After over one year of work, the main site for leoraW dot com has been rebuilt. This post will talk about some of the decisions that were made in redesigning the site. Learn about website redesign choices – a new logo, new flat design illustrations, and a framework called Twitter Bootstrap are all elements of the new site.
Why Redesign a Website?
Why did I redesign the website? Why spend so much time doing so?
Above is the old version of the home page. It was too cluttered, too feminine and not crisp and business-like. I wanted to incorporate a new logo as well.
I worked with a graphic designer for several months to get the logo you can now see on the new page (top of this blog post shows the new home page). For the code, I used a popular framework called Twitter Bootstrap. It helped make the site responsive (looks good on mobile and iPads, for example), and the grid of Bootstrap is great for organized areas on each web page. I added two flat design illustrations, one on the home page and one on the services page. These illustrations are representative of some of my skills, ones that a business owner might want tailored for his or her own business needs.
Services Page Redesign
One of the pages I was especially eager to redesign was the services page. The old one looked cluttered, and the design was not business-like:
Here is the new one, with the new flat design illustration:
If you click on the image, you can see more of the services page.
Portfolio Page Redesign
Here is the new portfolio page:
I am proud that I have worked on so many sites already! Eager to do even more. It is not that different than the old portfolio page, but because of the power of the Twitter Bootstrap grid, I can easily fit more on the page.
New Logo for LeoraW dot com
I worked with graphic designer Susan Neuhaus on the W jumping out of the box logo. My requirements were a crisp and business-like logo. I originally started working on it myself, but I was much happier once I was working with Susan and her design team.
Your Turn, Please
Have you ever spent so much time on one project that it interrupts your business blogging schedule? Have you wanted to redesign your own business website, but you don’t know where to start? Have you seen a small business site that pops out at you and says, “yes, this is what we deliver” – or have you wished the small business owner would take out time for a website redesign?
Still need to do a redesign of this Websites for Small Biz blog. I have not decided whether to change it a lot, or to keep the basic look but change the underlying code (code that could use updating). Hope it does not take me a year to decide – stay tuned for that one.