Once again, I am reconfiguring this website content to a new format. Thirteen years ago, I wrote the original website in “Webtricity”, a software package my father had givien me for Christmas a couple of years earlier. It was my first time designing a website and the concept was fascinating. In that time the web was new and the concept of putting the MAD collection out there so that everyone could view it, anywhere in the world, was mind blowing. The Webtricity platform worked well enough, but by today’s standards it was primitive. But, it allowed me to assemble a working website without having to know any HTML coding. And the site ran on that format for four or five years.
Then came Dreamweaver. I got a copy and learned the operation of that platform. Everything had to be redesigned in the new format. The Dreamweaver environment was fantastic and allowed me great control of the content and design of the site. The Dreamweaver based site worked fine for 8 years or so.
I have a website for my business also. That site has also been redesigned several times over the years (as well it should.) That site is also in the Dreamweaver format. It has become apparent that the Dreamweaver version is not keeping up with the times. Google and all of the other demands of the web are putting pressure on older websites. So, I understand that I need to upgrade again. I need to be based in WordPress. Well, in order to learn and become familiar with the WordPress environment and all the plug ins and widgets, I have decided to redesign GlobalMAD.com using WordPress. So far, I have found it to be easy enough to work with and some of the functions, especially all of the available add-ins, offer some incredible functionality that was unavailable to me working in Dreamweaver. Google and the standards it puts forth for evaluating and ranking websites is driving the changes needed to websites. I understand that “user experience” is the yardstick for evaluating a website. So, off we go. Hopefully, this new format will enhance the “user experience”.