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Hey,

I've spent a little(!) while over the last couple days tinkering with my website and changing up a few things. I really love the new homepage.. so much cleaner and more professional! I haven't added a theme as I'm more or less happy with the fine art theme but have reorganized things. Anyway, I'd love some feedback on the appearance/organization/usability, as would many of you I'm sure so post your link!

Mine is here

 

PS The 'About/Contact' page still needs to have some info added and a new headshot so ignore that content..

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  • Tom HenkelTom Henkel Member Posts: 37
    <p>Hi, Holly.  I took a very similar approach with my first pass.  So I think what you have done is great! [:)]</p>
    <p>I think simple is probably a good way to go.  My site is <a href="http://www.chieftainstudio.com">here</a>.  As with your site, the "about" section needs some work in mine.  Obviously I might tweek this over time, but the new options make for a much more professional look.</p>
  • retroimagesretroimages Member Posts: 41
    <p>Nice idea for a thread! Mine is here: <a href="http://www.timeflight.co.uk">www.timeflight.co.uk</a> I can't stop tinkering with the new features.</p>
    <p>Feel free to leave a comment or two on the site, I've not had any yet :(</p>
  • AnonymousAnonymous Member Posts: 1,649
    <p>Some really cool stuff here! @retroimages - NICE! Great idea to add a link to your stock. I was trying to think of a way to put a site tab to "Stock Photography" and then have a page come up similar to the galleries, but not quite sure how to accomplish that. In the meantime, I'll have to settle on one, probably Dreamstime.  Right now, I have a fairly simplistic setup. Can't get my logo the way I want it, so just going with the simple handwriting type of style until I figure it out. I can't get the size right. Here's mine:</p>
    <p><a href="http://www.livinglifephoto.com">www.livinglifephoto.com</a></p>
    <p> </p>
  • hollyholly Member Posts: 37
    <p>Great homepages everyone!</p>
    <p>A couple of suggestions that more or less apply to all three..</p>
    <p>- go through the options in customization and figure out if you really need to have all of the extra details showing up there (ie date uploaded, pageviews, image overlay icons, etc). Maybe you've already done so and have decided you need many of them.. for me at least, I've switched off just about as many as I can in order to reduce the amount of unnecessary info</p>
    <p>- Make sure your homepage slideshow loops.. I opened all three of your websites at once and by the time I got to the last website it was just displaying a white box and I had to hit refresh to see the slideshow</p>
    <p>- Make sure that the fonts you use are consistent throughout</p>
    <p> </p>
    <p>Carolyn, I'd suggest moving the 'note: ...' paragraph on your homepage to below your welcome message</p>
    <p> </p>
    <p>Beautiful photos, everyone!</p>
    <p> </p>
  • AnonymousAnonymous Member Posts: 1,649
    <ul>
    <li>Actually, the "Note" had been standing out to me, but wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. Moving it to the bottom makes sense.</li>
    <li>I do have my slideshow on loop. Was it not looping for you?</li>
    <li>I totally agree with all the extra stuff. I eliminated most of it, but I'll go back and see if I overlooked anything.</li>
    </ul>
    <p>Thanks, Holly! I appreciate the input. </p>
  • pictmanpictman Member Posts: 24
    <p>Thanks for starting this thread - it will help us all experiment and learn from each other.  I love the simplicy of your sites - nice work to everyone who has jumped in with the new Zenfolio tools.  Kudos to Zenfolio for bringing this all to reality - the customization (and relative ease of doing so) makes me feel like I have a "real" web site.</p>
    <p>OK - to my question/problem.  Can any of you please link to my site and look at the "Contact" page.  I can't figure out out to get my own Name (D. Host Photography) and E-mail address OUT OF THE CONTACT BOX.  I want my prospects to fill in THEIR info in that box...I must have something set as it insists on populating MY info in that box. I've tried taking it out in my "contact" info and then it disappears from the info on the left side.  What am I doing wrong?</p>
    <p>Thanks, too, for any other critiques you can provide of the new look.  Took a bit of putzing to get the home page header and slide show the way I wanted and I have more tinkering to do on the About and Home pages, still...but it's a good start.</p>
    <p>thanks much!</p>
    <p>Dennis</p>
    <p><a href="http://www.dhostphotography.com">www.dhostphotography.com</a></p>
  • pictmanpictman Member Posts: 24
    <p> I just answered my own question.  LOG out of Zenfolio (your own site) and then it clears the form.  </p>
