I’ve spent this previous weekend teaching myself the art of mobile web development. There is a continuing trend within technology were our devices continue to get smaller and more portable. I know someday laptops and desktops will most likely be a thing of the past so I thought now would be the perfect time to dip my toe in the mobile development waters. I am pleased to say that my website, http://www.michaelouellette.com, is now completely mobile optimized.
I have recently made some improvements to the Pittsburgh Water Limo homepage. The new design I rolled out is more appealing and is more consistent between different browser types. The new layout also will benefit the Pittsburgh Water Limo with increased search engine visibility and help improve the site’s bounce rate. The new homepage takes advantage of the jQuery library to provide animations and quick site load times. By utilizing jQuery it makes it easier and cleaner to highlight multiple products from the company as the main image slides to show more products.
New layout for featured products and events along with better highlighting of "Alerts".
New social media, mailing list and products layout.
I have also updated the site’s masthead to give it a more modern and refreshed look. Pittsburgh Water Limo had been using the same masthead on their website for at least 5 years now and I felt it was time to update the look. The new masthead has a look that is consistent with the old one but will provide the site with a fresher look. The new masthead also makes the the logo and company’s name stand out better along with making it easier to read
The new Pittsburgh Water Limo masthead.
Apart from a restructure of the site’s back-end I tried to focus on making a more professional and attractive looking site. I also tried to cut down on image file sizes to help out site loading time. I developed the site with open-sourced fonts from Google Web Fonts which allows for an expanded font library for sites to use. This allowed me to take font that would normally be in an image and apply it to the site as normal text instead. Furthermore, I have plans in the not so distant future of making this site more mobile friendly.
I love my new and improved site and all the benefits it will bring me. I spend so much time working on other people’s/company’s websites I felt bad that my site had fallen into such disrepair, it really feels good to give it a big and much needed overhaul. I would be happy to provide many of these same techniques used in my new site to your next web project, just visit my contact page and let me know how I can help you.
Its my pleasure to introduce my new client and site Bone Works Grill. Bone Works Grill is a restaurant opening on August 17th, 2011 in Level Green, PA (a suburb outside of Pittsburgh, PA). They use a firewood grill and smokers for most of their cooking which includes many American and BBQ style dishes.
Some parts of the site are not fully completed yet but I plan on having them up as soon as possible. More graphics and animations will also be appearing in the coming weeks as the restaurant prepares to open.
Currently, I am in the process of adding functionalities, provided by these languages, to the wine map. I hope to have all functions and features of the page self contained along with an auto updating map. Users will be able to go to this application and be able to see information change based on the active of other users without ever having to push refresh. As I develop the map further I keep thinking that it should be turned into a consumer focused product. So expect these bigger changes and the release of the new consumer app this summer.