Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Website Design

In between everything else, I've got one more iron in the fire: revamping my website.

Living out here in the middle of nowhere means that most people are going to experience my studio through the web. My old site was nice enough, but seemed too dark and uninviting as time went by. It was also hard to update.

The new design lets people get a glimpse into my studio by displaying photos of the yarn, equipment, and the weaving process. I take lots of photos as I work, and I'm glad to finally put some of them to good use.

At this point, I've mostly just updated the look and feel. At some point I expect to work on the content as well. Google Analytics has shown me that people are interested in some specific themes in my blog posts. I will eventually be taking those themes and turning them into easily browsable sections of the website. As you can see, there is plenty of room to add new tabs in the new design.

I took one feature away and replaced it with several others. The header used to contain all of my contact info in a spam-unfriendly image banner. Now, I've got two ways to contact me online: a contact form in the top menu, and a pair of social network badges at the top of each page. These methods let people contact me much more easily.

I know that a lot of folks read my blog through email and blog readers. If you haven't been to my site lately, go take a look. And keep an eye out for new sections as I get them done.


Barbara said...

your website link is wrong, you typed hppt insted of http.

Blossom Merz said...

Whoops! It's fixed now. Thanks for pointing it out.

Fixing the blog entry doesn't help all the folks who get my blog delivered through email. That mail has already gone out... Ah, well. If that's the only mistake I made in the whole website updating process, I guess I'm doing OK. :)

Jo said...

Love your new site design, particularly how your studio pics now pop out with colour -- makes me want to put my hand through the screen and touch the fibres. Hope it brings you more traffic and moolah. Blessings!

Blossom Merz said...

Thanks, Jo!

I find a lot of people asking about the process and the tools so I thought I'd show some of them off on my site as part of the "ambience". I'm glad you like it!

Shelly Sharp said...

You have an amazing website! And I believe your spools made their contributions. Haha! But I wish you can add more pages to make it more interesting.