I like lemonade.
It's a beverage that's inexpensive to buy, easy to make and it can be consumed throughout the year. Lemonade never goes out of season and never goes out of style.
I once knew a girl named Stacey, (who, by coincidence, was featured in a Toronto newspaper column today). She liked lemonade. However, web site design was not one of her many talents.
Web sites should be like lemonade. Easy to code, easy to maintain and won't go out of style as trends change.
Kenneth, for some strange reason that only your Stacey knows, the coding of your site is a bit odd. It's far too complicated and messy for such a straightforward site.
The problem with templates and other auto-generating web page software is that they often try to be everything to everyone or they try to force everyone into their one view of the web.
Your site is quite simple (as it should be), so you should learn some html and css. It will go a long way towards customizing any web pages you do whether they be template or self-made pages.
Methinks your choice of font makes the pages look sparse. There are many unique web fonts you can use (Google offers such a service
) which can add a bit of interest, (yes, I realize you don't want the text to draw away from the pictures).
There's a difference between looking minimal and looking empty, spartan or cheap.
You need more text on your site, probably in a blog. Text attracts search engines. Regularly adding new text (i.e. though a blog) really attracts search engines.
There's not enough "feedback" or enough visual clues when hovering over a link.
The url of each page has zero search engine value.
Your image filenames are all over the place: "OHL player profile photo of Soo Greyhounds player Michael Kantor Sault Ste Marie Canada STRKAG.jpg
" is not a filename, it's a short story. I hope this isn't how you name images for your archive.
Probably should add a description meta tag to the pages and also maybe a keywords meta tag.
The problem with slideshows is that big vertical pictures don't work too well. Since computer monitors are horizontal, horizontal photos work great in a slideshow but verticals need to be scaled down a lot.
Once you know CSS, you can change the fonts, colours, spacings, borders, etc. on these pages in a few seconds.
(Edit: removed a link to some sample web pages that no longer exist.