I had a quiet week in my diary so I thought I’d put a couple of the days to good use and update my website: www.davidcordner.com. After all it’s a simple process, you buy a template, populate and hey presto, you have yourself an updated website.
I’ve been at this gig long enough to know that’s rarely the case. The first thing I had to do was settle on a template. If you know exactly what you’re looking for and get lucky you can have your template purchased, downloaded and installed in a couple of hours. Or you can spend day clicking and rummaging through templates. I was luck this time, I knew I wanted to go for a one page site and after about five hours I had decided on the template. It was one that I had purchased previously and was residing on my server. So step one was complete.
Step two for me was always going to be more challenging. The actual populating and tweaking. The first thing I needed to do was to try and get into the headspace of a software developer. Never a easy thing todo. The difference between their logic and my logic can be measured in light years. Now as a photographer that has mastered Photoshop I’m used to 10 different ways of doing the same job. Sometimes I think developers associate value for money with complexity & how many buttons they can give you and less about ease of use.
The other biggie for me was selecting and preparing all of the media required for the site. Being a photography website there was obviously going to be a heavy use of pictures, which needed saving in the different sizes, formats and compressions. Once that had been completed I had to get my head around mixed grids, sliders, masonry portfolios, sidebars, etc. I was now ready for even more head melting hours / days in front of my computer.
Well needless to say two days turned into five, which in the grand scheme of things isn’t too bad. It’s finished and now live, just in time as my diary is pretty full over the next few weeks. Time to get some real work done!
Click here to view updated website: www.davidcordner.com