Building a New Website is a Team Effort (Guest Post by Grace Fox)

Grace FoxBy Grace Fox

Guest Columnist

Technology isn’t exactly my bent. It’s no wonder, then, that it bends me out of shape when it doesn’t cooperate for me or when I don’t understand it.

Laura Christianson’s expertise is changing that. Thanks to Blogging Bistro, technology is losing its intimidation factor and becoming my friend.

When Laura and I began discussing plans for my new website, I knew what I wanted but not necessarily what I needed. She filled in those gaps for me.

“You need a responsive site,” she said.

“Of course,” I answered. “What’s that?”

“Responsive means it displays properly on screens of various sizes,” Laura said. “Do you have other questions?” I laughed.

Laura’s patience with my learning curve exceeded my expectations. So did her skill at coordinating this huge undertaking. I say huge because developing my new website meant transferring lots of content from my old site. It also meant revising old text and writing new.

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Grace Fox Home page: Smartphone, tablet (portrait and landscape configurations), and full-size screen versions.

Actually, I’m a writer—a woman of words—so I tackled that task. But someone had to then take my words, decide their placement, ensure the various section headings were correct, proof the pages, write SEO keywords, oversee the graphic design, and make sure the techno inner workings were working properly.

That someone was Laura. The close communication she kept with me enabled me to learn what’s involved in website development. The freedom she invited to express my opinion about how something looked on the site and what revisions I thought necessary made me feel like a valued partner in the process.

Grace Fox Home Page Screenshot

My new website launched a few days ago, and I love it. Thanks to Blogging Bistro, I’m actually feeling confident about managing a few things there. When technology strikes fear into me again, I know who to call.

Personally, I feel Laura and her team not only met, but also surpassed, my wants and professionally addressed my needs. Take a look: www.gracefox.com

What do you think?

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  • Maria

    I have to say that I love the design of your new website http://www.gracefox.com/. It is bright, and the pastel colors kind of give an idea of lightness and kindness of the owner. I would just do the social media stuff differently – make the like button as opposed to the link to your facebook. As now if I want to like you on facebook I have to click twice. Anyway well done and keep up the good work. Regards, Maria

  • Maria

    I have to say that I love the design of your new website http://www.gracefox.com/. It is bright, and the pastel colors kind of give an idea of lightness and kindness of the owner. I would just do the social media stuff differently – make the like button as opposed to the link to your facebook. As now if I want to like you on facebook I have to click twice. Anyway well done and keep up the good work. Regards, Maria

  • Jody Moreen

    Enjoyed seeing Gwen’s lovely website. I found out about Gwen’s guest post on the Winepress Authors FB page. It’s so great to read about your experience Gwen! I have been rethinking the possibility of building a website with assistance. Your honest sharing about your previous hesitation about hiring due to the many questions and unknowns you felt resonated with me. I think many of us are on the fence regarding website development. Some of us don’t quite want to risk going out on a limb or don’t quite know what we want. Laura’s helpfulness and patience and insights reassured you along the way. Thanks for sharing this for it was an encouragement!

  • Jody Moreen

    Enjoyed seeing Gwen’s lovely website. I found out about Gwen’s guest post on the Winepress Authors FB page. It’s so great to read about your experience Gwen! I have been rethinking the possibility of building a website with assistance. Your honest sharing about your previous hesitation about hiring due to the many questions and unknowns you felt resonated with me. I think many of us are on the fence regarding website development. Some of us don’t quite want to risk going out on a limb or don’t quite know what we want. Laura’s helpfulness and patience and insights reassured you along the way. Thanks for sharing this for it was an encouragement!