I’d been putting off the migration and redesign of our publication’s fairly old and large blog for a couple of years as I looked for a Web designer who inspired enough confidence in me and could do the project within the budget I had to work with. As I researched the process of moving a WordPress.com blog to a self-hosted WordPress site and learned about the many ways it could go wrong, I knew I couldn’t take a chance on anyone who wasn’t a great communicator, sensitive to my vision of how the new blog should look and work, and able to handle both the design and technical sides of migrating a large and active blog.
I’d begun to give up on finding the right person to do the job when a friend of a friend mentioned having had a good experience working with Amy Newton of Newton Designs. During our initial exchanges, Amy immediately made me feel like the project could be done and that she understood what I was looking for.
As we got under way, she provided a crucial framework to guide us through the various stages of the process. She patiently helped me work out the possibilities for how the blog would look and was always willing to refine and re-refine any aspect of the design to fit my often poorly articulated vision of the new site’s appearance and organization. She engaged in crucial troubleshooting with WordPress and our blog’s hosting company during our blog’s migration process, and was steadily available by email to assuage my concerns if anything went wrong or seemed to go wrong.
There were a lot of moving parts to keep track of during the process, but the final result was a new blog that pretty much exactly fit the ideal blog I’d had in my head when I started. The new site has a much more clean and contemporary look and increased readability, is mobile-friendly, has essential plug-ins for data tracking and improved SEO strategies, needs minimal regular maintenance, and allows us the possibility to easily make certain changes to menus or add new pages and other elements as needed.
So far the blog has received a lot of compliments since we launched and I’ve had no technical issue. Amy continues to be available to address ongoing questions as they arise. I highly recommend her expertise.