Blogger & owner of portfolio & blog/pop culture sites.
I started my first website in 2000 because I thought it would be interesting to learn about web design, HTML coding, and graphic design. More than 15 years later, I’m still building (and rebuilding) sites.
Why? Website standards and best practices are always changing, and I frequently work with web development and design specialists. Bringing some background to the table and knowing what I don’t know – so I can ask the right questions – makes it easier for everyone.
Some tech notes about what I refer to as the Aligator Sites:
- Both of my sites use self-hosted WordPress as the content management system (CMS).
- Each utilizes fully responsive themes that allow the sites to be smartphone-, tablet-, and desktop-friendly. No more squinting at Lilliputian type, scrolling left or right, or having to navigate a mobile view that’s entirely different from the desktop view.
- I customized and styled the themes by applying HTML, CSS, and the occasional snippet of PHP code to the child themes.
- Both on-page and site-wide search engine optimization (SEO) is conducted for each site.
Alison L. Roberts at ALRPR: My portfolio site. (You are HERE!)
ALRPR.com is my professional base of operations. It houses my portfolio, as well as my blog on marketing, public relations, and content development topics.
- It recently transitioned from individual, linked HTML pages to an all-new WordPress install with all the bells and whistles.
- Graphics throughout the site feature icons from The Noun Project, which I styled and grouped into visual compositions.
- ALRPR is the first of my sites to be built with responsive web design in mind from the start.
Aligator Pop: Indulging my pop culture omnivore tendencies.
AligatorPop.com is home to more than 500 posts on lifestyle and pop culture topics, including films, television series, books, music, anime, and manga.
- It started as a webzine – under a different name and on Geocities – and quickly moved on to paid hosting.
- It had hundreds of manually linked HTML pages before I shifted to content management systems. (Mambo, Joomla!, and then WordPress.)
- At one point, Aligator Pop’s spin-off site housed more than 1,400 text-searchable press releases (circa 2001-2006) from North America’s anime companies.
- I converted the Aligator Pop WordPress site from the Thematic theme framework to a new, responsive design theme in early 2016.
- Aligator Pop’s content is promoted via social media, including Twitter and Pinterest.
“Alligator” icon by Joao Santos, via The Noun Project.