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Journal Entry: Mon Feb 8, 2010, 3:38 PM
Hello dear friends!

I was away from this site and other communities for some time. But I've been very busy with a project really important to me: my own web page (finally). :party:

It took a lot of thinking about concept, reading of how it should be properly done, which engine to use, how to be search engine friendly, which template to use and - most important of all: content. THE magic word :D

I have chosen blog and gallery concept (not just online portfolio page) cause I'd like to show some photos and write small stories from my journeys. It will be a lot more difficult to update, but I just love challenges. I wanted a reason more for people to visit my site. I'll do my best for it to be like that in the future.

Since I'm not a programmer, and I have only basic knowledge of web programming, I have used Wordpress engine for the blog part, and TTG Auto index / TTG Highslide Lightroom plugins for generating galleries. Only small changes I have made by coding.

Also, as some of you know I'm from Croatia, but I'd like to attract and address a broader audience, so I decided to make it bilingual - you can choose between Croatian and English language. Only galleries are made completely in English. It takes a lot of effort to translate blog posts to English (that's why there are so few of them at the moment), but I'm working on them very hard :D
I hope all of you English speakers will forgive me my language mistakes in the posts and on the page. It's a lot easier to read a foreign language than to write it in meaningful and correct way.

So, let's cut to the case, here's a link lidijazizic.com

If you have any suggestions, critique, opinion, feel free to write it in the comments or notes, I'll be more than glad to hear them and to change anything that needs or has to be changed, cause it's still a kind of beta version and I'll be glad to change it in a way to make it a more pleasant place. :)

Thank you in advance!

hugs'n'kisses
Lidija




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:iconumbrakrameri:
UmbraKrameri Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
I think your website turned put really great. :) It's a good thought it's bilingual... when I've learned croatian I can read it that language too but until it I have to stay at English. :D
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
:heart: Thank you very much!

haha, I guess you'll have to stick to English then :D :D
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:iconumbrakrameri:
UmbraKrameri Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
You're welcome. :giggle:
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:iconflippinphil:
FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
Looks excellent Lidija, very well put together.
I wish you all the best with it. :)
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much Phil!! :hug:
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:icontaradaciuc:
Taradaciuc Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
looks nice!
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :hug:
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:iconroblfc1892:
roblfc1892 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
nije loše, nije loše=D
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
:bow: :bow:
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:iconreachingflames:
ReachingFlames Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Looks great! :)
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
:hug::hug:
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:iconn-i-k-o-l-a:
N-i-k-o-l-a Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
Cestitam :D

Ima da kazem svima za sajt :)
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Hvala! Baš bi bilo lijepo imati malo reklame, počeci su uvijek najteži :) :)
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:iconn-i-k-o-l-a:
N-i-k-o-l-a Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
Nema na cemu :D

