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Thursday, February 17, 2011
Kids Get Shoes, Roof No Longer Leaks

It is said that a shoemaker's children go barefoot and a roofer's own house has a leaky roof.

As I was on the phone with a client offering advice about a site's first impression, I clicked to my site and was shocked as I looked at something that was certainly NOT what I was just talking about. I had to try to remember the last time I had visited my own site and looked at it from a visitor's perspective. I had no answer to that. I had to take action.

The next seven days were hell for my wife as I holed up in the office with only one thing on my mind. I was determined to turn my site into something that truly represents what I do.

First on the agenda was the portfolio. Sure there were a lot of clients in there, but the layout was drab, the only jobs listed were active client sites and each site had just a small banner-like image and a description. But what about all the other design projects and sites I've developed in the past? The logos I've designed, the brochures, menus, ect.. Any prospective client would have had no idea I even did those things. I wanted to showcase my work. Hell, I'm proud of it.

The rest of what needed updating was pretty much a more appealing layout, more info about the web and graphic design services and experience,  some creative use of CSS and Javascript, placing the live chat feature in a more prominent location and a major upgrade to the Tech Support Ticket System. I even added a demo of the actual timer that's used to track time on a job. It's pretty cool.

I think I'm pleased with the results. My wife says she's glad to have me back too.


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