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    Question Online Portfolios (which is better?)

    Hi, I just wanted to get an opinion from everyone. Which is better when it comes to online portfolios, a blog set up or a gallery set up? My current site has a gallery set up but because its one of those easy drag and drop type of design things, it doesn't give me options to add captions to my pictures.

    I was thinking of going to a blog style but I think that employers wouldn't really want to waste time scrolling through a blog.

    Any opinions? Success stories with one or the other?
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    IMO the blog thing is annoying to look at for an AD. I want to see thumbnails first with the ability to view them larger. I can tell looking at a thumbnail if the work deserves a closer look. This saves me time and frustration.
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    Some of the more powerful blogging engines (say, wordpress) have a way to make different pages so you can ake the first page static with thumbs and the second page an actual blog. They are easier to update than oldschool html pages too.
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    Wordpress is pretty flexible in that regard.
    As Qitsune said, you can make a static page that just shows your best work.

    Even though wordpress is regarded as blogging software it has enough flexibility and plugins to use it to display your portfolio.

    It's definitely much easier to update than a damn flash page I keep seeing schools push for students as part of their final projects for graduation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    It's definitely much easier to update than a damn flash page I keep seeing schools push for students as part of their final projects for graduation.
    Those students should ask for their money back. Flash portfolio sites are almost universally LOATHED by ADs.

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    Yikes flash portfolios? Do you mean like this: http://www.elizabethvisco.com/illustration.html (this is my site). When you click on the thumb it comes up in a separate little window, is it flash or something else?

    I'm thinking of just scrapping this weebly site because I really can't stand the way they limit the way you can design it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms.Quelquefois View Post
    Yikes flash portfolios? Do you mean like this: http://www.elizabethvisco.com/illustration.html (this is my site). When you click on the thumb it comes up in a separate little window, is it flash or something else?

    I'm thinking of just scrapping this weebly site because I really can't stand the way they limit the way you can design it.
    I think the main problem with flash sites (aside from being a little finicky sometimes) is that people tend to push terrible opening videos that last way to long, accompanied by loud as shit music, and a bunch of other features which don't help get the message across and just annoy anyone trying to use the site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms.Quelquefois View Post
    Yikes flash portfolios? Do you mean like this: http://www.elizabethvisco.com/illustration.html (this is my site). When you click on the thumb it comes up in a separate little window, is it flash or something else?
    No, that's just Lightbox, a common bit of Javascript.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie G View Post
    I think a lot of it is that people want to send images sometimes, and flash makes that more difficult. I custom-coded my website so that individual pages could be sent and the navigation would remain intact.
    Oooh yeah, I'd completely forgotten about that part. That's always aggravating.
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    I want to start making my own website, where do I start?
    Cos, I dont know anything about making website stuffs.
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    I use weebly.com
    It's very easy, just drag and drop elements to your page
    Not sure if it makes flash websites though :/ , I don't know anything about website making. Which is why I use weebly lol
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    I have both. A main portfolio website with my best work, and a blog that I update here and there with my sketchy stuff.

    Having just a blog by itself is really annoying.

    Flash is annoying.

    and so are sites with lightbox - the time it take to load and resize the image is SO annoying. I checked your site though, and I guess you adjusted the time of it, because it loads up quick, which is good. I use fancybox myself. If you edit the javascript or the code, there should be a way to add captions with your images.

    The important thing is that your site is simple and straight to the point. People probably only spend a minute or two on your site. Make it quick quick quick!
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