As you’ve probably noticed, the site has changed in appearance and focus. The previous site touched on a variety of items, but it really didn’t showcase any one thing. By far the most popular section of the site was the photography, so I decided to finally make that the focus of the overall site. It was something I had been tinkering with for a year or two now. A good number of people had the direct URL for the photo section bookmarked so they could visit it directly, but for new visitors, they had to click through from the main site to the photo section. Realistically, the extra hop was an unneeded step.
My decision was also aided by the recent announcement from the folks that developed the software that ran the previous photo section to discontinue active development of the software. While the old sub-section would work fine without the developers coming up with new features, I didn’t want to be stuck on old technology. Changing to new software doesn’t come without it’s challenges – not all features on the old site are available on the new one, I’ve got to familiarize myself with the new workflow for the new site, and on and on and on the list could go.
What the new site software does give is flexibility and a future filled with potentially new features and options, not only for me as the owner/operator, but for you as the visitor. One nice feature to point out is the site, now, is responsive to changes in screen size. Viewing the site and browsing the photos is a nearly common experience whether you’re on your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. The old sub-site didn’t play well with various screen sizes and I wasn’t exactly thrilled about that. Unfortunately, there was no easy way to fix the issue and provide visitors with a better browsing experience.
I am going to ask for some patience as I figure out all the bells and whistles of the new site and associated backend software. Unfortunately, you may notice things acting up at times. While I will definitely try and keep those FUBAR-moments to a minimum, anything is possible. My current plan is to put the old photo section into a deep freeze – the photos will still be there, but you will not be able to purchase anything through the old site. I currently don’t plan to migrate any of the photos from the old site to the new site (but that decision is open for discussion.)