Yet another site design rant.
You know what never ceases to amaze me? Just how awful the design of TGWTG.com is. I see people compare it to a link farm all the time, but that’s not harsh enough. See, link farms actually try to get you to someplace related to your search query. TGWTG.com, on the other hand, is more like a link labyrinth; It doesn’t want you to find what you’re looking for. It wants you to try in vain to figure out who any of these people are, or what these categories mean.
10 Things Your Small Business Website Needs to Have
Just because your business has a website does not mean that people will be able to easily find it or navigate it.
Whether you are starting from scratch or revamping your existing site, the three most important qualities to keep in mind are: design, usability, and content.
When done correctly, these elements can add to your email list and social media fan-base, increase customer engagement, improve your SEO, and more. According to AllBusiness Experts, these are the 10 things your website needs to have:
1. Design that gets your message across
2. Content that reinforces your brand and Business
3. Social media links
4. Call to action
5. Mobile support
7. Newsletter subscription
8. Logical website structure and SEO-friendly URLs
9. Accreditation, Certifications, Testimonials, and Seals
10. Clear Contact Information
To read more detail on each of these components, check out the article here.
I'm Taking a CSS Course - Suggestions?
If there’s anything about my site design that annoys you, let me know so I can focus on learning how to change it. I saw a CSS course being advertised on a flyer at a cafe this weekend and decided I was tired of poking around and guessing at what might work in order to fiddle with the theme.
The best part about this course is that I’m taking it from an all-women coding group called Web Start Women, which is dedicated to closing the coding gap between men and women. Wish me luck!
Want More Ladies-in-Comics News?
After much banging of my head against the wall and rending of garments (or really, pouting in front of my computer), I have accepted both that my grown-up work schedule severely limits my blogging time no matter how I try to slice it, and that a lot of the news I want to let you all know about doesn’t really merit full-on posts most of the time.
I’ve tried link-posts in the past, but they’re almost as much work as single-subject posts I write from scratch. Plus, the links tend to just pile up in my drafts. I could just link each story-source in its own post as the come out without further commentary, but that clutters up your dashboards and RSS readers, and would frankly make me look lazy.
Fortunately, the Internet has provided me the perfect solution. If you are on the front page of LMC, you’ll have already noticed the new widget at the top of the page under the header, a newscrawl filled with nothing but articles about ladies in comics! It shows the latest posts that I’ve curated to my Scoop.it account, aggregating the best of the News You Need to Know™ about women in comics!
So if you ever find yourself wondering “What’s happening with ladies in comics today?” you can just click over to LadiesMakingComics.com and find the latest news, reviews, previews, and interviews from all over the Internet that you don’t have time to dig around for floating across the top of your screen! If you want to go further back in time, you can click over to the LMC Scoop.it archive, or if you don’t mind all these links cluttering your RSS reader, you can subscribe directly to it. And with the basic news taken care of, I can focus more of my energies on posts of more substance.
This widget is also the first step in the site’s redesign that will get underway soon after I complete my CSS course. I’m playing around with ideas now that I’m really excited about, so stay tuned!
Parallax Scrolling Sites
Scroll Plugins and Tutorials
i love your work and also your website/blog. may i ask who created it?
Thanks so much for your message, I really appreciate it!
I’ve received a few questions about my website/blog design and I’m always happy to hear positive feedback about it. I started from scratch and came up with the concept, structure, and design myself (all those years in corporate graphic design sure paid off!). And with a little help (okay, kind of a lot!) from the fiancé, was able to get it all coded.
I wanted the blog to reflect a clean and clear design and to be consistent with the products I offer and the style of my site. I think it really highlights the content of each post, my work and the things I find awesome on the web. :)