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blabus says

I’ve been working for a while on an HTML /CSS photography template, and I’ve submitted it twice now (and had it rejected). The first version I’ll admit was not so great, so I went back and sort of redesigned the whole layout/focus. When I resubmitted it, the reviewer said the main problem is that it doesn’t offer enough content options, and must ultimately function as more than just an image gallery.

However, It does have about and contact pages, and when I look at other templates in the HTML photography category, I can’t really figure out what they offer over mine. They’re not bad at all- quite the opposite, I took much inspiration from them. I just don’t really know what they have that I’m missing.

So, if anyone would like to take a quick look and offer their thoughts/advice/etc., here it is:

http://www.labusdesign.com/focal2/index.html

Basically my main problem is that I’m not really sure what else a photography portfolio site would need, other than the image gallery, an about page (could also be used for services, whatever) and a contact page. Apparently I’m still missing something though, so any comments would be appreciated. Thanks!

P.S. I’ll also post it up on ReviewMyDesign, but I posted the first version there a while ago, and never got a single review or comment, so I figured I’d ask here as well. Not sure if it belonged in web design or general discussion, so move wherever you’d like. :)

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digitalimpact says

this is just awesome!

in terms of “more content”, I would just look at other similar themes and add more options (maybe below the main image)

I like it a lot!

(well, except the vertical scroll bar on the right – you could remove it and add similar JS functionality or you could style it a bit with JS&CSS)

Happy coding!

P.S. : the “send link” would be a lot cooler if it would pop up a lightbox just as you do with about/contact ;) – it would be more user friendly

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jremick Envato team says

The main problem here is that the entire purpose of this template is an image gallery. That just isn’t enough for the HTML /CSS category because as there are plenty of really great jQuery/PHP image gallery scripts, we would see an influx of image galleries.

Now, you’ve provided two additional pages but the pages…

1. Only demonstrate one style of text. You need headings and other text styles.

2. Appear to be bound within the area of the gallery. It would be good to demonstrate that the page size is flexible vertically or even horizontally as well.

The goal is to provide a template with content style options and in your template you would provide examples of all the great things you can do for buyers to see so they’ll want to buy it.

I hope this helps. :-)

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CraigSnedeker says

Awesome template, love it! But maybe you need a different kind of scrollbar?

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RobbyDesigns says

I don’t always follow set conventions as far as design is concerned so some people may disagree here but personally…

1. I would halve the height of the big image so you can have some text below it which would stay there no matter what photo you’re looking at – that would be a great place for the site owner to tell us all about him/her plus get found by Google. It would also give a space for the copyright sentence (everybody likes them) ©2009 Whoever.com

2. I would addd a ‘skills’ page where the owner can talk about what skills he/she has as a Photographer; I know a few professional photographers so I know there are many arts/skills to photography.

3. I’d also add a ‘Clients’ page (that should keep TF happy) where the owner could talk about their famous clients, maybe a few logos to make it look pretty.

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blabus says

Thanks for the comments guys. So basically what I’m getting as a general idea is that the template needs to be a little more ‘commerical’, as well as be designed more like a website. (Perhaps have more pages and make them entirely separate, as opposed to just popup windows)

Thanks for the help. Feel free to post any other comments/suggestions!

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sixshootermedia says

I think it’s awesome but agree the scrollbar needs to go! As was mentioned it could easily be replaced with some nice ajax effects.

Perhaps the template could be submitted to the Javascript category if it’s being rejected from the HTML Templates one?

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blabus says
I think it’s awesome but agree the scrollbar needs to go! As was mentioned it could easily be replaced with some nice ajax effects. Perhaps the template could be submitted to the Javascript category if it’s being rejected from the HTML Templates one?

Yeah, I agree as well. Unfortunately, I was developing it on a Mac, so the nice blue aqua scrollbars didn’t look to bad- but then I looked at it on Windows. :)

What did you have in mind in terms of the scrolling? Something like just auto-scrolling it when a picture is clicked? Or replacing the scrollbar with custom controls?

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Ivor Envato team says

Yeah, I agree as well. Unfortunately, I was developing it on a Mac, so the nice blue aqua scrollbars didn’t look to bad- but then I looked at it on Windows. :)

What did you have in mind in terms of the scrolling? Something like just auto-scrolling it when a picture is clicked? Or replacing the scrollbar with custom controls?

jQuery to those scroll bars with jScrollPane: http://www.kelvinluck.com/assets/jquery/jScrollPane/jScrollPane.html ;)

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RobbyDesigns says
jQuery to those scroll bars with jScrollPane: http://www.kelvinluck.com/assets/jquery/jScrollPane/jScrollPane.html ;)

or use CSS to stlye your scrollbars : http://websitetips.com/articles/css/scrollbars/

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