Times are changing in the digital and online world, the demand for outsourcing custom built websites is diminishing. I’ve noticed the whole industry is seeing a decline – in part due to these DIY site-builder companies that have cropped up everywhere (terribly restrictive and expensive for the user!).
However, mostly I think it’s down to more focus on Social Media content provision and a more tech-savvy generation behind new start-ups that don’t require outside help with their online presence.
As I get older, I also find myself increasingly yearning to spend more time away from the desk and out and about in the beautiful Devon countryside (and beyond) with my camera. (I am still taking on select Design projects though – so Get in Touch for help and advice with yours).
This ‘Website Re-imagined’ is a recognition of that shift change in my direction and future, and is being re-focused to become more of a diary charting my journey away from the computer and into the wilds. As time moves on I will add more info about my journey and work along the way.
In addition to the changes discussed above, I have also just rebuilt this website (again!). I have for the last 10 years been happy (relatively) with using Modx – an open source Content Management Framework. However, recently that system encountered a major security issue that meant complete overhauls for every site still running that I had ever built in it.
One client though, having had previous experience with WordPress, requested that their website be rebuilt into that System instead. They wanted a little more autonomy with the day to day running of the site and felt that their previous experience would stand them in good stead to achieve that.
And so, (with a steep learning curve) I rebuilt their site in WordPress, and having just recently gone live – I can report that they are extremely happy with the end result. This did however provide me with a quandary – I have previously always used my own website as a bit of a testing ground for elements clients might want/need – but now one client was in a still somewhat unfamiliar system.
The net result of all this – is that this website is now in WordPress too. Btw, this is also the reason why the first dozen or so news stories now have very similar creation dates. I’ve not been super busy writing new content lately – just simply transferred all my posts in from the old system around the same time.
In case you’re interested, below is one of the images my camera was shooting when I took the ‘behind the scenes’ image (shot with iPhone) in the banner pic at the top…