The folks at PhotoShelter asked image buyers what they wanted in a website, and the results are surprising.
The headline might well be: Turn Off That Music! Now! I Really Mean It! Sure, it's nice to set a mood for looking at pictures, but let your visitor decide whether or not they want to hear it; don't make "music on" your default setting. Other highlights:
- Skip the flash intros.
- Keep it simple: people hate sites with graphics in the background.
- Make it easy for people to know how much things cost.
- If your site takes more than 10 seconds to load, half your visitors will give up on you.
- Don't play hide-and-seek with your navigation arrows.
- Make your site searchable.
- Function is valued much more than form. If you site looks cool but has quirks in the works, you're in trouble.
Thanks, Photoshelter. Nice work.