The closest thing I’ve ever come to “coding” was back when Myspace was a thing. <howtimeflies>How good was Myspace? </reminiscing>. You’ll see a lot of people saying that a good designer will know how to develop as well. Seeing as I don’t have these skills, I created my website using Squarespace – and would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone in a similar situation.
Playing around with my website this week and exploring it’s capabilities definitely puts you in a different mind set. Again, I’m not trying to say I understand what does into the “behind the screens” of a coder but just being that little bit more aware is like putting on x-ray glasses. Now you’re not just focused on what is going on aesthetically on “top” of a site, you’re trying to predict what needs to be done under the hood.
I’ve also become a little more conscious of the finer details, like correctly naming images and tagging posts. At the end of the day, the idea is that people are able to find your work in an ocean of other results. I’ll certainly be looking at that relationship between website and Google more closely. Remember that proverb, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” I guess it’s a bit like that – if no one knows your site is there, is it really worth being there?
I’ve certainly changed my approach to reflection and writing since being a part of this project – so decided to add a blog to my own website. I know we live in a world that celebrates how instantaneous technology has made everything to the point where people underestimate or even undervalue the hard work that goes into creating and maintaining a site. There was one particular moment late at night. It was approaching midnight, my eyes were heavy but I was in that “no, I want this to be done now” moments. I was beyond frustrated with it as it was not cooperating – more people need to experience this so they know why there are experts out there to do it for you!
In different news, I find myself being asked by a client I’ve previously worked with for a quote for a different job. Previously, I went with quoting them a final amount based on estimations. I feel like I need to try the other method, giving them a pay rate as to not end up over shooting or (worse) putting an unrealistic approximation on how long it will take. I don’t think people can tell you which method is best – because it will always come down to the individual and personal preference. I’ll wait to have both methods under my belt to see which one gels best with me.
Take a look at see how I went. I wanted something clean, structured, easily read and accessible. Have a good week, everyone.