If you’re a regular visitor you will have probably noticed a big change from when you last visited. I’ve finally launched my new website!
Why the change?
There were a few reasons for the change. Firstly, since this website runs on WordPress the custom theme I was using previously was built for a previous version of WordPress and I was unable to keep everything up to date with the latest security and feature releases. The previous sites theme also relied on quite a few plugins for functionality. What I found was that plugins were getting out of date and that since so many plugins were running, speed of the site was not optimal.
With my previous website I also wanted a few things changed in regards to the look and feel of the site. For one, I always thought the font was too small and the layout became a bit cluttered with all the plugins/features that had been added. Through discussions with my designers they pointed me in the right direction and now I have a theme that is more robust on the back end, while still offering all the features I wanted and will also allow me to make simple changes on my own without editing code. I think you’ll like the new clean and simple look that will allow you to more easily focus on the sites content.
Finally, in looking at my website statistics from last year, nearly 20% of visits came from a mobile device. I only see this statistic growing, and wanted to make sure all my visitors have the best user experience. While I did have a separate mobile website with mortgage calculators there was no easy way to redirect mobile visitors there and still let them be able to read blog posts. This new website has what’s called “Responsive Design” and will scale to fit on all browser widths/resolutions and on all mobile devices. Try it on your iPhone, Smart Phone or iPad and you’ll see!
While all the pages and blog posts that were on my previous site are still here, some of it may have moved around a little. Here’s some of the changes:
- Top menu has been re-organized and condensed so you can better navigate the site
- Redesigned Homepage that features, Apply Now Button, Testimonials and recent blog posts.
- Sidebar has been streamlined. On the right hand side of blog posts you’ll find links to me on Social Media, Email Newsletter signup along with tabs organize recent posts, comments and popular articles.
- Footer now includes links my recent Tweets and Newsletter Signup (You have signed up right?)
- Text is now larger and more easily read, even on smaller screens.
- Timeline Feature that shows every post in one page.
Over the coming weeks a few more small tweaks will be done to some of the static pages to better fit with the new design, but all in all it’s ready for the world.
I hope you take the time to look around and let me know what you think. If you notice something on any of the pages that doesn’t look quite right I would appreciate if you leave a comment or send me an email so I can have it fixed.
Thanks for looking!