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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 8:58 pm 
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I am currently working on my website and wanted your thoughts.

(if you have a widescreen computer/laptop the site will not look full screen)


http://www.mistycreekphotography.tk/



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It's functional, but does not look very professional. It looks rather default, advertises the free WIX platform like 3 times, and the interface is a bit.....messy?

If your goal isn't a professional-looking website I'd say it's fine of course.

If you're going "pro", I suggest you get a real domain (like .com, .net, .biz etc.), use a (free) CMS (content managing system) that doesn't advertise itself so aggresively (like drupal, joomla, etc.), and maybe cool down a bit on the flash (it loads somewhat slow).

Here's my site. It's by no means perfect, but maybe you can get some inspiration from it: www.westerbeek.biz

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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 10:12 pm 
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Aye. I will give it a go and make it more 'professional'


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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 11:09 pm 
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oh wix, I just made one as well :p

but I guess u have ur own domain ^^

http://www.wix.com/anderssonphoto/andersson-photo

btw, how did u change the URL? I dont like wix's own URL, it looks silly

I'd say wix was pretty good, even though it crashed 20 times when I made mine >.<

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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 11:22 pm 
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ah nevermind I found out how to change my URL

now its http://www.orlandoandersson.tk/ would change it later :) Hope that its ok to post mine here.

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Homer's site looks a bit more clean, I like it!

(shouldn't this be in going-pro?)

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it's not just the template that makes it bad. you can't go with a futuristic template and then post just sunsets with the first few photos.. pick your very best for presentation. don't worry so much about design. the cleaner, the better. i like homers a lot, you should check that out.

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Thanks guys :)

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its tiny, i cant read anything on it.

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is that font from Diablo II videogame? :D

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diablo II fonts indeed....jesus....that is not how to make a website :|
you should ask a professional to make a website for you or pay on a portfolio website,that has already great features & design options to chose from

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Razvan put that a little too blunt in my opinion but I do agree with most of the comments that have been said.

Unless you're goal is to try and cater to diablo II users I would suggest a different font. I think a simple clean font is best. after all you want the focus on your images not your font choice.

Your homepage is your first impression and right now I find it a little to distracting with everything you have written there. I'd put that bit of information on the info page as thats where most people would obviously look for it.

I think your home page should feature some of your best work, right now you have a little water droplet image which is too small and clicking on it doesn't take you anywhere. You have a very powerful portfolio I think you should do a little more thinking about which image you place on your home page. and make it a little larger.

oh and paying for a wix so you don't have any ads might be worth it.

Websites are always a work in progress. A few things to keep in mind when building your site:

-less is more

-the focus should be on your images

-keep things simple and clean

-do your best to stand out but don't overdo it


Good luck!



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my site:

www.thomaslowe.com

(i made it on iweb)

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sorry for being blunt (twice :) ) but you should search the internet for some guides,tips or tutorials about portfolio websites. I for one found great ones on youtube.

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What's the goal of the website? Just for fun/as a portfolio or with an intention of making money? If it's the latter, then you need to view it as a marketing tool and it's important it has the right look. Unless you're a graphic designer, which I suspect you're not (no offense! :)), then you should approach a professional who will not only be able to create the right presentation and branding but will have the knowledge to help you promote and sell yourself. If it's just for fun and an online presence then it doesn't matter what it looks like. And all the tutorials in the world on graphic design won't help you unless you commit yourself to learning design.

Oh and aside from the font (I wouldn't have picked that font personally!), I think it looks fine for a personal site.

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hmm, Diablo II fonts hah :P

u should try www.carbonmade.com its a portfolio site.. actually pretty good and simple, the design is pretty good there too.

I used it before for half year. So my experience with it was good :)

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