uglavnom :)
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:iconjaharrell:
JAHarrell Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
Very nicely done Lidija!
Your site opens quickly, is easy to navigate and seems to me to be laid out in a logical manner.
I’m running Windows 7 with Firefox at 15mbps connection speed.
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the feedback!
You have the same configuration as I do, but it goes smoothly on slower connections too :)
As I have tested, the page doesn't show properly on Internet Explorer 6, but it didn't bother me, cause AFAIK, IE6 is a discontinued product.
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tuatha-isles Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
Very nice ;) Well set-out and displayed - very professional and great photos ;)
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! :hug:
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:iconoden36:
Oden36 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
The site looks amazing! You did a great job on it! Very well laid out and extremely functional. I love the blog entries and how they are laid out as well. Well done! :D
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much for the feedback! :hug:
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:iconoden36:
Oden36 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Welcome! Outstanding job on it! I would recommend one thing to you though. Disable right click saving of the photo's from the pages in your gallery. Less chance of them being stolen.
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
I'll see what I can do about it :)
I was considering it too.
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:iconoden36:
Oden36 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
:D
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:iconmarkhossack:
markhossack Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic job on your site! Looks great.
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! :hug:
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:iconmarkhossack:
markhossack Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome! :hug:
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:iconlydeea:
LyDeea Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Definitivno mi se sviđa :)
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Hvala Lidija! :hug:
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:iconnivaun:
nivaun Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
You have done an amazingly beautiful job. All your hard work has paid off. Not only that but the photos in your gallery are incredible!!
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! :hug:
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:iconbadassmf:
BadAssMF Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Super je! Baš mi se sviđa... I drago mi je što nije Flash (fuj!). Samo napred, odlično ti ide :)
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Hvala!!
Definitivno nisam htjela flash :)
html je lakši za održavanje i bolji za SEO. Imam još hrpu posla oko toga, ali baza je tu :) :)
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:iconbadassmf:
BadAssMF Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Da, da.. Ja to studiram, tj. završavam, pa znam što ne volim flash :)
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Haha, sad, gledano sa strane programera, vjerojatno znaš zašto to mrziš ;)
Ja sam na faksu imala samo html i malo osnova drugih stvari, čisto da znamo o čemu se radi, jer su mi struka mreže, a ne web programiranje.
Ali, sa strane korisnika nekog CMS-a ili sa strane SEO-a: flash sucks! :D :D
Ovo prvo znam, a drugo sam pročitala i samo djelomično znam zašto. :)
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:iconbadassmf:
BadAssMF Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Ma mrzim zato što kome god da ponudiš izradu sajta, a da nije upućen u posao, on traži Flash, zato što je video kako se to lepo pomera, sija i tako to... A ne možeš da im objasniš da će im SEO biti nikakav.
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Upravo to. Flash izgleda lijepo i sve nešto leti, vrti se, klizi, sve baš fino izgleda, pa onda nastane problem ako nijedan pretraživač ne nalazi sajt dobro, ili ne možeš poslati link ako nema neku 'običnu' stranicu u pozadini, itd...
I na kraju su im programeri krivi što nije funkcionalno.
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Inebriantia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Hello dear.

The site looks great. Is it based on Gallery 2? I'm currently finishing my new site, done on zenfolio.

Even though the english is good, there are some simple errors, so you should really do a thorough check on this part of the site, as it is meant to come across as a professional website.


:hug:
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you! It's based on the Wordpress (blog part) and TTG Auto index and TTG Highslide (Lightroom web plugins) for gallery part. :)
(If it's what you have asked)

About the language errors, I can go through them, but I cannot really see them. Any corrections in mind?
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Things like "I constantly learn about photography, different techniques and technologies," which should be "I'm constantly learning about photography". "My first experience with photography begun", should read "My first experience with photography began".

On the prints page, you have a typo "This section is under sonstruction".


They aren't serious errors, but since english is not your native language (an it isn't mine), you should ask someone who is a native english, to spend 30 minutes looking at your texts, and correct them. This way you will pass on a more serious and business oriented image of yourself, which will increase your chances of being correctly acknowledged as a professional photographer who deserves to sell prints and get career oportunities.
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
That's what I've been looking for :)
The typo in 'Prints' part has been corrected and so were the parts of 'about me' section.
I will definitely ask for a help from a native speaker, to correct errors like that. That's one of the reasons I posted this on DA in the first place. It's better if a native speaker reads it and corrects all of the nonsenses visible. :D
Thank you very, very much :)
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:iconinebriantia:
Inebriantia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
My pleasure... I want your beautiful images to get the exposure they deserve.
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
:hug: :hug:
Thank you for your support!
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seraphRo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
looks great Lidija :) hehe it's very good for a beta version

Don't worry about your English, it's really good, I'm sure that the native speakers won't feel very offended by it lol :D

btw in the copyright zone, it's better to write "Lidija Zizic Photography 2008-2010" that would be better for the SEO, it's a good keyword :) but it's ok like this too

I have added your site to my links section, good luck with it Lidija :hug:

[link] btw it's good to use this too, that way you can check how many users are visiting your site, from which country etc etc etc, it's simple to use
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much for your feedback!
Yes, I know about the years, and I have forgotten to correct it :) I'll do it right now :D

About the Google analytics, it's already implemented in my web site. I'm keeping an eye!

:hug:
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seraphRo Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
haha good then :hug:
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
:)
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StrengthInWeakness Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
Looks amazing!
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:iconlidija-lolic:
Lidija-Lolic Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you! :hug:
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StrengthInWeakness Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
welcome!
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