Website Design Question

Business By Stitches Updated 7 Jun 2013 , 3:40am by jason_kraft

Stitches Posted 5 Jun 2013 , 8:40pm
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Hi, I'm just brain dead right now and I would greatly appreciate a little input from others more experienced then I at website design. My site is NOT at all completed, so please don't judge the whole thing, yet. But if you have a moment could you take a look at my Galleries.

 

My issue: I want to include photographs of specific desserts and cake close ups of items I did for a sweet table because it shows more of my range then just wedding cakes and special occasion cakes. And because I have cake photos in my Sweet Table Gallery that would make fine special occasion cakes (like purse cakes or Halloween cakes) so I want people to view them.

 

But the problem is: I think those photos get lost/hidden being categorized under Sweet Tables. But I don't want to be redundant showing the same photo in multiple galleries either. If I take those photos out of my Sweet Table Gallery page, it seems to lessen the impact of those galleries and then over whelm my special occasion category.

 

Can you give me your opinions on this and any suggestions of how you might showcase things differently/better then I currently have them?

 

TIA!

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Stitches Posted 5 Jun 2013 , 8:42pm
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Omg sooo brain dead I forgot to give you my address!

 

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I keep editing my website link in my profile and it won't stay there even though I hit save...........urg....can't think of what I'm doing wrong there either.

jason_kraft Posted 5 Jun 2013 , 8:59pm
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AIMO the format of the special occasion gallery is the most user-friendly since you can more easily see several cakes at once, I would use that format across all your galleries.

You may want to make an additional gallery for non-cake items if your customers will be buying them a la carte. There's nothing wrong with displaying the same item in multiple galleries. For items that correspond to holidays you can promote them further on your home page.

I also recommend having your Galleries link open a new page highlighting each gallery, the drop down menu is a little awkward.

Stitches Posted 6 Jun 2013 , 3:26am
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I'm still hoping more people will give some suggestions.

 

Yes, I agree the drop down menu is very awkward. I will find help to make that better.

 

I changed 2 of the 3 Sweet Table galleries into a grid layout like my special occasions page.........but I think the photos loose so much impact when they are smaller.

jason_kraft Posted 6 Jun 2013 , 4:03am
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I changed 2 of the 3 Sweet Table galleries into a grid layout like my special occasions page.........but I think the photos loose so much impact when they are smaller.

There may be less up-front impact, but the grid allows people to see all the pictures at a glance and zoom in on the products they are interested in. Most people won't wait around for a slideshow to run through all the pictures, so you risk customers not seeing something that may spark an order.

There are a lot of pictures in each set, so you may want to consider making the header for each set collapsed by default with a single highlight picture (or a single row).

Stitches Posted 6 Jun 2013 , 4:42am
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There are a lot of pictures in each set, so you may want to consider making the header for each set collapsed by default with a single highlight picture (or a single row).

I'm sorry I don't quite understand this, could you explain this more?

jason_kraft Posted 6 Jun 2013 , 5:25am
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I'm sorry I don't quite understand this, could you explain this more?

Each header would basically be a dropdown menu that opens when clicked. For an example, click the Cake Combination links below, but in your case the header links would include one or more images (you could even blend the images with the title of each header in Photoshop). http://www.allergyfriendlypastries.com/products.html#combos

You can find the code for the dropdown menus here: http://www.dhtmlgoodies.com/

SomeMoreCake Posted 6 Jun 2013 , 10:23pm
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I would make the distance between Large header and the picture ( Menu page) smaller - why people should scroll down to see the menu?
What is the purpose of empty spaces at each page?

 

Hope, it will help icon_wink.gif

Stitches Posted 7 Jun 2013 , 2:10am
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I would make the distance between Large header and the picture ( Menu page) smaller - why people should scroll down to see the menu?
What is the purpose of empty spaces at each page?

 

Hope, it will help icon_wink.gif

SquareSpace's software won't let me do that. I've tried. It's EXTREMELY LIMITED in what you can do. If I had to do it over (again for a third time) I probably wouldn't use SS. They're customer service is unbelievably good...........but the product needs to allow more adjustments.

 

I can't edit/change your text from page to page. Whatever text you choose.... you keep on every post in the website. You can't so much as enlarge it with-out enlarging it on every post in the entire website. You can't tighten up your spacing between lines anywhere

 

So if anyone thinks about using SS., don't!

 

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jason_kraft Posted 7 Jun 2013 , 3:16am
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ASS does sound more restrictive than most, but in general there will be a trade off between ease of use and flexibility when using any free or cheap web site building tool. Unless you happen to find an existing template that matches your vision exactly (or hire a professional), you will need to compromise.

Stitches Posted 7 Jun 2013 , 3:36am
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SS does sound more restrictive than most, but in general there will be a trade off between ease of use and flexibility when using any free or cheap web site building tool. Unless you happen to find an existing template that matches your vision exactly (or hire a professional), you will need to compromise.

That's exactly what I did! I accepted the tradeoffs for the ability to control my own website where I can change content in seconds. I didn't want to rely on someone else! I figure eventually I find more and more ways to work around their system because I do have art and editing abilities.

 

I am very concerned that my site looks amateurishly basic. But hopefully in time I'll create a better portfolio to compete against that vanilla envelop look .

jason_kraft Posted 7 Jun 2013 , 3:40am
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That's exactly what I did! I accepted the tradeoffs for the ability to control my own website where I can change content in seconds. I didn't want to rely on someone else! I figure eventually I find more and more ways to work around their system because I do have art and editing abilities.

If you do go with a professional that's one area where you won't need to compromise. Any reasonably competent web designer should be able to set up a content management system that will allow you to easily modify any content you'd like while still maintaining a professional design.

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