This Just In
• Free Ice Cream Coupons from D'Lites Austin
• Membership Sites that we've done recently
• Shopping Cart Sites we've also done recently
• New SEO and movies
• Seattle branch now open (Seattle Web and Design, naturally)
• Advanced WordPress functionality added
• Let's make a video! We now have a dedicated Video Production Manager
• We've grown a new full-time web developer
This is the very first Austin Web and Design company newsletter. We created it to help stay in touch with our customers and friends and keep everyone up to date on the goings–on at Austin Web and Design.read more
AustinWebandDesign.com Redux Project
It’s been about a year since we opened our doors and launched the first version of austinwebanddesign.com. In that year, we learned a lot, our tastes became more sophisticated, and we built some very nice sites. And we became sort of jealous of how nice our clients’ sites were — nicer than our own in many cases. Ever hear of the carpenter whose house is falling down? Well, we're not going to let that be us.
From the start we decided to take our own advice for a change. That means choosing a great template and not messing it up with aggressive restyling. Here is the template:
Apart from the yellow and the slightly deuchey photos, this will do nicely.
True, it’s not very risky, but hopefully it’s timeless and reassures our customers that we produce professional, attractive sites rather than trendy art pieces (though we know which would be more fun!)
The next big thing for a site like ours is the portfolio page. We have no greater sales tool. We’d run across this awesome widget at one point and wanted it B–A–D bad. Unfortunately, this particular little jQuery widget is kind of a beast to implement. We got it working pretty quickly only to learn it does not mesh well with Pretty Photo (a jQuery lightbox-style viewer we enjoy). Fortunately we found a forum that led us to a site where it was working nicely with FancyBox. Then we styled it to look like yet another portfolio page we’d seen, and amazingly, it worked! Lastly, we bought a slideshow tool so that when you clicked on any item, it would open a little presentation. Shew!
With that out of the way, we got creative with the three front–page images and slogans. With two UT Advertising majors on the case (Lily and Isaac), this was the funnest part thus far. Ah advertising — our first love.
Here are some other improvements we made to the template:
- Changed yellow to red
- Replaced menu with drop-down menu
- Added rotating testimonials
- Replaced home–page icons
- Made search box work
- Added contact form to bottom of every page
- Added fade–in fade–out effect for page transitions (doesn’t really work in IE for now)
- Expandable text panels and tooltips
Last but not least, content content content. Not only for you viewers. It’s especially important that this site rank well in Google search results, and for that you need lots of content. Fortunately, the drop–down menu from Dynamic Drive allows us to add lots of pages. Also fortunately, we likes to write.
We hope you enjoy viewing this new version of our site as much as we enjoyed making it.