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Christian Fletcher
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PostPosted: Thu 23 Aug, 2007 9:39 am    Post subject: christianfletcher.com overhaul         Reply with quote

After a week of struggling with buggy software, lost data and site meltdowns I've finally finished overhauling christianfletcher.com. I'm also in the process of changing hosts so if the site doesn't come up try using this alternate:

http://web.mac.com/christianfletcher1/Christi...lcome.html

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PostPosted: Thu 23 Aug, 2007 9:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

New site is pretty nice so far on exploration.

Layout is visually appealing, and it looks current if that makes any sense.

Navigation is easy most places but it would be nice to be able to go from the slide shows to the index instead of just the gallery. The function might be there and I just missed it.

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PostPosted: Thu 23 Aug, 2007 10:10 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Happy Very nice.
The new look is good and I really like the new way of presentation in the Albion-folder.
In the old layout I had to click on each Albion sword to see if there were any nice examples of Christians work with that blade.
Now it's all right in front of you.

The only problem i have with the new site is that it seems to be slower, but that my be due to the host-change.

Great work!
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PostPosted: Thu 23 Aug, 2007 10:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I really enjoy the new layout as well.

I am having a lot of fun drooling over the Valiant Signature Line preview. I remember seeing the Bristol prototype on this site a while back, and being very impressed, but I have to say the Castile and the Kriegschwert look even better. I am afraid I may have to start saving my pennies now for a Castile, that sword and scabbard combo is truly beautiful!
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PostPosted: Thu 23 Aug, 2007 10:47 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The custom engraved Huskarl is a thing of beauty. I like the new website.
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PostPosted: Fri 24 Aug, 2007 6:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks good, through I agree it is a bit slower. The other thing I notice is that text links (specifically ones that have already been slected, I believe) are gray. Since they are on a background that is only a slightly darker gray, you may want to consider changing the text color for previously selected links. On the other hand, I only noticed this on the Albion page, so maybe it isn't a huge deal as long as the links are more visible to someone who hasn't visited Albion's site already.

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PostPosted: Fri 24 Aug, 2007 8:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you all for the honest feedback on the new site. If the new look does turn out to be too annoying it will be possible for me to change the theme pretty quickly (such as going back to a white background with black text). I was a bit concerned going into this that Apple's servers might be a bit slow, but theirs is the only service that supports the software I used to produce this photo intensive site. Ah well, we're stuck with it now.... Worried
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PostPosted: Fri 24 Aug, 2007 8:37 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I like to constantly check-in at your site, CF, and by the first openning page I like the new look, but
as I still use Netscape as my prime browser, when I've tried going further -- with the contest pics
for instance -- I get an error report. Of course, that could be you're just sick of dealing with my nutty
projects and have designed the site to exclude me ... hehe B-)

( Note : The LAST sentence was meant as a joke !!! )

( Note : Although it could be true, but I doubt anyone would admit it ! )

( Note : THAT last sentence was a joke too ! )

( Note, but then again ... hehehe ... this could go on forever ! )
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PostPosted: Fri 24 Aug, 2007 8:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, the new site is good (though a trifle slow, as previously observed). I've always admired the swords there, but now they look even more appealing. My budget is tight right now, but I'll be saving up for that Venetian Sidesword! Nice work! Happy
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PostPosted: Fri 24 Aug, 2007 9:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks great.

The site makes it seem as though you sell your chapes seperately. Do you? If so, I'd like to order one.

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PostPosted: Fri 24 Aug, 2007 12:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

As an FYI I'm using Firefox and ADSL. So far everything works and looks fine.
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PostPosted: Fri 24 Aug, 2007 1:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm on a MAC using SAFARI and everything seems to be working well also if a bit slower but that may be because having the cursor over most of the images cycles over many other images, so there is a lot of content to fill the cache I thinks. ( Not a computer expert, so I'm guessing ).

Very informative and attractve site and I go have a look to see if there is anything new at least a ccouple of times a week.

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PostPosted: Mon 03 Sep, 2007 9:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I finally had more luck viewing CF's sight using Internet Explorer ...
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PostPosted: Sun 09 Sep, 2007 4:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Just noticed the "On the Workbench" section: In production shots of current projects. Very nice addition.
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PostPosted: Sun 09 Sep, 2007 4:47 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jason Elrod wrote:
Just noticed the "On the Workbench" section: In production shots of current projects. Very nice addition.


It is especially nice if you have a commission coming up on his workbench. It was neat to watch the progress on my blade.
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