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    For the past couple of weeks I've been looking into putting up some background music on my ballet school site but finding something suitable that doesn't fall foul of either performing rights or a visitor who doesn't want to wait forever for it to load is no small task.

    I've put up a small edited classical piece that is available and I think fits the the 'tone' but I'd appreciate very much comments from anyone who has time to take a look. TIA.

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    Hi maryh,

    visited your site to listen to the music but did
    not hear anything, or see anything to do with sound !!

    I like your presentation, simple, very effective and pleasing on the eye.....

    Its posible that I am not the best person to comment on the music because
    I only have WiFi which can be slow at times so I hope some of our other friends will take a look for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryH
    For the past couple of weeks I've been looking into putting up some background music on my ballet school site but finding something suitable that doesn't fall foul of either performing rights or a visitor who doesn't want to wait forever for it to load is no small task.

    I've put up a small edited classical piece that is available and I think fits the the 'tone' but I'd appreciate very much comments from anyone who has time to take a look. TIA.

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    Hello, my friend!
    It's lpvely, Mary, and very fitting. Well done you clever lady. It didn't take long to download, a few seconds, I'm on 2mb bb.

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    Its very pleasing on the eye. The music didn't start in Firefox but it did in IE6.
    The music fits the tone of the site very well. I think you might have each page set at different widths or the content is positioned slightly differently on each page because as you go through the pages the menu buttons and other bits move about.

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    Thanks guys, everything noted.

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    Mary: I have IE6 and music started playing within 20 sec. Very nice
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    I am a big fan of the design, I would suggest maybe using buttons that fit with the design of you page. I know that hard I had to make mine. How did you get you music in the background? I am still having problems with that...

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    I agree with goldenleaf about the nav buttons. sidenote for golden...your picture gallery page does have music! and nice site by the way.

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    Very nice site and loved the soft tones of the music.
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    Very nice. I echo the comments above.
    Nice touch on music selection.

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    By the way I use firefox and ie, but I found that when I build for firefox the site looks best in both browsers. I added background music in page properties and yes I do have background music in ie but not in firefox, and you site is the same. When I open your site in ie I get music right away but firefox nothing... Anybody know why?

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    Hi guys

    I been doing a bit of updating and once again would appreciate your comments.
    Thanks to Andy128 I now have nav buttons that match the theme, you all were so right about this!

    Music is perhaps my main avenue of thought at the moment, I think it was Floor Lady who said it took about 20secs to load.
    Until I put up exam results and perhaps a few more photos etc it's only going to take about 20secs to get through the entire site.

    I've cut that music to the bone, has anyone any suggestions?

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    Beautiful.....Elegant.....Awesome....WOW

    Like those buttons gives a very polished look.
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    Mary-
    Loading the file depends on the kbs of the file and size of file. Might want to play around with an audio edit program and see if that would make a difference. You can find a free program here;

    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

    What kbs is it at now?

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    Thanks OhS**** much appreciated.

    Andy thanks for the very kind thought but I need to edit music quite often and use CoolEdit Pro and Adobe Audition.
    I've already cut this file down to 2748k and just didn't think it would take anyone a whole heap of time to begin to hear it whatever their setup. But obviously I'm wrong.
    I'd be very grateful if some of you who have the time would let me know how long it's actually taking to come though on your system. TIA

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryH
    For the past couple of weeks I've been looking into putting up some background music on my ballet school site but finding something suitable that doesn't fall foul of either performing rights or a visitor who doesn't want to wait forever for it to load is no small task.

    I've put up a small edited classical piece that is available and I think fits the the 'tone' but I'd appreciate very much comments from anyone who has time to take a look. TIA.

    Mary

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    Hi Mary, I emailed you four times yesterday! I keep getting an error message :o(

    Your site looks beautiful! I love your new buttons and the background colour. It is very elegant yet in no way 'old fashioned'. I think you have done a great job! Well done.

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    It took 1 minute and 20 seconds on my machine on IE6. I have 2mb broadband (although its running at 1.7 at the moment)
    The music still doesnt work in Firefox though.

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    Hi again all you kind people,

    I've done what I think I should have done in the first place and saved it as an MP3.
    I hesitate to ask, I know I'm being a nuisance, but would someone have a look to see if it's any better?

    Amanda I was wondering why I wasn't getting any mail.
    Ah well another problem obviously.

    Andy do you think the MP3 may be the answer - maybe not or why hasn't somebody come up with this earlier?

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    I just tried it again and it started almost immediately but I have done it once and it will still be in my pc cached or something like that.
    I use Alive WAV/MP3 converter to do my sound files.
    http://www.alivemedia.net/ it is very good.

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    Your Email address on your contact page is not working.
    You need to give it a link to work.
    see hyperlinking tutorial......http://www.vodahost.com/help.htm

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    Mary-

    That seemed to speed things up considerably. What ever you did seemed to work. Now hopefully some one with dial-up will test it.

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    Mary: I went in on a different machine with IE6 and on both mine and the other machine, the music began almost immediately. Sounds great and looks great!! Congratulations and good luck!
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    Thanks everyone for all the feedback.

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    when a surfer comes to your site it loads the contents Alphabetically ... thus if you have a large music file as set in the background it good to name that file zmusicfilename with the z in front of it your page will load quickly with the graphics and text and come down quick... as the music file is the last file to come down the surfer can look through your page instead of the page being blank which I know if I have to wait to long I just close the site because I'm an impatient websurfer

    just a suggestion

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    A very good suggestion, thanks.
    Perhaps this is something a few of us aren't aware of.

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    Hi Mary,

    Its a lovely site, beautiful colour very calming and elegant and the music is most fitting, ..just lovely

    Oh and i'm on dial up and the music just takes a few seconds ...well done

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    Very nice. Your music was very fast on mine.
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    I've changed one or two things and would love to hear (see?) your comments.

    Sadly I have so much work to catch up on that I must be strict with myself and not log in so often. However will I manage to get through the day without those hilarious jokes?
    Thank you all for the help you have given me.

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    Mary-

    Looks great! Music faster and everything looks very nice.

    One thing- in my browser (IE) on the contact page, the picture next to the harp appears to -ever so slightly- touch or over lap the
    H in Hunter. Thats all.

    Have a great weekend.

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    Picture slightly hits the H also in firefox. also as i mentioned firefox does not play the music but my internet explorer does. i don't know why but it does it to me also. Perfect site.

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    Yeah its good
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    Andy, has this moved it at all?

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    Yes- Now the "H" is in front of the picture- It needs to move about a 1/2
    inch to the right.

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    Thanks to everyone who has taken the trouble to help me over the past weeks. It was just fantastic to receive the almost immediate encouraging comments, not to mention the 'hands on' help from such knowledgeable people.

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    Hi everyone,

    I've changed my memories page and consequently needed to change all the background music to try to keep some sort of balance.
    I'd be grateful for all comments, especially on loadtime for music and photos. TIA

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    Mary: Everything is looking great. The memories page came right up and a different song started playing immediately. You've done a wonderful job
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