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road test a new site for me?

just gone live …ish on a new site www.marcusbleasdale.com I would appreciate if you have time to give it a road test…am sure you guys all have different machines/browsers/speeds etc so any criticism/comment is welcome. Before I do the launch proper. thanks

by [a former member] at 2005-11-03 06:08:04 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) oslo , Norway | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hmmm, it looks really great, but it has a temper. Trying to register, it continually flashed red at me insisting that my name is not alphanumeric, and when it finally accepted a name, it bounced me back to the first screen. ‘Contact’ and ‘Biography’ are the only links that I can get to work on the home page. I’m using Safari on an iMac G5 with OS X at 512K broadband, if that helps.

by Jenny Lynn Walker | 03 Nov 2005 07:11 (ed. Nov 3 2005) | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Now its all live on the home page. Text overlays on the titles for a split second when it flips onto a new page, but other than that, it all seems fine. It’s totally crisp, clean and ergonomic. I like the b&w sections best. The juxtaposition of images, extracts and captions is really powerful. Can you do mine?!

by Jenny Lynn Walker | 03 Nov 2005 07:11 (ed. Nov 3 2005) | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Great images Marcus. Really fantastic. Everything seemed to load fine. A little slower loading between sections, but not enough to complain about. Images within a section loaded blazingly fast. I like that you can click on an image to advance the sequence. Only complaints are that captions with color work would have been nice, and a small link to purchase the book within the book section (as opposed to just the home page) would serve you well. An option to view the images larger would also be nice. They deserve it. FYI, I’m also using Safari (2.0.1), with Mac OSX 10.4.2, on a weak wifi cable connection. And oh yeah, don’t forget a link to Lightstalkers so you can have your current location on your homepage. I think this is an option. Well done.

by Jethro Soudant | 03 Nov 2005 07:11 | Buffalo, NY, United States | | Report spam→
it’s a little confusing that the links on the home page are the same color as headlines. i keep wanting to click the headlines (register, the book name). also, once i’m in a story, it’d be nice to have a button somewhere in the page nav (near the numbers that take you to different pictures, say) to take me back to the home page of that section instead of making me go back to the main nav. but then again, everyone has an opinion. :-)

but otherwise it seems to be working fine on safari on my mac. the images load a little slowly for me but i think my connection at work is kinda sluggish. though that did confuse me at first cause i’d see the first image and then it took a while for the bottom nav to appear so i didn’t nec know there were more images in a section. i’m so happy it’s not in flash. :-)

by Eugene Kuo | 03 Nov 2005 08:11 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Yum yum! Fine site. Good tearsheets section. Seemed just a little slow with basic broadband but not problematic really as editors will have lightening fast internet.

Here’s mine

by Paul Treacy | 03 Nov 2005 08:11 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
great guys and gals,

thanks for the feedback, Eugene great point on the colour schemes hopefully working to a fix now and will try a loading indicator to cover the time till the buttons appear. Jethro, I did think about the book in both sections and tried it out but it looked like overkill and started to feel like amazon.com. Will extend the caption in colour to allow a little more understanding. Didn’t know about the link so will put that up too. Jenny Lynn thanks for being the first to test…seems you got us just as we were going live…didn’t think people would be that quick! I hope all is ok now.

The designer and main man in all of this is a guy called Ed massey his contacts are ed@edmassey.co.uk and on skype he is “edmassey” he based in the UK but distance is not a problem as I am in Oslo. We did this with skype and email…I haven’t seen him in months which is great for him I am sure. If you have any business I am sure he can help.

thanks again and any more comments are welcomed.

by [former member] | 03 Nov 2005 08:11 | oslo, Norway | | Report spam→
Marcus- The site looks good. It loads quickly and its’ navigation is straight forward. The images aren’t good though, maybe you should re-edit or something…I suggest a career change.

Just yankin’ your chain. The site looks great man, well done.

by Morgan Hagar | 03 Nov 2005 09:11 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Looks very  good Marcus !

PowerBook G4 10.3.9
Safari > Good
Firefox> Good

Windows XP
Firefox> Good
IExplorer> No problems but a bit sluggish.

by Alex Reshuan | 03 Nov 2005 09:11 | Miami, United States | | Report spam→
No problems on the mac. Lightning fast.
BTW – Your shots rock

by Eric | 03 Nov 2005 20:11 | San Francisco, United States | | Report spam→
looks awesome..images load blazingly fast on XP/firefox…and the images look good!
congrats on the new site

by [former member] | 04 Nov 2005 01:11 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | | Report spam→
what film do you use???

by Patrick Brown | 04 Nov 2005 03:11 | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
Great looking site, Marcus. I’m viewing it with Mozilla Firefox.  As some others have noted, it loads somewhat slowly between some sections/projects (I access with cable broadband), but it does seem to be an acceptable speed. I also liked the "100 Years of Darkness" intro. Great pics.


by Wayne E. Yang | 04 Nov 2005 08:11 (ed. Nov 4 2005) | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Looks great and loads really fast… G4 / Safari / broadband. Fantastic work, congrats.

by Liam Maloney | 04 Nov 2005 09:11 | Montreal, Canada | | Report spam→
 The page design is very nice but I think the image should be bigger. On the biography page the text was mis-aligned I tried Full Screen, & other page variations.
 Otherwise very good. Loaded very quick & I was on 1/2 MG Broadband.
 I Explorer 6

by [former member] | 04 Nov 2005 13:11 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Nice site Marcus. Is loads fine in Mozilla and Safari on my mac. The layout and navigation are smooth. Your pictures are beautiful and compelling, but I noticed some confusion in the Nepal captions. You mentioned a “republican fort” and “fear of republican reprisals” when refering to Royal Nepal Army bases and reprisals. Nepal is a monarchy, so republican would not be the right description. The primary aim of the Maoists is to overthrow the king and form a communist republic.

by Tomas van Houtryve | 04 Nov 2005 20:11 | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→
sorry man…royalist was the word, but late nights and long days to get this out….just back from congo…. have not seen your nepal stuff apart from the online version of the mag…where can i find it? …. will google ur site if u have one…will it be there?

by [former member] | 05 Nov 2005 03:11 | oslo, Norway | | Report spam→
web site looking grand, you’ve done a great job. But why B/W photo’s? Helen and myself gave it a quick going over this morning, after a little bit of a bender with Steve, Sue last night. Steve is evil……….! missing ya, talk soon

by Patrick Brown | 05 Nov 2005 04:11 (ed. Nov 5 2005) | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
I understand those late nights… it seems like I stayed up for weeks when I was trying to get my site up. The magazine only ran two Maoist pix, but you can find some other ones from that trip here:


Your site is comming together nicely, so hopefully you’ll get have your nights back to relax soon…

by Tomas van Houtryve | 05 Nov 2005 06:11 (ed. Nov 5 2005) | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→

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