Need help designing your Zenfolio website? Warren Creative Design can help
An Expert Look at Customization, a new Blog post from Shari Warren with creative ideas and new ways to approach design is available here.
It has now been a few months since Zenfolio has partnered with Warren Creative Design to help users with the design and customization of their Zenfolio websites. Shari Warren, who is a Zenfolio user herself as well as a professional designer and illustrator, runs Warren Creative Design.
In the past, Shari has worked with Zenfolio on a number of creative projects such as designing new theme templates, conducting personal design consultations, and contributing to our book on “Creating a Photography Website that Works for You”. Shari has agreed to answer some questions and share a few tips and tricks to making a professional looking website.
Q - Why is it important to have a unique and professional looking website?
The first mistake I see is photographers not taking full advantage of the slide show features. They should show their photos as large as possible and the same size and aspect ratio for a cleaner looking design and a more enjoyable viewing experience. The second mistake is choosing theme colors that either “clash” or “deaden” the colors in their specific photography. Photographers should also take advantage of the powerful Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tools Zenfolio has to offer. To increase your website traffic, be strategic and descriptive using “keywords” when writing text for your welcome and about messages, as well as captions and descriptions for your photos.
Q - Who would benefit more from Individual Custom Services vs Full Website Customization?
Unique Designs for Unique Customers
Mike Johnson specializes in wildlife photography and travels all over the world to capture his amazing images. I created a custom “Welcome” page to show a montage of photos of him on location. I also added a link to his Trip Advisor account showing a world map that continually updates his shoot locations. Then I customized his “About” page to show some of his favorite images. To jazz up his “Contact” page, I selected one of his landscape photos from Africa, then toned it back to nicely blend with the gray background theme that was used throughout his website.
See for Yourself
If you're just getting started with Zenfolio, or would like to freshen up the look of your site, Shari can custom tailor her services based upon your needs. For more info and details visit the Warren Creative Design website and the Themes Store.
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An Expert Look at Customization, a new Blog post from Shari Warren with creative ideas and new ways to approach design is available here: http://blog.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/photographers-corner-an-expert-look-at-customization
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