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PostWebsite wobbles

by benwhittles » Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:27 pm

Hi! I have been away for what seems like ages! I have been productive though... I chose a figurative theme (thanks for the input back then helping me chose) and I have stuck to it happily. And I have made a thing called a "website". Now these are not as easy as I thought to make! Never mind, mine is more or less up and running and I just need to add dimensions and descriptions to the paintings.

I would really appreciate any feedback as to how user friendly it is, any ideas about how it could be improved. (Its on a wordpress platform if that means anything to you). How could I use it now to start promoting and selling my work? If you´ve made your website work for you then please let me know how!!

Thanks a bundle!

Oh, and feel free to comment on the artwork too!

Ps: ideas for the "about" bit would be appreciated. Thats probably the hardest part I think!

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PostRe: Website wobbles

by jeanniezelos » Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:52 am

just having a quick look ben - got this on "people watching"


Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_ELSE in /usr/www/users/mikael/clients/benwhittles/wp-content/themes/blackcanvas_30/archive.php on line 16

seems to be ok now though on 2nd go? nice body of work you've got produced :o) i really like the effects og colours v shapes

text: be good to have descriptions of works beside each for text to speech browsers and i think your font size and colour may be a bit difficult for viwers with visual problems. are you aiming this as a portfolio site or a selling one - if its selling then prices would be good. even as a portfoloi i think description helps and i'm pretty sure google uses text in its search too.
i like the way your pics run along the bottom though i didn't realize at first there was more til i saw scroll function after i'd viewed several pages - i'm more used to a full page screen - might be something to take note of? re jig the placings so its full page perhaps - depends on how you want your site to be - i'm an impatient viewer - i like quick loading and info at one glance.
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PostRe: Website wobbles

by benwhittles » Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:42 am

Hi Jeannie,

Sorry but I´ve been fiddling with website this morning, so half the time it wouldn´t have been working correctly.

I´ll get back when its working again.

Thanks.

P:S: what do you mean by full screen? Do you mean the website expands to fit the size of your screen automatically??
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PostRe: Website wobbles

by benwhittles » Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:24 pm

Its working as normal, but I still need to improve the navigation I think. What´s the best layout?... click on a category to go to a thumbnail page... or have them posted one below the other like I have? Or a slideshow gallery? or...?
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PostRe: Website wobbles

by wendypuerto » Thu Sep 23, 2010 2:25 pm

Hi Ben Great work and website, something struck me though. I know it sounds daft but you don't immediately think it is art, I don't mean your work is not art but you don't think it is art for sale,sometimes you need to treat the public as being a bit dim and the obvious needs to be spelt out, maybe by just adding the word Art will draw your attention immediately.
Sorry for talking in riddles but I hope it makes sense.
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PostRe: Website wobbles

by Toni Watts » Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:17 pm

Ben - I really like the website and your work, especially the people with shadows.

If I was a potential customer I would want to know two things - where can I actually see these paintings and how much they are. That information may be there, but it isn't obvious. I think you have to make it easy for people to engage.

I think Jeannie's suggestion of text descriptions is a good one. I haven't done that with mine - I'll make it my next job (thanks Jeannie!)

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PostRe: Website wobbles

by wendypuerto » Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:53 pm

Thanks Toni thats exactly what I meant :lol: :lol: :lol:
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PostRe: Website wobbles

by jeanniezelos » Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:36 am

yes - apart from DDA and maybe google you need to assume that people with visual problems can still want art - so text descriptions are good to give tham an idea.
what i mean about full size is more or less as you've put ben - when i open a page everything is on that screen and there's no need to scroll down ( and here i have to say that on my own site when i have long thin paintings you have to scroll down them - something i've been asking son/website manager to do for ages cos i hate that you can't see it all in one go - he'll say don't paint them on long thin canvas!! working in web/IT he tends to take ages to get my stuff updated and its well overdue for revamp - maybe i need to get him to teach me but it and me?? perhaps not.

anyway i just wondered if you had that slideshow strip down one side rather than at base if your page would fit screen? and just having looked at mine - which as i've not been able to paint much for ages i haven't updated or een looked at :oops: :oops: :oops: it does the same as yours with scrolls down side so i am talking rubbish - sorry. somehow though it seems more obvoius on my home site that youneed to scroll down but i didn't notice it on yours til i'd flipped several pages ? have no idea why- sorry. maybe its the balck background? or something/
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PostRe: Website wobbles

by benwhittles » Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:19 pm

Hi jeannie,

I´ve been fiddling with the settup on the homepage. It should all fit on one screen now (unless its a particularly tiny screen). When you go to the categories though it posts them in a list... so plenty of scrolling there (but I think it seems obvious).

I´ll get working on those descriptions too.

Thanks!

Ben :P
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