I’ve always wanted our corporate home page to reﬂect the fact that we made it to 21 years in business since the beginning of the year—ﬁnally, here are the before and after.
Before: I can’t remember when we did this but I dare say it was 2002. People didn’t want to scroll much then, so we made the page wide. All three businesses had to appear equal, so no one could appear below another. Back then, press coverage was important to us, so we mentioned it. There was an additional link to my main blog that got put in c. 2006 as an afterthought.
After: I like to think this is still a work in progress. It occupies a little more real estate by being more vertical, but surprisingly, it is 1 kbyte smaller in ﬁle size. A few links were removed, this blog’s RSS feed is on the front page (the newest three headlines), and many of the elements were recycled (that’s my ethos). Evolution, rather than revolution, with the main aim accomplished and a tidier page resulting. I think we have data on that page that was used in 1995 (the original corporate site was done in 1994)—we have never taken a carte blanche approach to our company site.
The rest of the site does not match this look exactly—but we will likely roll it out across some parts of the site. At the moment the new look does not leap out at me, so I suspect there will still be some changes.
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