything else is pretty much complete. Does someone know how to put a hyperlink on a simpleviewer flash page (my gallery)?


    Without further ado:
    http://jwdphotography.com
     
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    mr e TPF Noob!

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    Well, you have a constant layout and navigation, which is nice, the site's a little plain, with only text and your one image, so I would recommend creating a more robust layout.

    I would have a header for your logo, a left nav (or top, or right) with your links, and also links to your gallery, then instead of having one page made for your SimpleViewer gallery, integrate the viewer into your own pages.

    The code for SimpleViewer (taken from your site) is

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        <div id="flashcontent">SimpleViewer requires Macromedia Flash.<a href="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer/">Get Macromedia Flash.</a> If you have Flash installed, <a href="index.html?detectflash=false">click to view gallery</a></div>    
        <script type="text/javascript">
            var fo = new SWFObject("viewer.swf", "viewer", "100%", "100%", "7", "#181818");    
            fo.addVariable("preloaderColor", "0xffffff");
            fo.addVariable("xmlDataPath", "gallery.xml");    
            fo.write("flashcontent");    
        </script>    
    
    So I would put that inside the content part of your layout (if you have a header, left nav, and content, it would go in content), although you may have to mess around with it a bit as I've never used SimpleViewer, but then you could add whatever other text/links images you wanted around the SimpleViewer plugin.
    
    Not a bad site though, and you've already gotten some of the most important elements (consistent layout and nav) so you're well on your way
     
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    Antarctican TPF Noob!

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    I look forward to seeing the galleries! The shots that appear on the main page are kicka$$!! Congrats on the new site.
     
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    clarinetJWD The Naked Spammer Staff Member

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    Alright...I got it updated with snazzy new graphics and menus. Still only the one gallery works, but I can't do anything about that at home...so oh well. Check it out, yo. (check it, check it out) (who doesnt love a good aqua teen reference?)
     
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    I'd say you're off to a great start, yo. :D

    You have a lot to expand on here, so it's only going to get better. I'm looking forward to the music part, personally. But it looks very nice, is easy to navigate, etc.

    So - congrats! And may I say it's about time??? :razz:
     
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    i'm still in need of a website hosting that supports php or mysql :(
     
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    mr e TPF Noob!

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    Well dang, I'm impressed, you've really improved it, some new comments

    Why have a splash page at all? Why not just skip it and go straight to your main page.

    Your main page is somewhat (very) empty, I'd put some info about you, what you're trying to accomplish with your site, an abbreviated "About Me" or so.

    Well done with the consistent layout and navigation, lookin good

    For the "Galleries" page, look into preloading those rollover images with either Javascript or CSS, CSS being the preferred method. Actually here's a link for preloading with CSS, really easy too.

    I would change the text on the images, I didn't even realize it was there at first, it doesn't really stand out unless you know it's there. Try adding a black drop shadow on white text, that may help.

    I like the drop down menus, very nice

    It's looking good all around, hope to see more of it soon :D
     
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    clarinetJWD The Naked Spammer Staff Member

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    Thanks, a lot of those comments are already being adressed. I am certainly changeing the text, but I really hate Gimp, which is all I have here, so I'm waiting for my PS CS2 back at the apartment...Thanks for the loading stuff, I'll look into that as well.

    Oh, and about the empty mainpage...I am a very minimalistic person, so I may add something, but it won't be anything drastic, I don't think...
     
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    Alright...version 1.3 is up. Improved menus/navigation, and all the 'by city' galleries work (as well as all photos updates). I'll look into preloading tomorrow, seems like a great idea.
     
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    Nice work with keeping the nav on the gallery pages, I like it

    One last comment, I'm assuming the "by city" and "by category" images aren't supposed to go anywhere, but right now they're links to http://jwdphotography.com/By%20City and http://jwdphotography.com/By Category which don't exist.

    If they're not supposed to go anywhere I wouldn't make them links at all, just replace the <a> tags with <span> tags and that should fix it.

    You've gotten down most of the technical aspects of a working site, which is more than a lot of sites I see, so good job, and if you need any help, feel free to ask
     
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    Chicagophotoshop TPF Noob!

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    I think your site is great. well done. :thumbup:
     
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    clarinetJWD The Naked Spammer Staff Member

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    Well, I'll ammend my last reply: that was version 0.3 (1.3 implies it was complete)

    0.4 is up. I moved a few images, and am preloading menus. Since the biggest change is under the hood, it doesn't look much different.

    THe rest of the galleries will be up soon.
    OK...so...future changes: More graphic interface on information pages/updated price chart
     

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