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Jan 25, 2011 12:22 |  #1

Spent the last few weeks redesigning my website. Please take a look and let me know what you think.

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There are a few more things I'm going to add to optimize SEO but if anyone has any suggestions that'd be much appreciated. Thanks.


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Jan 25, 2011 22:32 |  #2

I like it. Nice and clean, nice photos.

3 things I noticed:
- the 'Blog' link while you are on the blog page is broken (its linking to blog.html vs /blog/) (also portofilo one is broken too)
- referring to yourself in the 3rd person on the contact page is somewhat weird (its a personal site with personal domain, dont be affraid to use first person imo)
- i realize that the blog is '3rd party' but is there anyway to use the same skin as the rest of your page?




  
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Jan 26, 2011 00:27 |  #3

dix wrote in post #11715218 (external link)
I like it. Nice and clean, nice photos.

3 things I noticed:
- the 'Blog' link while you are on the blog page is broken (its linking to blog.html vs /blog/) (also portofilo one is broken too)
- referring to yourself in the 3rd person on the contact page is somewhat weird (its a personal site with personal domain, dont be affraid to use first person imo)
- i realize that the blog is '3rd party' but is there anyway to use the same skin as the rest of your page?

Thanks didn't spot the blog link on the blog page.

What did you mean that portfolio one is broken? Which page are you referring to?

I'm working on the blog still. :)

Thanks for your input.


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Jan 26, 2011 03:39 |  #4

It looks good to me. Only thing I maybe would say is agreeing with dix about the 'about' page.

I did the same, wrote my about me in 3rd person and had the feedback of basically its a personal page and you should write it personal to you, ie 1st person.


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Jan 26, 2011 05:30 |  #5

Tawcan wrote in post #11715764 (external link)
What did you mean that portfolio one is broken? Which page are you referring to?

Goto http://www.boblai.com/​blog/ (external link) and then click on 'Portfolio' -> it goes to http://www.boblai.com/​people.html (external link) when it should be going to http://boblai.com/port​raits.html (external link) (I assume).

Another thing that could be helpful going forward is to 'trim' the .html from the links. Instead of http://boblai.com/port​raits.html (external link) try having it go to http://boblai.com/port​folio/portraits (external link) (to do this, change portraits.html to default.html (or whatever the default page is on your server) and place it in a 'portraits' folder). Id move the 'sub pages' for portraits below this folder too so that http://boblai.com/life​style.html (external link) turns into http://boblai.com/port​folio/lifestyle/. (external link) This can help for any changes you do later on, plus help seo a touch.




  
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Jan 26, 2011 08:36 |  #6

On your portfolio page, your intro portraits shots (the vampire girl on the beach) are not your best, nor are they very universally appealing - I'd stick those in the back somewhere and choose something else to be the intro shot.

Love the site otherwise.


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Jan 26, 2011 11:51 |  #7

Thanks dix, didn't notice that. I'll definitely look into the subfolder idea.

lookingforaname - thanks I'll take a look at using a different pic. :)


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Jan 26, 2011 16:36 |  #8

Not a big deal, but I use a 1024 x 768 monitor and I have scroll right to see basically empty space. I would just shrink it it fit. SEO-wise, I would like to see more text on your home page, but I'm sure your not going to do that.


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Jan 26, 2011 16:53 |  #9

Hikin Mike wrote in post #11720032 (external link)
Not a big deal, but I use a 1024 x 768 monitor and I have scroll right to see basically empty space. I would just shrink it it fit. SEO-wise, I would like to see more text on your home page, but I'm sure your not going to do that.

What do you mean more text? More meta data or actual text on the page?


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Jan 26, 2011 16:54 |  #10

Tawcan wrote in post #11720131 (external link)
What do you mean more text? More meta data or actual text on the page?

Actual text. Why? Read my SEO for the Photographer link in my sig. ;)


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Jan 26, 2011 23:29 |  #11

Hikin Mike wrote in post #11720142 (external link)
Actual text. Why? Read my SEO for the Photographer link in my sig. ;)

further to this, I just realised that the services page is an image. It should really be text - again for helping with SEO but mainly consistency and appearance (an aside, on the web things that are text/blocky should be gifs, jpegs are better for photos etc).




  
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Jan 27, 2011 05:02 |  #12

On your about page the word "amiable". Im not sure if it is a word.


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Jan 27, 2011 07:09 |  #13

Great site, beautifully designed!!! ...and one of the most enjoyable portfolio, I´ve ever seen.
Congratulations!


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Jan 27, 2011 13:49 |  #14

Rankinia wrote in post #11723575 (external link)
On your about page the word "amiable". Im not sure if it is a word.

a·mi·a·ble/ˈāmēəbəl/

Adjective: Having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner.


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Jan 29, 2011 00:15 |  #15

I like your site, clean and neat. Looks good! I like that your folio images aren't always centered when they don't take up the whole width, personally I don't like (it's only minor) when you have two portrait images on each side with a gap in the middle. If you don't mind me asking how did you set up the gallery so that you click to go to the next image and it slides in nicely?


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