Web sites need to be attractive and functional. But here’s something most Web designers don’t understand: function comes first.
An attractive but non-functional Web site is completely useless, while an unattractive but functional site still works.
Of course it’s true that an ugly site is also a problem. Ugly sites don’t “convert” as many visitors as they could. As Kent wrote in Pay Per Click Search Engine Marketing for Dummies, “Ugly don’t sell!”
Thus Kent creates Web sites based on this simple process:
- Design a functional Web site
- Make it attractive
The sites below are examples of Kent’s Web design projects, in which Kent finds the designer (or, in some cases, ready-made, low-cost templates) and manages the design project. Each has its own story to tell. For instance…
- It could be argued that the original Colorado Ballet site was
attractive…but it didn’t “work” for several reasons. For instance, every
page was an image, so making changes was very hard (and thus expensive). And
because it contained images and no text, it wasn’t indexed by the search
engines well. And it was hugely expensive; it was built so that it would
only last for one season … it had to be thrown away at the end of the
year! The replacement was reusable, much, much cheaper, and easily edited.
- Peripheral Manufacturing wanted help with Search Engine Optimization;
but they also had a site that didn’t convert well. Kent brought more traffic
to it… and because the site converted better, more of the visitors bought.
- ScaffoldMart’s new site had two almost instant effects; phone calls went
up, and the callers were asking fewer questions…they were calling to place
an order, not to find out if the firm was legitimate.
- Greenspring Fund’s site was “old fashioned” and out of the control of
the Greenspring staff (even a spelling correction had to go through a Web
designer). The new site is more up to date, and can be edited by