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1. Posted by JonathanU (Budding Member 20 posts) 6y

Why is it when someone clicks to look at the photos in the blog, there is no way for them to easily navigate back to the blog they were looking at?

Am I missing something?

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 6y

Are you referring to the photos on the right hand side? Those are really intended as a link to your photo gallery, which in essence is separate from the blog (we just added the option to have those there last year based on feedback from users). Most of the bloggers tend to insert their photos directly in the entries, and clicking on those will keep you on the blog.

One reason there isn't a link back to the user's blog from the photo gallery is that not all the users that upload photos here have a blog (vice versa is also true, with some users preferring to just insert the photos they've uploaded to Flickr/Facebook instead).

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 6y

You mean the photos in the sidebar? The swiftest way from there to navigate back is to click on the name of the Photographer in the details next to the photo, which brings you to the profile of this person, and in there all the blogs run by this person are listed.

The problem here with linking "back" is that one person can be running a large number of blogs (maximum 5 to 50, depending on member status), and photos aren't directly associated with a single blog. Should we really list all the blogs of a person on the photo page? Most people who browse photos do so through the Photography section of this website, or via the profile of a member, not via the blogs, and such lists of blogs would be a lot of "clutter" for them. Additionally, the browser's "back" button would of course take one back to the blog, and usability studies consistently show that this is the one browser function which everyone knows how to use effectively.

4. Posted by JonathanU (Budding Member 20 posts) 6y

Thank you for the input. I am new to the blog here, so I recieved a few questions from friends about it, granted we haven't posted many photos yet as we haven't left for our trip. Honestly, I still think being able to click back to the blog would be a good tool, especially if someone looks through 50 photos, the back button would be a tedious task. We will do more to add our best photos into our blog itself, thanks for the tips.

While we're at it, is there anyway to change the order of our blogs entries as they are posted?

Also, I think Travellerspoint is great and we did a lot of research before choosing to use it, and it seemed to be the most traveller friendly, I'm just trying to get the most out of it, sorry for the complaints!

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 6y

Quoting JonathanU

While we're at it, is there anyway to change the order of our blogs entries as they are posted?

You can edit the "Posting Time" to be a date/time before a previous entry. That's the thing the blog entries will be sorted on. (Do be aware however that frequent visitors to your blog might miss seeing that there's a new entry if it isn't the first one shown.)

Also, I think Travellerspoint is great and we did a lot of research before choosing to use it, and it seemed to be the most traveller friendly, I'm just trying to get the most out of it, sorry for the complaints!

No worries; we like to hear feedback. If people didn't speak up here about what they like and don't like, and especially about what's confusing, we'd never be able to improve things. (We might not always immediately take action on things, but we will remember the points people bring up, and next time that code related to that is touched, we might see a way to make things better. (On that note, Sam, Peter: with the redesign, is there perhaps room to do a "user navigation" thing when on any user-owned page? Getting from profile to maps to photos to blogs to accommodation reviews to ... all for the same person (whether yourself or someone else) might be good. Perhaps with dropdowns or something if there's more than one blog, and disabled if there's none...))

[ Edit: Edited on 27-Jan-2010, at 07:46 by Sander ]

6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 6y

Quoting Sander

(On that note, Sam, Peter: with the redesign, is there perhaps room to do a "user navigation" thing when on any user-owned page? Getting from profile to maps to photos to blogs to accommodation reviews to ... all for the same person (whether yourself or someone else) might be good. Perhaps with dropdowns or something if there's more than one blog, and disabled if there's none...))

That's definitely not a bad idea, and there's more space/opportunity for this in the redesign than there has been till now. Will play around with it and try and get something going.

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 6y

On the photo back button issue.

I think the only way to really make that work the way you are wanting it to work is to actually have the photo gallery somehow embedded within your blog. I don't think having a user's entire gallery showing in the blog is necessarily the right thing, but maybe a subset.

Perhaps a setting saying, "I want photos between these dates showing in my blog's gallery"

Or coming back to another concept that has been discussed, "Add these xx albums in my blog's gallery"

I'm not saying this will happen in any rush, but when I think about it from a user's perspective, this would seem to provide the most logical tie-in.

8. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 6y

Quoting Peter

I think the only way to really make that work the way you are wanting it to work is to actually have the photo gallery somehow embedded within your blog. I don't think having a user's entire gallery showing in the blog is necessarily the right thing, but maybe a subset.

Wouldn't it be a lot easier to just have a sub navigation on any page that is a 'user's' page with links to their photo gallery/maps/profile/blogs etc? It could have a drop down in case they have multiple blogs. Another benefit I see of this is it immediately ties in the map with the profile/photos etc. and vice versa. All those tie-ins aren't always there right now.

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 6y

Quoting Sam I Am

Quoting Peter

I think the only way to really make that work the way you are wanting it to work is to actually have the photo gallery somehow embedded within your blog. I don't think having a user's entire gallery showing in the blog is necessarily the right thing, but maybe a subset.

Wouldn't it be a lot easier to just have a sub navigation on any page that is a 'user's' page with links to their photo gallery/maps/profile/blogs etc? It could have a drop down in case they have multiple blogs. Another benefit I see of this is it immediately ties in the map with the profile/photos etc. and vice versa. All those tie-ins aren't always there right now.

Easier for us? Yes, definitely.

Easier for the visitor, I don't think so. It's much clearer for any visitor if the entire design doesn't change. But yes, harder for us to actually program and make this possible. Particularly because we'd have to make it work in all the different designs that we have available.

10. Posted by JonathanU (Budding Member 20 posts) 6y

Couldn't you activate a link in the date next to photos in the users travel photography that would allow you to skip back to that specific blog entry, as that's probably where it was relevant? You could also allow readers to click on a blog entry to see relevant photos to that blog entry, b/c I know that putting too many photos in your blog can increase load time and overwhelm the writing.