New Look Site

by | Apr 28, 2015 | 21 comments

I’ve finally completed the new website design and with a bit of luck you should be seeing it now. It was time for a change to get things up-to-date in regards to viewing on mobiles and smaller screens, on which you should now be finding things easier to view and navigate.
I’m working through the old posts and images making them compatible so you may still see some issues there, and there’s additional text to be added and filled out.
No doubt I’ll be tweaking and tugging at bits over the coming weeks as I find things which annoy me, so if you spot anything that seems odd or have any feedback, please feel free to comment and I’ll look in to it.

We felt a simple, crisp design was the way to go to help the content become centre. It’s also to give us a good platform to expand on. The not so mysterious ‘Premium’ section will be evolving over the coming weeks, so it’s back to video editing now for me.

As a final note, due to growing numbers our email updates have been switched to a new premium service so we hope you’ll see the improvements. Again if you have any questions, queries or missing emails then let me know.



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  1. Ken Haygarth

    Good job guys 😉

    • Helen

      Cheers Ken 🙂

  2. Steve Tripp

    Mobile compatibility is very valuable. The new look works great from my phone.

  3. Jim

    Nicely done! I particularly like the lettering on the logo.

  4. Dolly

    Richard & Helen, It looks really good. I agree with Jim the lettering makes a difference, and I have always liked the Logo, this is just simpler. Keep up the great work and look forward to the next installment.

  5. Colin

    Very nice and clean, love the new look!

  6. Jim Linn

    Nice modern look.

    If I wanted to browse your products, how do I do that?


    • Helen

      Thanks Jim, our products will be incorporated back in, but for the time being I can direct you to our bench website. This is in need of an overhaul too, but it functions!

  7. Charlotte

    Aw, purdy!

  8. John

    Mr. Paul Sellers ……watch out

  9. Mike O'Brien

    New webpage is clean and neat, and works great on my iPhone. Simplicity is a wonderful thing, I enjoy your blog a great deal.
    Mike O. Valley Head, Alabama, USA

  10. peter

    I do like the clean look, especially the single column mobile layout – reminds me of an old book.
    couple of points,( you are probably onto these, so ignore this if you are) – seems odd to have two menus, as a user I would look for “contact at the end of the main menu.

    and perhaps it is just me but “rugged” and “fine” seem like opposites to me like there are two sides to your business, perhaps there are ?

    Peter – yours is my favourite woodworking blog by the way

    • Helen

      Hi Peter, many thanks for your feedback, it’s much appreciated. I’m being caution not too make the contact link too prominent, but I do see your point and will mull it over.
      With the wording, this is deliberately opposite, and it’ll be interesting to see what people make of it. It’s probably more of a fusion rather than two separate sides of the business; like chocolate in your curry or a ballet dancing hippo!?
      One is the result; quality, traditional woodworking. The other is the journey and the attitude.

      • peter

        That is cool Helen – I like a story behind something and now you have explained it that combination of rugged and fine is perfect.

        I am busy sorting out a new site on tumblr – so many decisions and an ever evolving task



  11. Polly Becton

    Quite spare. Spare is nice. I like it.

  12. Steve First

    Helen, I am not sure if this new site is only for your blogging or if it should also letting customers know about your services and products. If you do want customers to find you via this, I would make it very easy to link back to them. It wasnt obvious how to do that for me, but maybe that’s not what your are trying to do or maybe I am just slow.

    • Helen

      Hi Steve, many thanks for this. You’re not slow… I haven’t added any links yet 😉 We consider the blog very separate to our workbench business but I will ensure that it’s easy to find through an updated About page and sidebar links. Great point!

  13. Paul Rodgers

    Is there no end to your talents !!

  14. Stefan

    I like this clean design.
    Two remarks from my side if appreciated.
    My first impression was that the teaser text in relation to the picture not well balanced.
    I’m quite sure you have played around with that. Maybe I have to look at it for a while.
    And my second topic is that I find the social items a bit – hm – clunky?

  15. Dave

    Looks good. My only comment is that the webfont you are using may not be fully working. On chrome it doesn’t anti-alias very well, making it quite hard to read, and a file appears to be missing, which may be the reason.

    See the image which has a screenshot of the missing google font.

    • Helen

      Hi Dave, many, many thanks for pointing this out to me! It’s now on my to do list.


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