WordPress.org

Ready to get started?Download WordPress

Forums

Photographer website built on WordPress (37 posts)

  1. Galen Evans
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    After about three months and half a dozen theme re-designs, I think I'm finally happy with the way my website looks:

    Galen Evans, Photographer

    As a photographer, I wanted to come up with a solution that would showcase my work, but still allow me to have regularly updated informational content - WordPress seemed to meet all of my needs, and then some. The actual "blog" is in the News & Information section, but the entire site is built on WP with the exception of:

    The "Client Proofs" area is powered by Coppermine Gallery; I was able to design the theme to match my WordPress theme.

    "Event Ordering" links to Photoreflect.com, a company that handles my large event ordering needs. Sadly, their them selection is lacking and they don't allow for custom theming.

    What may be of interest to other users is that I've been able to create a static home page, secondary pages with a bottom bar, and post pages with a sidebar.

    Take a look and let me know what you think!

    Galen

  2. Arnold Goodway
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    You mentioned that you wanted to showcase your work, you most certainly managed that in quite a spectacular way. Yours is truly a splendid site, dare I say, one of the better photography sites out there. Well done.

    The only thing that I do not like about your site is the fact that it is not mine. ;-)

  3. salenco
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Yes, ArnoldGoodway is absolutely right. You've done an amazing work. I love photography too, I have a gallery on flickr, but your portfolio is just incredible.

    Congrats for the site!

  4. Galen Evans
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks for the kind words! It's nice to hear, with all of the work I've put into the site. ;-)

    Galen

  5. Ryan Paul
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I second those comments. If your website was a woman, I'd marry it.

  6. tigerd7
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    You might try linking the tags in your header to some of your images (relevant to each term e.g. portrait, fine art etc.).

  7. kumarsaran
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Excellent work :)

    Is is a customized theme or regular theme ?

    Very well managed site, beautiful work

    [signature moderated Please read the Forum Rules]

  8. simbahu
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    test

  9. Galen Evans
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    othellobloke: Uh...I don't know how to answer that. ;-)

    TigerD7: I've been thinking about that, but those tabs are my blog tagline and I can't have links in it (that I know of). For now, its main purpose is to serve as a secondary title with <h2> tags for SEO purposes.

    kumarsaran: I started off with a blank WordPress theme, but the design was highly influenced by the Tweaker2 theme. The front page had its inspiration in f8-lite.

    In order to keep it as lean and quick as possible, I only added bits of code as I needed them, and have taken bits and pieces of code from perhaps four different themes. CSS was done pretty much from the ground up, with only a reset section to begin with.

    Another note, which I didn't mention in my original post. As a photographer, my old website(s) - as with those of perhaps most photographers - featured only a menu and slideshow on the front page. The problem with that approach is that search engines have almost nothing to work with. My current solution allows me to have very specific word content targeted for search engines, while still showcasing my work. The result has been a significant increase in my page ranking in a ridiculously competitive, if not bloated, profession.

    G.

  10. TorsteinH
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Your site really looks great!

  11. lamcgreg498
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    The photographs that you took enhanced the style of the website. Good job! It was worth showing. :)

    ----
    ibuprofen600mg.com

  12. Sen Liang
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Very beautiful and powerful website.

  13. janetvelasquez80l
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Wow. This is really really really good.
    The monochrome theme really sets the mood for simplicty and elegance

    [url=http://www.hubschrauber-selber-fliegen.eu]Hubschrauber selber fliegen[/url]

  14. DenverWineGirl
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Great job and I appreciate the investment of hours you've put in. I own a web company but am relatively new to using WordPress; so I really applaud you for learning to do what you did!

    I'll come to see you for pics; please visit me for a food fix!

    http://www.vinolucistyle.com

  15. Galen Evans
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks for your thoughts, everyone.

    TigerD7: I did what you suggested and made links out of the tabs at the upper right, and put them in <h2> tags while I was at it to help with SEO. Every little bit seems to help.

  16. esone
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Only problem I have noticed. When you open a picture from your port, there is no option to close the window it comes up in. I had to use the back button.

  17. Michael Fields
    Themer
    Posted 4 years ago #

    galen3050,

    Great job! There are a few usability things that I would change if this were my site...

