A different type of design…

While I don’t have any sort of design background (BBA majoring in accounting), I am totally comfortable designing a quilt.  Today, I needed to give some serious thought to a design-type project I’ve been putting off for ages.

This blog needs some professional help. In addition to the pages I have now, I’d love to have a quilt gallery and a shop on my site for my patterns.  Plus, I really want it to have a simpler, cleaner look.  I don’t have anywhere near the computer knowledge to accomplish such a thing, so today I’ve been exploring hiring someone who does.

It’s a bit like a foreign language!  Do I know the difference between a web developer and a web designer and which one do I want/need?  Do I want or need to move my blog from Blogger to another platform like WordPress?  Is “platform” even the right word here?

I’ve received some good recommendations and the professionals I’ve been emailing with have been very patient and helpful.  However, I still feel like there are lots of questions I don’t even know to ask.  I’m trying not to let this stop me from moving forward and am trying to trust the process to help me recognize and deal with questions as they arise.

I know a lot of people in my situation figure out how to do the work themselves.  I probably could do that (maybe…), but it isn’t really something I’m interested in learning and I don’t think I’d enjoy it, let alone get the results I want.  I’m a pretty dedicated DIYer but I have my limits!

One thing I know I don’t like on websites is when the “intro” photo is so large that I have to scroll down to find the menu or see anything else.  How about you?  Do you have any pet peeves on blogs/websites?  What would you like to see here?

  • A Peppermint Penguin
    Posted at 12:21h, 11 August Reply

    good luck! I was asking for help from a local company, in order to provide training for a self hosted website they wanted me to provide them with an itemised list if everything I didn't know.

    aye, right.

    I hope your people are more reasonable!

    yes, big images at the top are a bit annoying. I also don't like blogs that require every post to be clicked for Read more… so you can't scroll through them.

    Clean design is always good.

  • Bonnie Baker Lippincott
    Posted at 19:18h, 08 August Reply

    Clark County Graphics http://clarkcountygraphics.com/
    is a good company that can help you with your website. They will help you with the design and teach you how to keep it up. They have experience with setting up a store. The owner is my daughter, and she designed my guild website. She has taught a few of the guild members how to keep it updated and I am currently learning how to do it as well.

  • Paige
    Posted at 13:11h, 08 August Reply

    I prefer black fonts on a white background. Why this trend with light gray fonts? For me, if I have to struggle to read the text, it's not worth the effort. It has to be really good content for me to stick around. Can't wait to see your new look!

  • KaHolly
    Posted at 09:24h, 08 August Reply

    P.S. Thanks for the text download, found on your right hand side bar. It was a very timely discovery and exactly what I've been looking for!

  • KaHolly
    Posted at 09:17h, 08 August Reply

    Blogs with so much advertisement that it takes forever to load really are an annoyance, and I don't frequent those sites. I really like a list of archived posts and a search bar. Good luck with your redesign. Have a great weekend!

  • An Askew View
    Posted at 12:20h, 07 August Reply

    The dropdown "sign up" block that has to be deleted before you can see what is on the page even after you have already "signed up" for something you don't want to receive only hoping to stop the annoyance of the dropdown. Makes me want to ignore that blog permanently.

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