Why the New Website?

After sticking with my old website for many years, I decided it was time for a completely new look. Web design has moved on a great deal since I started this work; browsers have become more sophisticated, mobile devices are much more popular and there are plenty of new technologies to help accommodate these changes. Modern design also leans towards minimalism and simplicity (which I think is great) so gone, are the wooden panels and crinkled paper that you would have found here a couple of weeks ago! Nonetheless, I decided to keep my old website alive a little longer by adding it to my portfolio…

Out With the Old

If you’ve ever tried to build a website, you’ll know that old web browsers (in particular, certain versions of Internet Explorer) are a real problem. They don’t support many of the features that modern browsers offer, so it can be a real struggle to get a website working properly for everybody. The two biggest trouble-makers are IE6 (released in 2001) and IE7 (released in 2006). Despite the fact that there have been many new versions released in the meantime, these browsers have continued to be used by many, well past their expiry date. Fortunately, over the last couple of years, they have become much less prevalent so I finally decided not to let them hold me back any longer!

In With the New

By dropping the old browsers, I’ve found it much easier to embrace new technologies, like Bootstrap (which I can’t recommend enough for most web design projects). One of the most notable changes is that the new website is responsive. This means it adapts to the screen that it’s being viewed on, so even if you’re accessing the site on a mobile phone, it’ll still fit nicely on the screen. This is a big concern with modern web design since a massive chunk of visitors will likely be using mobiles and tablets.

The new website also gives you a much better idea of how I work and what I can offer, so have a look and if you like what you see, please get in touch.