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Subject:May need a web designer
Time:01:19 am
I never thought I'd say this, but I think I need to hire a web designer.

It's far from a done deal, but I may have scored my first solo art show. And, believe it or not, it's not the bondage stuff. I should know more within the next few days.

In any case, right now my photos are living on Flickr, and I have a really simplistic, appallingly-ugly couple of pages about my photography on my personal website. It's time to put up a separate, professional-looking photography website.

My needs are pretty simple, I think. A couple of categories of portfolios, probably a simple Flash-based gallery with thumbnails, but I'm not 100% sold on Flash since it's not terribly friendly on phone-based browsers. I absolutely don't want an all-Flash site, though. I also need a menu plus a couple of pages for things like about and contact.

It seems to me that this could be done with some off-the-shelf gallery code, plus a little bit of CSS and HTML. I'd do it myself, but it's looking like I have a serious hours-per-day problem for the next couple of weeks. I don't have a huge budget for this, but I'm willing to pay what I can.

The key things I care most about are professionalism and clean/extensible design. Generated HTML would probably be a bad thing, since it's impossible to edit without using whatever tool generated it. The site will be linux-hosted.

Volunteers or recommendations?
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laren
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Time:2010-01-27 12:24 pm (UTC)
If you don't want to go Flash, I can probably do it.

Sites I manage:
http://www.christophertin.com
http://www.tinworksmusic.com
http://www.stereoalchemy.com

The operative word is "manage". I did not design these sites from the ground up*, I simply maintain the code by adding new content, updating old content, and doing minor aesthetic tweaks.

* I did code www.stereoalchemy.com from the ground up, but did not do the graphic design on any of the sites, and did not write the base code for either www.christophertin.com or www.tinworksmusic.com.

Generally speaking, I don't do graphic design, only code (I know HTML, CSS, and some basic PHP and JavaScript). I can manipulate provided graphics but can't do anything terribly fancy with them, and prefer to be given very specific direction with respect to fonts and colors used.

This site offers the base code for several layouts that are extremely clean and cross-browser compatible. Hopefully that gives you a starting point.
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ronsrants
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Time:2010-01-27 12:51 pm (UTC)
My buddy Brian is pretty handy at Flash. He did my website (though I didn't need Flash) and was quite reasonable. Not sure about his availability.

www.themightycribb.com
www.briancribb.com

-R
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ronsrants
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Time:2010-01-27 12:53 pm (UTC)
I reversed the order of those sites....

www.briancribb.com is probably the one you want. The other is his running site.

-R
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melebeth
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Time:2010-01-27 01:49 pm (UTC)
Check out the www.EdwardVilga.com , which is an artist site I built for someone about 6 months ago. If you like the structure of the galleries, the code is both very easy to set up and very easy to edit in the future (i.e. you'd have no trouble changing it/updating it when you wanted to.) If you like it, and can give me your preferred color variants, as well as hand me photos to spec (i.e. in matched sizes, because the scrolling galleries don't work unless the image sizes are consistent), I'd be happy to do it for a token fee of whatever. I just probably couldn't do it until next Tuesday.
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jcdill
Subject:Smugmug/Wolfsnap
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Time:2010-01-27 05:29 pm (UTC)
I suggest you use Smugmug, and hire Wolfsnap to customize your site.

http://smugmug.com/photos/best-photo-sharing/

http://www.wolfsnap.com/

http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=125757

Flickr is great for sharing photos, not so great at protecting your photos or allowing you to customize your presence. Smugmug has less of the "social networking" aspect; instead it is designed to meet photographer's needs for protecting, displaying, and selling your images.

Smugmug does all the gritty bits of providing tools for you to sell prints and products, including credit card processing, fulfillment thru 2 different labs including Bay Photo, self-fulfillment (including an option for payment directly to you thru paypal) if you want to print yourself, SEO optimization so your site is easily found when googling, keywords so people can easily search your photos (like on flickr), etc.

There are plugins for Lightroom and other image management programs that make it fast and easy to upload new images directly out of LR. In LR put in the image name and caption, customize the export/uploader options, save as a preset. Then you can upload additional images to that gallery with two clicks by selecting the appropriate export preset.

Wolfsnap customizes your Smugmug interface/look/feel for photogs who don't have time to do it themselves. They will do logos, javascript toys (e.g. roll-over actions on your menu links) etc. Here are some example screenshots:

http://www.wolfsnap.com/gallery/4696195_DuPhF#636001898_2eE4i

There's a link to each site under the screenshot so you can click thru and see the sites in operation.

I know that when you have a webserver sitting in the corner it seems silly to pay for a hosting service, but really it's not that much, and it includes Amazon s3 backup service for all the images you upload giving you off-site backups of your valuable images at no extra cost. That *alone* is worth the cost of Smugmug. You can get a 14 day free trial to play around with Smugmug and see if you like it. To signup go to https://secure.smugmug.com/signup.mg and use coupon code Rj4IWoed1h9YM to get $5 off. (Disclosure, I get a small credit if you use this coupon code.)


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whipartist
Subject:Re: Smugmug/Wolfsnap
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Time:2010-01-27 11:11 pm (UTC)
They won't accept my content.
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whitebird
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Time:2010-01-28 06:44 am (UTC)
I was going to recommend your going with melebeth, but she's already piped up. I've liked sites that she's designed.
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