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Ari
20-Jan-2011, 19:17
Hi all,
I've just finished putting up a "beta" version of my website on Weebly (insert joke here).
My old website is here (http://www.aritapiero.com), the new one is here (http://polarsexus.weebly.com/).
My old site needs a massive overhaul, so I decided to scrap it entirely.
While I wait for my designer to free up some time for me, I thought I'd get a rough draft ready for him. Eventually, he's going to put the new site on Wordpress.
Weebly was absolutely free, and more importantly, was dead easy to use (I am not website-savvy at all); the whole thing took about an afternoon.

I would appreciate any feedback, anything at all.
Some caveats:
Weebly's templates are shite, so I stuck with classic black and tried to keep it simple.
I didn't size the photos, this website being a temporary thing.
I have a thick skin, so feel free to lash out at my incompetence :)

Thank you,
Ari

Fred L
20-Jan-2011, 19:54
I really like the design and layout of the old site Ari. Will your new site be closer to the feel of the old or new site, which I'm not feeling but it's temporary and a template so this is probably academic. Looking forward to the final new site.

Ari
20-Jan-2011, 19:59
Thanks, Fred; I will be aiming for the same feel as the old website, but I'll want to clean it up and get rid of those flash elements. The guy who designed it also programmed a messy patchwork of code in it, so in order to clean it up or modify it, it requires an archaeologist's skill and perseverance.

Fred L
20-Jan-2011, 20:12
Seems like more and more people are ditching Flash. I've hand coded sites before but it's way too complicated for me now...css, php, etc etc...I can't imagine writing programs with thousands of lines to edit.

Brian C. Miller
20-Jan-2011, 22:00
I like the size of the thumbnails and the lack of Flash in the Weebly site. I usually browse with it off, because the Flash ads are so annoying. When I click on the menu text without going down to the menu, I get a picture with no other selections. It would be good to have links there. Like with Portrait, it goes to a fellow with a mustache, and no links.

The only thing that bugs me is that I don't know which photos were done using what sort of camera. Which are the LF photos? Did you use a Holga on some of them?

Overall, pretty decent.

Leigh
20-Jan-2011, 22:08
Hi Ari,

I definitely prefer the new one.

I had to disable the security settings on my browser to see your old site. Flash is a horrible security problem.

I've hand-built several sites myself. I always follow the KISS rule (Keep It Simple Stupid).

Animation and mouse-overs are for video games, not business.

- Leigh

Ari
21-Jan-2011, 06:14
I like the size of the thumbnails and the lack of Flash in the Weebly site. I usually browse with it off, because the Flash ads are so annoying. When I click on the menu text without going down to the menu, I get a picture with no other selections. It would be good to have links there. Like with Portrait, it goes to a fellow with a mustache, and no links.

The only thing that bugs me is that I don't know which photos were done using what sort of camera. Which are the LF photos? Did you use a Holga on some of them?

Overall, pretty decent.

Thank you, Brian; I couldn't figure out how to put the links to other sub-sections on the first page; that left a kind of opening page without links. I'll look into that.
As for the formats, it's doubtful that I would put that information on my actual site, but I'll put it in this one over the next few days, just for fun, and because you asked.


Hi Ari,

I definitely prefer the new one.

I had to disable the security settings on my browser to see your old site. Flash is a horrible security problem.

I've hand-built several sites myself. I always follow the KISS rule (Keep It Simple Stupid).

Animation and mouse-overs are for video games, not business.

- Leigh

Thanks Leigh, and I agree about using Flash. I have no programming background, but the people I know who seem to know what they are doing have no patience for Flash and a healthy disdain of it because it seems to mess up their programming so much.
Thanks for looking!

Ari
21-Jan-2011, 08:10
When I click on the menu text without going down to the menu, I get a picture with no other selections. It would be good to have links there.

The only thing that bugs me is that I don't know which photos were done using what sort of camera. Which are the LF photos? Did you use a Holga on some of them?

Overall, pretty decent.

Those navigation issues have been sorted out, satisfactorily, I hope.
As for listing which format was used, I don't like to do that on a website geared toward promotion of my work to ADs, designers, art buyers, etc.
I can tell you that the celebrity and industry photos were taken with a Hasselblad, the photo of the girl with a mustache was taken with a half-frame Yashica, and all the rest were taken with either a Polaroid 110 converted to 4x5 or a Linhof Technika.
I don't own any of those cameras anymore.

