I think web designers get the itch to redesign their own website more often than most. I can’t say I’m any different.
The previous site I built for Honest Code was built — in all honesty — very quickly. It was meant to be simple, match well enough with the business cards I had made, and just generally get our name out there. To that end, the old site performed spectacularly. However, it was time to build the site I’d wanted to build to start with.
First of all, the site is built using all the best practices we build into our client sites. It’s amazing how much things change in a year, and to go back and look at the original site is one of those reminders about how much more efficient I could have made things. In a year, I’m sure I’ll look back on this site with the same pity.
Most notably, the portfolio section has been built straight into WordPress using a custom post type, instead of using an XML-based system that the site inherited from an older-still iteration of my personal site. So every work item has its own URL now, and they’re all linked together with categories and tags. The portfolio should be much more navigable than the old version.
Second, the site is built in HTML 5, and uses CSS3. We’ve kept a few of the older conventions around, though — they’re still valid — in order to ensure compatibility with older browsers. That not withstanding, we have dropped support for Internet Explorer 6. Hey, even Microsoft wants us to.
Are there things I’m still not completely happy with? Sure! But, as they say, better is the enemy of done, and this needed to be done. Rest assured there will be more updates in the future.
If you do see anything wrong, though, please feel free to drop me a line.