I’ve written previously about my love/hate affair with WordPress as a website builder. As I said back then, one of the things I hate is how it draws hackers like bees to a honeypot. But they’re killer bees. And they’re getting worse.
Last month I was fortunate to travel to the UK to attend the annual Generate London conference for web designers. Of all the great talks, probably my favourite session was an unexpected one, entitled “Designing for Crisis”.
You know the old saying “A woman’s work is never done”? And the one about “a painter’s house is never painted”? Combine those two and you get “A web designer woman’s website is never done”. My own website is the first one I ever published (not including the ones I created at uni, which weren’t made public). It just turned 5 years old. Which is really old in web years!
The working title for this blog was originally Why I Hate WordPress. But I decided that was a little too harsh a stance to take against the world’s most popular blogging platform. And as I wrote I realised I needed to reveal both sides of the coin because, as I always say… it depends.
We’re nearly half way through the calendar year. Already! It’s a good time to assess how things are going, don’t you agree? For me, the first six months of this year was overflowing with a lot of firsts.
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You know that song from Oliver?
Back in the old days (though not as far back as Oliver)… websites used to be restricted to a pretty small variety of fonts – and we quickly got bored of them. Nowadays the internet is littered with so many different fonts that it can be very confusing to choose the right ones for your website.
Just as many people will, against popular wisdom, judge a book by its cover, people are very quick to judge your website by its homepage.
And if the ‘synopsis’ they read (like the back cover of a book) only talks about how great the author is, and not the exciting ride they’ll be taken on within the storyline, they get no sense of why they should read on.
Imagine sailing the world a few hundred years ago with a faulty compass? Or trying to follow in Captain Cook’s footsteps with a bent sextant? (Don’t know what a “bent sextant” is? Look it up!)
Translate that to modern day (first world) problems such as finding your way through an unfamiliar city with an outdated Navman roadmap. Or using a website with a poorly designed navigation menu.
Welcome to the Year of the Sheep on the Chinese lunar calendar. The Chinese consider sheep to be lucky animals – they spend their time following each other from one green patch of grass to the next without too many cares or worries. They never have to do any hard labour, which is left to the Ox.
Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it?
I had a good year last year, gained some new clients, and was happily busy for the second half of the year (occasionally flat out!) When my other half suggested a holiday pre-Christmas my immediate thought was “How? I’m way too busy to take a break.” It’s a common refrain for many small business people.