August 2014

Our newest AlbanyWebs website is a simple but powerful portfolio site for Scottish artist Sue Simpson.  Beginning with our standard website, we added an enhanced, accessible and fully-responsive slideshow that put her paintings and line of greetings cards front and centre.  In addition, Sue's website is the first of our projects that was designed to be best viewed on a tablet device, with elements of navigation floating around or below the centrally framed slideshows.

Sue's original website was built using Flash slideshows, which meant that it was not visible on many phones and tablets, and also meant that her ability to edit or add images and information was very limited.  As a result, the site grew a series of extra pages with additional information, that fell outwith the original design, and outwith the original (also Flash-based) navigation, and this made that information very hard to find.

We created a clean...

I have always been a bit of a cheerleader for Google Sites because it really does offer an easy way to get yourself online with a website very quickly, and without too much in the way of technical knowledge.  And, there aren't any hidden costs, 'optional' but actually necessary upgrades that you have to pay for, or surprisingly high monthly hosting charges.  None of that - just a quick and basic interface and large selection of themes to get you started. 

I have a Google Sites site for an afterschool club I ran a few years ago (see it here: http://club.handbellringing.co.uk), which is a good example of how you can get something quite reasonable using Google Sites.  It does the job it needed to do, which was to have something quick I could use to add value to the club and add some background material and other resources and...