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My first website - feedback appreciated

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Grisho
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Message posted at 03/14/2011, 07:24:47 AM by Grisho - member is an admin
My first website is now live. Any comments and opinions would be highly appreciated. I tried to make it as simple and minimal as possible. Hope you like it.



grigor.info
Fuji X100S, Canon 550D

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Diavata
530 posts
Message posted at 03/14/2011, 16:35:21 PM by Diavata
I just had a look it and I really like it!

The pictures pop really well on the black background, the navigation is easy and the slideshow and such work nice and smoothly.

Good luck with it! (Very nice images btw!)
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Grisho
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Message posted at 03/14/2011, 18:01:09 PM by Grisho - member is an admin
Thank you, Diavata! I'm glad you like it!
Fuji X100S, Canon 550D

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Igordabari
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Message posted at 03/15/2011, 00:48:31 AM by Igordabari
Hi Grigor, your site looks great. Perhaps, I would expect also some text complementary to pictures. Explaining who are you and what are you doing. Without this it looks a bit 'naked'.
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Grisho
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Message posted at 03/15/2011, 02:50:50 AM by Grisho - member is an admin
Thanks Igor, I'm currently working on my "About/Bio" section.
Fuji X100S, Canon 550D

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Hugoht
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Message posted at 03/15/2011, 04:51:24 AM by Hugoht
Very very nice.

And yes, you should add a little bio and contact info.

Great pictures as well.
Nikon D90, Nikon D40, Canon S95, Various Nikon Lenses

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Ammac
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Message posted at 03/15/2011, 04:59:14 AM by Ammac
Lovely site - really like it!


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Gbfoto
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Message posted at 06/07/2011, 16:18:06 PM by Gbfoto
Great site indeed. I really like the simplicity of it. your photos are great. Congratulations!
Canon EOS, some glass and a speedlite!

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Vplut
10 posts
Message posted at 11/02/2011, 15:59:17 PM by Vplut
Wow! Classy and straightforward - I think the simple approach works. Your people pictures convey character and connection - I'd like to see more. Thanks for sharing!


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Grisho
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Message posted at 11/02/2011, 16:42:47 PM by Grisho - member is an admin

Originally posted by Vplut:
Quoted Message: Wow! Classy and straightforward - I think the simple approach works. Your people pictures convey character and connection - I`d like to see more. Thanks for sharing!




Thanks :) I've almost forgot that I posted this thread back in March. I've changed the site's layout several times since then, I think the current one is my favorite :)
Fuji X100S, Canon 550D

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Enigmacypher
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Message edited at 11/11/2011, 18:21:58 PM by Enigmacypher
Who is your target audience for the site? Is this a site that you point people to who want to view your portfolio? Or, is this meant to act as a marketing site to help new people find you? If the purpose is the first, then I think your site works well. However, if you are wanting to get new clients through this site, you should consider adding additional elements that will help search engines find you.



Here are a few thoughts:



* Search engines utilize text to index your website. The only page in your site that has much text is your bio page. Thus, this is the page that will likely show up the most in the search engines. However, this page is exclusively text and does not show any of your photographs. To adjust this, add more text (descriptions of images, information about your studio, etc) to the pages with-out text, and add a relevant image or two to your bio page.



* The name of your company is only listed in the header, and this is done as an image. It is fine to do this (it does ensure that the font chosen will appear the same to all users), but you should have the name of your company listed elsewhere as text. Again, search engines know how to parse text, but they cannot (yet) read images to determine what the text in them says. Consider adding the name of your company and your city at the footer of all pages. Note that if you search Google for "sofia bulgaria photography" your site does not come up, but this likely what some of your potential clients might look for.



* If you want to see how many people are viewing your site, how long they are staying, and what they are looking at while visiting, then analyze your site's web statistics. There are several free analytics tools available. Your hosting company likely has some available to you that will allow you to look at the raw logs. Webalizer and AWStats will help you analyze the raw logs. If you do not have access to the raw logs (or even if you do), you can use a 3rd party analyzer such as Google Analytics. These require you to tag each page with a piece of JavaScript which send usage information to the 3rd party for analysis. The results are not as accurate (but you aren't going to get 100% accuracy in this area with any tool), but it is easy, free and very user friendly. There is much that you can learn about your site by looking at these tools.



* If you are really interested in improving your site's performance in the search engines, do some research on SEO (search engine optimization). It's a field unto itself, and it is probably more work that you want to get into, but you may find it interesting to at least be familiar with the basics.





Your site is very clean and works well as a portfolio. You have some great photography showcased there.



Good luck to you!


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Grisho
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Message posted at 11/11/2011, 16:37:38 PM by Grisho - member is an admin
Wow, thanks for the great advices, Enigmacypher. I actually use it just for a portfolio showcase as you assumed. I don't have any ambitious to use it as a marketing tool for now, but I will take in consideration all your advices :) Thank you!
Fuji X100S, Canon 550D

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