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Web Development

Beginning in Spring of 2014, I took over development and management of utilizing Dreamweaver as the content creation platform. From the start, my goals were to improve user experience by streamlining navigation and informational pathways, improve the overall look of the site, and optimize SEO. Of these goals, SEO was found to be in dire need of a complete overhaul to modern standards.

2013, A starting point

Looking to improve upon a clean design and layout, a number of items were addressed across the site. One of the most crucial was the user's experience when looking for or navigating towards various products on the website. One particular issue was the way in which a visitor would learn about each of the kayak models. The current structure left the visitor to determine which was best for their use and/or type of paddling without being provided with sufficient categorization of each model. While the navigation towards each kayak model was efficient, providing 2-3 clicks to get to a particular kayak product page, this streamlined process left customers uncertain of exactly which model would best suit their needs.

2014, Across the board upgrade

As mentioned before, the desire was to maintain the clean look and overall functionality of the existing site but to also have a number of items addressed across the site. Most notably, the kayaks were grouped into specific use categories in order to help visitors ascertain which kayak models would be best to review for their paddling types and needs. This change resulted in an additional navigational click-through, but was worth the investment for better user experience and understanding of the product. Additionally, SEO and page speed was addressed across the site and updated to current standards.

2017, A move into responsive design

2015 and 2016 yielded updates to imagery, product additions, and continued improvements to user experience, page speed and SEO but, with Google's transition to prioritizing responsive sites in rankings, it became necessary to overhaul the entire site. After reviewing workload, software limitations, and overall needs, it was decided to contract with a web developer to produce a responsive site. During this transition, I worked one-on-one with the web developer, overseeing art direction as well as providing all necessary site content such as body copy and digital assets.

Since publication, I have managed and edited the new site through a content management system and worked with the developer to continually maintain and update SEO in line with current standards.


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