Earlier this week I launched a site I built for a very special person - my wife: Lucky Mom. Thanks to a wide selection of family and friends, it has already been generating some decent traffic as well as positive feedback from visitors.
Somehow it even garnered a mention on Entrepreneur's Journey, which led to an interesting discussion in the comments on the importance of blog design, especially when it comes to monetizing your site.
I'd say I was reasonably happy with the design - then again, who is ever completely happy with the finished prooduct?
There's still work to be done in terms of finishing touches and various tweaks. I am pleased, though, with the implementation of a four column layout - that turned out to be easier than I expected although it did have me banging my head a few times (thanks Internet Explorer).
On another note, the project was very much an exercise in the art of compromise, and a sometimes challenging one at that. There's definitely something to the aphorism about working with family members.
Our discussions about aspects of the site certainly got quite heated at times! For example, don't talk to me about color schemes!
It's funny, because I feel that I gave up a lot of design decisions to Kristine, and I know she feels the same way too. Of course, at the end of the day, we were both able to see the big picture: desipte our individual quibbles, overall the site looks fine.
This does raise the question: given that on the web (blogs in particular) content is king, why do we throw heart and soul into what are ultimately fairly unimportant design decisions? Who cares what shade of red the footer is - does a visitor?
I have encountered one significant problem that I haven't been able to fix yet. I am using Alessandro Fulciniti's Nifty Corners script to create some rounded boxes (navbar and featured product area).
However, the script doesn't work on individual entry pages. I've narrowed this issue down to the fact that these pages have a body onload event which Nifty Corners appears to be conflicting with:
I've emailed Alessandro to see if he has a fix, but in case I don't hear anything back, does anyone else have a suggestion?
Posted on: March 23, 2006 | 10 Comments