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Forum topic by mmh posted 02-02-2009 09:01 AM 1008 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2009 09:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: canes website gallerymh bigstickcanes website woes updating website

WHEW! Well, I finally made myself try to get my website somewhat updated with some new photos of my work. My main problem is that the provider I use keeps changing their format to upgrade the options and my HTML skills are quite limited and I’m not very savvy on all of the tricks they use these days. I’m self taught and really need to take a formal website class to understand all of this. I know just enough to get in trouble.

Meanwhile, I’ve managed to get things moving and spent hours doing a simple design. For some reason I can’t figure out how to manipulate things easily and I always seem to tweek things MY way, not the right way, so the files get corrupt and all hosed up.

If you have a chance, please visit and let me know what you think. I only have the “Canes” page working, so I still need to work things out a bit and have a pro coming over to help me but that’s in the near future.


-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#1 posted 02-02-2009 10:53 AM

Visited the website minutes ago. Looks very nice.
I do not know much about multimedia to comment. Just base on my imagination, I woud say is nice if there is a link to anything related to each type of item on display. I don’t know, maybe something that may draw attention like the material itself, the species of wood, the finishing info that might pull the interested visitors to dig deeper and to know more. Make it as part of learning process while shopping probably…

Thanks and good luck!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 02-02-2009 06:21 PM


I like the layout of your site, especially the “top” buttons. I think a few more, maybe placed to divide the entire page into quarters, for navigation back to the top, may be helpful. Or, You could use a “floating” panel for your links to Home, Gallery, etc. that always stays visible on the screen. Either one would help the viewer more quickly move to a desired location.

Personally, I would do away with the music and the animation at the top right. It uses computer resources when running and bandwidth to download without adding anything to show off the beauty and quality of your workmanship.

I am using IE8 (Beta) with wireless radio to the ISP and the site loaded reasonably fast.

All in all I’d say you have a great start here.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 02-02-2009 11:18 PM

Thanks for the input. The animation and music came with the site and there are buttons on top to stop them. I will have to figure out how to delete them. Not sure if I can change the animation features as they are a bit too much. There may be options that I’m not aware of on removing them. This provider doesn’t have very informative tutorials and I’m paying for the bare minimum so they expect me to know more. (HA!).

My original websites that I made years ago were basic and simple, more information, no frills. This is what I like and want, but these new website providers want to offer all sorts of gizmos and they just become confusing. I just don’t have the time to spend on this and then I get out of sync with it, so I’ll have to keep more active and current. I’ve got so many things to do so balancing the web page is just another thing to do. I do somewhat enjoy it, but it takes a lot of time. I guess I’ll have to take that class sooner than later . . .

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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