Yes, I know it’s a little early for Christmas!
Anyway, last year the City of Lincoln Council launched the Lincoln Christmas Market website. Built around WordPress it was the first time I had fiddled with the CMS framework here so, as far as I was concerned, it was a little rough around the edges. I had not had time to experiment with the nuances of WordPress and my design skills were somewhat rusty (it had been about 3 years since I’d done a full website design).
Flash forward to February 2010; the Christmas Market website had proved very popular in 2009 and I was determined to improve on this by tapping into my now greater experience with WordPress and also the fantastic new imagery that we had taken during the 2009 market.
I spent a few weeks looking at what worked and what didn’t work, decided to give the website more of a focus on “constant” information (flat pages that wouldn’t change too much over time) and try and leave the blogging facility strictly for an “as-and-when” newsflash column. I pulled out all the stops with the design, using some brilliant photos and came out with the site you will find here: http://christmasmarket.lincoln.gov.uk.
We took the decision to archive all of the 2009 information off for future reference and start with a completely blank canvas. There are a few more tricks up our sleeve for this website but, for now, I’m really pleased with how it looks and works. The WordPress integration is much more thorough and the design is of a much higher standard.
Let me know what you think in the comments seciton!