I thought my art site was nearly done.
Really, I did!
I had the storefront working, I had all the copy edited, I had all the pictures selected.
You know what they say –
“Every time you edit your site (story, novel, book, whatever), you will find something.”
So it was with me. I found that the theme I’d picked let me adjust my text placement and picture placement. Better. I found that it would also let me put some of the more bothersome menus farther down so they weren’t bothersome. Still better. I also found that some of the formatting for my images was messed up – rats!
With everything I did, I went for simple, clean, classic. The opposite of busy. I wanted clean lines and very easy navigation. If I mentioned a link, I’d link to it. I only have a few pages. Home, portfolio, commissions, shop, blog, links. Simple. I modeled the site on other peoples professional sites.
You might do the same, if you have an art site and haven’t already done this kind of a nitpicking revamp. After all, you want to put your best foot forward-just like you do in life.
If anyone wants to see the results of my careful detail search, they can go here:
Here are some hints and general guidelines if you want to improve your site.
Go simple. Make things easy to find.
Be elegant. Eliminate the un-needed extras.
Keep your categories clear.
Use a unified color theme.
Keep things uncluttered looking, avoid animation if possible.
Blur your eyes. Does it still look good?
Make your text choices legible unless it’s a title.
Use positive phrasing and keep that simple too.
If you mention a page, link to it.
If you sell something, make both the benefits and the price clear.
Use only good, high quality images and link to a larger version.
Check, then check again for redundancies like having two search boxes.
Proofread, proofread, proofrede… maybe I should read that again?
We’ve talked about improving websites. Now, where does life come in?
These tips work the same way with your daily life. Simplifying your routine and your list of tasks can free up time and reduce stress. Remember, an elegant solution is one that has all the extras taken away so there is nothing extra. Reducing the clutter in your living space, for example, actually has beneficial psychological effects. You feel less stressed, more calm, and you own your stuff – rather than your stuff owning you. A simple exercise for decluttering involves not only choosing to keep only those things you’ve used in the last year or so, but also keeping only the best of what you own.
“Proofreading” can happen in life, just as it does in writing an article, book or blog. Every time you look at your life, there will be something to improve. Little changes made mindfully (ten minutes in meditation, a fifteen minute walk, 100 fewer calories a day) can give you great benefits.
Just like updating your website, going back and looking over things multiple times will have good benefits. You will become more desirable to be near, just as your site will get more viewers who stay for more than five seconds! This can gain you viewers, readers, admirers, and friends.
- content by Rohvannyn Shaw, http://www.subversiveartblog.wordpress.com