I have just unveiled my new Janthina Images gallery site look!! While not an expert on css or html code or a programmer by any stretch of the imagination, my sales gallery hosting company, SmugMug, made it very easy with some highly customizable new designs they launched in July of 2013. As you can see I am not an early adopter but like to think my reserved nature as regards change allowed any bugs to be worked out of the system!! Sticking with that story!! But, I did realize looking at the world of design templates out there including, of course, the wonderful designs WordPress has, that my old photo gallery site, while very stable in operation, was sadly dated and needed a new modern look.
One of the things Smugmug made very easy was that while I was choosing a design and customizing it behind the scenes, my old site was the same for viewers without any disruption until hitting the Publish button. Very seamless! I flipped back and forth for awhile consolidating galleries and generally cleaning some things up, but the button push was irrevocable and now its all new. Even though I had a lot of questions for the Smugmug Support Heroes, I think my experience with using WordPress helped me to work more easily there as well. One thing I like about the Smug Designs is that they are more than templates with fixed schemes. There are many themes within a design choice and if you like everything about a theme except the accent color, you can change that. If you want to create your own theme, redo ALL the colors and backgrounds within the design framework, you can do that too. Switch it up and name your theme.
I’d love to invite my friends here on my blog to go to Janthina Images and let me know your thoughts. Though I plan further work, I tried to keep things straightforward and easy to navigate. So every public page has a button on the left vertical navigation bar. I realize from using different computers, that my old XP system at work with the outdated Explorer browser has difficulty handling some things like the slide show, but its ok using Firefox and my more current Explorer on my home machine does everything fine. That a being a factor, let me know if I overlooked anything. The closer you are to something, the less likely to see the flaws…I suppose this is why people get married?? Well, to carry the analogy, I guess I am now wedded to my new design for better or worse. But, I do think…..way better!!
So I truly welcome your visit and thoughts when you have the time to poke around. The snip clip above, with the chatty spoonies, is of the Guestbook page where you can comment if you want. Here is fine too or by e-mail. I have worked on many images the last couple of years which I have not yet posted or put up for sale, but feel renewed and enthused to add more images and another sales gallery to join to one at the top of the galleries page. Life’s one constant is change, they say , but maybe another good word is renewal.
Thanks for listening and looking!!