I had the chance in the last few days to redo my website. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, gathering ideas, figuring out problems that needed solving. The things I wanted to achieve were:

  • Create a clean and modern layout
  • Make it easy to maintain and update
  • Feature, in detail, some of my favorite photos
  • Improve my search engine placement in key areas
  • Make the site more business-oriented to make it easier for people to find information about hiring me and licensing my images
  • Guide people into the right areas of my full portfolio, which has gotten too big to navigate
  • Modernize my full portfolio to make it match the new site

I finally put it all together in a mass of CSS, PHP, Javascript and MySQL. I learned a lot about these things in the last week… probably more than I ever wanted to know. I saved myself a lot of trouble by using Gallery to manage my photos and testimonials. Gallery is great for producing thumbnails and storing the descriptions and photos in a database. All I had to do was learn how to write some code that would pull this info out of the database and put it on the screen so it looks nice.

Anyway, now it’s done. Have a look!

kevin thom website