Need a template or website generator or something that will do a good job presenting lots of panoramic photographs for sale, with a width to height ratios between about 2:1 to 4:1. Those ratios are not well handled well by most templates I have seen, such as the CS3 and Picasa automated web page generators.
So what's your recommendation? Or your favorite, or your most-reviled? Would appreciate your input, my current site is so 2003 I just can't bear the thought of updating it again. But OTOH would rather avoid excessively squirmy flash stuff.
Also, any thoughts about implementing online ordering and checkout systems?
Thanks as always.
I looked at your photographs - very nice. I had the same issue with shots from a Fuji 617 that I traveled with for a few excursions; ultimately I decided to scale the images based on the viewer's monitor resolution using Java. In other words, my images are y
wide and if the viewer's monitor is say 1024x768 I'd multiply the dimensions of the image by say a factor of 0.70 or so; if the resolution is larger, I'd multiply by 1.00. I also put +/- buttons so the user can grow the size of the images. I did this because I did not want to limit my images to the lowest resolution, I did not want to lose any impact. I also did this because I have non-panoramic images on display and needed a scale factor to handle both at the same time. I have just a couple of these 617 panoramic photographs in my Latest Works link if you wish to see what I did.
I know you mentioned avoiding Flash, but I have seen very creative solutions with scaling based on viewer's resolution and I think it would work for your images, for viewers with large displays. There would be a learning curve but you may get the best results this way.
I also had issues with having menu elements on either the left or right side of my web pages because it reduced the real estate I had for images. (I have other 617 panoramic images that I have not put up yet due to the amount of work to scan them, which is a different issue.)
Can't speak for online ordering.