Latest News

New Cascade design launched with magic thumbnails!

We have just launched our latest design which we call ‘Cascade’ because of the way thumbnails in image galleries arrange themselves as if by magic into the most suitable size and position to fit the available screen size.  Cascade is based on an existing HTML5 design ‘Exodus’ which has proved very popular so we believe Cascade will add a little extra sparkle.

We are planning to introduce the cascading thumbnail feature as an option on all our HTML5 designs in the (hopefully not too distant) future, so watch this space for more details about that.

In the meantime take a look at the new design and gasp in wonder at the magic thumbnnails!

New CMS and other features

Great news for all our customers, we have redesigned our CMS (Content Management System) to give it a brand new look which we believe is much clearer and easier to use than before. Here’s a screen shot to show you what it looks like (click image to enlarge):

Screen shot of new CMS

We also took the opportunity to add some new features, so you can now add your own custom fonts from any of the enormous selection at Google.  You can then use these in your website for logo, text, links and anywhere else that text is rendered. Why not log in and take a look?

As ever, let us know what you think – we always value feedback.

Andy Eaves

New feature: More SEO options for pages

We have just added the option to set separate page titles, keywords and descriptions for every page of your site. This means you can take advantage of the improved search engine optimisation (SEO) that different page information provides. To use the new feature you set the new elements on the same page where you can edit the title of the page, movie section or gallery. If you do not enter any information for a page then the default will be used – set this in the details tab when configuring your site.

Please note that the new feature will only apply if you using an HTML design. Flash designs are contained within a single page and so the page information remains static.

As ever, this feature was added in response to a customer request so please keep the feature requests coming. We do our best to incorporate as many of these as we can if we believe they will be useful to our customers.

What makes us different

I was wondering what to write for a new post and I thought why not give my take about what makes LayerSpace a different proposition to our competitors in the field of photographers’ websites.

The major goal for us has always been what I call ‘graphic minimalism’, meaning that our designs try to reduce the impact of anything that might detract from the content of the website – your photographs. This means the menu is kept simple and we don’t really go in for lines everywhere or strange backgrounds and so on. The facility is there if you choose to use it but if you use one of our designs straight out of the box so to speak then you will have a stripped back minimal website designed to show off the images.

I began designing and building websites in about 1999 – a lifetime ago in web terms – and back then if a photographer had a website it would be an extremely messy affair. It would have a big wedge of text under a badly made pixellated logo, with a few photos in a column under the text. The type would be in a nasty font, all centred on the page but not justified, so it was difficult to read. It would almost certainly have a black background with white type, making it very tiring on the eyes and difficult to read.

So I started having a go at designing my own site. I stripped out as much text as I could to let the images speak for themselves. I used a white background to try to make the images look as if they were on the walls of an art gallery, and I tried to make the navigation as simple as I possibly could.

Since that time the web has moved on a great deal and now a website is an absolute necessity as a marketing and promotional tool for photographers, rather than being an interesting novelty, but the fundamental requirements of a photography website have not changed very much at all. We still believe that the most important element of a website built for a photographer is the photographs, and the design should complement and enhance them while being essentially invisible – stripped back minimalism rules!

I see a lot of websites in my day to day work and some are excellent but there are still a huge number of photographers whose website still looks like a throwback to the late 90s. The idea of clean minimal design is widespread but although many companies claim to provide designs in this mould I see very few which follow through on those claims, and that is where I believe LayerSpace is different. This somewhat uncompromising approach means that maybe our designs are not for everyone but we believe they will suit the most discerning amongst you!

So that is my outline of the philosophy behind LayerSpace, hopefully it will give you an idea of what we are about and help you to decide if we are the right company to provide your website.

Andy Eaves

Split an image gallery into sub-galleries

Another new feature from LayerSpace websites – it’s been a while coming because there was a lot of work to do and we wanted to make sure it was right. You can now choose to split a gallery into sub-galleries which gives you the potential for a lot of flexibility in the way you set up your website. For instance you may have a gallery heading of ‘Landscapes’ and you can split the gallery into ‘Seascapes’, ‘Architectural’, ‘China’ and ‘Abstract’. Or you could choose to call the main gallery ‘Clients’ and add sub-galleries for each of your customers, maybe password protecting them for good measure!

We hope this new feature will be very useful for you. If you think of a feature which would improve your LayerSpace website please let us know – we do our best to accommodate customer requests and some of our most popular features came about as a result of customer feedback.

Choose how text pages are shown on your website

As always here at Layerspace we have not been resting on our laurels and we have introduced a great new feature which allows you to customise the look of text pages on your website. Now when you edit a text page you will find an option at the top to select the page format (this is not available with some of our designs).
You can choose between the default layout which is a single text column approximately 500 pixels wide, a dual column layout with two columns of equal width side by side, or a full width column which will change size according to the size of the screen.

In addition to this feature we have enabled the uploading of much larger images for showing on text pages. This means you can show a full width image in the full width text column. This feature has been added in response to some requests from our customers.

We love hearing suggestions from customers about how we can improve our services and products, so if you think of something that would improve what we offer, please let us know!

Merry Christmas!
Andy Eaves