It has been quiet around Luvo for a while. A couple of weeks ago there was one message saying the website was down for short period. This was not coincidence. Because the last weeks I have been working hard on a new website. The first year of Luvo was great, I had great interaction with the visitors of my website, I have seen many cool blogs, and really enjoyed writing and doing photography for my blog. So I decided the next step was to move my WordPress.com account to a self-hosted website for more control (feel free to ask question about moving your WordPress blog, if you have any).
As much as I like the free WordPress.com site, I needed more options: the advantages of a self-hosted are that it allow me to take more control over SEO (Search Engine Optimization – get more people to find my website via Google) and implement more cool plugins, making it possible to create an awesome front-page like mine. 🙂 Another advantage of a self-hosted website, is that I can add as many sites as I want, even if I decide not to use WordPress.
But enough about the reason to change! Let’s take a look at what has changed, and honestly, not too much in the contents!
At first, I changed the complete layout of www.luvo-photography.com. The front-page now has a cool slider, showing you nice photos. Clicking these photos will take you to a page with photography tips and tutorials. There are also four icons which are quick links to the most important pages of this website: My blog, my portfolio, the learning guide for photography, and a contact page. And if you scroll all the way down, you’ll find my latest blog posts.
Besides that, I made a minor change to menu structure. I decided to create four segments, to categories the tips and tutorial pages I have written over the time:
- Camera & Equipment: tips on cameras and gear
- Beginner Tips & Tutorials: pages containing basic knowledge of photography
- Advanced Tips & Tutorials: information for the advanced photographers
- Composition Tips & Tutorials: everything you need to know to create beautiful photos
For the next year, my goal is to write more about photography, take more pictures, and hopefully increase the interaction with you even more!
I am interested in your opinion of this website. How do you feel about the change, is it an improvement? I am looking forward to your ideas and opinions in the comment section!