I spent some time over the weekend giving my photography site a little bit of a freshening up. Nothing to drastic just a few little things here and there. Before I made any changes I did a bit of catching up on a couple of episodes of The Grid with Scott Kelby and RC Concepcion. I picked up several tips from them about little changes that can really improve your site.
I may not have done everything they talked about but I have put many of their thoughts to work. I was even happy to discover that several of the tips they were sharing were things that I had already done! Whoo Hoo! Go Me! 😀 The tips I picked up from them that I didn’t do were things that I really don’t have a lot of control over. Oh; don’t get me wrong. Zenfolio is an awesome place to host your site and you can personalize it to the max. However there are a few tiny limitations and, well, there are things that I just don’t know how to do. And then there’s the whole watermark debate; but we are not getting into that again.
I thought it would be a great idea to kick of the week by sharing some of those tips [or at least my understanding of them]. So here we go, listed in no particular order… 6 little changes that can really improve your photography site.
- Use a white background to keep the site clean and allow your images to stand on their own.
- Use large images as much as you can so that your visitor can clearly see your work. If you must use a thumbnail make it as large of a thumbnail as you can.
- Stop the self running slide shows. Allow the viewer to control the speed at which he browses those first few images on your home page.
- Remove unnecessary text from the home page. Instead of talking about your work; let your work talk for itself.
- Use small logos that won’t distract from the images on the page.
- Change, update, and refresh the site content every now and then. Give them something new to look at so they will have a reason to come back.
Oh and by the way. After you visit my newly freshened up site come back and let me know how you like it in the comments.