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Music througout site and not just on main page

I would like to have the music you experience constant throughout a visitors visit to my site. It would very much help the cohesiveness of the site. It doing so it would be nice to set a group of tracks to play so one piece of music is not replaying in the event someone is on a site for any length of time.

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  • PhotosbyNathanW.com - Professional Photography by Nathan Waters.PhotosbyNathanW.com - Professional Photography by Nathan Waters. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Again, Nathan, with all due respect you are no one to say that "most" to anything based on your own preferences. I like music on some pages because it sets a mood for me in how to relate with the photographer, actor, artist, etc. in fact MANY professionals love music on sites and so do many art directors in the mainstream media. Rather you like it or not is your problem so you can either deal with it and accept that you do not determine the opinions and lives of others OR stay bitter and self-centered and blinded to te fact that the entire internet revolves around you. If that is not your angle, then perhaps you should structure your own opinion as being less hostile. Al the best to you sir!

  • Nathan CarrollNathan Carroll commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    While it's something you may want, nobody likes it. I will reject anything that requires me to look for something to shut it up especially since I'm probably listening to my own music or watching something. For this reason, while someone pointed it is something users want whether the public does or not, it is something Zenfolio has to invest in and since most people do not want it and therefore many users would/should not use it then it is a waste. This is a very very old ongoing shoot down of sites that have this. I would say debate but I never met anyone online or in real life that enjoys auto music on something they don't already expect like movie sites.

  • Alexandra GiamancoAlexandra Giamanco commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be a really bad idea! It is heavily talked about it in here!
    and here:

    You have to understand that visitors are not looking to listen to music because they might already listening to their own music. It is so annoying that if i bump into a site with music on it i leave immediately if the mute button isn't visible.

  • Greg TownsendGreg Townsend commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Fair point. However my point is not about whether the feature is wanted or not by Zenfolio users, that as you rightly say is a free choice we all have. What I am asking Zenfolio to do, based on the fact we can't click and vote down an idea, is not waste time on a feature that drives business away from a commercial web site, that no major web presence uses and that has been shunned by every top commercial photographer on the internet. There are many more pressing issues for Zenfolio to address that would actually improve the service and create additional business and revenue for us. If music was a free extra that require no additional effort by Zenfolio to provide who cares if it's available or not, but they will spend time and resources on this and provide additional bandwidth to stream it.

    I suppose in a way I should be encouraging it though. It might well drive a prospective discerning client to quickly leave the music site and maybe come to mine, Allisons, Ottowa Wedding etc and give us the work instead! I think I will vote for this after all. Nice.

  • PhotosbyNathanW.com - Professional Photography by Nathan Waters.PhotosbyNathanW.com - Professional Photography by Nathan Waters. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If you don't want it, you don't have to have it. You have your opinion and we have ours. Its NOT a poor webpage design. Its just preference and if you don't like it, then don't make it. Nothing personal... except that everyone is different. I love pages that have a nice calm music to set a mood. So if you don't like it, again, don't put it on!

  • Greg TownsendGreg Townsend commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Politely voting this one down but respecting others right not to.

    Music on a commercial website, especially a photography one, is generally accepted to be a very poor web design concept. Looking around the Internet at some of the most successful and popular web sites I don't see any of them using music by default. Amazon doesn't add nice background music to enhance the shopping experience. Nor does Asos, Ebay, Facebook, Google, Flickr... the list goes on and on.

    Also looking at the American Photo's top ten wedding photographers of 2013.... not a single one uses music on their web sites.

    Zenfolio only have limited resources and I would much rather they spent them adding new features and improving the existing product range.

  • AlisonAlison commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    PhotosbyNathanW: All I was saying was, there are more critical FUNCTIONAL issues that need to be addressed, before a cosmetic addition of more muzak that the majority of users switch off. And if adding more muzak is Zenfolio's priority over fixing fundamental business issues, then yes, it is my business. I wasn't suggesting preventing anyone customizing sites in their own way. I *was* suggesting a good prioritization of business needs... maybe I shouldn't try to host stock photos on a service mostly used by wedding photogs. My own darn fault.

  • AlisonAlison commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    No music. No. Please look after full licensing (like in PhotoShelter or PhotoDeck, for example), and full indexing of image titles and keywords in search before adding more music. Anyone measured how many site visitors turn OFF sound?

  • AirshotzAirshotz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree too. Some people only look at the initial slideshow for less than a minute then they're into the main website and the music ends.

  • PhotosbyNathanW.com - Professional Photography by Nathan Waters.PhotosbyNathanW.com - Professional Photography by Nathan Waters. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree Victor,... Hubert seems to be a know it all hot head and needs to seriously take a step back or delete his comment as it makes himself out to be a nasty person with just hot air coming out. Its totally fine to state something as opinion and having your own opinion; but coming out so rash is just making himself out to be the fool.

    As far as your comment Hubert, to each their own. You have your own likes and tastes. Not everyone is like you (Thank GOD). So make comments with discernment and preserve your own reputation and character views. Comments like this (just being honest) make me not want to know you. I hope you're not like this in real life.

  • Victor's PicturesVictor's Pictures commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hubert, your assertions are so strong they beg to be contradicted. Certainly it can be done. These days tabbed browsers are the norm. One possibility would be to set up one tab for browsing images and another for playing music. If the browser were not a tabbed browser, popups could be used instead.

    And the web is no longer stateless. In addition to using cookies to track states, many websites use back end databases to track states.

  • HubertHubert commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is technically impossible as you leave one site to go to the other...unless you put everything in between an iFrame which has tons of cons against it. SO NEVER Ever can it be done nor it is desirable....the web is just stateless, so music can't just continue from one site to the other and never ever will. nowhere....and less here.

  • Ottawa Wedding Photography by Christopher Steven B.Ottawa Wedding Photography by Christopher Steven B. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just a note to those putting music on their sites--if you're running a business and attempting to attract clients, music on a site, particularly when there is no obvious and easy way to turn it off, can turn off a visitor faster than just about any other aspect of one's site. I love music, but take care ladies and gents.

  • Patrycja Patrycja commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would love an option of having a soundtrack through the whole web site on each page. Not just home page and slideshows. I like consistency on my web sites. ;-) If there was also option for more control,like switching between songs would be awesome too. And more clear navigation so when person visits web site at work can turn off the music,if they wish so.

  • CurtisCurtis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    so can we play music throughout the site now? or its still on main page or slide shows, if we are able to do so now, can someone please teach me. thanks !!

  • photoguy92849photoguy92849 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    i agree. even better though, the visitor should be able to choose their own music from this docked mini-player rather than us having to preset the music. everyone has different tastes and those tastes change over time.

    1) we should pick only the genre which would determine the default song.
    2) random songs from that preset genre should play continuously
    3) visitor should be able to switch the genre or specific song that is playing on their own

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