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Opinions wanted to 2 website templates please

dinneenp
Posted 22/12/2016 - 09:53 Link
Hi,
I'm looking for opinions on which template people prefer and why please? Never mind the different images or the wording of the text. Lastly with theme version 2 clicking on the images would link to the image for me and not to a post.
1. http://demo.kaliumtheme.com/photography/

2. http://demo.kaliumtheme.com/agency

Thanks,
Pa.
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mille19
Posted 22/12/2016 - 11:14 Link
I prefer no.1
swarf
Posted 22/12/2016 - 11:48 Link
No. 1 for me also. I think that it's crisper than No. 2 - I find the scrolling headline a bit 'jarring'

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Mag07
Posted 22/12/2016 - 12:01 Link
Visually, the second one more interesting, however; if you are planning to sell your work, you may want to make sure you can control image sizes. When you click on an image on the homepage, a full screen view of the photograph opens. Bit counter productive as anyone will have access to the high resolution version of your work. It looks fantastic but doesn't work very well for business I'd check with the template author if it's easy to modify and if it can be done via a Wordpress child theme, not the core; else you're risking having to do modification on every theme update and that gets annoying very fast

I do like both of them. They are clean and elegant.
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walkeja
Posted 22/12/2016 - 13:07 Link
Neither inspire me, both too dull. Sorry.
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Gwyn
Posted 22/12/2016 - 14:11 Link
Mag07 wrote:
Visually, the second one more interesting, however; if you are planning to sell your work, you may want to make sure you can control image sizes. When you click on an image on the homepage, a full screen view of the photograph opens. Bit counter productive as anyone will have access to the high resolution version of your work. It looks fantastic but doesn't work very well for business I'd check with the template author if it's easy to modify and if it can be done via a Wordpress child theme, not the core; else you're risking having to do modification on every theme update and that gets annoying very fast

I do like both of them. They are clean and elegant.

I too prefer the second one, but only marginally.
There may be a setting somewhere to not allow "right click" on images to stop people being able to just download them. I use Koken for displaying photos on my website, and that certainly has that option.
stu62
Posted 22/12/2016 - 14:23 Link
walkeja wrote:
Neither inspire me, both too dull. Sorry.

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Mag07
Posted 22/12/2016 - 14:41 Link
Gwyn wrote:

I too prefer the second one, but only marginally.
There may be a setting somewhere to not allow "right click" on images to stop people being able to just download them. I use Koken for displaying photos on my website, and that certainly has that option.

Unfortunately that doesn't stop anyone but the most lazy of people. You can simply save the whole webpage to your pc, and with it, all the art assets. Every school kid out there knows it nowadays. They where born with PCs in their hands haha. It's still worth doing, easy enough with a plugin, but it only eliminates tiny bit of the risk.
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Gwyn
Posted 22/12/2016 - 15:19 Link
I think they'd really have to want the photo to do that. Most would rather just buy the photo, or go to a common licence stock site and get something similar for free or nearly free. Hopefully the photos still have the copyright embedded in them anyway, that if you find out about the illegal use you can do something about it.

I do sometimes wonder how many photos most people actually sell from their websites.
Personally I have no interest in selling my photos, even if I thought they were good enough to try to flog.
Dorset_Mike
Posted 22/12/2016 - 16:10 Link
mille19 wrote:
I prefer no.1

+1.
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JAK
Posted 22/12/2016 - 20:16 Link
With those pages it would be simplest just to click the download button in the top right hand corner!

I don't think they're the best gallery pages I've come across. Having all the photos jumbled up just looks.. a jumble!
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1stEverPentax
Posted 22/12/2016 - 21:31 Link
No.2 for me...more creative looking and i like the minimalist feel which makes it stand out from other Photo sites which are more like No.1 option.

Karlo
richandfleur
Posted 22/12/2016 - 22:14 Link
I'd think long and hard about what the purpose of the site is. If you want to guide customers to contact you, then this needs to be really easy.
I'd also seriously view these on mobile devices and give strong consideration to optimising the speed of loading etc. Images that take a long time to load etc just turn me right off. If this is for business purposes, then you don't want the fancy to overpower the message/ease of navigation/intuitiveness/ability to make contact with you etc.

As for the themes, they both look very similar in concept to me. #1 seems more traditional, and as such is more intuitive. #2 seems to jump around a bit as I scroll down the page, and the overlays that explain the button on mouseover don't seem to line up. I'm sure it's early days, but they both seem about the same really.
Mag07
Posted 23/12/2016 - 04:27 Link
Browsing through some Wordpress themes for a friend's website, came across the demos you linked. Both of them are different demos of the same theme - as such, their functionality will be exactly the same/interchangeable so it all comes down to what you prefer visually
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AndrewA
Posted 26/12/2016 - 16:19 Link
I think No:2 as it is different to the norm, plus I personally hate scrolling down as you have to with No:1.
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