    <p>Would still love any feedback on the rest of my site if you're able.  Thanks!</p>
    <p>d</p>
  • hollyholly Member Posts: 37
    <p>Dennis, I took a look at your site.. as I mentioned before I'd go through and see what of the options you do or don't need (ie gallery overlay icons, date modified, etc) and eliminate what you don't need to reduce clutter. The second thing I noticed was that you your welcome message and contact info below your slideshow.. I don't think most people will think to scroll down below the slideshow to read that (unless they're a zenfolio user and know there might be something there) and will just start navigating through the top menu. And lastly, I'd remove the 'all photographs' breadcrumbs option on your page, as I clicked it and was suddenly confused about where I was and what I should be looking at.. or you should at least put photos over the folder icons..</p>
    <p> </p>
    <p>Carolyn, it seems to be looping now.. perhaps it was just a little glitch before</p>
  • stevehalestevehale Member Posts: 187
    <p> Hi all,</p>
    <p>Great idea for a thread and thought I would throw my attempt in![*-)]</p>
    <p>I had a stab at making a homepage and then tried creating a theme which I have used for the Portfolio gallery but not sure at all if I like it? or to just use a "slightly" modified fine art as in the models gallery?</p>
    <p>Superb sites from this thread so far!! Brilliant</p>
  • EDNEDN Member Posts: 54
    <p>This is a great idea, here is my new site.....</p>
    <p>www.etnphotography.com</p>
  • EDNEDN Member Posts: 54
    <p> Sorry about that, here is the link..</p>
    <p> </p>
    <p><a href="http://www.etnphotography.com">www.etnphotography.com</a></p>
  • joemigjoemig Member Posts: 16
    <p>I'm still trying some things out and may redesign the logo. Can't figure out why all the menu items aren't showing up and when I had "all photos" on the homepage, they also would only extend the width of the slideshow. I've removed the "all photos" for now.</p>
    <p>Site is <a target="_blank" title="http://www.joemig.com" href="http://www.joemig.com">http://www.joemig.com</a></p>
  • TheDigiPixTheDigiPix Member Posts: 9
    <p>Well Here is my site <a href="http://thedigipix.com">http://thedigipix.com</a> I would also love some feedback on my site. </p>
    <p>so far looks like most everyone has gotten everything pretty simplified. They all look great too...</p>
  • VistaphotographyVistaphotography Member Posts: 66
    <p>I'm still tinkering with mine and I'm fairly happy with it. I think it may be a little busy compared to the  minimalistic but beautiful sites you all have.</p>
    <p><a target="_blank" title="Vistaphotography" href="http://photo.vistaphotography.com/">Mine is here...</a></p>
    <p>I would love to have feedback at [email protected] but I'll check back from time to time to see if any comments pop up...</p>
    <p>To me the biggest thing is making sure the customer/visitor can navigate easily... I left the bread trail intact for the gallery since it has so many levels...</p>
    <p> Thoughts?</p>
    <p> </p>
  • jasonjonesjasonjones Member Posts: 104
    <p>lots of great ideas here, seems like everyone is jumping on the updates! I know I was in the process of shopping for hosting and building a stand alone site and transfer zenfolio to my back end for client proofing and event sales only. These updates have saved me from that. Thanks Zenfolio!</p>
    <p>my site is at <a target="_blank" title="J Photography" href="http://www.jphoto76.com">www.jphoto76.com</a>  Let me know what you think here or thru the contact form on my site..</p>
  • MikePixMikePix Member Posts: 60
    <p>Thanks for starting this thread.  Many great ideas.  Here is my attempt <a href="http://www.mikepix.net" title="Mike Duong Photography" target="_blank">www.mikepix.net</a></p>
  • bkkphotographybkkphotography Member Posts: 12
    <p>Many beautiful galleries here, the possibilities are endless. Thumbs up to the Zenfolio team.</p>
    <p>Most of the galleries use black or grey, I have mine in white. Feedback welcome.</p>
    <p><a target="_blank" title="BKK Photography" href="http://gallery.bkkphotography.com">http://gallery.bkkphotography.com</a></p>
  • mattcmattc Member Posts: 35
    <p>Hi Carolyn,</p>
    <p>Your slideshow looped for me. Great frontpage. - very clean and great images.</p>
    <p>Matt</p>
    <p>PS: To all, Scott Kelby suggested that your slideshow/portfolio should only have your 20 best images. What does everyone think? Mine is in the 30s.</p>
    <p> </p>
  • mattcmattc Member Posts: 35
    <p>[quote user="mduong"]
    <p>Thanks for starting this thread.  Many great ideas.  Here is my attempt <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mduongphotography.com" title="Mike Duong Photography">www.mduongphotography.com</a></p>
    <div style="CLEAR: both"></div>
    [/quote] </p>
