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Re: I would love your opinions and feedback about my website.
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2017, 03:02:18 AM »

Hi, Tom.


You have some nice work there, and I love the image sizes on the homepage, but I honestly felt the LHS menu distracted from these. This hides a couple of shots and truly impacts upon the effort you've made to showcase the selected images. Perhaps a menu along the top, or as a drop-down would assist with this.


I'm assuming your speciality is weddings, and if so, have a site specifically for this. Anything else on such a page makes me wonder if they are specialists in their selected field and if they do understand how important a wedding day is to prospective clients. I'm sure other members will chime in here - but keeping your specialities separate will only enhance your standing within each specialisation.


The link to Weddings is, IMHO, much too wordy - your clients want to see your images and how you can capture their day. As they say "A picture is worth 1000 words." and although what you have written is passionate, it is rather repetitive, and I felt it was trying way too hard.


Have an About Me link; keep it short and concise, clients want to know a little about you, how long you've been in business, your special skills, etc. Avoid using "click pictures" in your description - you are a professional. You "create memories", "capture special moments", "showcase your special day" the only people who "click pictures" are iPhone photographers, family and friends.


Choose only your absolute best images to show your clients, anything out of focus or blurred, if not intentional, leave out. Something you aren't too sure about - leave it aside and ask another person's opinion. Better to leave it out and have a tight, awesome group than to include one or two that brings them all down to a "they're ok" level.


The Wedding Gallery - I clicked on it, and my first thought was "Huh? Where are the pictures?" Forget the words - you're selling imagery to your clients, that is what they are visiting your site to see. You had some small shots from some of the weddings you've undertaken, but I then had to click again, and several only had one image.


The gallery for the individual weddings are a great size - skip the words in the "Wedding Gallery" and showcase this! I'm happy to scroll pictures, but remember to keep them tight. Anything you question, leave it aside for further feedback. The quick descriptions at the bottom are a nice touch, and that's about all the wording you need.


Remember clients are often time-poor and having to click all over the place to see what you are selling can be a huge turnoff. Having great images that are easily accessible will work in your favour - personally, if I can't find what I'm looking for within the first 60 seconds, I'll leave a site. Some sites get a little more time given to them (maybe) if I'm feeling they have potential; otherwise, I move on to the next one.


I love your landscape work - some truly stunning images there!! Having them on their own website would be ideal - huge images that make the visitor want to purchase is a must if you are offering them for sale. Unfortunately, they're getting a little lost on your site at the moment, and I had to hunt to find them - not a great outcome from a sales POV, but some re-designing and layout work will help with this.


One last item that really annoys me on *any* website is the lack of proof-reading/spelling/grammar checks. I understand that not everyone is a spelling and grammar whiz, but simple proofreading and turning off auto spellcheck in Word does absolute wonders. Ask someone else to read it as well; sometimes we can't see an error simply because we've been reading it over and over - I admit to this on more than one occasion. ;D  The biggest mistakes that caught my eye was on the Wedding Page, are right at the very bottom:

"Go through my weeding gallery to get a preview of my work and if you may find it good enough, feel free to get in touch with me so that I can help you make your wedding day more special and memorable."


and a coding error:

<a href=’https://www.bidvine.com/pro/tomaszjanickiphoto-co-uk’ target=’_blank’ rel=’noopener noreferrer’><img src=’https://www.bidvine.com/external/widgets/images/pro-logo-purple.svg’ width=’150px’ title=’Check out tomaszjanickiphoto.co.uk on Bidvine’></a>


You've made a great start, and I could go into more detail, but if you review some of the basics that I've touched on here, your site can only climb the professional ladder and speak to your clients even more.


Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2017, 10:06:53 AM »
I tried to look last night from my phone, but could see nothing of the front page images due to the black menu that slid up and down, at all times covering the images I wanted to see.  That was as far as I got on the phone, after which I resolved to look again from the office on the computer.  When I did, everything I'd say would have been a repeat of Nanette's excellent review above.  Pay attention to her, it is a comprehensive analysis. 

And, in case you wondered, this is just one of the superior benefits members here can receive:  non-trolling commentary on what we're trying to do to make our businesses successful.    What each of us does with this kind of good advice is up to us.

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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2017, 01:56:10 PM »
Thank you very very  much Nanette Reid for all the info really appreciate ;) And you too Jeff
Now just find someone who can improve it all ;)


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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2017, 04:27:29 PM »
I actually hired a designer for my latest Wordpress blog update.  Since 2009 I did everything my self with input from friends or members here, as it went along.  Then the ProPhoto Wordpress template changed the behind-the-scenes interface so radically I could't make sense of it.  Hiring a pro was expensive, but the best move I could have made.  (We're moving to a different hosting service today, so if it loads slowly, that should pass soon.  Terminal Slow is why I'm moving it.)

