Teddies by Laura Lynn

One of a Kind and Small Limited Edition Collectible Artist Teddy Bears Designed + Created by Teddy Bear Artist Laura Lynn Matthews

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Website Redesign!

Today I have been busy on the computer instead of busy on bears.  It was so much fun to go thru photos of my previously adopted bears!  (some pictured above) 

Why did I totally change my website?   Although I do like the layout of my old website, it took a little extra effort to update it.  

I had originally created the website in 2002 by writing the html code by hand.  It has evolved over the years to the look it had today.  However since it was hand coded, adding new bears, and especially adding new pages took quite a bit of time.  

I had 2 more reasons for moving my site.  I wanted it to be mobile responsive - meaning that when you view my website on an iPhone, android phone or tablet that it will be easy to view.  I wanted the pictures to be larger enough to see without the need to scroll or enlarge the photos.

Another benefit to newer sites are the easy to use "Share" buttons... for Facebook, Google +, Twitter and yes, just plain old email.

I decided to move it all over to Blogger and am pretty happy with the results. I like the new look, it now looks great on an iPhone.  (and other cell phones)  If you got my "new bear" email on your cell phone and went to my site to see it, it is easy for you to adopt your favorite bear right from your phone.   I also like the new "Social Sharing" buttons on the bottom of the pages.  I'll be adding a couple more additional features soon.

I'm having a bit of trouble getting my domain name to point to the new site now as Yahoo's site for working on domain name pointing and name servers is having some major issues (yet another reason to move my site!)  For now anyways, I have just added some "redirect" code to the old site so you will end up here at the new place!

Well, now that I have MOST of the work done... (darn Yahoo!) it's back to bears!