I try to keep my site very simple so its not just easy on the eyes but user friendly. What would I want to know if I were on someones site and what don't I care to see? So, my site is very "boring" and lacks pops of color other than what you see in the pictures and videos. Well, I honestly didn't want to rape your vision by blasting a flurry of rainbow skittles in your face with every click.
I've slowly built each page to represent what I do and how to use certain sites. I reflected back to my experiences on each of those sites. The doterra site is pretty cut and dry. The Thirty one site was confusing for me at first. And I still need to make a "how to" page on navigating the Nomades online shopping area. I want to be sure the people who start with my site are guided all the way through. Why? Because frustration is a huge turning point which will make anyone click that dreaded red X at the top corner of the screen. Ack! Don't go!
So, back to the updates. I decided to bite the bullet again and invest in getting a coupon database. It does cost me $8 to have a MONTH so please use it to find available coupons. Some of the links to online coupons will take you to main pages of that site, and not directly to the coupon. That database will also pull up all coupons available, including those that don't pertain to Hawaii. Look for the ones that take you to coupons.com. Those are the ones I always look for. And the Lee Kum kee sauce. Our house can't be without free oyster sauce. LOL
On top of that database, I now have a coupons page where I get a few cents for every printed coupon from my site. And yes, I only print coupons from my own site now. What I love is that I can enter zip codes and change the region. So, I can find printable coupons that you would probably never find in Hawaii.
After investing my time and some money into those tools I bit another bullet (how many guns do I have? haha) and invested in upgrading my site to now include a search box and other cool features and tools for my site. In case anyone was wondering, I use Weebly to build and maintain my site. How did I learn about weebly? Well, the Ewa Beach Community Based Development Organization was offering FREE web design classes for the community and I decided to give it a shot. It was one night a week for a few weeks (I can't remember how many there were) and they taught us the different methods to build your website. Not just how to build it but the things to avoid when making one. For instance, rainbow skittles in your face with each click. Over blinginess that blinds you and make your site hard to read. Or, just having too much crap that a reader feels like their in a stampede of people on Black Friday at Walmart. Ack!
I was apprehensive at first because I used to be an ICS major years ago and back then trying to build a site or even a working menu was horrendous! I literally fell on the floor crying when my menu's in DOS didn't work right and it was all because of a misplaced semi colon. UGH! Why would I want to take a web design class and put myself there again? LOL. I had no idea what to expect. I'm a glutton for punishment I suppose.
I want to say THANK YOU to the Ewa Beach CBDO for that opportunity. Funny how the fear of the unknown can totally eat you up inside. Technology now has made life SO much easier. There are sites like google and weebly that take all the headache out of writing all the darned codes. Click, drag, drop, and type. That's it! Of course, knowing how to use html and css and all that crap makes it easier and you can make your sites hotter. But, I was just floored at how easy it was to build a website compared to how it was cough cough umpteen years ago.
I hope you all enjoy my ever growing site and click click click...go CLICK EM!
Happy Aloha Friday! Have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious weekend!!