It’s a common dilemma for web designers that we’re so busy building other people’s web sites that we don’t have time to work on our own. Most of my jobs are via referral, so my web site isn’t my primary selling point. People typically see the other sites I’ve designed and make an inquiry about my services because of that work, not necessarily because they were wowed by my web site.
I have nothing against wowing clients with my web site though, and it had gone so long without an update that it was beginning to be embarrassing. No, wait, it already was embarrassing. I hadn’t updated my portfolio in years, and I was increasingly ashamed that my site was not mobile responsive. Once Studiopress released the Genesis 2.0 framework*, I decided it was time to redesign, so I set aside several days just to work on the Make My Blog Pretty web site. Those days got scattered across the last two months and were delayed by a wrist injury probably caused by all the coding and testing I was doing. But finally, finally, finally the redesign is here!
The look and feel of the site is purposefully similar to the old design because I wanted to stick with my existing branding. However, the new site is coded in HTML5 and is mobile responsive, so it should look good on phones, tablets and whatever devices we’ll use in the next four years until I have to redesign this site again. I built the site with the Genesis framework and used the Modern Portfolio theme as a starting point. It didn’t include custom post types for portfolios though, so I hacked together those pieces of code from the Minimum theme. Then I added my own custom post types for testimonials, custom coded some widgets, and got all up in the stylesheet to make the design my own. I also re-wrote some copy and finally added new portfolio pieces.
And now it’s here! I am as excited to launch this design and as I am relieved that it’s finally finished. I’ve spent lots of time playing with it on my laptop, phone and tablet, but it might still need some polishing around the edges, so let me know in the comments if you find anything that needs fixing. I hope you like it as much as I do!