I need some fresh perspective, and C&C as necessary.
First, let me state the challenges I had. 1. Working with a fixed flash based skeleton (partially customizable) for the main landing part of the site. 2. Having a secondary site, with it’s own limits and non customizable interface, and needing to somehow connect the two together. 3. Having several other web presences, blog etc. and also wanting to integrate them as closely as can be done (without iframes all over - except the blog, which in one nav direction is framed, and another pops out).
I used FW to mimic the look/style of the landing pages, hopefully. With a slight twist on the navigation to accommodate additional, and future options.
On the Slideshows page - The current and single one there is just done with a simple HTML Markup Item. I would like to ultimately have rollover icons tiled across (linked to various HTML Markup Items), that would individually activate within a single main destination box. Conceptually this seems simple, though I’m still trying to figure this one out. : -/
Thank you Bucky. The (cheap) Flash template came from BluDomain - they have many more sophisticated and fancy styles, but all I needed was the basics for now, while still having that “pizzaz” of Flash style and protection from easy image grabs. They have an extra cost option to choose your own host, which I preferred. This one allows for unlimited galleries and images, but only the 5 menu items (one being external). Limited logo size and position, limited nav/menu positions. Fixed image sizes, custom colors, BG etc.
Eventually I’m planning on a fully FW landing/home, and compartmentalizing the flash areas so users can choose to view it or not since not everyone in the world is a fan of flash - and on some systems it just may be slow or not work right. Plus, some future new fashion is sure to come along and make all of this look dated. LOL
I know it’s a pretty basic and simple site, but in a lot of ways I think that helps keep the focus on the images, and not all the bells and whistles. Anyway, hope this answers your question - thanks again!
Ah, I kind of see how the BluDomain system works. OK, the client for whom I’m setting up a gallery already has a hosted domain. So the BluDomain fees for a template aren’t going to fly, thanks though. Especially with fixed image sizes!
Simple is good by me. I like it. Too bad we’re locked into an existing system. Or maybe not. Nice to be able to make it look the way we want from the bottom up.