I'm new here as some of you may notice. But I'd thought I'd air my thoughts on website designs, having had some very limited experience in it and having had friends who have web businesses.
The simpler to use the better. You can have all sorts of fancy menus and flashing gizmos but if there's a risk it'll confuse the user, then they're bad. Both of the examples in the first post are what I'd consider not very user friendly. Not everyone is able to navigate a website easily, in fact for instance my mother struggles with Amazon even.
In my opinion a clean simplistic setup is the best to go. It's also likely the easiest of them all to code - meaning cheaper to develop and keep running. They're also less bandwith intensive.
is an example of what I mean. (By the way, I just picked that from a google search on photographers
I hope my thoughts help you a bit.