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Old 03-20-2005, 10:05 AM   #1
New Web Site

Hi everyone! I am working on moving my web site to a new location. I also decided to change the "look" of it quite a bit. I was hoping to get some feedback from all of you.

Here's a link to the new site:
The Snake House

And for comparison, here is the old site:

All feedback welcomed! I have only gotten some of my corns posted on the new site so far. I will be working on getting the rest of my snakes listed soon.

Also, if you find any errors, please let me know!
Old 03-20-2005, 10:51 AM   #2
Wow! Very nice Terri! The new site is cleaned up a lot and is much nicer on the eyes. Great work!
Old 03-20-2005, 11:06 AM   #3
Thanks Howie! I was hoping that my change was for the good. I know I had trouble reading the old site. I figured it wasn't just me...

It's a lot of work trying to move the site because I have been re-doing everything, but I hope it is worth it in the long run. In additon to the style change, I also wanted to make the site easier to navigate. Did you find it easier to get around?
Old 03-20-2005, 11:09 AM   #4
I thought it was easier to get around also. As soon as you open the corn snake page, everything was right there. I am sure there was a ton of work involved to move everything....
Old 03-20-2005, 11:12 AM   #5
ok, there are 2 mains things that I would change:

Use simpler Buttons. They need a relativly long time to load and on your overview sites, you need to load lots of them. It's not that important for those with fast connections but there are also many people left with relativly slow connections.
Problem 2 (the main one...) is the filesize of your pictures. You are using thumbnails in 200x100px or so, but they have the same size (about 300kb!!!!) as your large pictures have. Perhaps there is a problem with your graphics program - we use jpg compression that leads to about 20kb for 300x200px - thats really enough for normal computer screens.

One main aspect is - if you have many different sites with big pictures, people don't go through every site. Sometimes, they wait 30 seconds to see 20 good pictures on one site - but clicking on one morph, waiting 5 seconds, see one picture, click back - next one => people will leave your site.

I think the rest is quite simple and plain - I like that a lot.

Hope I could help

Old 03-20-2005, 11:17 AM   #6
I had no problem opening anything up. It took 2-3 secs at most to open everything up. I personally like the size of the pics. I hate going to sites and barely seeing the snake.
Old 03-20-2005, 11:19 AM   #7
Yes Terri,

Really good site. I pm you about the file size of your images.

Great work!
Old 03-20-2005, 11:20 AM   #8
Thanks for the feedback. I will work on the picture size as soon as I can. I am fairly new at web page building so I appreciate the help!

I'm not sure what I can do about the buttons to make them simpler. I've already made them into GIF files to try to help them load faster. It'll only be the corn snake page that's a problem, I think. I have WAY more corns than anything else.

I'll see what I can come up with, though.
Old 03-20-2005, 11:43 AM   #9
JM :o)
I like it!

I recently changed my site to make it easier to read and navigate as well~ so I understand how much work it is! The problem here is~ I can't seem to make up my mind~ and keep going back to change and tweak it just a little more every week!

I like your site~ clean lines~ easy to navigate. Nice site!
Old 03-20-2005, 11:56 AM   #10
OK...I changed the pics on the "amber corn" page to gif files. I think it helped some. Will you guys check to see if it loads faster?

I actually resized the pics to make thumbnails. It'll be more work, but the new thumbnails are less than 30KB in size. I hope that helps to load the "morph preview" pages faster.

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