You know me. I am always changing stuff. After my major redesign of my website (by a designer, no less) I kept looking at it and trying to figure out what was wrong. Let me be up front here. I don’t know CSS from a hole in the ground. Another confession: I don’t WANT to know CSS. So my website has to be simple enough I can manage it myself without having to code anything.
I have a website for two reasons:
1. To communicate with readers
2. To prove that I’m alive and well and living in San Antonio
I want two things from my website:
1. Speed. I want to be faster than 95% of all websites, and I currently am.
2. Low memory. I’m a nut case about how much memory my site sucks up. For example, I’d love to have a Facebook widget in the sidebar – but wow! – it really degraded the speed of the site. So, bells and whistles might be fun, but not if they affect those two things.
After the re-design of my site, and after I had sufficient time to look at it, I kept trying to figure out what was wrong with it. On reading some of the comments from Facebook people, it finally coalesced for me. The website was too bloody busy. Too many images, too much stuff to see, too much shouting – so I calmed it down a bunch. Simplify, simplify – that’s my motto.
- When you come to the website now the first thing you’ll see is the latest post. No separate home and blog page. You’ll have to click on the title of the post to enable the sharing buttons located at the bottom, but that shouldn’t be too onerous.
- No slider. No more animations
- Most of the images have been removed so the site doesn’t look so busy
- Now there are only three blog posts on each page
I hope this new layout is easy and simple for you. I’ll put important stuff on the right sidebar, or post about it. If you have any corrections or suggestions, I’d love to hear them – just leave a comment.