I have learned a lot since my first website design and the new site incorporates the best of what I know. Designed in HTML5, W3C compliant, rich snippets compliant, and even works and plays well with most of the social integration available.
The core is a WordPress CMS that feeds content to the HTML/PHP pages. Robots.txt files filters out duplicate content, and still allows us to maintain a blog and website sharing many of the same pages. To me this approach is the best of all worlds, the ease and stability of WordPress, along with the ability to custom code a site that doesn’t look like a blog, or everyone else’s website.
More importantly than the looks, is the ease of maintenance, the core is WordPress so most of the day to day updates are done through the WordPress admin panel – ANYONE can do it – really! The other things that were important to me in the design was to be able to handle all aspect ratios of photos and video, to have them responsive, and to present well even on the Apple retina displays. Not an easy task today!
By using the Pinterest style pages for posts, cascading waterfall display for portfolios, and some amazing code from the people at Pretty Photo, I was able to create a website that handled all my photos and videos, sized perfectly to all devices, and is at home on mobile and desktop devices. Long story short, I am FINALLY happy with a website designed for photographers, SEO, and multiple devices.
I am working on putting all of this together in a WordPress Theme for photographers to be priced around $250. I believe it is THE website design if you do photography for a living or for fun. I will post more about the themes as they progress.
I really love the new site – hop you do too, enjoy!