I have been moving toward more subdued colors in website designs (especially for artists!), and I think even my colorful work might look better against a more neutral background than before. Soooooooooooo, I redesigned my fine art site one more time. Luckily, this redesign only took me a week, while the structural and visual redesign from last fall took about a month.
While subduing the color palette of my site, I also decided to greatly simplify the amount of distractions. I have removed many of the doodads from the sidebars, and even removed the sidebar from many of the site pages. In several cases, I combined several pages into one that’s still easy to navigate with the addition of post tabs, and I’ve streamlined the info in the footer widgets. In a continuing effort to offer as much as I can without download speeds being too terrible, I have also reduced the number of plugins I’m using (and I keep whittling at the speed issue).
I replaced the random image of my paintings on the front page with a slideshow. I’ve upsized my art images and thumbnails sizes for better viewing. Plus, I recently added an on-site shop where you can purchase my art. Overall I’m very happy with this cleaner design and my yummy new colors of butterscotch, eggnog and chocolate.
Anyway, I hope you like the new design. Plus, look forward to more art coming from me soon! Check out the changes at Marilyn Fenn Studio.
I just completed building a complex site in WordPress in which I combined two Blogger blogs — each with several years worth of posts — with a website that contained two existing MySQL databases of painting images and art quotes. It is now a 212-page art portfolio site and blog, with many images of paintings, many photos, some color exercises, and a lot of postings and notes. So it was a lot of content to gather together, organize and combine into an attractive and easily navigable site.
I spent a lot of time trying out various options and a lot of different plugins. The ones listed below are the top 20 plugins that I found nearly indispensable for this particular site, which you can see in action here: Marilyn Fenn Studio. As always, your mileage may vary.
I am thrilled to announce the launch of my completely redesigned artist portfolio website, now including my two previous Art Blogs. On this site, you will find:
Stuff about me:
Stuff not about me:
Cross-posted at Marilyn Fenn Studio.