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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2017, 10:34:43 PM »
Like Jeff, I did my website myself and still do - it was easier for me at the time to do myself as nothing I saw that was "pre-made" really did what I specifically wanted. Of course, things have probably changed but it met my needs and budget at the time and it was a vast improvement over my previous site. :P

It took quite a while (I even had a temporary WIX page in place), looking through numerous completed sites from other creatives and pre-made templates that either a) matched exactly (haha!) or b) got very close. In the end, I purchased a rather well designed template layout and tweaked it to fit what I needed. Re-designing it is on the cards again, as I'd like to implement much larger images amongst a few other things. Although it took a while to complete (approximately 3 months), it achieved the major things on my wants list and works well, although it isn't always perfect on the numerous amount of smartphones out there! :(

I'm going to look at the types of sites Jeff and the others here on the forum use, to see if they meet my requirements and then go from there. A friend was looking to use Photoshelter last year, but it was too restrictive for him (that may have changed?) so he ended up having it done elsewhere. If another template ticks all the boxes for me, I'll choose that route again - I can work through the coding and currently have the inclination to do, as it lets me take a step back from photography to refresh my batteries. ;D

While it does take time and planning, having a look at other photographers (or even graphic designers' websites) is a good way to see how designs can or can't work well - have a look on a smartphone: several different ones if possible. I bookmarked several sites during the planning stages and studied how features from one might work with features of another. Making notes and keeping Screengrabs helps with the final planning too and will also be beneficial if/when you decide to use a professional. Much easier to show the look, and if it's still "live" provide a working example, for them to understand what you're wanting to achieve.

Good luck!
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2017, 02:05:36 PM »
The problem is not really easy to find someone who does it well and just like I would.
And for me it is unfortunately too difficult my English is very poor ;)

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« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2017, 09:40:06 PM »
But it's worth the effort, Tom.  It's essential that people see our work in the best possible light.  You'd benefit, long term.

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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2017, 11:39:01 AM »
Hi several improved on my page already done please tell me what you think ;)
Please forgot a the moment about the grammar will try to sort in the near future ;) 

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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2017, 12:35:29 PM »
I see what I think are significant improvements in the landing page, but it was a while ago when I last looked, so I hope I'm not mistaken.  One thing you may want to improve as soon as possible is that, when I clicked on the wedding galleries and was presented a list of couples with active links, the links didn't take me anywhere.  I hope that's among the first things you'll address.

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« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2017, 01:40:47 PM »
Hi Jeff
Sorry but I really dont know what you talking about,from my side looks everything work correct  .
Can you tell me please  more precisely ?
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« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2017, 01:55:29 PM »
Small steps will give you big results.

The first thing I analysed when I was redesigning my site was what did I want the website to do for me. Once I figured this out the next step was to really think about that list and distil it down to what was really essential.

I knew I wanted two distinct areas; a portfolio showcase so potential clients could see my work and a section for existing clients to be able to retrieve their work. I also linked my blog to the site to increase SEO but I keep that as a secondary link. Keeping it to one task is prefered, two tasks is workable but three or more tasks gets complicated for the client. Your site reminds me a bit of what mine used to look like. Here is what I eventually settled on;
  • Portfolio Section - This is the main thrust of the site and is reflected in the main top menu
    • Showcase gallery that display on my landing page only
    • Targeted galleries linked from the main menu to display images I want want to shoot
    • About section so clients get an introduction to who I am
    • Contact page so clients can get a hold of me
  • Client Section - This is the secondary part of the site and is access through a secondary menu at the bottom of my web pages
    • Private galleries for customers to be able to access their images through a password protected link. This is not open to the general public
    • Public galleries for those public events I shoot. I can sell downloads and prints from this section
    • Licensing information and a feed from my blog

I point this out as you can benefit from dividing your website into two areas also, a showcase section and a client section. The most confusing part of your site is the wedding section. Currently with the similarly worded links, broken links and what looks like should be two different areas containing similar info is confusing.

One trick I've used in the past with complex sites is to create flowcharts based on what a potential client would want to see and what an existing client would want, not what you want to show them. This technique often reveals flaws in your current setup and can help simplify your site's structure.

Hope this helps.
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« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2017, 02:01:47 PM »
Hi Jeff
Sorry but I really dont know what you talking about,from my side looks everything work correct  .
Can you tell me please  more precisely ?
Tomasz

I get the same thing. I clicked on WEDDING GALLERY which brings up a list of posts. The top one is "Arek`s and Natalia`s". I click on that (or any of the following) and I get a screen that says...

NOT FOUND
Apologies, but we were unable to find what you were looking for. Perhaps searching will help.
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« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2017, 02:36:47 PM »

Ok I checked once and from where I can see the problem is solved .
Please let me know if still not working for you guys .
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« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2017, 04:13:56 PM »

Ok I checked once and from where I can see the problem is solved .
Please let me know if still not working for you guys .
Tomasz

The link works, but are these customer galleries or public ones? If they are customer galleries they shouldn't be accessible by the general public as these tend to be personal moments. There is no reason why you can't pull one or two out for your portfolio. If they are public galleries and intended to showcase your work then they are too long. No one wants to browse through four or five pages of other people's events since they don't mean anything to them. I just want to see that you can deliver what you say you can and that can be told in 10 to 12 images.

Just a thought.
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