I will never change my web site again - this was it!!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Allan, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. Allan


    Apr 21, 2006
    Nashua, NH
    Earlier this month I was asking many questions after deciding to move my images to SmugMug. I have over 6,000 images to post and knew it would be a lot of work. Many of you might think I put too many image online but that is a way I keep track of them.

    It certainly was a lot of work. I had to think of the design I wanted and then had to figure out a hierarchy. I ended up with 3 categories (folders) plus favorites. Inside each one were galleries and/or more nested nested folder with galleries inside of them.

    I wanted to use my Lightroom images so I could use the LR SMugMug plugin which would make changes easy (once it was set up.) I was then faced with importing all my pre 2014 images into my LR catalog. To do that I had to go through all of those images and cull out the ones I did not want on SmugMug.

    (Still with me?) I then reorganized the structure of my LR catalog so that it corresponded to the galleries and folders on SmugMug. I had to add keywords, titles, and caption on all the old images. (I did a poor job on that.)

    The plugin would upload all files but I just wanted to upload the finished tiff files (converted to jpg as they were uploaded) so I moved all my raw files to 3 folders to correspond with the 3 main folders on Smug.

    Uploading took forever and a day. Checking discovered many mistakes. Looking at thumbnails I put some terns in with gulls, I forgot titles and/or keywords. There must be mistakes still there but I am set to rest.

    When I started the process i did so because my old site was a real pain to update. Changing even 1 image meant regenerating code and uploading the entire catalog minus the images. Even there eI had to prepare images - resize, change to jpg, add watermark.

    As I worked though, I began to like SmugMug more. I could change many options on the fly - image size, watermarks, gallery descriptions. I had started my old gallery with 700 pixel images, and there was no way I could change that without major overhaul. The old site had a better look (IMHO) than the new site, but navigation is better on Smug. Also, the thumbnails on the old site were so small (100 pixels) one had to click on one to see the image with any detail. On SMugMug the thumbnails are much larger (which I though ugly at first) that someone can enjoy just looking at them and only click on the few that interest them.

    My brain is too fried after think of other pluses and minuses at the moment. I am glad I am done.
  2. I'm glad you went with a dark grey background.
    The site looks awesome. Excellent photography.

  3. JusPlainCrayzee

    JusPlainCrayzee Administrator Administrator

    Yes, the dark grey works very well. Nice!
  4. crazy


    Feb 5, 2009
    Good job! (y)
  5. Looks good. Worth the effort.
  6. Allan


    Apr 21, 2006
    Nashua, NH
    That is what I need Mitch - people to tell me it was worth the effort.
  7. Allan


    Apr 21, 2006
    Nashua, NH
    If anyone has thoughts on things I could change, especially easy things like size of images, watermark or not, or anything else that just "hits you" I would appreciate it.
  8. Looks really good, Allan! Your hard work is paying off! :)
  9. donski


    Jan 28, 2011
    Real nice.
    I really should get a domain already.
  10. Very nicely done!
  11. kilofoxtrott

    kilofoxtrott European Ambassador Moderator

    Dec 29, 2011
    Tettnang, Germany
    Thumbs up Allan.
    The result is worth every second you spent on it.

  12. Growltiger

    Growltiger Administrator Administrator

    Well done tackling this huge challenge. Well worth it.
  13. Very nice Allan! Excellent job creating a beautiful web site
  14. Allan


    Apr 21, 2006
    Nashua, NH
    Thanks for all the positive comments. If nothing else it makes me feel the time spent was worthwhile. A friend helped me this morning. He found two big mistakes which I have fixed.
  15. Walter


    Jan 13, 2006
    Columbia, Maryland
    Walter Rowe
    I like the new site better. Well done. Worth the effort.
  16. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee
    You have done a wonderful job, Allan! Congrats for tackling it! It is a very nice improvement....and will be sooooo much easier to maintain and adapt! Very well done!
  17. Allan


    Apr 21, 2006
    Nashua, NH
    Thanks. Thanks. Yes. Yes.
  18. ahinesdesign


    Mar 14, 2017
    NC, USA
    The new site looks great. The organization seems very logical and easy to navigate. Definitely worth the effort!

    Almost forgot - the photos are fantastic!
  19. Allan


    Apr 21, 2006
    Nashua, NH
    Thanks a lot. I am not fishing for compliments but I am glad people do notice an improvement after all the work I did.