Ok, I am really plunging in now, after all the years of being adamant I was NOT going to go into business, lol!. I finally put together a website and it just went live today. I would love opinions on how it looks. Does it look ok. Does it load fast enough? I really need to go through and remove my various watermarks (I've had several, ...lol) off the images I am using, but I plan on swapping most of the stuff out as I replace it with PB & paying clients. Dh is going to put something together for my about me section as I am pretty rubbish with words.
I figured after doing 4 shoots last month, I needed somewhere I could direct people to if they wanted to see my more recent work.
Congratulations on getting started with a site! Very exciting!
I won't presume to CC your wonderful work -- I'll leave that to the pros here who've done portfolios themselves!
I did used to be a professional web designer and a writer/editor, so just to toss a couple of thoughts at you about the site itself:
The menu is not working quite as it should. The main problem is that the Galleries fly-down menu doesn't disappear if you mouse away from it but stay on the menu bar. That's a coding problem. It is disconcerting and also causes problems if you mouse over Galleries first, that menu stays up, and then you mouse over the About menu and it is partially obscured by the Galleries menu.
The menu is also pretty slow. I was on the page a good 30 seconds before I could get the About fly-down menu to appear at all. I'm not familiar with Portfoliositez.com, but some sites that specialize in hosting things like this are a little cheaper (in terms of setting up a site without buying a template or paying a designer, etc.) and thus have some speed issues like this.
Not sure if it's intentional, but when I'm in Firefox, the top of your banner (KMS Photography) is cut off. It looks like I'm missing about 20-40 pixels from the top of the page. Probably a coding problem also. This problem may not occur in other browsers, but cross-browser compatibility is an important thing to check if you can.
Speaking of the banner, the gray seems a bit flat at the top there. I know you don't want to detract from your photos, but perhaps a black with a bit of colour on the lettering, or else a highly desaturated landscape photo behind the words or something? Just finding it a bit flat for a site dedicated to a visual art.
I didn't read all the text, but an FYI that on the Contact page, "enquiries" is missing the "u".
Also under Pricing, most sections have this sentence: "A disc of the edited high resolution images are available at a small additional cost." Proper wording there would be "A disc of the edited high resolution images is available at a small additional cost."
Hope it's not too nitpicky, just trying to be helpful. Your work is so lovely, I'm sure your business will be a success!
THANK-YOU Tracy!! That is just the kind of feedback I needed. I will certainly look at the points you mentioned. I noticed a lag with the fly-down menus and had to move some of them around as they were overlapping each other. Maybe I need to change the menus to portral pages instead until I can get in touch with the tech team.
I use firefox too and don't have the issue with any of the page being cut off, but then I use a 24in mac, lol! I will also have another look at that and keep trying to find a banner I am happy with. I thought about using a photo behind at low opacity, but was having trouble deciding, the only problem with covering more than 1 area I thought about using one of my landscape or nature shots.
Will absolutely six any spelling mistakes. I think faster than I type, lol!
I must be seeing the "fixed" version because the items Tracy mentioned weren't an issue when I looked at the site.
It looks great and loads fine; I agree on the main header/banner being a little blah though, with just the flat pale gray.
Also if possible (if you can edit the HTML for the page names/labels), the browser window descriptive line should say something about YOUR site for when people bookmark it, rather than saying "portfoliositez.com flash sites for the creative professional"....I know that in some cases you can't change that though.
Cindy, Yes, I am using portfoliositez. I really haven't got a clue about coding and HTML and all that jazz, so a ready made template seemed ideal. Shame about all the little problems that really let them down.
I prefer the drop down menus over the portals, so might change it back.... not sure yet. As for the size thing, I am incredibly frustrated. Everything looks and works fine on my screen, but on hubby's, once he enters the site (not the splash screen), the logo is cut off a bit at the top. Not sure what to do about that. Should I make my logo even smaller? Is it only 150px tall.
I changed the logo, added a landscpae shot of a candid I took a few months ago. I tried all sorts of things and am still not sure I am entirely happy. Maybe when I get the money together, I will get pixel lounge or similar to make one for me, lol!