@Mad Dog -
I think you hit the nail on the head there. The balance between flashy JS and fast loading times is a tricky one. However, unless I am mistaken, having JUST a gallery that is a nice JS slider ( similar to the www.jhangjinja.com one ) surely would not take up as much loading time ?
Those one-page JS sites for example is way too much. And even the one I love so much, could literally open a page with that Horizontal Slider ( being the only thing JS ) with everything else HTML/CSS.
Little moves are wonderful but not at the expense that you’re too busy watching the site to notice the work.
So for example – Your J.Doe Responsive Theme.
Love all the functionality, but removing the Full screen and Side-screen Gallery JS, along with the image loader bar at the bottom would make a huge difference. Replace that gallery with a slider of some sorts and It would be way more practical.
Same with your HQ one.
I love it and it loads quickly, but the gallery is just not feasible. Its the only thing holding it back from being akin to those top-end flash sites. Even with the power of Flash, those sites are basic and simple and quick.
Another thing to keep in mind is that natively – most people are viewing at 16:9 or 1920×1080 . Did you know your average photo’s aspect ration is 8×10 ? So 1920×1080 ( screen ) VS 2000×1600 (photo, if you flip it )
See the problem ?
I love your work Mad_dog, and have bought two of your themes before. I hope this might help you and that Ill be buying more from you in the future.
Thanks a lot, I do always find the ways to improve my themes. It is really hard to cover all the customers needs but there should be a basic functionality that all the photographers use.
Yes, I see the problem, working on my new concept photography theme, will take your suggestions into consideration. Big thanks.
I am not saying i would not love to have a 1000 sales but I have to like what i produce I made many templates similar layouts that other authors use but at the end when i finish the file i do not like it anymore so most of the time it ends up being scrapped. When you are using for example the 960 layout you are very limited on stuff you can do. I am not saying you are not able to do great stuff but for me i cannot achieve the same feel about the template or what i am trying to produce, know what i mean.
I mean all of the above that was mentioned is great coming from photographers because we try to cater to all professions but photography is a tricky one because each photographer has different tastes just like us developers. So it’s kinda hard to find that happy medium that everyone is satisfied with.
” And the Ken Burns Dramatic Zoom ? For.The.Love.Of.All.That.Is.Good.PLEASE.No.”
Haha, this is so true. I wonder who ever came up with that, it’s terrible.
Thanks for the advise. I’m currently designing a portfolio-page, and will definitely keep these thing in mind.
Hehe, Ken Burns is cool. I just like to add a lot of options.
A really good post, you have a taste for themes, wish more buyers would be so decisive and picky.
One more thing, an amateur Photography Advice from a Themer:
Dont give pseudo creative names to your photos, makes them look cheaper
Damn good post. I was about to start creating a photography website so your post is bookmarked and will take it greatly into consideration. Thanks for that, it really means a lot hearing what buyers want – it does good for both.