    1. I would definitely move the photography navigation to the top of the photo, I (and many others) have to scroll to access it. Then, when I click a link to view the previous or next image, the navigation gets pushed back down again.. kinda frustration for those of use with small screen resolutions :)

    2. I have to click on the photo to close the lightbox popup - AND when I click the blacked-out background part, nothing happens. It seems like your site has been coded to function the opposite way that I have seen this effect function in the past - which can be off-putting to those of us who are used to the 'default' functionality. Basically, I feel like it is a deterrent - I spend more time thinking about what I should click on rather than looking at your photos.

    3. Please do not disable my right mouse button - there is absolutely no reason to do this... ever!

    Please don't think I'm trying to be mean...
    -Mike

  18. dunerider
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Very cool site, would you mind telling me which plugin you used forthe Portfolio section please

  19. kradio
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    just fyi, because you used the default template as your starter, you have a nice little smilely ( :) ) at the end of all of your pages, to get rid of this, go into your footer and remove it (I forgot the exact thing, but it would be the last non-closing tag in your footer)

    Nice site, I like it. (well, except for the right-click stopper, this is not because I want your pictures, but because I want to look at your code...)

    dunerider, it appears to be something with the initials ngg.

  20. Joni
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Dunerider, that is the Next Gen Gallery plugin.
    http://alexrabe.de/wordpress-plugins/nextgen-gallery/

  21. Joni
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    And I nearly refrained from saying anything about Galen's site because ... well, there's nothing left to be said that hasn't been said already, by others. It's a gorgeous site, Galen. You have much to be proud of. Clearly your creativity spills out into web design as well as photography. Simply gorgeous. :)

    And one more thing that struck me. You seem to understand typography as well or better than a lot of web designers, and that lends a lot to the way I feel about the site when I visit it. (Love the nature shots best!)

  22. Galen Evans
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Wow - lots to follow up on.

    Starting with dunerider: I'm using the NextGen Gallery plugin, as jonimueller has pointed out.

    esone and mfields: The viewing of images is a "quirk" of NextGen, in that it's not obvious how to close an image. It would be nice if there was something as simple as an "X" to indicate a control to close the window but as it is, the only way a user knows what to do is to hover the cursor over the image, at which time a message appears that says, "Click to close". I'd love to see the feature added to a future version of the plugin. I'm so used to using it that I don't think about it, but I can see how visitors might have problems with it. I'm torn because NG meets my specific needs in just about every other way.

    mfields: Don't worry about being mean. I appreciate and consider all comments, both positive and negative. And this type of discussion helps not only me, but other users looking for direction in the design and implementation of their own sites, as well.

  23. dunerider
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I am fairly new to wordpress, having done a couple of basic blogs a year or so ago, i am now looking to do complete websites using it.

    I came to this forum to learn, to see what others are doing and draw ideas.

    Funnily enough my next site is for a painter - hence my interest in this site, wow have i got inspiration!

  24. Whidy
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Wow, it's real wonderful!

  25. herzel
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi galen3050 I love your site.
    Im a photographer my self and I wish I had the knowledge to built a site like yours.
    i was wondering if you can share the codes and all the html to build his type of site.
    thanks
    Eic

  26. kantoi09
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi Galen,
    I am new to this and an amature travel photographer and your website is so wonderful and what I hope to make with my photograph website. Can you tell me how you were able to do so. I have been searching all over to find the right theme and plugin to do so. Tanks. I hope you can share codes and html to build this great website.
    Best,
    K

  27. edwait
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Amazing site Galen. You can really be proud. In no since of the word am I a photographer - I saw a picture of a camera once though - but if I were in the market for one, you'd definatly be at the top of the list.

    Congratulations.

  28. Galen Evans
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I can't seem to help myself - I've gone and reworked my theme again, even though I said I was happy with the last iteration. lol

    This is based on an HTML/CSS site template by Jonathan Atkinson at Themeforest.net, but built on the theme framework that I originally started this post with.

    For those who are interested in this design, Mr. Atkinson tells me he will soon be releasing his own WordPress version of his template, so keep an eye on Themeforest for availability.

    Regards,
    G

  29. olko-polko
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    gorgeous)

    black and white always makes things look stylish.
    you definitely have a sense of taste and vision))

    really good job)

  30. kantoi09
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hey Galen,
    I actually bought the john atikinson template. How were you able to transform it for Wp. I have been wanting to use it too for my wp. I would really appreciate it. I am looking to add the slider with the background. I already have jquery slider installed but I am not sure what to do next. How did you add the gray background behind the slider? Thanks

Topic Closed

This topic has been closed to new replies.

About this Topic

Tags

No tags yet.