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Please Review My Website

Discussion in 'Personal Portfolio Sites' started by SMS Photography UK, Feb 22, 2019.

  1. SMS Photography UK

    SMS Photography UK New Member

    Hello everyone

    I have recently been building my website to showcase my photography. I'm not a professional but i enjoy what i do and others seem to appreciate my work.

    Now my website is not finished but feedback would be greatly appreciated, good or bad.


    Thank you
  2. andymcd

    andymcd Well-Known Member

    You have some good pictures but you need to curate yourself (which is really tough) to only have your very best pictures on there. Also, try to think about the progression of pictures in each gallery as you can create a 'story' by carefully choosing the order that you present the pictures in. (For example, start wide and then move in closer when covering a location).

    The navigation feels 'jumpy' and wasn't especially obvious - that could be a feature of WIX but maybe a simpler theme would load more smoothly.

  3. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    The front page looks cluttered. The superposed flower doesn't really work for me, it just gets in the way. Also the page width did not resize to my browser (Safari, mac) window so the left and right hand sides are clipped. I'd choose a better selfie if promoting a business, the lighting has everything wrong with it!
    Roger Hicks likes this.
  4. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Seconded. There is very little evidence of a theme anywhere. Good pics (mostly) but it's wearing to try to see them.


  5. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    I liked the bit about the fort that was built at great expense but in the wrong place. Nothing changes
  6. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    I agree the front is very cluttered, but otherwise functions nicely. It is hard to really appraise the site without getting into the photography, which you didn't ask about.
  7. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    I'll be brutally honest (and maybe easier said than done as I have never made a website) but it looks really amateur, almost like websites used to look years ago. The background doesn't make for comfortable viewing. If i came across that site I would probably click passed it TBH. Sorry for not being that positive.
  8. Chester AP

    Chester AP Well-Known Member

    Change that awful background to something neutral (and darker?) and without any annoying patterns.
    There is a reason why art galleries usually don't hang pictures on walls with distracting wallpaper.
    Perhaps a little more space around the images too (see art gallery comment).

    Good Luck.
  9. SMS Photography UK

    SMS Photography UK New Member

    Hi everyone

    Wow, what a great response. I have taken on board all that you have said and I appreciate the honesty, even if it is a bit brutal at times.
    I have not invested as much time and effort into the site as I work full time and the site is not aimed at generating business. Saying that, I am keen to change the areas mentioned. Especially the hated background.

    Thank you everyone
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  10. SMS Photography UK

    SMS Photography UK New Member

    Well thank you to everyone for your comments regarding my website. I have made some tweaks and I feel a lot happier about how it looks overall. I still have to curate myself and make the albums flow more smoothly but that’s to come soon.

    So, can you please let me know what you think of it now? www.smsphotographyuk.com

    Thank you
  11. TheAlex

    TheAlex Well-Known Member

    I didn't see the previous version, but although the current version is easy enough to browse, the template still looks dated.

    I haven't used Wix, so don't know how easy it is to get the look, but there are lots of professional-looking templates:

    Good job for getting your work and a website online anyway. Now it's there it's something you can tweak when you have the time. :)
  12. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    I have only just found this thread but one comment is that if you are inviting people to buy prints (as per the "About" button) then each image should have at least an ID number and preferably a short description of location, ship name etc.
  13. contax wide boy

    contax wide boy Active Member

    You asked for feedback on your website. I'm uncertain if it's just the presentation and navigation
    of the site, or the images within the site ?
    I find the site does look a trifle dated and 'clunky'.
    It might be my monitor but your homepage and many images look over exposed ?
  14. Phantombat

    Phantombat Member

    I have limited experience with photography, but quite a lot experience in working for photographers making their websites. After browsing your website, I have a couple of tips:

    1) Try to use wordpress instead of Wix.
    2) Make your images stand out on the front page. People are impatent - and great pictures are the best way to win the reader straight away.
    3) When you browse your pictures, the whole menu is following. That means that some pictures will always have the menu attached to them, which is a shame when you have such great photos.
  15. byteme90k

    byteme90k Member

    The website is gone

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