I seem to have spent the whole day today messing around with the new photographs - trying to come up with attractive ways of using them on the website. I was hampered by my struggle with Paint Shop Pro - a programme I've never really used for anything other than resizing photos.
If we have a manual for it, I've no idea where it is, so it's just a case of trial and error (lots and lots of error, particularly). Anyway, I did come up with something in the end.
After going through the whole rigmarole of adding new items, I don't think I have the energy to create an exciting image for the homepage.
Anyway, what I really wanted to do is to create what I thiiiink is called an image map - where different parts of the picture link to different things. So I could have lots of different products incorporated into one image, and then if you clicked on the product, you would be taken to the individual product page.
I haven't got as far as investigating image maps though - the picture above was just an experiment in manipulating individual images into one.
I did a little bit of research into it, and a more popular idea seems to be to use just one picture - a big striking, dramatic picture, with just a little bit of suggestive text. However, the websites that did this were all big brand names, and it seems to me that if you're visiting the website of a big brand, you're not going to be put off if you don't like the advertising image on the homepage. You know from personal experience - or from their reputation - that they're going to have something you like.
By contrast, with a small, unknown business like mine, you need to find something that will catch the reader's attention immediately. I read somewhere that an incredibly high proportion of visitors to any website will not go any further than the first page, before they hit the back button.
Anyway, tomorrow I will see if I can find out how to create image maps - or whatever they're called.