Upgrading our website is an oily rag of a job

Upgrading software might be replacing the annual car service for the masses. I no longer know or want to know what goes on under the bonnet of a car so I rely on professional mechanics to sort out the annual service and MOT. Now instead for some reason I am learning what goes on under the bonnet of our website to carry out annual maintenance tasks and upgrades. It is a sign of the times that a lot of us have replaced weekends with oily rag and spanner with Search Engine Optimisation audit and upgrade to responsive design websites for our work or leisure pursuits. Ah the information age.

We use PhotoShelter as our website service and on the whole its pretty easy to work with. However, it had not kept pace with the design requirements of the tablet and smart phone viewing experience. No fear  – the developers at PhotoShelter have introduced a new “Beam”  website and provide one click from their classic interface (actually still the current for most) to the new Beam interface ( still in Beta test version).

As, according to our google analytics feedback, approaching half of the photography and art audience now view our website on a tablet we ought to change. It is not as one click as the company say but as it is important to keep up with the times I decide to go ahead with the upgrade. It is still a beta test service from Photoshelter so some of it is still not as good as I would like but you do get to swipe through the images on a tablet.

Anyway, my apologies if some of the links to embedded images need fixing and some of the text looks to point you in the wrong direction (e.g. see menu on left, which is now above etc). It will take me a while to go through it all. Perhaps changing the oil was more fun that this.

If you have a look at the site , especially Mhairi’s new Woof in the Wool collection and want to offer some advice it will be gratefully received. Mhairi’s new artistic venture will be a major feature of what we are doing this year. I aim to have the website all spruced up by the end of the month for the new exciting year ahead.

five dogs made from needle felted wool sit in  a row.

The Woof in the Wool – needle felted animals pictured in scenic settings. Here five breeds of dogs in a row show just some of the animals Mhairi is creating. ©Mhairi Carroll 2014

About photographicviewscotland

Photographers of Scotland's landscape and remote places and arts and craft makers. Mhairi is also making needle felted animals under the name of the Woof in the Wool. We live in Abernethy in Perthshire, Scotland.
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