Redesigning Your Own Site

by Lea Alcantara

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  1. Just joined ALA and browsing through Articles.  It caught my attention which means its time for me to go back and re-visualize what I really wanted to show.  Having a template based portfolio is not that bad when you are starting out.  But when you start growing – you’re right!, it is better to showcase what you have learned and show that you are on top of things.  Great Post and glad to be here.

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  2. I too found this timely (even though I just got around to reading it!) I have been struggling with a redesign of my own website for a couple of months. The article made me wonder why I do not follow the process that I give to my clients when undertaking a redesign project. Thanks for the eye-opener.

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  3. I am currently trying to redesign my own site and this article has really given me perspective on the idea of making a more user friendly site.
    Thanks the inspiration.

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  4. I recently re-designed my portfolio website, and I must say I carried out of the project with the intention of keeping it simple with a white background etc. As I developed the site I found it easier to implement new design ideas into the layouts without getting too hung up on the overall look and feel of the site. Sometimes I think you can try too hard! Keep it simple!

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  5. I was giggling all the time reading through your article, to my mind it’s written rather good…and funny-))
    I’d like to say that we (designers) should always live in “NOW” which means we should provide to our clients up-to-date techniques/design and…DO NOT FORGET ABOUT OURSELVES! For ex. – do little changes every month. Edit your logo – make it animated or smting like that-)

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  6. I’m also a freelance web designer up in New York and I agree that redesigning a website for yourself can be the most challenging thing you can ever do.Many times we take tons of time learning what our customers businesses are about and what their target market is. They tell us what type of design they prefer and how much time and money they want to spend. Ourselves on the other hand; we are many times perfectionist who won’t launch until we have a perfect design and marketing strategy. And seeing that we’re doing the work ourselves we don’t need to worry about budget. We can take as long as we want and build our site as fancy as we want.

    But like mentioned. Our site might be stellar and impressive but if our target audience doesn’t think so or plain hates it, the site is a failure. My site is outdated also and lately I’ve been too much of a perfectionist. I guess it’s time to just redesign and take it from there.

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  7. Designing your own site with the user in mind has always worked for me.  We designed our page thinking about the user experience… now it’s not perfect by any means but we’ve kept it simple and clean… we have some content issues at the moment but are working through this.

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  8. Well, I can say is that your article is very good and reminds a lot about me and how I feel sometimes when I need to redesign my website…
    It was fun reading it :)

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  9. Amazing article ! It gives a lot of ideas about how can change your website layout in a simple and intelligible way. Normally I’ve use themes created by other designers but I think I must change this type of vision.

    I will try to make my own website look with this inspirational article in mind.

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  10. Really good article and couldn’t agree more!
    So hard to stick to a design when every few days you come across an incredible new site that just does things a little differently

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  11. For me, redesigning a website is all about planning.  I need to lay everything out, put it all in steps and then execute.  If there’s something that doesn’t fit, back to the drawing board.

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  12. redesigning you website is sometimes needed, but don’t forget to catch the old web url’s with a 301 redirect! And get a custom 404 error page with webanalytics installed on it… you’ll learn alot when checking your webstatistics of that errorpage …

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  13. Very interesting and helpful article on the process of redesigning. We find it the hardest thing to redesign our own website. The design is never good enough and we have the highest expectations from ourselves. We did around four-five designs in order to decide on the best take.

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  14. Loved this article, and you have some great suggestions that I will be following. I am just about to start our sites re-design so yeah, thanks! very useful article.

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