Uber funny political blog, Havoc on the Hill teamed up with GlowView for their website refresh. Havoc had begun to outgrow their WordPress.com hosted blog. GlowView jettisoned Havoc from their limited WordPress.com blog and moved them to their own custom WordPress(.org) installation. A custom theme and plugins were developed and implemented and all of Havoc’s old data was exported and imported to their new WordPress 3.3.1 site.
Moving off WordPress.com opens up the ability to design custom themes (not cookie cutter), install/create/customize any plugins, and generally do whatever you can dream up as long as you have a capable developer at your side, *cough* GlowView.
Some new neato features that couldn’t have been accomplished on WordPress.com:
- Featured post area
- Custom Twitter feed widget
- Recent posts widget
- Facebook commenting system
Check out the new HavocOnTheHill.com – The Word’s Best Website in the World.
We’re in start-up mode here at GlowView. Obviously, one of the most important informational and marketing tools for any business, is your business website. This is especially true for a web development agency. Knowing this, we knew we needed to get our new website out the door fast. Super fast.
We set out to launch a completely new website built on WordPress with an all new design, content, copy and blog in ONE week. This is a pretty agressive timeline for any project. But from experience, we knew that it’s easy to get caught in a trap when working on internal endeavors. Client work is always the highest priority, so internal projects can often bottom-out on the priority list. We’ve seen this time and time again, where sparkling new websites will sit for months going stale, waiting on a few key pieces of content to be produced. The best way to avoid this? Go full bore until it’s done, launched, and out there, then iterate afterwards. This involves sacrifices, sure. But you can be strategic and prioritize. Everyone would prefer to have all the bells and whistles at launch day, but if that sets your timeline back weeks or months, is it really worth it?
We started with a design concept last Friday (11/4) and here we are launching our new site on Friday (11/11). Our portfolio needs some more work, we’ve got some more icons to add to the homepage, we’d like to add some interactivity, etc. But all of that will come later and now we’ve got our new site out in the wild, bringing in business in the meantime. Success!
It’s always interesting to look back at the design evolution of websites that have had a few iterations over the years. Luckily for us, I’d say each version improved over the previous. Let us know what you think. Ignore the broken images in some of the screenshots, the WayBackMachine has some loose gears.
The very first GlowView design. I was on a circular kick around this time, since it was something you didn’t see very often. My personal website at the time also featured a circular container with the content in a small rectangular iframe inside. Apparently, I was testing out a cornucopia of Photoshop filters on the photo as well.
Went with a more blog-like look in the next design, although it did not utilize a blogging platform. The main design feature was actually a photo of the ceiling at my folks’ house back in New York. I used an underwater filter and some other effects on it to make it look very abstract. This was the first GlowView site that was W3C Compliant.
The current GlowView design up until November 2011. Started playing with some fancy jQuery effects and tons of transparencies. This site was IE6 compatible and still used mostly transparent GIF’s rather than PNG’s. Just the blog was built in WordPress 2.x, the rest was custom PHP.
The current site. Built completely on WordPress 3.x this time around. Appropriately, this version has a more business-like feel to it. We love it, what do you think?
GlowView is proud to unveil our new souped up website on this (Vegas wedding) day, 11/11/11. Not only have we launched a new website, we’re also wicked excited to announce that GlowView is now officially a full-time, full-service digital agency. We’re in start-up mode now and loving every minute of it.
GlowView has been the brainchild of Justin Griswold for almost 10 years, previously serving as a hub for his personal freelance web development work. Justin has been a Web Designer, Information Architect, Web Developer, and Account Manager at a few of the most prestigious agencies in South Florida and North Carolina over the past 8 years.
GlowView offers professional digital development services including web design, web development, user experience, and mobile app development. We’re based in Mooresville, North Carolina but offer our expertise across the country. Give us a call (704.761.VIEW) to discuss your digital goals.