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Amazing update! Thanks.
6 months, 1 week ago on Introducing Headway 3.4
@mikezielonka Thanks. I did look at it before but it seems like I can only use the colors it has. I need to make it a specific color based on my branding.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on The Radical New PageLines v2.3
Thanks for offering. Let me preface by saying I am not a programmer and that I am sure Pagelines is very powerful tool. But maybe it is easier from someone that knows what he or she is doing than from a casual user like me.
My frustration is mainly with how to enter CSS. I was trying to change the color to the fix menus bar itself and no matter what I tried I could not.
I followed all the instructions and videos available but could not figure out what was the code I was suppose to enter to change the fixed menu color.
I have spent the last week trying to use the frame work. Apparently is not as easy as advertised. I have tried getting help from support and while they are nice none of their answers or suggestions work. None of the video or docs are of any help.
My advice if you are looking for an easy to customize wordpress framework look else where. Apparently you need to be a developer with experience and code knowledge to figure this out.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on The Radical New PageLines v2.3
No hesitation. This presets are so cool and so useful that it took me two minutes to buy and download. They are great!
10 months, 2 weeks ago on VSCO Film 02: The New Classic | blog | visualsupply.co
Wow... words like "waste", "useless" are very strong words.... To me that just take all credibility from the arguments because what you are sharing is your "feelings" and not based in facts.
The truth is that each type of site has trade off. Flash sites have more wow power than any wordpress site.
Wordpress site as well as HTML sites are more SEO friendly than any flash site. But as Google itself states, Flash sites can be SEO friendly if you know what you are doing. Flash sites are much better for branding purposes than Worpdress sites, unless of course you spend money on a custom blogsite.
Wordpress has great appeal to DIYelfers and people that do not want to spend money in their sites. Most, as what go for the cheap template and the end result is that their sites looks like everyone else. You may place well but your site is so forgettable that nobody will care.
So if you are going for a wordpress I suggest you avoid cheap templates and spend money on a custom Blogsite.
I imagine that those who feel that Flash sites are a "waste" or "useless" are the same type of person who goes for the 500 business cards for $13.95 deal... In other words, people who do not care for branding.
By the way, I have been using a blogsite for the last year... and can say it was a waste (And I got the data to prove it).
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Why PhotoBlogs Outrank and Outsell Flash Websites
Last year following Zach advice I ditched my flash website in favor of a blogsite. One year later I somewhat disagree with Zach. Although there is much true on what he says, such as that Blogsites are much better for SEO and may be more inexpensive, the fact is that wordpress and most if not all blogging platform are better suited for text and the occasional image than for a photographers portfolio website.
As a matter of fact, I am switching back to a flash website with a separate blog. Like everything in life there are some trade off. Here are my reasons.
In my experience my old flash site loads much faster than my current blogsite. Flash is designed to handle images much better than wordpress.
Yes, he is right when he points out that a blogsite is more portable to the point that it can be seen in a phone. But while that may be great for text oriented blogsites such as his, the fact is that brides do not search for their wedding photographer on an iphone. Sure, they may want to search for his phone number but not to see the work. They do that on a large screen because they want to see the images big. And big images is not something Wordpress handles well.
They may see the site on a tablet but most flash site nowadays have a mirror site that can be seen in the tablet. So, there is no longer a real advantage there for a blogsite.
And the MOST important reason I am going back to flash site is differentiation. All blogsite look too similar. And most look what they are... hacks.... cheap. The do very little for your image and differentiation. Flash sites can be more aesthetically pleasing and attractive.They work much better in furthering your branding than a blogsite can.
Yes, you can have a custom website but that defeat one of Zach points that blogsites are less expensive. As an example, I contacted several designers and asked them to customize my blogsite and while the customization in terms of appearance was simple, they all quoted over $1,000. So to get the right look on a blogsite that really help you differentiate your brand it will cost you as much as or even more than a custom website.
Like everything in life nothing is perfect. Each type of website has its advantages and disadvantages. You need to choose what work best for you. But to say, that there is nothing good on a flash site is plain wrong and false.
ANd since I changed to a blogsite I have had nothing but troubles: images not loading, slowness, etc.
Lara, you are wrong. Here is from the Google site itself:
"In general, however, search engines are text based. This means that in order to be crawled and indexed, your content needs to be in text format. (Google can now index text content contained in Flash files, but other search engines may not.)
This doesn't mean that you can't include rich media content such as Flash, Silverlight, or videos on your site; it just means that any content you embed in these files should also be available in text format or it won't be accessible to search engines. The examples below focus on the most common types of non-text content, but the guidelines are similar for any other types: Provide text equivalents for all non-text files.
This will not only increase Googlebot's ability to successfully crawl and index your content; it will also make your content more accessible. Many people, for example users with visual impairments, who use screen readers, or have low bandwidth connections, cannot see images on web pages, and providing text equivalents widens your audience."
So if you know what you are doing, Flash can have good SEO also.
I'll check out smushit.
I normally use my images 900 px.
I did check with Google webmaster tools as you suggested and the upload time was 3.5 seconds which was about in the 50%.
1 year, 10 months ago on Time is Money for Photography Sites
Thanks for the tip. but on a photographers blog where we want to showcase our work with big images, how do we make our images 30k and retain large images that look good?