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New Website

Discussion in 'Personal Portfolio Sites' started by Craig20264, Mar 4, 2018.

  1. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Well, I've decided to dip my toe into the water of websites. It's a free domain name at present, with a free plan. I plan to upgrade if it works out ok. I have to say the 'Wix' software is easy to navigate and the finished product looks ok, to my eye anyway. This is where you lot come in. I would appreciate your thoughts on layout etc. I haven't uploaded too many images just yet. I've tried to keep it simple and minimal looking, as I despise cluttered websites. Well, here it is.


    Over to you.
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  2. Olivia Green

    Olivia Green Member

    The website looks great!
    If you're a professional, you should go for a personal domain. Nothing more frustrating than having some other ads on your website and .something.com subdomain.
    Go ahead with a personal domain, rest everything looks good.
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  3. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Does everything it should! Works on my ipad, and I'm on a terrible connection at the moment, so that's encouraging. Nice choice of pics! Great to see them again all in one place.
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  4. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    The site works well with good quality images.
  5. Rika Guite

    Rika Guite New Member

    The website looks great, especially the landing page!
    Just curious, which font have you used in the website?
  6. krasis

    krasis Member

    Good website! Wix isn't good for SEO though in my opinion. If you don't know how to code or do the whole getting a domain and hosting thing, sticking to a website builder is a good idea but I would rather recommend to you the hPage.com website builder than Wix since the website is HTML-based (but no coding required) so the websites made there has SEO optimization. You can create a website for free there too and they have a slideshow gallery feature which is perfect for photo sets.
    You might wanna check it out: https://www.hpage.com
  7. Ascu75 AKA Don Wood

    Ascu75 AKA Don Wood Well-Known Member

    Love the website :)
    Love the photos
  8. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    I like the images and the way you have (I assume) chosen to display them again a dark background.

    Out of curiosity, I downloaded one as a 'webp' file (the only option available), but this can then be opened in MS Paint and saved as a JPG that is probably good enough for use on a postcard or greeting card. Does the software allow any way of preventing a download of an image?

    I have not kept the downloaded image or the JPG version.
  9. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Love the pics. Not so keen on white text on black - I find it hard to read.
  10. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    I have been with ipage for years and will be changing to WIX
  11. Fen

    Fen The Destroyer

    Nice. Easy to navigate and presents the images well. Have to agree with the white text on a grey background can cause a few people reading problems.

    I'd personally like to see the images a bit bigger. The minimum size I'd use is 900px for the longest edge.

    Several friends of mine have just left Wix for political reasons, but that's not a topic to discuss here.
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  12. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Been a couple of years since I kicked this one off. If I ever get around to some more landscape photography, I will add some more images. Thanks for the suggestions which have all been taken on board.
  13. Stephen Rundle

    Stephen Rundle In the Stop Bath

    And yet you have ;) ;) ;)
  14. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    He didn't say it was unreadable, he said it could be hard to read. Make something difficult to read and people will just click away from the site. My wife is dyslexic and finds black font on a pale blue background easier to read than any other combination. Yellow background with a black font is easier for people with certain eyesight issues.
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  15. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    I wasn’t aware of these issues. Good to be informed. Cheers.
  16. Fen

    Fen The Destroyer

    Once upon a time, when working in web development and user interface design there was a guide for designing website (and other software) so that people with visual impairments and/or disabilities would be able to use the website.

    There are rules about the use of fonts, colours, spacing, in fact all elements of design. Also, pictures (photos and graphics) all had to have alt-text and descriptions so screen readers would be able to describe what was on the screen.

    Without adhering to these rules you wouldn't be able to get any website, online learning, etc., passed and allowed to run in schools, government funded programmes and various such places.

    Just had to google it as I could remember the BSI number for it! It's BS 8878 Web accessibility, which has now been replaced by the ISO 30071-1 standard.
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  17. Ascu75 AKA Don Wood

    Ascu75 AKA Don Wood Well-Known Member

    Craig you might want to update your blog personally I leave websites when they are out of date it makes me think if you (website owner)can’t be bothered nor can I. Current posts make it appear higher in search engines hopefully exposing others to your site. SEO is a minefield I could write a book about driving traffic to sites, but if you want your site to be found keep it fresh. Don
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  18. Gulshan Negi

    Gulshan Negi New Member

    Yes i agree with you, user can use WordPress instead of WIX i also started my Blog on WordPress.
  19. Ascu75 AKA Don Wood

    Ascu75 AKA Don Wood Well-Known Member

    I agree with you, it matters not who you choose but if you want repeat traffic it takes work. SEO is a big help and getting it even half way right when building your site is a real boost. But fresh content is a must to getting traffic and simple things like descriptions of photos instead of numbers make huge difference. It’s seo friendly for free. I still stumble upon photos I listed on websites years ago. I’m to tired to be bothered with websites now but I enjoyed getting high google rankings when I was doing sites.

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