What does a Refresh mean?
After having a website for many years I've been through many different styles, name changes and logos. A refresh is basically when something changes. Whether it's small or big like a whole website change.
Why are you Refreshing your website?
Most of the time I changed my website as I didn't like the appearance of the overall website. This time however, I am changing alot of major things. The overall style is being changed to something more simplistic as it fits with the theme I enjoy and the style I usually follow. The previous version of the website (With parallax images) was a style that I very much enjoyed. However, scrolling through the single page website I felt as if it didn't flow as well as I wanted. It also meant that the more content I made, the more I'd have to use on the front page. A simple solution would be to change this from a single page to more than one, but then navigating your way around can be tricky and you can end up getting lost.
Another issues with the previous website version is that it ran slowly. The video didn't play correctly as it can only work on some devices, it stuttered on those who couldn't handle the full page content and the whole website in turn didn't run as smoothly as I'd hoped for. It also had a major flaw that it didn't run very well on mobile at all. With today's target audience, a large number are coming in from mobile devices and with a website that doesn't work on mobile I'd be losing out on alot of people. So I knew I had to make a change.
What are you changing?
In short, everything. I am organising all my projects into separate projects rather than photos, videos, logos etc. This means that you can follow the process in more detail and see exactly what was going on. It also means that there can be separate pages for it and I can give more information about each project. The website will now also be running in AJAX which will allow content to be loaded only when actually on the screen, saving processing power and allowing things to load in alot easier. The simplified layout will also mean that the content can more easily adapt for devices with less processing power and smaller screens ie mobile phones.
All together this is a good way of cleaning everything up for a new look and will take a while to make sure everything is completed and ready for viewing. So please be patient and it will be done before you know it.
If you have any project pages you need to access that I am hosting, the links provided will still take you to that page and are not affected by the change.