My Photo Web Site - built with ASP.NET

Discussion in 'Photography' started by PhotoBug, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. PhotoBug

    PhotoBug Guest

    http://www.dennisweaver.net

    Here is my Web site I just started building, for displaying my Freelance
    photos and an area for event photography sales.
    I looked around for a way to display my goods, sell, hobby viewing, etc. I
    decided to forego paying a web site to show my pictures and try building my
    own. I heard ASP.NET makes web site building easier than in the past. I
    must agree.

    This site is driven by a Microsoft Access database. Pictures are dumped
    into a directory on the web server and the web pages picks up the location
    of the pictures and loads them. No building pages for each set of pictures.
    The .Net framework builds the pages on the fly.

    Just thought I'd put this out there for any other people whom are thinking
    about building their own web site.

    Oh, and my main help in building this site, was to use Google Search. I get
    an answer to my problem 90% of the time.
     
    PhotoBug, Feb 21, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    When did you give up acting? For tips on the site to make it Google
    friendly, make sure you use relevant keywords in the anchor text linked
    using your full URL, try to get inbound links from high PR sites or any
    sites if that isn't do-able. You won't get anywhere unless you are more
    specific with your content, for instance, we do weddings, fine but where the
    hell are you? People search at first generally and then more specifically
    when they are not satisfied with the initial results, that is when you need
    to have all of your keywords (photographers, portrait photographer, PR
    photography) and your location, all contained in the text of your index
    page.

    Hope that helps.
     
    Guest, Feb 21, 2005
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    PhotoBug Guest

    Thanks for your suggestions. Especially on making the site Google friendly.
    At this point in the sites development, I am not wanting many people to find
    it. Because as you found, it is not ready for use. I have never had my own
    business, so there is a learning curve for me here. But first I have to get
    the mechanics of the site complete.

    On the See Your Photos side of the page, I have to allow for the potential
    buyer to select the pictures, then compile that information to be processed
    by me. Also there is the commerce side, how to pay, take the money
    (shopping cart) etc. All this is new to me.

    This site was born out of my first photo money making adventure last year.
    I started showing up at a local dragstrip to take pictures of the cars
    racing. I processed/printed 8 x 10 photos myself, took them back to the
    track and sold them for $15.00 a piece. I made great money, except for,
    many of my pictures never sold, because the racers never seen their photos.
    The owner of the track loved the idea of me being called the Official Track
    Photographer and advertised at every event for me. But I eventually found
    that I was losing money on the unsold printed photos.

    That's when I decided that I need a web site where I could place the event
    photos, and the customers could select their pictures they want printed. I
    bought business cards to hand out, and bought a Domain name
    (iwantmyphotos.com, which isn't being used yet). I will have shirts that
    say on the front and back, Your photos at iwantmyphotos.com.

    Then I will only print the pictures that are ordered. I can show up at any
    event, have fun shooting, place the photos on the web site, and if I am
    lucky, make some money at the same time. I hope.

    If not, well, it has been fun learning how to make a web site. I really do
    appreciate yours and anybody else's comments. It will not hurt my feeling
    to be blasted about how my site sucks as long as they explain what sucks.
    Paying attention to people's bad comments and acting upon them is what will
    help me grow. Thanks in advance!
     
    PhotoBug, Feb 21, 2005
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    deacon Guest

    ASP.NET and Access? Surely, you are joking...

    Wouldn't it be easier to just use http://jalbum.net or something like it and
    regenerate the site whenever you add something new?
     
    deacon, Feb 21, 2005
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    grol Guest

    Hi Photobug:

    Some nice photos there. I love the Mustangs.

    Database-driven sites are good and all that, but they have to produce valid
    html:
    http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=www.dennisweaver.net

    grol
     
    grol, Feb 21, 2005
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  6. PhotoBug

    PhotoBug Guest

    No, I'm not joking. I used MS Access so I wouldn't have to pay extra to use
    MS SQL or MySQL. I can manipulate my Access database on my local computer
    and upload it, or use the admin web pages I built to design or add records.

    I like what I saw on the link you sent: http://jalbum.net
    I am going to try it Hopefully it has support to send me emails or
    something, of when someone wants to order prints. I will be taking care of
    most printing myself or send to a print service of my choice.

    Also want my customers to be able to go to my own domain name to see their
    photos.
     
    PhotoBug, Feb 22, 2005
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    PhotoBug Guest

    Thanks for the link to the validate site. If I continue this project, it
    will help me correct the mistakes generated.

    Oh, that Mustang! That was one of the first on the lot in Arkansas. No
    sticker price, the dealership sold it for $30,000. That's way over the
    MSRP.

    The excitement will calm down over the new bodystyle, and normal
    negotiations will be back for getting a car at a decent price. In the
    meantime, if I could just get this photo money making idea going... and get
    my own!
     
    PhotoBug, Feb 22, 2005
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    paul Guest

    That works nicely, I've dome something similar with PHP, minus the
    database & I think it'll serve you well. It shouldn't be too much work
    to add thumbnails to the galleries. Here's my project (maybe get some
    ideas): http://www.edgehill.net/1

    If the coding becomes too much to keep up with you might look at
    'gallery' a free php based program with database and many customizable
    options.
     
    paul, Feb 25, 2005
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