I hope that you will forgive me for hijacking today’s post to ask for your help. Over the weekend I was looking at my company website (www.thinkingaboutcrime.com) and it occurred to me that it might be due for a revamp. So please could I ask you: what do you want from a website such as mine?
In answering this, please bear in mind a couple of things:
- I am a one-person business, so my technical department is, well, me – and totally non-technical, come to that. So we might all wish for lots of fancy graphics and media clips, but it ain’t gonna happen.
- I am rather fond of the blue circles motif, which is replicated across all of my company material, so I’m not looking for new logo suggestions, gorgeous though they may be.
- I am not planning to sell anything via the website (as I am not a credit card merchant) – the link on my Publications page goes to places like Amazon, which are sellers.
So: can you find the information you want on the website (if you ever go there)? Do you actually look at the Stop Press page, which is the one I try to update every day? If you’re looking for something specific (e.g. my contact details, or the services I offer), can you find that information quickly and easily? Are there common features of other websites that you expect to find and do not find – if it’s a case of coming up to modern standards so as not to look too “£80 quid and a plastic lid to you, granddad”, I can always find someone techie to do it for me. Does the website behave as you would wish – my husband tells me that opening a new tab for every new page is now very old-fashioned. (Mind you, he rides a 1957 Humber bicycle, so he’s one to talk.)
Many thanks for any comments or suggestions, and normal money laundering-related posting service will be resumed on Wednesday.