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Hello hello hello, after countless hours of eating copious amounts of chocolate and praying the process would be over soon, I have finally completed my website. Not sure if it's too 'cutesy' or if it's user friendly, any suggestions you guys have would be super rad. Thank you all :)http://katydancagalli.com

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Thank you Alison!!! Your stuff is GORGEOUS!!!

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Overall I like it too Katy!

Especially the fact that it’s responsive web design enabled (in fact I first looked at it on my iPhone).

Now I see you haven’t published too much pictures yet, it would be interested to see how it evolves, i.e. would you have a dedicated page listing galleries?

One area that could maybe be improved is the inner ramblings: I thought it took a while to load, and the scroll down (on mobile) is not very fluid. Once loaded it’s gorgeous, so maybe a trade-off to consider between sophistication and ease of browsing.

 

I agree that Alison’s website is gorgeous, just like photos it holds!

 

To you both, I’d be interested to know which solution you used to create your website if you don’t mind sharing?

 

Cheers

Nicolas

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I like it, its clean and simple yet very effective and easy to navigate. Nicely done!

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Yes, clean and simple presentation. looks very nice!

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Very nice and I agree with the other observations especially clean and simple.

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Hey everyone, thank you guys a million times over!!! Really really appreciated. Still trying to figure out if its worth paying for SEO, has anyone gone that route and thought it made a difference? My cousin has a guy in India he said is kick-a**, I don't know.......

 

Overall I like it too Katy!

Especially the fact that it’s responsive web design enabled (in fact I first looked at it on my iPhone).

Now I see you haven’t published too much pictures yet, it would be interested to see how it evolves, i.e. would you have a dedicated page listing galleries?

One area that could maybe be improved is the inner ramblings: I thought it took a while to load, and the scroll down (on mobile) is not very fluid. Once loaded it’s gorgeous, so maybe a trade-off to consider between sophistication and ease of browsing.

 

I agree that Alison’s website is gorgeous, just like photos it holds!

 

To you both, I’d be interested to know which solution you used to create your website if you don’t mind sharing?

 

Cheers

Nicolas

 

Nicolas, I did notice it took awhile to load, I tried making the image sizes smaller but I'm not sure it worked. Thank you for letting me know!! Also, I used Wix.com and they had a deal where you could get a pro account for only $6 a month per year, you might want to check into that, wix is insanely easy to use, and they have some nice add-on features with galleries and such. Would be cool to see your site too :)

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My website is super simple and I've used www.weebly.com

 

It's user friendly, which I need because web design is not my specialty. :-)

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Once the website loaded it did indeed look very nice and was easy to navigate. I would say that I have a decent connection and it took a few minutes to load the site for me initially. Not sure if that is an issue with your hosting provider, or if it is because the page is too large (file size wise). Are the images on your website full size or downscaled? when i took a look at the sourcecode it looked as though your images were .pngs? you may want to consider compressing the photos. this basically means downsizing them to say 1080p and saving them as jpegs. this will make the file sizes smaller and will optimize your load times (especially for the homepage, you want this to load as fast as possible. for your galleries on other pages it is not as important and you may indeed want the full size and quality of the original images). if you use photoshop to downscale the images to a smaller resolution for the homepage you really wont notice a difference in the photo quality online, but you will notice a huge difference in load times.

 

additionally i noticed that you did not have an about me page. honestly this is the hardest section to write, but it makes you seem more human and personable. it is often one of the first pages clients visit when they are looking to see if they want to hire you. they are asking themselves if they can get along with you and are you the type of person that they want to work with. its hard to write, but i highly recommend including it. it makes sure that you and the client are a good fit which results in people who are easier to work with, and better word of mouth later.

 

one last thing. on your contact page see if you can setup a fill form in order for people to contact you directly off the website. people are lazy, if they have to login to their email and then look back on the page to get the email address they will likely go somewhere else. make it as easy as possible for them to contact you. stick it right on the page so they don't have to click away from your site.

 

hopefully this helps, I know website design is not the easiest thing to learn, but your's does look really good. it just needs a few tweeks to optimize it.

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to answer your earlier question about SEO, (search engine optimization) it has its place, but in all honesty most photographers and videographers get their work from word of mouth. you make one client happy and they will recommend you to the next. SEO can sometimes work, but putting the effort and money into better serving your existing clients will get you a better return in the end. someone will hire you because you were recommended to them long before they will hire you because they seen your website. likely they will not even look at your website until you are shortlisted to be hired anyway, then use the website to see if your work is indeed what they want. photography is a saturated industry and plenty of people can do what you do. the best place to put that money would be to offer a discount to a new client who has good connections and will get you more work in the future.

 

some people have had great results from SEO, but in my opinion client interaction and word of mouth works better.

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Woah!!! Amazzzzzing advice DorianF!!!! Sincerely sincerely appreciated! I will take a look at my image sizes, I thought they were already pretty small, but obv. something is wrong because I am also having loading issues. I do have an 'about me' beneath my gallery, but maybe this is not so user friendly as someone would not really scroll down to take a look below the main gallery? Anywho, you sound like you've done this quite a bit before, thank you so so so much for your help!!

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