dragonlady7 - 5:22 pm on Jul 7, 2003 (gmt 0)
Put the quaint shop pic somewhere else. Perhaps have a more "quaint" decorating scheme internally, if the client insists. But I find it confuses people if you have a splash page first. What am I doing on this page? This isn't a store. Oh, I have to click to enter. Few people are going to think oh, what a pretty picture. I'd better support a site that generates such fine art.
So why make them think at all? Some of them might think their time is being wasted. As few clicks as possible to take them to the part where they get their wallets out seems the most practical approach to me.