General musings #3: My new Website - at last!

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Blog entry by BritBoxmaker posted 10-24-2011 07:26 PM 7085 reads 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello all. I’ve been promising to do this for ages and now I have finally committed to it.

At the moment I have a free site on Moonfruit the URL for which is in my strap line and is

I will be going to my own domain name (ie without the moonfruit bit) in the near future. I’m busy exploring the capabilities of the website building software at present and trying to get it all together in a bundle that makes some kind of sense.

So have a look in. Tell me what you think of it.

Be seeing you.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 10-24-2011 07:42 PM

Just checked out the website Martyn…..... looks fantastic so far.
I love pulling up your “my boxes” page and all of a sudden, wham, you see ALL of your boxes at once.

Are you going to keep the site as mostly a “gallery” only? or are you going to offer items for sale as well via a shopping cart?

I’ll be watching your progress, fantastic start!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#2 posted 10-24-2011 07:51 PM

Very nice Martyn.
It looks really sweet from here.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View BritBoxmaker's profile


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#3 posted 10-24-2011 07:58 PM

Gene, initially its going to be a gallery. If there is enough commercial interest out there I may sell on a contact me only basis. I’m not going into mass production!

Thanks guys.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 10-24-2011 08:04 PM

If you are expecting a low traffic site and can manage the site building without help from the hosting service you might want to consider what I use:

Looks good! Your box in Wood – well, a variation of it probably – is on my “to do” list. As soon as I have time to do something fun.

-- Greg D.

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#5 posted 10-24-2011 08:38 PM

That is a great gallery Martyn.

I can see that the page, even based in Adobe flash, carries a text version which allows Ipad users to view the gallery. However, Ipad users will not be able to view the Dinner on the Lake home image, nor contact you through the form. Frankly I still hate these apple isolated attitudes.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#6 posted 10-24-2011 09:16 PM

Looks great Martyn. Good luck to you my friend.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 10-24-2011 09:30 PM

Bookmarked it, moments ago!

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#8 posted 10-24-2011 09:58 PM

Good luck and wishing you all the best!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 10-24-2011 10:08 PM

It looks great.

When you click on a box to get the larger picture, I get a window with a small squre in the top right rather then the “X” for closing the window.
It could be my browser not undeestanding it correctly.

Good luck!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 10-24-2011 10:38 PM

This site is wonderful…very clean and crisp … just like your boxes… I would expect nothing less..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#11 posted 10-24-2011 11:46 PM

Martyn, the new site just beams with your love of wood. When I click on the “My boxes” I’m like a kid in a candy store, which one do I pick to look at. Good luck.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#12 posted 10-24-2011 11:48 PM

Hi Martyn,

I’m a big fan of your boxes. The site is nice and very functional, but I find the blue color scheme a little distracting. This is probably a matter of personal taste, but personally I would find a more monochromatic palette appropriate, such as a while background, shades of gray (or grey!), and black text. I realize that sounds a bit boring, but think “museum of modern art.” Your pieces are exquisite and modern, and the wood tones and choices deserve to speak for themselves. Right now they are being “shouted over” just a bit by the blue scheme.

I realize that for now the site may be personal and therefore my suggestion probably isn’t so pressing, but if you decide to sell over the net it may be something to think about.

Either way, I’ll be clicking in frequently!

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#13 posted 10-25-2011 02:56 AM

Hi Martin, So glad that you are putting together your own site. I’m sure it will draw a lot of attention.
I think I would agree with live4ever.
Whatever you decide I’m sure it will be a hit.
Good luck.

-- Chuck

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#14 posted 10-25-2011 06:45 AM

Site looks great as do all of your boxes, boards and art as usual. I agree with live4ever that the blue may be a little intense. However I do like the light violet accent behind the photos. It really makes the boxes stand out. Maybe a darker version of that instead of the blue would look good and be a little more subtle. I would try to size the jpegs (or pings or whatever you are using) exactly the same so that the borders behind them remain consistent.
Best of luck with your new site. You’re off to a great start.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#15 posted 10-25-2011 02:09 PM

It looks great Martyn. Simple, yet elegant. Easy to navigate too.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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