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|Original Message Added : 5 Apr 2011|
I have just done my own website and would like feedback on what works and what does not.
all advice is welcome and grateful for.
thanks for reading
|Reply : 6 Apr 2011 - (Edited : 6 Apr 2011)|
Had a quick review and my thoughts:-
1. If you designed the website then well done.
2. Areas I suggest that could be improved:-
a. It appears the whole website has been built in flash which I'm not keen on as it: takes too long to load and does not allow for ALT tags (image descriptions) ; both may have an impact on search engines and readers for the visually impaired fully understanding the website and may also have an impact on your search rankings; .
b. Suggest the image file sizes are too large and could be reduced by about a fifth without having an impact on image quality
c. 'Gallery' page and other images: Suggest you could opt for a better lightbox and also have larger original images so when thumbnail clicked it opens a larger image and the visitor has the option to click 'previous' or 'next' within the image frame without having to close the image down and open another image.
d. Suggest an email address such as: email@example.com as this looks more professional than a gmail email account
e. Further optimisation: You should limit your Meta Tag keywords to approx 250 characters as search engines tend to ignore beyond this point. Your current Meta tag keyword count is 689 characters; Suggest you improve the page titles so that better reflect the content of the page.
f. Suggest you need a Privacy statement as you are collecting data from your contact form.
Hope this helps
|Reply : 6 Apr 2011|
Why not consider selling your stock rather than giving it away.
I also agree with the previous post, flash sucks, it also doesn't show on certain devices and computer platforms, so by using flash, you are limiting your audience.
Also, consider which photo you want to have on your front page. Personally, i'd just had my breakfast and a dozen caterpillars desecrating a leaf kinda churned my stomach! Think more about your target audience, who you want to sell your services to, what they are looking for. If it's weddings you are promoting, put a wedding pic on the front page, or maybe set up a new site just for your stock and keep a separate site to promote your weddings?
feel free to criticise or comment on my own sites, or compare designs/layouts. I've just recently set up a stand alone site to promote my wedding photography;
http://www.click-emotive.co.uk (still under construction)
with my own personal site;
and the stock archive previously mentioned;
hope this helps and best of luck!
|Reply : 6 Apr 2011|
|Reply : 7 Apr 2011|
get rid of the "under construction" nonsense...put anything but that in the where to buy page, you have info on where to buy under the bright orange banner telling people effectively.."go away nothing to see here"..just delete it.
Remove the downloaded statement in your copyright notice. the fact we can see them in our browser means they are already downloaded. and this makes the whole statement legally void.
Simply state they may not be reproduced.
now here the best bit of advice I can give you.
imagine your target audience/consumer of the product you built the website to promote. arrive on your index page being completely unaware of its content.
is this the right place?...remember you are not going to go trawling through page after page to find out, you need to go back to google on your next click unless you have found it.
I just did it imagining i was looking for a
A wedding photographer....I didn't find one....but you have the service hidden in your site.
A Photograph/Art retailer...again no...but again it is one of your services.
if you are lucky enough to get someone on your homepage, you have to tell them they have found what they are looking for.
I saw someone wanting to exhibit their work, if that's all you wanted to do with your site, then its fine.
|Reply : 10 Apr 2011|
I noticed that you do not have google analytics. Do you have an analytics package??
If not, how do you know who you measure your advertising and promotional success.
Are you based in Sheffield? I have an online photo lounge - www.jeyjoo.com/gallery. The gallery specialises in travel and macro photography. since inception 2 months ago, the galler has had tens of thousands of hits. If you have suitable images to send, please get in touch.
We can add your images with a link back to your site. Win win.
|Reply : 11 Apr 2011|
And I recommend using statcounter.com over google analytics.
|Reply : 11 Apr 2011|
I've taken a look at your site and agree with comments posted by others. I've a few of my own too: