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10:50 am on Jul 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I have a site which will most probably be scutinized until I am happy with it .

The page has a picture on it which takes up most of the screen . You see the start of some text , however if you scroll down you get all the text.

There are menu's visable on the side and top.

Would it be advisable to change the picture to see more text or not ?

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Malcolm

12:06 pm on July 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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This is somewhat subjective, but IMHO, it would depend on which is more important to purpose of the page - the picture or the text. You could always do the image as a semi-transparent background and put the text over top. Just a thought.

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6:05 pm on July 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Does the picture need to be that large? How about cropping or reducing the size
of the picture and re-doing the layout so the text can also be shown properly.
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3:40 am on July 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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What shows above the fold is the most important part... that's where you get a user or see one leave. With LARGE pics be sure they are optimized for both size and speed... even with broadband slow to load might lose a viewer.

No matter how fast computers become, they are never fast enough... particularly when we get used to the most recent speed increase!

That said, if the PIC is the context/idea, then by all means make it most prominent. Since navigation is mentioned then there's more to offer, and I would make it easier to get to the rest of the stuff than create a landing page that might lose some eyeballs.

9:18 am on July 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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What I actually decided to do was use google website optimizer.

the only problem with google optimizer is that it only alows you to use one page as the destination page .

But maybe in the long run they will include more options.