Lately it seems everyone I know is interested in window blinds and shades. A good friend has established a site on bamboo blinds that I helped out with, mainly aesthetics, programming and SEO.
And then most recently my Mom has decided she loves Hunter Douglas blinds so much she wants to review them! Many of her friends have purchased Hunter Douglas window treatments, so I guess it’s quite easy for her to get hands-on with these and talk to people who have them in their homes. And while she is about it she can grab some good pics as well!
So I helped out with the design of Bamboo Blinds as mentioned, my good friend Violeta has written all the reviews and information for the site – I designed the Joomla template, which incidentally will be released over on Joomlabear shortly under the title “Notebook Template”.
The site is built on the Joomla Content Management System and also usesd the K2 Extension which provides a lot of additional options for organizing and formatting Joomla content. One example is Tags, something WordPress does out of the box but which Joomla is sadly lacking at this point.
K2 bridges this weakness and we can see an example of a K2 Tags page here: Bamboo Blinds for Sliding Glass Doors. The benefits of tagging are definitely worth the additional effort – Search Engines love them and users love them too – Tags provide a great way to organize and explore content.
The last thing I wanted to mention in today’s rambling post is my Mom’s site on Hunter Douglas Blinds. This is built with WordPress and is just a skeleton currently, but I like to work this way when designing because it gives me some text based content to work with, really useful to get a feel for how the site will behave with images, long pages, etc. I also like to get my WordPress optimization sorted out first because it gives us a head-start in the search engines 🙂
I can spend weeks tweaking a layout until I’m happy with it – but it’s always good to remember search engines don’t look at all that fancy design stuff – they read the text and make an assessment of what your site offers from this – so if the copy is on hand it’s very good to get this up immediately and then refine the layout as you go.
My next post will actually step you through my WordPress setup and optimization process so you can see exactly what I do.