SamKeddy.com 2015 Web Design Case Study

So here is just a quick case study going over everything that went into making this site. The goal of this website was to create something very simple and professional, where I can practice my blogging and SEO techniques, while having an outlet for all my projects.

WordPress

I decided to build the site as a WordPress site. The reason for this is to have an easier management of SEO’d content that would require less coding. I wanted to focus on content, and not rolling my own PHP backend.

And while it makes getting everything set up semi-nightmarish, once it is, writing new content is a breeze, and there are many invaluable plugins. It also makes quick changes to the design much easier.

Mobile Responsive

This was my first attempt at building a responsive site. I didn’t build mobile first, just because it would have been harder to visualize, but I may try that the next time. It’s done mostly by css media queries. It uses a little javascript on the mobile version where it has a menu that you can open and close.

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Old Endings (And One New Beginning)

I have once again redone my website, hopefully the last redesign for a while. Each time there’s a slightly different purpose. I could write a wall of text telling you about it, but instead I’ll just show you every past website design I’ve gone through, so we can laugh at them together.

freewebs.com/skeddles (2007)

That’s right, before I had my own website, I started on freewebs. Which was quite fitting for the quality of the site. Keep in mind I was a sophomore in high school at this time.

There was essentially no useful information or reason to go there. And check out the design:

freewebs.com/skeddles Website Layout 2007

Yup, it was just that, on a white background. I had just started learning to use Photoshop CS2, so I whipped up this flashy design and put together a website. Yes, the font on the buttons is the one from Yahoo’s logo.

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