Four years ago, I unveiled my modern online presence with the purchase ifupdown.com. Three years ago this July, I created this blog that was formerly located at ryan.ifupdown.com. Last summer I bit the bullet and bought my own name as a domain, ryanrampersad.com. Earlier this year, in early May, I brought my blog out of the dark ages with a new and bright theme. Today, I’m pushing out a new front page that will represent my entrence into college and beyond on ryanrampersad.com.
The old front page did little to promote finding me online. As that page is directly visible on my business cards, in my email address and essentially is the #1 in Google Juice™ for “ryan rampersad”, it is important to utilize the landing and funnel people into other avenues of connecting with me.
The new design has some technical bonuses. It is based off of HTML5 with the NormalizeCSS. It’s so much easier to use than the ResetCSS of the days of yore. In fact, I wrote my own grids because after all the time I’ve spent trying to get frameworks to stop sucking, I realized it’s actually easier to calculate the sizes, paddings and everything myself. And the flexibility is infinite too, so it’s better this way.
The design high lights two aspects better: me and social. Me as in my huge name sprawled across the top and social as in my nice array of badges representing my socialite locations.
It’s not a big leap, but it was enough to look refreshed.
That is all.