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please advise on new site design

Discussion in 'Website Design Critique:' started by john247, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. john247

    john247 New Member

    I am a photographer and not a web designer so need some advise / feedback about my site at

    6 mile smile photography

    I have designed the site using serif webplus - which probably isn't a very good idea. I have downloaded a wordpress theme called strange v2 that looks really good but I am struggling to set it up properly (any advice / help with this as well would be really good)

    Please be constructive and simple in your feedback as I really want the site to not only look goodbut work quickly as well

    Thanks for you help

    John
     
  2. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Well-Known Member

    Hey John,

    Not a great fan of the site as it stands, it's fairly simple and boring looking, not creative like a photographer should be?

    In regards to Wordpress though, it's definitely a good way forward and it's really easy to use.

    What are you having problems with? Have you managed to get Wordpress installed onto your web space? If not, there could well be a one click install button that you need to press on your Cpanel? If not, download the zip file from the main Wordpress site and upload that to your webhosting in your public file.

    If you let me know what Wordpress difficulties you're having, I can help get them sorted for you.

    Cheers,
    Tony
     
  3. john247

    john247 New Member

    website help

    Hi Tony

    That was really quick

    I have installed the wordpress theme on my other (not used ) site at 6 mile smile // photography

    I can get to the admin side of wordpress and the theme but as an example I have created two pages for testing called portfoilo one and portfolio two and made two a sub page of one but the menu only shows portfoilo one. I would have expected that when you click on one it would show two below it.

    Thsi is about as far as I have got with it

    regards
    John
     
  4. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Well-Known Member

    Hi John,

    What you need to do about that, is going into your sidebar and go to Appearances > Menus > then create a menu, and physically make the 2nd portfolio page appear as a sub-page to the main page?

    Then, you just have to set your menu in your theme settings?

    Also, for me, that Wordpress theme works better than what you have currently. It's sleek, although, all the eyes are a tad creepy haha. Didn't you get a PDF of how the theme works when you download it?

    Cheers
    Tony
     
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2011
  5. Corrosive

    Corrosive Moderator Staff Member

    I'm going to have to disagree. I don't think that wordpress theme is at all right for a photographer. Have you looked around at your peers and how their websites look?
     
  6. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    I like the 3rd picture in the slideshow :p
     
  7. john247

    john247 New Member

    I did get a pdf but it just gives general information and doesn't mention menus at all. I will try what you have suggested

    The reason I was thinking of using wordpress is that quite a few photographers on forums I belong to have already changed or are changing to wordpress and the sites that I have looked at do look and work well. I have also been informed that wordpress is also very good for being found in Google.

    Thanks again
     
  8. Corrosive

    Corrosive Moderator Staff Member

    No quibbles with the platform you have chosen. Wordpress should be ideal for your needs if you can get it to look good. I'm just not convinced by that particular theme. And don't forget that is just my opinion. God knows I am usually wrong!

    Not sure who told you that. Platform should make no difference at all to how you are found on Google.
     
  9. john247

    john247 New Member

    I do appreciate your reply and I expect I wil receive different advice from different people. That just helps me decide on the way forward

    Thanks
     
  10. john247

    john247 New Member

    Tony

    I did what you said but I can't find menus in the theme

    John
     
  11. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Well-Known Member


    What do you know about web design? ;) haha.

    Nah, I just said it looks better than the site that's already there, I think there's a lot better options out there for a Photographer, but, it does look better than what's already up.
     
  12. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Well-Known Member

    Hi John,
    If you like, you can send me the PDF for the theme over to my email address? (hello@canny-creative.com) and I'll take a quick look. Or, I'm quite happy to login to your admin panel and take a look for you?

    Alternatively, some theme developers have their own support forum that you can get onto and have a look about there?

    Cheers
    Tony
     
  13. john247

    john247 New Member

    Hi Tony

    I have now bought a new wordpress template and have installed the sample site ok. I am now teaching myself on the job so may well be messaging you soon for help and advice if ok with you:icon_smile:

    Thanks

    John
     
  14. Tony Hardy

    Tony Hardy Well-Known Member

    Thats fine John, no bother.

    Cheers,
    Tony
     

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