    <p>I like your frontpage. How did you get the images that switch from Landscape to Portrait not show that silly boarder?</p>
    <p>Matt
    <a href="http://sportspixs.com">http://sportspixs.com</a></p>
  • bkkphotographybkkphotography Member Posts: 12
    <p>Matt : Not 100% sure what you mean. But think this is what you need to do, select the "Homepage slideshow" in your theme designer. Then set both inner and outer border color to match with the background. Further need to set effect to "None".</p>
  • stevehalestevehale Member Posts: 187
    <p>[quote user="bkkphotography"]
    <p>Matt : Not 100% sure what you mean. But think this is what you need to do, select the "Homepage slideshow" in your theme designer. Then set both inner and outer border color to match with the background. Further need to set effect to "None".</p>
    <div style="CLEAR: both"></div>
    [/quote] </p>
    <p>Excellent Michiel!,</p>
    <p>I was having the same problem as Matt and your advice works a treat!What a great bunch on here!</p>
    <p>Steve</p>
  • jguild2120jguild2120 Member Posts: 138
    <p>I'm very pleased with what Zenfolio has done.  It is really quite impressive and the transition to the upgrades have been done without a hitch.</p>
    <p>Nice work!!</p>
    <p> </p>
    <p><a href="http://www.guildphotos.com/">Here is mine</a> </p>
  • bkkphotographybkkphotography Member Posts: 12
    <p>Steve : Nice site you have there. I would set your Slideshow - Transition between images to "cross-fade" instead of "fade to black".</p>
  • stevehalestevehale Member Posts: 187
    <p> Thanks Michiel,</p>
    <p>I agree cross fade looks better!..Thanks for the feedback!</p>
    <p> </p>
  • jasonjonesjasonjones Member Posts: 104
    <p>[quote user="mattc"]</p>
    <p>PS: To all, Scott Kelby suggested that your slideshow/portfolio should only have your 20 best images. What does everyone think? Mine is in the 30s.</p>
    <p> </p>
    <div style="clear: both;"></div>
    <p>[/quote]</p>
    <p>I agree 100% mine is just shy of 20, but I know I have hit sites that after 15 or so images, I was bored and moved on to gallerries anyway.. remember at Zen's default 6 seconds an image you will take one minute of their time to display 10 images. I also dropped my time down a second just to squeeze in that extra image. Most website visitors never spend more than 5 seconds waiting for a page to load, and they will only spend another 30 - 45 seconds on your home/landing page before deciding to move on. Whether they move on to another site/search or go deeper in your page depends greatly on the first 5 images you display. Make them very strong images, but put some later in for people who linger around a minute or so...</p>
  • horstenjhorstenj Member Posts: 21
    <p>I must say, I've been complaining about the endless delay of the customozation feature but I was pleasantly suprised by its current form.</p>
    <p>My attempt: <a href="http://www.joosthorsten.com">www.joosthorsten.com</a></p>
    <p>I want it to be as clean as possible...</p>
    <p> </p>
    <p> </p>
  • placenamehereplacenamehere Member Posts: 33
    <p>still working on what I want to base the slideshow on [main gallery, public collection, private-ish collection] but I think the layout is solid and as close to my main site without going crazy...</p>
    <p>thoughts?</p>
    <p><a href="http://shop.placenamehere.com/">shop.placenamehere.com</a></p>
  • placenamehereplacenamehere Member Posts: 33
    <p>[quote user="jasonjones"]</p>
    <p>my site is at <a target="_blank" title="J Photography" href="http://www.jphoto76.com">www.jphoto76.com</a>  Let me know what you think here or thru the contact form on my site..</p>
    <div style="clear: both;"></div>
    <p>[/quote]</p>
    <p>I quite like the selection of images for the slideshow - graphics and triptychs both stand out to me. I realize these are portfolio images [or sale for specific clients] but I may have to take this a step further and go down the road of custom home page images.</p>
  • kkhphotoskkhphotos Member Posts: 102
    <p> Great work everyone!! I know I will learn a lot from all of you.</p>
    <p>I played around with some of the new options and gave my site a facelift. I know that my photography still needs a lot of work but if you get past that; how's my site looking now?</p>
    <p>Feel free to leave a comment and let me know!</p>
    <p>Thanks</p>
    <p>Karen</p>
    <p><a href="http://www.kkhphotos.com/">http://www.kkhphotos.com/</a></p>
  • <p>Here's mine:</p>
    <p><a title="Aaron Brown Photography" href="http://aaronbrownphotography.com">http://aaronbrownphotography.com</a> </p>
    <p>I opted to keep it stark and simple on the front page, with a couple of links into the body of my work. Thoughts?</p>
    <p>Thanks, by the way, Zenfolio crew for giving us a slideshow on the front page, and much more control over how it looks!</p>
    <p>-- Aaron</p>
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