Over the Christmas holiday I started a redesign of my photography website. As a web developer, my sites are always the last to get updated. It took me about four weeks because I kept changing it. I finally launched it but am still adjusting it!
Here’s some of the things I did:
- Combined my blog with the main site. Previously, they were separate. My blog had to be moved. I created the site platform on Wordpress with a responsive HTML theme and layout. My goal was to make the site minimal and make it easier to navigate and work well on mobile sites.
- Cleaned up my blog. SInce my photo blog has been out there since 2009, I had to put a redirect on the old blog url to the new one since I changed it’s path. I thought I wanted to keep old articles just so I could look back and see how far my photography skills have come but I decided some just didn’t add value. I cleaned up a few and dumped a bunch.
- Changed from PhotoShelter to SmugMug. Over the years I have tried out 3 of the most popular photo storage and shopping cart sites. I started with PhotoShelter, moved to Zenfolio for a couple of years and then back to PhotoShelter. Zenfolio, at the time did not have very good SEO and so I made the switch back to PhotoShelter. I think I have been on PhotoShelter for about 4 years. I also tried SmugMug a couple of times over the years and didn’t find it easy to customize. SmugMug though has come a long way since I tried them out in the past. Not only is their customer service the best but I found the pages easy to customize.
I also had a chance to create a new blog for my future travels with my husband in our RV. I hope to launch it in March. Stay tuned!