Website Evolution

In the spirit of my new service Website Makeover Kit, I thought it’d be fun to take a trip down memory lane of my own website. So it turns out I pretty much change my site yearly, but in my opinion each time there has been a clear progress each time and also the purpose has changed. With each evolution I’ve changed my ‘logo’ and website design, generally the colours have remained the same for a few years now! I also find it funny how my blog was so random and much more personal than it is now.

2010 – 2011

Oh my! This was my first site I built just after graduating, using Indexhibit and it was also when I began to use CSS to tweak the template. It was more a showcase and playground than anything.
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2012

Switched to WordPress, designed and coded my first theme. I started to blog, but without really having a clue what I should write about so it would be anything from design to food to diy projects!
kirstydesigns   graphic designer   surrey (1)

2013

Honestly I’m not quite sure what I was thinking slicing up my logo like this, but as you can see it did set the colour palette for my current logo. The colour palette of the site as a whole does looks very dull now though!
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late 2013 – early 2014

I think this was a customised premium theme because I wanted to quickly update my site and convert it to be responsive.
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2014

I finally took the time to properly think about my logo, branding and site design. It also started to evolve from being a portfolio site to having a focus of my freelance services. I created a completely custom theme for this one.
Freelance Web Designer   Graphic Designer in Essex

current

Having worked with a copywriter I needed to adapt my website to incorporate the brilliant new copy. From this I was also ready to more confidently state and use visuals to appeal to my ideal clients.
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As you can see I’ve never been afraid to change things up and refine my branding (okay and I enjoy it too much!). I think it is so important for your site to reflect your business as it is presently and particularly if you are a solo entrepreneur then to reflect yourself as well. So if your website hasn’t changed in years, perhaps it is time to look at a re-design!

If you want to take a peek back at your website or maybe even someone else’s like your business idol or a big brand, try The Wayback Machine – it can be really interesting!

What do you think you will be changing on your site this year?