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Unread 11-27-2010, 08:41 PM   #1
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I have a new website up

I have been working on a new website. www.hamiltontileandstone.com It is a wordpress site. Dave Gehr (Oakview) has had a little time to help me with it, but the site is not done. I have created one blog and begun uploading photos to my portfolio section. The site is still under construction. The reason I bring it to the forum attention is because a lot of you guys have great sites, and I would like your opinions. Like I said in the "tricks of trade" thread, I share what I know with the hopes of learning what you know. Please, don't be bashful. I am open to constructive criticism. Thanks in advance for your replies and opinions.
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Unread 11-27-2010, 09:19 PM   #2
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Good luck with it, Jack. I hope it's a success.
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Unread 11-27-2010, 09:45 PM   #3
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Unread 11-28-2010, 12:49 AM   #4
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i love your work man
looks great
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Unread 11-28-2010, 01:13 AM   #5
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Jack, Nice looking site and of course fantastic looking work.

Did you develop your site from scratch or what kind of template/web package did you base your platform on? Maybe not saying it right, but is yours code & script developed, or did you use some kind of fill in the blanks kind of software for it?

I like where your going with it. One question tho, are the thumbnail pictures just thin slices on my screen or is that the way it was designed. If designed that way, I'd just recommend a few overlaid photos and when clicked on the stack (of pictures) it will take them to either the first picture in that set (with both forward and back buttons like you have) or that AND a filmstrip type thumbnails below so they can get directly to a specific picture. Not picky - (I dont even have a site at all and would love to have yours) just giving you my recommendation.

Great look and functionality!
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Unread 11-28-2010, 07:39 AM   #6
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It is a wordpress site.
I have the same question as Kevin, did you use a template. Is this something any of us could do?

My take on your website is: easy to navigate, lots of pictures, simple and effective. The visuals and simplicity. I know Kevin said about the thumbnails, they could be stacked but fine the way they are. Looks great
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Unread 11-28-2010, 07:53 AM   #7
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Looks good Jack. You put a lot more pics on there then I do on mine. I'd like to hear later if you get more work from the pics or the content.

Also for the pics I hope that the image text is filled out so search engines can bring them up for people.
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Jack look really great, very professional.

How steep was the learning curve on the Wordpress? Is it something someone without and knowledge about building website could accomplish?
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Unread 11-28-2010, 10:02 AM   #9
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I was gonna ask what Lenny and Jon asked Jack. There was a thread about wordpress in the computer section a few months ago, but it seems to have dissapeared.

I downloaded wordpress to see if I could play around with it and figure it out myself, but I can't even open it. I guess you have to buy a hosting site first, but I didn't want to pay for a host if I can't figure out how to put a site together.
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Did you develop your site from scratch or what kind of template/web package did you base your platform on?
Dave edited a theme called Thematic. He knows how to change the code, I have no clue how to do that kinda stuff.

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are the thumbnail pictures just thin slices on my screen
You are seeing it correctly. Whats nice is nothing is really permanent. And exactly why I brought up this discussion, so I could get feedback. Thank you.

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Is this something any of us could do?
Wordpress is a free download. http://wordpress.org/download/ Once you have a host and a domain name it is pretty easy to install. To get your website to look more customized, and not like a blog takes somebody knowledgeable. There are tutorials for every aspect of the program on the wordpress website. Its just a whole bunch of info to learn. I tried to learn it and had to say uncle ...lol. There are tons of free themes to choose from though.

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Looks good Jack. You put a lot more pics on there then I do on mine. I'd like to hear later if you get more work from the pics or the content.
I'll be adding content, thats exactly why I switched from a Frontpage website to Wordpress. I like pictures, and lots of them. In fact there will be a lot more added as I collect them. I find it nice to be able to show somebody what their project will look like with "x" material.

Levi if you just want to learn the program for now and see if it something you may like to tinker with try googling "free cpanel webhost" Set up a host and install wordpress to it. The "backend" of the site is something similar to myspace or facebook. Its more in depth though.
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Unread 11-28-2010, 11:49 AM   #11
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One question tho, are the thumbnail pictures just thin slices on my screen or is that the way it was designed.
I'm concerned your browser might be rendering differently - aren't you seeing thumbnails as shown in the screengrab below?

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FYI, Jack's site is definitely in the early stages of development - lot more content and images to be added, as well as some SEO optimization. Jack's doing the bulk of the work, with guidance and additional code development from me to do things Wordpress doesn't do out of the box. We're still experimenting to get exactly the look and functionality Jack wants, so things will change over time. The site is built on a theme framework (Thematic), which has a lot of customization potential.
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Unread 11-28-2010, 11:51 AM   #12
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Dave I think the thin slices referred to are on the portfolio pages.
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Same principal, the ones on the front page are just larger. Maybe the use of the word "slices" confused me.

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Unread 11-28-2010, 02:07 PM   #14
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Very nice Jack.

I'll be checking in to watch your progress!
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There was a thread about wordpress in the computer section a few months ago, but it seems to have disappeared.
There hasn't ever been a thread solely for Wordpress, but it has been mentioned many times in various threads. Perhaps if there is enough interest from folks actually using Wordpress, or thinking seriously about using it, we could start a thread dedicated to Wordpress how-to's, tips and tricks.

I know Roger (TileArt1) uses it, and I'm sure there are others. For the beginner, or experienced developer, Wordpress is deep enough that you can always learn something and share techniques. Whether used as a blog, CMS, or both, Wordpress is extensible and flexible enough to be used in any situation.

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