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artalks
05-12-2007, 04:36 PM
The basic format of my web site (www.artalks.com) was established almost 3 years ago. It may need to be jolted or fixed up because most "cold hits" do not sign up for my services. Can you take a look and let me know what you think I need to do. Perhaps you'll think it's fine as is, but maybe not!!
Thanks in advance, Deb

wildjokerdesign
05-13-2007, 08:26 AM
I think your site is fine. You do have one meta tag right after the <body> tag that is for "verify-v1" that needs to be looked at. It looks to be written in the < and > are encoded as HTML so the tag shows up in the page.

I think the reason you may not get many sign ups off of cold hit is because you have a limited client base. :) I would imagine you could get quite a few hits from folks simply looking for information on-line about the Galleries or Artwork you cover but they are not really planning on seeing the work.

Something you may want to think about is working on the images a bit that you use to represent the tours. For example the image you use for the "Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall at the Met" has it's dimensions set to 234 X 298 using HTML when in reality the image is 135 X 152. This makes the image blurry on the page and since you are dealing with Art I think it gives a poor representation of your service. I would set the dimensions to the original size of 135 X 152 in that case unless you happen to have a larger image you could upload to the server.

artalks
05-13-2007, 11:12 AM
Thanks Shawn. I took care of the tag. I made that mistake yesterday when I was fooling around with Google. And I will look at the image dimensions and see if I can get them clearer on the site.
Every little bit helps. Dr. Deb

rolling
05-13-2007, 09:03 PM
Deb,

I agree with Shawn. Your site feels fine. However, I have a few suggestions.

Maybe move podcasts and reviews off your front page or put them in the left hand column at the bottom - you're selling tours.
I don't like having to download special software to listen to anything. Try using Hipcast (http://www.hipcast.com/index.htm) ($50-$120 pa) or Podomatic (http://www.podomatic.com/faq) (free-$120 pa) for your podcasts instead of the Juice Receiver. Also, I don't like the sound of their home page
The Store is no longer accepting new orders It doesn't instill confidence in your customers. There again, how many people download your podcast each month? Couldn't you host the mp3 files yourself? The only problem I have found with Hipcast is that you need Flash (http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash) installed for it to work. If you want some simple software to record and edit your podcasts, then I can recommend Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/).
Make TheCloisters, MOMA etc icons into links so I can click through
Register for a Tour doesn't let me tell you how many seniors / regulars are coming. Nor is it clear whether I should send payment now or wait for you to contact me. The confirmation page should say "Please (do not) send payment to.."
Arts Reviews and Opinions is LONG. Break it down by either putting a taster of each review on the page and then linking to each review in a separate page or by breaking it down into categories / artists.
About Me / Contact Us should both be Us - makes you look bigger!
Finally, does your home_image relate to any of your upcoming tours? (Excuse my ignorance!) If so, it should be a hyperlink.


Hope that this is useful :)

wildjokerdesign
05-14-2007, 07:30 AM
I want to second Richards suggestion of using Audacity to edit and record your podcast. I was just trying to get some wave files to a client that where quite large. After about a day of trying to compress and zip them It dawned on me that all I had to do is open them up in Audacity and convert them to MP3's then upload them to their server. Now they can quickly download them from there or use them in their web pages if they want. Duhhh! Some days my brain is just not working. ;)

artalks
05-14-2007, 08:07 AM
Super specific critique there Richard. I will have to go over it systematically. Just as an aside, I do use Audacity for my mp3 recordings. Your #2 is the toughest suggestion - the others are "no problem". Please explain to me, if it's not too arcane, what Hipcast or Podomatic will do for me that Juice does not do? Understand that I am loath to change it because it took forever for me to write the code for that link. I am not a techie but an art historian and I tend to work with the other side of my brain.
thanks for your help
Deb

rolling
05-14-2007, 10:59 AM
After about a day of trying to compress and zip them It dawned on me that all I had to do is open them up in Audacity and convert them to MP3's then upload them to their server. Now they can quickly download them from there or use them in their web pages if they want. Duhhh! Some days my brain is just not working.
If you use Vorg-Orbis compression, then the files are even smaller ;)



What Hipcast or Podomatic will do for me that Juice does not do?

They look professional and they don't use your bandwidth. No need for code :) Just post some HTML and you get a player on your page. The only trouble is that they both use Flash, but that is a plugin that most people will have.

Here's an example of what you need for Podomatic - they will supply the necessary info when you upload your files.



<object width="320" height="315">
<param name="movie" value="http://www.podOmatic.com/flash/flashcatcher.swf">
</param>
<embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.podOmatic.com/flash/flashcatcher.swf" width="320" height="315" flashvars="playlist_url=http://randomname.podOmatic.com/xspf.xspf" >
</embed>
</object>
<br />
<a href="http://www.podOmatic.com/podcast/embed/randomname" style="text-decoration: none">
<font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color="#0033ff">
<strong>Click here to get your own player.</strong>
</font>
</a>
<br>
<br>

artalks
05-14-2007, 02:44 PM
I'll look at Podomatic and see what they have to say for themselves on their web site. Thanks for the lead.