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After 10 years in business, finally moved to WordPress. What do you think? (20 posts)

  1. osu9400
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Take a look at our new site and let me know what you think. I worked hard, so be honest but not mean. :-)

    http://www.gentryfoto.com/

    Cool features:
    - 100% Flash free. All mobile devices should be able to view the photo galleries.
    - The front page loads three random images with each refresh. Hit refresh and you will eventually see something you like. I like to think of this as a mini slot machine that doesn't take your money.

    Still lacking:
    - A good logo
    - The header font blends in with the background image. Any suggestions on fixig this?

  2. DJYW
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I love it.

    I think it is informative, nice onthe eyes, has all your contact info there. Sample work and prices. Great stuff.

    The only thing I would add is maybe a photo of your team with big smiles!!

  3. osu9400
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for the feedback! I'm glad you like it and will consider your suggestion as well as any other people may post.

    Getting away from Flash for the slideshows has proven to be the biggest challenge. There are many solutions, but many of them are very slow.

  4. romanth
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I think your website is very good. Best wish to you.

  5. janw.oostendorp
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Nice gallery,
    maybe could use a loading animation when it's loading a new photo.

    Disabling right mouse button is not very useful.
    People who want to steal you image will get to your code. using hotkeys like F12.
    And people who want to (for example) open a link in a new window with right click can't

  6. Powerblaster
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Your site looks really nice. My only complaint is on all of your sub pages "Packages and Pricing","Why Gentry", "Blog", and "Contact" the text in the upper area is really hard to read because of that background. Maybe try to make the copy a different copy to make it stand out over that background, or maybe place a transparent background to dull down that image to help make your text pop out more. Other then that it looks nice.

    Good Luck.
    -Joe

  7. osu9400
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks everyone for looking. I'm still trying to figure out the hard to read titles. I tried a background color with a low opacity but it also lowered the opacity of the font. Next, I'll try a semi-transparent 1x1 png file.

    I made some PHP optimization settings today. They seemed to have sped up my slideshows somwehat. The move away from Flash is difficult.

    I am always open to more feedback and suggestions!!

  8. Jose Castaneda
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    If you want to keep the body image I would say changing the position on it by -80px vertically. I really like the site you have going so far. You also have an eye for photography.

  9. Synfidie
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    The website looks nice, but like others, having difficulty with the fonts. I think it's because you are using a ...thin font that is white. If it's a bolder font and white it might work better.
    Areas where font is not readable: On the pictures on front page and also all the text below the photos, especially the bottom line.

  10. davejampole
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    You might want to play with the photos and labels in something like Photoshop and THEN pulling them into your website.

  11. janw.oostendorp
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    watch out spammer
    (gone)

  12. alchymyth
    The Sweeper & Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @janw.oostendorp

    thanks for pointing that out - spam replies moderated.

  13. FATSAL2012
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Dear All,

    I am in need to urgent help. Though I am using wordpress blog since last many months but during this time didn't get time to learn about wordpress websites and their management.

    Yesterday, I purchased domain and hosted it on blue host and thought it would be very close to free blog in application but saw other way around. Now i dn't know how to make efficient use of proper website as of this time i think my blog looks lot better than the shape of website.

    I will appreciate the step by step guide to get maximum fruits against the payment made.

    http://www.ohsaspak.com

    Regards,
    Faisal

  14. alchymyth
    The Sweeper & Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @FATSAL2012

    please start your own topic.

  15. osu9400
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    fonts fonts fonts... I'm going crazy. This is by far the most difficult party of this website. Based on everyone's feedback here I changed the H1 and H2 fonts in the blog section. They are now easier to read but the tradeoff is the 'feel' of the site is more casual when I originally was wanting elegant. Part of the problem is the limited selection of Google web fonts.

    What do you guys think? Better? Worse? http://www.gentryfoto.com/

  16. rockthecoupons
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    What a great site and photos...yes an animation while loading new pics. When I click on wedding from front page I thought nothing was going to show up and clicked out at first. I came back and waited and then realized it was loading more. :)

  17. Kulkarni
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have to maintain a website on word press but i am facing a problem. I need to attach banner on my word press site but whenever i am adding it the size did not match to the browser and it showing half of the image. If i am decreasing the size then image is not occupying whole length.Any suggestion welcome.

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  18. janw.oostendorp
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @Kulkarni
    start your own topic

  19. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I did not see the site before, but I agree with you that the fonts are still not ideal -- at least on the blog page. I'd go with something simpler for the text -- and try some others for the headings. I think a bigger problem than the fonts is having black background with white text - that is notoriously hard to read -- and almost any experienced (and intelligent) web designer will tell you it's usually a no no. For the home page, I think it looks good, but for a blog, no.

    The other thing that struck me when I first looked at the home page was the use of "Senior" -- to me that means "older" not "senior in high school"! LOL! Don't know if that's just me, and it may make no difference to you or your target market / clientele, but maybe something to think about.

    Overall, it's a very nice site. Maybe you are over-thinking the whole font thing -- go back to something simple? The content is what matters -- so the most important thing is that it is easily readable...

  20. osu9400
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks for the comments:
    1. I agree I need a "loading" animation. Any suggestions on a lightwight plugin??
    2. Yes "senior" in the photography world implies High School seniors -- not old people. :-)
    3. I agree, my body font in the blog needs to become simpler but I still want something that doesn't scream "arial" - I need an element of artistic-ness. I even like SegoeUI better than Arial but I'm not sure how many people have that yet.

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