I’m one of those self-taught people. I have taught myself more software than most people use in a lifetime. But I don’t have a desire to figure out code, I like to write — not learn complex computer languages.
I’m not a stranger to web design software either. I taught myself and worked in Dreamweaver for several years while maintaining Wausau Whitewater’s site and I had an expert build the template for my old site for Design Resumes.
My old site launched in January 2009 even though my business (Design Resumes) is much older. I hired Kim Woodbridge to move the blog over for me from my blog’s former wordpress.com site to the old site to have everything in one place but I couldn’t make some of the changes I wanted to make.
My whole journey in social media has been one of watching the masters. When I saw Jim Connolly and others make the move to Headway and sound so happy with the change, I couldn’t help but starting thinking, that’s what I need to do.
The Headway difference?
Headway is a blog theme created by Clay Griffiths but with features that let you run a whole website. You are reading my blog post but by using Headway’s pages on the rest of the site, I can change my navigation so easily, adding or subtracting pages in a flash to create new multiple pages and drop-down menus.
Formatting is easy too. With the Visual Editor, I can select a specific area, using the Design Editor and even call the element out if I am not sure what it is called and then make custom font or color changes with a click of a button.
I’ve always loved blue so when I set up the colors for the new site, I knew I was going to use blue as my primary color. But which one? Again, Headway made that so simple, calling out elements, letting me play with a look and applying it to the specific area I wanted.
I spent 10 years waffling about how to put my first site up until I finally launched it. With Headway, I asked Kim to help me with exports and plug-ins and we worked together setting up structure and moving content and in less than a week while running my business and while Kim was working on other projects, we launched.
The transition was a little different for me than other Headway users because I had an existing full website with PayPal codes to move and sample resumes to set up. Kim installed the NextGEN gallery plug-in to manage my samples and with Headway’s easy page additions and editing, I found myself adding more samples and being able to talk about the strategy behind the resume.
The former site’s sample page was hard to track but because Headway is a WordPress theme, the WordPress stats monitors every page and post on my site. The samples get considerable traffic.
If I were starting a new site today, I would not hesitate to use Headway.
The Headway team is constantly improving the product and I have no doubt that my experience with Headway will only get better in the future. I became an affiliate of Headway because of how impressed I was with the product.
I am always encouraging clients and business owners who want to take control of their blog and get great, professional results (without having to learn code or complex programs like Dreamweaver), to look at all the advantages of using Headway. Is your website making Headway?