Ingela Rushkin had a beautiful website that she had worked very hard on to perfect the graphic design. The problem was that while lovely, structurally it was outdated and not mobile responsive. Additionally, it wasn’t something she felt she could update herself. So the task at hand was to recreate her site’s look and feel on a much better, mobile responsive platform.
I just finished switching two more clients to mobile responsive websites. Now mind you, a mobile responsive website is not the same as having a separate site for mobile devices, it is your website that rearranges itself depending on the device that you view it on.
There has been some controversy on whether it is better to have a two different sites, but I fall on the side of just having one great site that works anywhere you view it.
First, you want that continuity no matter where a visitor views the site. Second, people aren’t just using their smart phones for quick hits, they are doing a lot of their surfing on their phones. Why shouldn’t they get the full experience instead of some stripped down version.
Now I agree that when updating to mobile responsive you need to think about what content on your site is most important and lay things out accordingly, but all in all you should give your visitor everything, regardless of how they view it.
Face it, do you really want to strip down your blog posts? No. Do you want to deny the bride sitting on a park bench during her lunch hour access to your galleries? No. What a bout the bride sitting on the couch watching TV with on eye and surfing on her iPhone with the other?No.
I do not believe for one minute that today’s bride will reserve her wedding planning to her laptop. She will do her research anywhere and on any device that is handy. This phenomenon is only going to increase as smartphone get cheaper and tablets become more ubiquitous. Check out this capture from an infographic from Microsoft Tag (Click the image to see the full infographic)
Have a look at some of the recent sites Think has either created in mobile responsive or have updated to a mobile responsive website. Please, check them out across all of your devices. I think you will like what you see. Just because they are mobile, doesn’t mean they look plain.
and of course, this site.
Now, go look at your site and remember, I’m here when you need me.
A couple of years ago I put together a blog for Courtney Hammon’s company A Magical Affair. This year she decided to finally bag her old flash website in favor turning that blog into a complete website. Yeah! Courtney. Now you get all the SEO power of WordPress and Genesis.
Of course we did some updates but kept the same basic look she loved in the blog. Click the image to visit the site.
We were able to complete the cusomization in about a day with Cathy’s site only being down for a matter of hours.If you click on the link to the galleries, you will see that the new site still acts as a powerful SEO wrapper for her Bludomain site. Cool.
Now they have all the magic of the Studiopress Genesis framework* with out losing any of their hard work on the old theme.
*Yep, that is an affilate link to Studiopress. Full disclosure you know.
For the longest time photographers have been caught up in having a Flash website. They do it because of the galleries and yes they can look great. The unintended consequence is the loss of search and now the loss of readability on mobile phones is also a huge issue.
Is there a fix? You bet there is.
Take a look at Paul Maynard Photography.
His site has big beautiful galleries that can be animated if he chooses. There is a slide show on the homepage that renders beautifully on phones and he can update the whole thing himself with the push of a button. Now isn’t that cool?
If you look closely at the image of the slideshow in the picture below, you will see that I caught this capture mid-fade. That’s cool too.
Joy Basdeo , a wedding planner in Grand Cayman emailed me not long ago about a new website. Joy had a blog in one place and 2 different website on other urls and nothing was working. She couldn’t update anything but her blog, and she wasn’t getting much SEO traction on her websites because of the way they were built.
Well, in no time flat we had Joy on a shiny new WordPress blog site built on the Genesis framework. If you haven’t been paying attention, Genesis is just about the slickest thing going in the land of WordPress. In terms of SEO, ease of use and security it at the top of the heap.
What a wonderful experience it has been working with Joy.
I took a couple of the child themes, pulled them apart and played Frankentheme to create Joy’s site. I hope you like it as much as Joy does.
If your website isn’t doing what you need it to, give me a call and I’ll fix you right up.
Click on the image to visit the site.
I just love what my clients have to say.
Debbi, My Personal Cantor, was recently asked who built her website. Here is what she said…
“Her name is Christine Boulton, and you can reach her at …thinklikeabride.com
She’s amazing. And it was very reasonable. What’s more, is she specializes in WordPress blogsites, which are the best. They are so simple to maintain and add content to, and are meant for constant updating, and content additions, which makes Google love it more. Then – she is very hands on in making sure you know how to use it and administer it. She’s really a client advocate. the WordPress site I originally had was built by someone in Canada, and once he got paid for the final version, it was impossible to reach him at all. Christine is always there for me if I have questions.
Tell her I sent ya!”
Aww, gee. Thanks Debbi.
I include a testimonial page in all the websites I build. You would think I would be smart enough to include one on my site. Oh well, the cobblers children…
I thought you might like this site that went live over the weekend; Healthy Solutions Medical Weight Loss.
I know it a bit outside the wedding industry that I usually deal with but still fun to do.
The site went live on Sunday and by Tuesday they already had new patients coming in with their forms already printed out and filled in! The staff loves it, especially the ones that answer the phone.
I love happy clients
I just handed off a new site to a wonderful client, Sarah Morris. We had recently built Sarah a new site for her company, The Something Blue Shoppe and this was a sister site for her prom shop, Something Blue Too.
Sarah wanted a site that carried the basic look of SBS but with more punch for a younger audience. Since she loved the way the first site worked she asked that we use the same CMS for the prom site. Both sites were built on the same Premium WordPress theme with a ton of customization.