Some of the buttons worked quickly. Others, like the "Prints & More" took forever to load. Then, when I got to that page, I clicked on an image and it too, took a very long time to load.
I get the idea that you don`t have a lot of money for a developer. But the problems you`re dealing with are about how to make pages load faster, how to make the site design pleasing to the viewer, and so forth.
In my opinion, rather than going for clever gimmicks as you`re learning how to code a site, go with something easier to use instead. After all, what do you want to do for the rest of your life---be a Web page developer or a photographer?
There wasn`t any written content to make you a person, to make you interesting, or to build a relationship with me as I looked at the site. It was "just another image gallery" from what I saw.
Personally, I think you`d do much better to use a basic template for the site, but spend your time writing better and better, interesting content. Not many people really care that much about the aesthetics of the site, excepting when they`re really annoying. Instead, I think people are captured by the meaning of the words they`re reading.
Someone, a while back, brought out two basic concepts for a Web site:
- Customer journey -- the path you lead the viewer to follow as they enter your site,
- Call to action -- the stop points throughout the site where you try to engage the viewer in some way.
I see neither concept really taking place on the site. It`s partly the big buttons, but they`re not all that terrible. It`s that they`re taking the place of the actual content. Even so, why am I looking at that content? See?
The more image content I have, the longer it takes to load....so the store page and the samples pages seem to take a bit.
The information about me is on the artist page...I`m considering having the main page the "Artist page with some images around the edges...
Or, perhaps...the artist page as the main page with a basic menu to the left to reach store and sample pages.....thoughts?
I really appreciate the time and thought you guys are putting into this. Thank you.