Under what browsers have you chosen to view your website. I'm a MAC
user using Safari. Your entire navigation bar does not load
completely. We Mac users might constitute a small percentage of the
market, but enough so that it is important that our website works on
any platform and in any browser.
If you want a l page only, sure, Dreamweaver is great
and I have seen some great websites using it.
No flashy bits, just solid
Here is a good site. Clean, simple, perfect for an artists. This
one was done using code.
Websites are only as useful as your ability to update them. It
doesn't need to be fancy, but it certainly needs to be useful.
I have a friend who creates exceptional work, who spent the time
creating a beautiful brochure and business card, but fell down
completely when it came to his website. The quality in his printed
brochure didn't match the website. When he submitted his brochure to
clients, they went to the website for more and stopped
cold. What does your website say about the quality of the work you
do? EVERYTHING. A website is your piece of visual communication.
When I was on the Board of SNAG, my job was to work on content on
their website. However, at that time, I cataloged over 65 broken
links, pages that didn't correspond to any relevant and
no way to update any content unless I submitted it to a member who
was too busy with her own job. It was large and picturesque, but was
not very useful. They went back to the drawing board and started
over. It was better, but not as useful as it could have been.
Now, http://www.snagmetalsmith.org looks pretty spiffy and USEFUL to
both its members and to visitors. High five praises to them.
I agonize over my own website all the time. I want it to be useful,
and much of this means that I have to write fresh content and update
our pages too. You will see a revamp and fresh content, but the
style will remain the same. The content might be old, but it is fast
loading, easy to navigate and I have had people call me up for
articles and TV spots because they were looking at "metalsmithing"
sites and ours was easy to find.
My suggestion is that anyone wanting to know more about the nuts and
bolts of good website design should attend the Clasp Conference in
September. You owe it to your business.
M E T A L W E R X
School for Jewelry and the Metalarts
50 Guinan St.
Waltham, MA 02451
781 891 3854