Time moves on. So do websites – at least, as to look & feel.
A couple of months ago, the status was something like this:
We had one main web site (www.ridenbaugh.com) which included in a crammed-in space an extensive blog (accessible through the front page back to 2005), information and pictures of most of our books and those by myself, special notices and offers and a bunch of other stuff.
It had some appeal (I liked it, and I gather a number of other people did), but it was getting tooth-long, five years old or more. Ancient. More significantly, it wasn’t keeping up technologically. In this case, that means keeping up with the newer versions accessing the web – tablets, smart phones and the like, which could read the old site but not optimally. (It wasn’t “responsive.”) New software was needed.
So that’s largely been installed now. There’s new site theme software (it’s called “ignite”) which is intended to highlight to through careful typography the writing on the site, while also keeping it light and well-illustrated. We’ve added sliders at the top, more frequent use of polls inside posts, and several other additions.
As this is written, the www.ridenbaugh.com site is oriented primarily toward writings – toward the blog and some other materials which our and some other writers contribute.
A second domain, www.ridenbaughpress.com, is concerned mainly with what Ridenbaugh Press produces and does – the books and other products, and services, we provide.
Through that second site, we’ll connect a series of sites for our authors and their books. One of them, at www.ridenbaughpress.com/randystapilus/, is up now, though it’s still a largely unstocked kitchen at the moment, We’ll be filling it in, and adding as well sites for most of our other authors.
Whipping it all into shape will take a little while – a few weeks at least. But we should have a far better web presence when we’re done than we’ve had before.