I’d just like to mention – before we go any further – that you’ll probably find this website to be in a number of ways more than a typical blog, quite unlike a multitude of others built on a WordPress CMS.
You see this website is primarily a strategic marketing environment, rather than a typical blog.
Yes I appreciate that you might say that it’s a bit cluttery; and I’m fully aware that it’s not optimised toward selling product to the exclusion of all else. This strategic environment is content-based; so although it is geared at least partially towards selling product – on both a personal and an affiliate level – it also seeks to entertain and enlighten you in doing so. – This is otherwise known, in the vernacular, as killing two birds with one stone.
And there are aesthetics and cosmetics – because what is showbiz without aesthetics and cosmetics? At best it then becomes drab showbiz, if lacking the fancy trimmings. Yes those trimmings may make it look “cluttered” to the critical eye; but they stop it from looking bland and sterile.
OK there’s a lot to do with business and computers on this site. – There’s a lot to do with business and computers in showbiz too.
Part of a conversation that I had with a viewer who was also an amateur web-designer using Joomla went like this: –
Third party: “You [say/think you’re] an expert in coding? …’Cause what I’m seeing maybe due to the “hacking” or simple config issues.
- 1. Every top menu item opens a new tab (even if you click on “start” you get a new tab with the start page)
- 2. ‘Top menu menu position isn’t consistent. On buggerallon.tv [Home Page] the menu is at the top. – ‘Click on “Start” or any other item and the menu is below the top image.
- 3. On the tags page, there’s no top menu at all.
– And I hope you don’t mind me saying so, (apologies in advance if I offend you) but in general the theme is a mess. ‘Looks like we’re back in the 90’s (but hey i’m from 83 so i kinda understand). Ooh and that color scheme! But hey, if you like it 🙂
I’m going to assume that those are some of the main points that people would bring up about this site. – And I’ll deal with them in reverse order: –
Starting with “the theme is a mess. ‘Looks like we’re back in the 90’s”
‘Interesting that; because the theme is in fact the TwentyFifteen theme by the WordPress blog Team. – I’ve just customised it a lot.
I’m sure the WordPress team will be interested to know that one of their default themes is a throwback to the 1990s in your opinion. Having said that the person did go on to say, later in the conversation, “There are a couple good things too: “SSL, and it’s a responsive theme.”
– This person needs to make up their mind. – Particularly when, almost in the next breath, they go on to state:-
“I have no experience with WordPress, and I honestly don’t want to. Too much security problems, sites get hacked & probed left and right, daily. – Even sites of mine that don’t use WP at all get probed for wp admin login lol.”
So despite having no experience with WP this person thinks that it’s rubbish eh? – Because someone told them so or they read something somewhere. – That’s just an uneducated opinion; “knowledge” based upon rumour.
– You have sites that don’t use WordPress that get probed for wp-admin login? Are you on drugs? OK so you don’t like my gold & mahogany-based colour-scheme. – ‘Tough.
Point #3 starts with a complaint that the top menu is inconsistent. If there’s no top menu on a page it’s omitted for a reason: The top menu is there so that you can select pillar pages. If you select a pillar page, such as the Tags page, there’s no need to have a further choice of pillar pages. If I intended the reader to click away from the page as soon as they arrived I would have created a blank page. There’s no top menu there because I’m encouraging you to read the page, rather than encouraging you to leave it. You’ll notice that with squeeze pages too – even with this page that you’re reading now: The only way you can leave a squeeze-page is by either hitting the back button on your browser, or by clicking the red X in the top right-hand corner. I don’t write pages with the intention of you leaving the page; I write them with the intention of you reading the article, and then clicking one of the links on the page.
Point #2: Correct. – And your point?
Point #1: Correct. The reader now has 2 pages open: ‘Double the value.
This site is made for you to enjoy, to be entertained. It’s also designed to sell product to you. Not everybody is going to like it… But like I said earlier in this article; this “blog” is more than a typical blog.
To find out more about how to build a strategic marketing environment on any content management system (But particularly WordPress); visit this link.
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