Big website update!

big-website-update

If you have visited my website once or twice since its relaunch in December of last year, you might notice that there are some pretty big changes! In this post I quickly want to go over the new features of my website and reassure you that more non website related blog posts are underway as well.

New features

The most notable addition to the website is the projects section, which transforms the website from a blog to a more complete personal portfolio website. This in turn meant for me that is was time to change the homepage from a posts list page to a more general overview style page as well to reflect this change. The new homepage now features not only my latest blog posts but also a selection of my projects to attract attention to my work. I also expanded upon my introduction/baseline section, so visitors can quickly and easily see what this website is about, who I am and what I do.

On top of all that, it was time for a proper “about page” so that visitors to my site can find out all the essentials about me, without having to go through a ton of blog posts or projects. Now this may not seem like a lot, but do not underestimate the time it takes to write all the copy and create all the visuals as well. Even though I had a pretty clear idea about the design these new pages should have, I took the time to sketch out simple wireframes (see featured image of this post) and flesh it out using Photoshop and Illustrator to make sure that the ideas in my head actually work before I start coding them.

More to come

I had to cut or simplify a lot of my ideas in order to be able to publish the new version of the website as soon as possible. Sometimes I had trouble living up to the principles I talked about in this previous article on the minimum viable product. For example, the projects have rich taxonomies (i.e. categorical metadata) attached to them, which when using the WordPress system automatically creates pages that lists all the projects that have specific taxonomy tags attached to them. For now I decided to prevent access to those pages, because I simply haven’t had the time to make them. But often in WordPress, using one thing implicates something else. That being said, I have a lot more ideas on how I want to improve my website, both graphically as well as structurally. Stay tuned ..!

I am also aware that there are small inconsistencies and errors left to correct and I will attend to those as quickly as possible. If you see any bugs/errors, I’d be very grateful if you’d let me know.

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