2021 Site Update

I have made some significant updates to my website this week. It’s still a work in progress of course, so forgive me if things are a bit all over the place.

WordPress

I’ve stuck with a self hosted WordPress build. Other options were plain HTML, SquareSpace, weblow & wix. I decided to just go with a new theme. An bold update to the theme I have used for years and I still rather like.

Inclusive Design

I am making every effort to make my site more accessible, so will be working on that iteratively moving forward. I also figured out how to make it switch to dark mode, which I can’t stop flicking between. It is supposed to pick up your preferences too and your previous choice when you last visited. Do let me know if this is working for you.

Optimisation

I removed some javascript and external site dependences. Fonts are now hosted on my server. I have heard that makes it more optimised. In an attempt to reduce plugin dependency, I dropped features like the custom background colour. If you hadn’t already noticed the two-tone design I have gone for.

No Portfolio

Given I rarely push pixels around much anymore, I thought I’d drop the portfolio of work which was getting harder to update. While I still direct design, and make stuff work, I thought I’d rather start writing some great articles which demonstrate how talented I am, and why you should hire me.

Still no forms

I’m still trying to decide whether having a newsletter subscription, comments, contact form and the ability to search is worth adding a privacy policy etc to my site. Some help deciding would be most welcome.

Still to come …

I will mostly focus on making the site as accessible as possible, improve my writing, to better reflect where my head is at and how I think. At this stage in my life, its using my brain, not just my body (of work) that will give me the most joy and likely attract the audience I am after.

… one last thing

If you spot any fowl ups, please drop me a note, I’d appreciate any feedback rather than looking like a tit for not spotting something you clearly couldn’t miss.

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