If you’ve been to our web site in the past and then again recently, you may have noticed the site looks a little different now—actually a lot different. We had it redesigned to fit the needs of users viewing our site on a variety of platforms from smartphones to tablets to desktops and so on. Roughly half of our web site visitors are now using something other than a desktop computer to view our site and make reservations.
Our original site was one I personally developed myself using basically straight HTML, which was fine for our first few years of business. The problem with it was, as smartphones and tablets became more prevalent, it just didn’t port well to those devices with small screen sizes. In order to keep up with technology it was clear we needed to completely overhaul the site.
Once the overhaul decision was made, I actually thought—foolishly in hindsight—that I could redesign the site myself and make it compatible with a multitude of devices. The problem, which became very clear very early on, was that as web technology advanced I hadn’t advanced my knowledge of the technology. Fortunately, my wife works with someone who is well versed in the latest web design technology and who also happens to be starting his own web design company. Problem solved.
Thanks to Nate we now have a brand new web site with a new look and a responsive design that adapts the layout to the screen size of the device it is being displayed on. Nate now has a satisfied customer, a good reference and another entry into his growing portfolio. Sounds like a win-win to me.