15 Nov 2013
Our new website launches today. I hope you like it. I hope I like it! Please let me know if you see anything that doesn’t work properly. There are still some things to add – Facebook, Twitter etc., but they won’t be long.
It takes me back to our first website which we launched in 2002. It was an exciting time and we had no real idea of how much impact it would have. I decided not to give the whole project to one company because I felt that designers had little idea of the technical operations of a website, and website technicians were not skilled in the “look and feel” - so I separated the two. I had visuals of the pages made by a graphic designer (Design 4 Results) and gave those to the techies (Worthers) – who were greatly relieved not to have to worry about layouts, and it seemed to work a treat. In fact Business Link awarded us with the best e-Commerce website in Gloucestershire 2002. I have the glass trophy to prove it!
Eleven years on and our super, state of the art website now looks decidedly long in the tooth. Eleven years is an extremely long time when it comes to websites. This time I decided to start with a strategist (Gabriel Smy). What a good move that was! Planning a new website is daunting but having some clear guidelines in front of you makes it so much easier and so much better.
So will this one last eleven years? Probably not! I wonder what we all be talking about in 2024….