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Working out the bugs….

For those of you who have been following my work and these posts, you might have noticed that I have totally redesigned the look and feel of my site. It was a long time coming and though I have a background in web design, I find it hard to work on my own site because I don’t particularly enjoy staring at computer code anymore and would prefer to be working on my images or even better shooting new work. But for a variety of reasons, I decided not to hire someone else to sort my site out and sat down last week and went through all my old images and updated the images in my portfolios and I spent quite a bit of time looking at other photographer’s websites seeing what I liked and didn’t like and what I wanted to include in my site.

Here is the list of features I wanted and should be featured on every photographer’s website:

  • Big images- this was the main reason for the redesign of my site, my previous design just didn’t display my images big enough, especially with big high definition screens the norm now.
  • Easy navigation- So many sites are not well laid out and designed with the end user in mind. I wanted people to be able to quickly and easily find the type of images they are interested in looking at.
  • Contact info on every page- I wanted anyone visiting my site to be able to see my contact details on any page they are on without having to search for it. I personally really dislike having to fill out contact forms on a website since I prefer to be able to keep track of my email correspondence through my email application and think most of my own clients would feel the same.
  • Compatible with new technology- Gone are the days of people only looking at a website from their work desk on either a laptop or desktop, with so many people now surfing the web on their smart phones or tablets, I really wanted my site to work well on these devices. After all, what works on a desktop computer with a large monitor does not necessarily work on a small phone screen.

Those are just a few of the design considerations I had for my site and it is still a work in progress. After all, websites these days have to be continuously maintained and updated to stay current.

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