While we love designing complete websites for clients, sometimes we have people come to us just looking for help with a few little tweaks and when it's a blogger you've been following for a while, you say heck yes!
When we chatted with Jeannine, she wanted some help making a few tweaks to her homepage and interior pages to make her blog a little more user-friendly. She has several blog categories she wanted to highlight in a more effective way as she was also making some adjustments to her blog (new name YAY! and adjusting the focus a tad). We helped her make the following changes to her blog:
Adjusted homepage layout to one main banner image followed by category buttons and then highlight featured posts and blog feed
Created simple blog category buttons to match current branding to link to corresponding category pages
Adjusted sidebar on homepage to highlight Jeannine and key pieces of information
Assisted with streamlining navigation
Adjusted category pages to keep the layout on each consistent and cohesive
Added a read more archive option to each category page
Assisted with updating a few banners on category pages
Connected new domain
Here's a peek at how the homepage turned out!
Originally Jeannine had her banner set up as a slideshow which was great but keeping her goals in mind, we suggested have one main banner then using the images from the other banners (and a few new ones) to create category buttons. Here's a closer look at how the category buttons turned out:
As you can see, sometimes making a few little changes can have a really big impact. We helped create some updated design elements but mainly focused on creating a more streamlined user-experience for her readers. We love how this turned out and loved working with Jeannine every step of the way!