Brian C. Miller
22-Jan-2011, 00:39
The one I liked the best is 2968485.jpg, the running or walking girl with the blouse.

Ari
22-Jan-2011, 07:27
Thank you, Brian.
Can you or anyone tell me how easy/difficult it is to navigate?
Are there too many photos?

gadgetlam
8-Feb-2011, 12:37
I sort of would prefer to be able to view the images large, there seems to me to be a little too much click through. each time the layout changes it jars me. And also seeing them all together like that takes away the presentation aspect of the site, sometimes you want to be able to control the viewers journey through your work. tough to do granted. but those are my thoughts.

Ari
8-Feb-2011, 13:03
Gadgetlam, thanks for your input.
I will have larger images on the next site, with the same "click point" for each photo; that bothers me as well.
As for the layout you mentioned, I like to be able to move freely through a site, so the photos are all there. You can skip some or see them all if you like.

FlashThat
8-Feb-2011, 20:28
I like the new site much! Its fast & easy to navigate..and all your shots are great! thanks for sharing :)

Ari
8-Feb-2011, 20:36
Thanks, FlashThat!
I hope the soon-to-come website on Wordpress will be even better.

supremespy2
14-Mar-2011, 01:43
Greatly improved, the old site was kind of disappointing after waiting for the content to load since there's nothing really visual about it. The new one has good navigation, but you should do a little more to the homepage like creating a slideshow of some of your best shots. If you do decide to create a new site using Wordpress, this can easily be accomplished with slideshow plugins

BillA
14-Mar-2011, 05:42
The new site is excellent. Very clean and easy to navigate. The presentation gets out of the way of the content like a quiet, confident portfolio should.

ricksweden
12-Apr-2011, 08:08
I think what you need is a professional looking website with clean designs and loaded with features without flash.

I may recommend Pixpa (http:///www.pixpa.com) - is what can help you; Its also a tool for building a website but they are specialized service for photographers so they have what a photographer may need & more.

Features include:- Client access, unlimited galleries & pages, embed anything from video, to external pages to blog , social media integrations widgets & footers, sell your images online, show large image, preset designs, fluid templates, customizable , honest pricing at $9.99/mo & much more.

Its Flash, but they have a HTML Mirror site for search engines.

Signup for a free trial at http://www.pixpa.com/signup , No CC Req, No setup or upfront fees. Build your website before starting your subscription.

Hope it helps!

Tobias Key
12-Apr-2011, 08:35
Greatly improved, the old site was kind of disappointing after waiting for the content to load since there's nothing really visual about it. The new one has good navigation, but you should do a little more to the homepage like creating a slideshow of some of your best shots. If you do decide to create a new site using Wordpress, this can easily be accomplished with slideshow plugins

I agree with this. If you are intending this site to go in front of picture or art editors I'd have a slideshow of your best images on your homepage as well as straightforward contact details, ideally an email link and contact phone number. Bear in mind that picture editors get links to 50+ sites per day, so your landing page should have enough images and info so that they can decide whether you are worth further investigation (either by calling in your portfolio or further browsing your site) without going beyond the landing page. I'm currently rebuilding my site with wordpress and I haven't discounted having a whole 'greatest hits' portfolio on the landing page for this reason, and having other galleries reserved for specific themed work or projects. I'm using the photocrati templates which seem to have reasonable options.

Ari
12-Apr-2011, 08:45
Checking in after a while; thanks everybody, great suggestions and insights.
My website go-to guy is swamped with work (aren't they all?), and hasn't yet been able to give me a firm date for the new site.
That's ok, because I'll be passing your notes along to him in the meantime.
Thanks again!

Ari
26-Aug-2011, 06:58
Just an update; I've moved everything to the Weebly site (why do they insist on ridiculous names?).
http://aritapierofoto.weebly.com/
I find it a lot easier to upload photos and keep it up-to-date than my old website.
It's free, but I will be exploring Pixpa; there's still something unsubtle about the look of the Weebly site that bothers me.
When I have some free time, I'll look at changing the homepage, as per Tobias and Rick's suggestions.
Thanks again, everybody

Ari
31-Aug-2011, 08:26
I just updated the home page, if anyone would like to comment and suggest any changes.
http://aritapierofoto.weebly.com/
Thanks