[thelist] Site Review Request

David Kaufman david at gigawatt.com
Sun Aug 12 22:19:43 CDT 2012

Oh, wait I was gushing so hard on the kid pix I forgot this was a site 
review not a business consultation!

1. As William mentioned: the text on the about us page is an image?!?

Someone with some web dev skills (combined with some pre-calculus 
skills) can surely fire out the widths and margins of each text line's 
div necessary to pull off that big text - in - a - circle trick without 
resorting to text as an image!

And 2: Never.  Ever.  Put up a "coming soon" page.  Take the blog off 
the top nav until you actually have some content in it.  Or better yet, 
write some content for it!  Okay, not surprised if someone so gifted at 
photography has terminal writer's block when it comes to writing... in 
which case... I bet she could hire spinhead to peel off some verbiage 
from the social marketing area of his cerebral cortex fill that puppy up 
with juicy bits of blog fodder for the parental/expectant photographic 

And 3. I felt confuzzled and lost by the "clients" link taking me off to 
another white site that looked enough like this one that I hardly 
noticed I'd left, but that lacked the consistent top navigation 
necessary to find my way back.

</criticism level="scathing">


On 8/12/2012 10:58 PM, David Kaufman wrote:
> Hi Ron,
> On 8/3/2012 1:52 PM, Luther, Ron wrote:
>> Hi Gang,
>> Got a good friend looking to drop out the rat race to pursue her own
>> career in photography.  She is finally at a point where she is looking
>> for feedback and suggestions to improve her website.
>> I will be sure to pass along any good ideas.
>> The site is here:
>> http://ashcroftphotoart.com/
>> Big Thanks!
>> RonL.
> I think the site is close to perfect, and her photography skills make
> the website irrelevant.  The html could be filled with 1996-style blink
> tags and animated under-construction gifs and I'd still want her to come
> spend a day with my family and take pictures of us with our kids.
> Course, we're in Pennsylvania so this part:
>    For areas greater than 15 miles of Lakeway, TX,
>    please add $30 for each additional 15 miles
> means she'd charge us an extra $3,400 "to account for travel time" :-)
> But seriously, the pictures are so good, and the web so world-wide, my
> suggestion is to add some language there on that "your investment" page
> to indicate that she would also nonchalantly travel to Fiji if that was
> the "somewhere unique that speaks to your family lifestyle".   She'd
> just need to quote her per-diem rate and specify that her expenses
> (transportation, accommodations, food, and some etceteras) are to be
> paid by the client ...and way in advance!
> You never know, right?  IMO she's definitely that good.  Austin isn't
> the only place where kids grow up too fast!  Rich people in Dubai have
> cute kids too... :-)
> -dave

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