Thanks for the really nice feedback on my website! I appreciate it. :)
Yes, the portfolio opens in a new window. The software currently used to run my galleries is Flash based and does not allow the full site menu to be added to the gallery's top navigation. The only way around it would be to display it in an iFrame, but I would prefer to avoid the use of frames as they can really slow down page load times. I'm considering redesigning the gallery section to utilize AJAX, versus Flash, since it can perform many of the same functions as my Flash gallery, while using fewer resources. Ultimately though, it's at the bottom of my to-do list at the moment. I'm busy working on a green studio resource website at the moment, as well as my normal jewelry design work, so I'm a bit buried right now.
Facebook can be incredibly useful - if you use it well. Social networking sites are a great SEO tool to help drive website traffic. They are also very valuable in building social relationships that get others to take notice of, and talk about, our work. I added the Facebook integration to my site to strengthen that relationship even further. I also have a share button that makes it possible to share my blog posts on a large number of other sites. The easier I make it for my site's visitors to share my work with others, the more secondary traffic may filter through to my site as a result. And, it's a great way to build up brand awareness.
Yes, I admit it... I'm addicted to Facebook. ;)
I was very pleased when I recently discovered that my site is now the top ranked site for "Green Couture Jewelry
" on the web - one of my goals when I launched the site more than a year ago. Social networking tools like Facebook definitely helped me to accomplish that goal. One down... a thousand more to go.