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    04-05-2009, 08:04 PM
What am I missing? (website design help)

Hey everyone, I do my barn's website and I feel like something's missing, or just not quite right. I'll make a little list of things that bother me and I'll let you guys set me straight, because I've been getting feedback from my BO and manager but a second party would be fantastic- especially because you don't know my barn personally! My BO said "make the horses and the barn look like a million bucks", so I'm trying to make it look as professional/amazing as possible. Thanks in advance!

(oh, and just a side note, I'll be retaking all of the pictures of the barn/fields when the leaves come out)

Breezy Ridge Stables LLC -

1. PICTURES; what pictures need to go? As horse people, which ones give you a more negative vibe? (pictures that makes you go "eh..") Please explain why too, like the physical quality of the picture file, (glare, too light, too bright) bad equitation, bad horse picture, etc.

2. Are there too many eventing/dressage pictures, seeing as we're advertised as a hunter barn too?

3. On the "show team" page, there's a picture of the same girl/horse twice- does that look okay?

4. Should there be more pictures of the horses being... horses? (like in the paddocks and such)

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    04-05-2009, 08:28 PM
First off the pictures load rather slowly & I am on DSL so it should be quite a bit faster loading someone on dial up may get frustrated with it taking so long. I would wait till I had more opinions on it first it could be just my computer but if several feel the same you may try just using thumbnail images that viewers can click on to see the larger picture like in the gallery. I think you have the right idea and are doing a really good job. The only other thing I see is on the events page the pictures are not aligned well and if it were me I would post only a couple and give more detail about the events.
I think the barn pics look great gives people a real good idea of what accommodations you have for their horse if looking for a barn.
All in all it looks pretty good in my opinion and I loved the finger painting on the horse that was cute lol
What program are you using or are you doing all the coding yourself?
    04-05-2009, 08:48 PM
Thanks for the feedback close2perfect! I'm using yahoo's "site solution" which is pretty limited besides text and pictures, and it won't allow me to put in pictures that link to another website, (as in I can't upload a bunch of JPGs to photobucket and then link them to the site) so I have to upload each picture from my computer one by one. I've been trying to get them to be pretty small, but I figured that once I had everything solidly laid out then I could play with that stuff.

I'll look at the events page, thanks for pointing that out! The pictures are aligned on my computer, but I'll play with it anyway.

Do you mind answering my 4 questions too? ;]

Anyone else?
    04-05-2009, 10:12 PM
If you want more control over the web design, rather than using Yahoo, you can download a program for free. It's called NVU - Nvu Web Authoring Software. One other thing you could do, is check out other stables and see what they are doing. I've designed a lot of websites, and one of the first things I do is check out what others in the same area are doing.
    04-05-2009, 11:12 PM
Thanks, I'll look into that. I don't mind the program I'm using though because I'm 99.9% sure I can tweak the images to load faster- but when I finish everything else.

Could someone please touch on my picture questions? Those were the things that were bothering me most about the website.
    04-05-2009, 11:44 PM
I think the pictures you're using are great, with a lot of action, and I didn't even notice that you used the same girl twice on the show team page. As you mentioned, you may want to get some "horses being horses" ie, paddock shots etc. so people can get an all around view of your facility. I love the group picture of the people on the first page. It gives off the impression that people enjoy being at Breezy Riding Stables.
    04-05-2009, 11:52 PM
I do think you need some pics of a horse turned out, plus I would add one out on the trail since you advertise trail riding. Under camp maybe take out one of the pics of the painted horse and put in a pic of another activity? I think the lessons page looks great. Do you have any other events? Maybe under trainers post a little info about them and a photo. Under calender you have 2 pics of horses jumping but several different kinds of activities. I don't have any experience with building websites or anything...the above is just my personal taste. I think youve done a great job with the site!! Oh and I think the pics you have of the same girl are pretty different so it looks good.
    04-06-2009, 08:52 AM
I agree the pictures look great, they are clear and really speak what you want them to. I would add one or two of trail riding also other than that as I said before you are doing a great job

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