Yesterday Dance World Takeover got an all-in-one facelift and software update. This is DWT’s first major upgrade in 3 years. Exciting!
I worked about 50 hours last week to complete this project. This upgrade benefits me in many ways, but here is what’s in it for you:
- Faster page load times (woo hoo!)
- More intuitive navigation and site organization
- Cohesive site-wide design
- Mobile responsiveness. Check out DWT on your phone!
At long last, DWT now has a Start Here page. This is your super-fast introduction to what Dance World Takeover has to offer.
I also added Online Dance Courses. Check out my free resources to level-up your dancing.
I’ve rewritten the 9 other main pages. If you’re curious, you can find them in the header or the footer navigation. (Now you’re thinking, “You built all this in only 50 hours using new software??” Yes.)
Dorky Stuff I Like
You probably don’t care about these things, but I’m positively titillated about them:
- Button design is consistent
- Many functions formerly performed by plugins are now integrated
- I can edit pages in-line, live on my site
- My software includes lots of short codes to do cool things
- Drag-and-drop interface helps speed up editing and design
- The email box in the footer is animated. Pop!
For WordPress Nerds…
The old theme, Thesis, hasn’t been updated in about 2 years. My site has gotten slower… and slower… and slower as time goes on. It agonized me for months.
Meanwhile, the internet has gotten faster. People browse more on their phones. My mobile site plugin, WPTouch, became a security liability overnight. And DWT’s needs had grown beyond my software’s capacity.
To solve these problems, I completely overhauled my site and did a fresh install with a brand-new theme, DMS.
DMS is built on Twitter Bootstrap. Bootstrap offers a heinous amount of flexibility combined with pre-packaged functionality. Then DMS harnesses it all for WordPress. I don’t even understand it; I’m just using jargon at this point. All I know is it works really well.
The migration from the test site to the main site happened with minimal down time, thanks to my husband Paul.
Ready to Grow!
Better software allows Dance World Takeover to get bigger and better. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make DWT what it is so far. Whether you read, comment, share, or subscribe, your participation helps shape DWT.
Check back often to see what’s new!
P.S. Special thanks to the people who donated recently. Good software costs $ and time. You made this update possible, so thank you!
Photo credit: ZAKempson (snail)