Sometimes it is necessary to go through and bring a website’s design up to date either through changes to the site itself. But sometimes you need to change the design such as in the old site’s theme is no longer being supported. The theme is what controls the look of the site; with it not being supported, this means there would be no more updates to that theme. Without any future updates, the theme needed to be changed for security reasons. Having to change the theme makes it the perfect time to change the look of the site, instead of recreating the same look, I used a customizable theme to create a new look and feel of the website. When creating the new site, I used a mobile-first approach, which means I designed it for a mobile phone first then did the design for the desktop version. I did the mobile-first since about 60% of the traffic to the site was coming from a mobile device. Doing a mobile version of the website will ensure that it will be classified as a mobile-ready website with the search engines, helping to improve the site’s SEO.
Using current industry design trends has it where you put almost all your site information on the front page. This way, they are not digging for useful details, epically helpful when on a mobile device. With cell data speeds being so fast, having a lot of info on the front page doesn’t affect load time. Also, I added animation elements throughout the site to help give a more active feel to the site. It helps make it not feel like a flat and dull-looking website.
I put a contact block at the bottom of each page to help with engagement with the visitors. Included social media shares allowing those visiting to easily share the information of the group with their friends and followers.
You can read about the original design of the site here: https://lynnamacher.com/farmer-city-outrearch/