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    Hi there !

    I've been asked to help designing and developing a website for a furniture store. And it's suppossed to be an upscale store.

    Since this is a furniture store, the owner wants to integrate as many images as posible to advertise his furniture. Therefore, I'm talking about a couple of hundred images, just about.

    What would be the best way to approach this ?
    Is there a technique that I can use to deal with this issue ?

    I'd like to eliminate the need of creating too many html files to display these images in a large view and manually placing links to all and every image... However, if this is the only way, I don't mind doing it!

    I have basic web development skills, nothing complicated. So for now I've come up with a simple design, for the customres to focus mainly on the images....

    The bottomline, what would be an effective and efficient technique to design/develop a website with a bunch of images ?

    the site's url is www.chazinc.com

    Please view and comment !

    Thank you to all for your time and input.

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    Hi,

    The simplest way to reduce the number of HTML files for each image would be to use php or php/mysql.

    I'd do the following:

    - store the images on the server.
    - Create a database table with some thing like the following structure:
    Code:
    id INT(100) Auto_increment Primary Key 
    address varchar(50)
    comments text
    id is an integer, address is a relative URL to the image file, and comments are comments or description.

    - create a script along the following lines (image.php):
    PHP Code:
    <?
    // if no id is specified in the URL.
    if(!$isset($id))
    {
       echo 
    "No image specified.";
       exit;
    }

    // get the data related to the specific image.

    mysql_connect("host","user","pass") or die(mysql_error());
    mysql_select_db("database");
    $query "SELECT address, comments FROM image_table WHERE id=$id";
    $result mysql_query($query);
    list(
    $address$comments) = mysql_fetch_row($result);

    // output it.

    echo "<center>
    <img src=\"
    $address\"><br><br>
    $comments";

    ?>
    - now you will call the script for a specific image using a URL like this: image.php?id=12 replace 12 with appropriate number.

    Hope that helps.
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    Another option you might want to consider, is utilizing the abilities of Flash.

    It would allow you to maintain the capabilities of providing images with descriptions, but, it would also allow you to integrate a greater level of interactivity, and perhaps, even allow you to offer some hints on which furniture is best for certain areas.

    Flash would allow you to make 1-2 pages in html, and retain the balance of displaying information utilizing quick loading, interactive flash layers.

    www.ikea.com uses a great version of this as an example.

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    that could be a bit hard the ideas above are good but think of the modem users could have trouble

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    You think?

    If you utilize flash's ability to call in up to 12 layers at once, and the fact that flash compresses it's files, you could make everything happen in layers that load quickly, and function together like one, even for modem users.

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    Originally posted by Scarab
    You think?

    If you utilize flash's ability to call in up to 12 layers at once, and the fact that flash compresses it's files, you could make everything happen in layers that load quickly, and function together like one, even for modem users.
    yeah yea could do that but still 200 odd images is still gonna be big isnt it

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    As far as the images go... I think the ones on the mainpage should be smaller. The main page could have up to 12 or so smaller pics if they're taken properly. For instance, the picture of the chesterfield in the upper-right corner could be 1/3 the size and everyone would still see that it is a really nice piece.

    Also, you started out with a kick-*** colour theme at the top of the page and didn't develop it. Some shapes in behind the pictures would look really good. The bottom navbar should also have the same "look" as the top one.

    Looks like a fun project, good luck!
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