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Web Site Extreme Makeover, Part 2 of 7

, 2 Nov 2013 CPOL
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Light SEO and choosing a website theme.

For the second installment of this extreme makeover of an existing website, I first want to make sure that the site's title is in an H1 tag (for SEO purposes) and add an H2 tag, too, as I believe the contents of these tags are significant for the "discoverability" of a web site, or its SEO value. So, I look at the source by right-clicking the page and selecting "View Source". I see that not only are there no H2 tags, there is not even an H1 tag anywhere in the source. It is commonly known that these two tags are used by web crawlers/spiders when indexing sites to see what they are all about, so a lack of them is not a good thing. We will make sure we have them in the new site.

Another thing you can see when viewing the page source is that the site builder wizard they used created HTML tables, which are now considered passé - yesterday's news - especially with grid systems (such as that provided by Bootstrap) being "all the rage" now. Being deathly afraid of being called an old fuddy-duddy, I make a mental note to 86 the tables in the new version of the site.

I turn my attention now to the Default.aspx file in my project, as that contains an H1 tag that I will use by replacing its contents with something suited for this site. I also remove the buttons on the page, as I don't think I will need those – the only other pages a visitor will browse to from here will probably be the About, Contact, and Testimonials pages.

I will try to retain the three main sections in the middle of the page that the template uses for "Getting Started", "Get More Libaries", and "Web Hosting." Looking at the existing site, I plan on putting "Services We Provide" on the left, a gallery of images in the middle, which will be shown in a "carousel" - probably a jQueryUI widget - and "Products" on the right. For now, I will fill those with placeholder text; even the links/anchor tags contained in some of these strings will wait until later. Here's that portion of HTML:

    <div class="row">

        <div class="col-md-4">

            <h2>Services We Provide</h2>

            <ul>

                <li>Plastering & Replastering</li>

                <li>Extensive Remodeling</li>

                <li>VGB Compliance</li>

                <li>Deck Refinishing</li>

                <li>Tile Cleaning & Repair</li>

                <li>Tile Install</li>

                <li>Equipment Install</li>

                <li>Sheer Descent Waterfalls</li>

            </ul>

        </div>

        <div class="col-md-4">

            <h2>Gallery of Images</h2>

            <p>

                This text will be replaced by a carousel of images, showing off the work done by HPP over the years.

            </p>

        </div>

        <div class="col-md-4">

            <h2>Products We Use</h2>

            <ul>

                <li>Colorquartz</li>

                <li>Pebble</li>

                <li>Beadcrete (Glass Beads)</li>

                <li>Hydrazzo</li>

                <li>Swimming Pool Tile</li>

            </ul>

        </div>

    </div>

...and here's how it looks after I do that:

It's not "9 times uglier than a bag of butts" (as my old friend Ed Nelson was wont to say on occasion), but it's distinctly lacking in pizzazz. It needs some color and "style."

So I asked the friend I'm creating this site for (we'll call him Randy – because that's his name) to select one of the replacement Bootstrap themes available from www.bootswatch.com, and he chose Cerulean, so we'll go get that.

It's a simple matter of locating the Cerulean theme, clicking the Download button (which opens the file in a separate page), copying-and-pasting (not cutting and pasting, as so many people – even those who should know better - tend to say) the contents into a file, naming it "bootstrap.min.css", excluding the existing file of that name from the project beneath the Contents, and then right-clicking the Contents folder in the project and selecting Add > Existing Item, navigating to where the new (Ceruleanized) bootstrap.min.css file was saved, and selecting that. Agree to replacing the excluded but still existing file of that same name. Finally, running the site again shows a distinct and distinctive improvement:

That's much better; the shades of blue Randy selected were a good choice, as they go with the "cool blue water" theme of his business.

That's a good place to stop for this second installment of "Web Site Extreme Makeover." Next time we'll take up with some more cosmetic changes as well as a little more coding – HTML, anyway.

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B. Clay Shannon
Founder "Across Time & Space"
United States United States
Ideaman and Coder at Across Time & Space, creator of the Windows Store App "Photrax", which can be downloaded as a trial (7 days) from http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/photrax/75c18e6c-96bd-4607-ac43-531aab098ab4
 
Peripatetic and picaresque, I have lived in eight states; specifically, besides my native California (where I was born and where I now again reside) in chronological order: New York, Montana, Alaska, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Idaho, and Missouri.
 
I am also a writer of both fiction (for which I use a nom de plume, "Blackbird Crow Raven", as a nod to my Native American heritage - I am "½ Cowboy, ½ Indian") and nonfiction: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/blackbirdcraven
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