Deferred Vamonos Website Revamp Now Complete!
WordPress Alexx Multipurpose responsive theme by Pixel Industry
Completed May 2013
Programmer: Steve Morse; Producer, Content Editor & Writer: Dan Miller Vamonos Marketing
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One of my biggest frustrations this past year running a small marketing agency wasn’t a particular client, a client project, a media outlet, or even a media rep. The vexation that annoyed me like a toothache that comes and goes but never really goes, was not getting around to fixing the lame, maimed Vamonos Marketing website. This once appealing, custom-built WordPress site was now suffering from lack of content updates; but even worse, sitting in that forlorn state of purgatory from not receiving its critical WordPress upgrades to assimilate with all the latest browser and hosting updates. Bottom line, the site’s look and functionality were messed up. In the meanwhile I’m out selling website projects and just praying these prospective clients don’t inquire about seeing my site. That would have been embarrassing. I even quit handing out business cards for a while to avoid my web address getting in the hands of prospects. Pretty sad.
Here’s what’s even sadder… When we launched vamonosmarketing.com about four years ago I showcased a text marketing project we did in the spring of that year with Panchero’s restaurant in Omaha. The article began with “this past April…” I never updated it, which looked rather passe in the fall or winter. However, when the year came around to spring, the article without naming the year looked like a recent success story! Yes, I actually went through that cycle for three years.
Early in 2013, my web developer and friend Steve Morse turned me on to a website full of very palatable WordPress themes to consider as infrastructure for future WordPress projects. He told that I should pick out a new theme for Vamonos Marketing as at this point it was better to start with a fresh frame rather than trying to repair the current structure. I looked around the site and e-mailed Steve a link to the theme I picked out. Within a couple of weeks Steve notified me that he made the needed WordPress updates to my site and installed the new theme. He said I now needed to get in the site to set up the home page set and re-build the menu to display all the inner pages as well. But at the time I was so busy with client projects that it was impossible to even attempt working on my own site. So there was my “new” site–a white page, a Vamonos Marketing logo and a spinning circle in the middle. Nothing says, “Hey, Mr/Ms Prospect, trust me with building your new site.” I had to endure three months and plenty of comments of my Vamonos site just sitting there empty.
Finally in the summer I took time to go to work on my site and new theme. The good news was by now I worked on enough WordPress sites that I knew how to do most of this work on my own. So step by step I began putting the site in place with its new look and feel. While the old site was dysfunctional, all the content was still in there. What I liked about this new Alexx theme was how it worked very well in presenting the philosophies and work of the agency. I even since posted new blogs and am in the process of catching up with my recent website projects! Maybe then this is a good place to end this post. I told the very honest story about my website. I’ve come to better appreciate those I call on new who are bewildered about their website. I’ve been there–and can help. Hey, just look at my site!