As you know (or at least can tell) I created this blog in WordPress – a basically free website platform that has a host of features that help it to stand head and shoulders above the competition – Weebly, Wix and all the rest.
My work colleague Jim Croisdale is also something of a WordPress fan, and he’s recently created a new WordPress website for his guitar tech business Jim’s Guitar Workshop. As with many web platforms, you start with a theme (in this case Sela) and go from there, adding and editing as you go along. For free, you get a domain name (albeit a .wordpress.com one), 3GB of online storage (and you can cheat to get more) and a range of widgets and plugins. Your site can have a custom domain mapped to it for another £11 a year. And the only downside are a few small ads on the blog pages. Hardly a massive shortcoming, especially when people are SO used to seeing ads everywhere now, many of which are massive and a real pain.
Jim’s site is clean and clear, and if you’re viewing it on a mobile phone, tablet, laptop or desktop machine you’ll notice that it’s fully responsive – everything still fits and looks right, regardless of the screen size and orientation. This is important on all websites these days, and the themes on WordPress.com are all of this ilk.
Jim’s gone for a homepage with a fair bit of information about his guitar tech services, as well as his guitar buying/selling and cable manufacture. Of course, the site has a menu structure to access all these pages, but sometimes it’s good to have a few paragraphs on your homepage with easy links to the more popular content. There’s a blog too, where he writes articles about guitar repair, buying and selling, and other general music and music business related stuff.
I don’t think Jim’s site will ever win an award for being pretty, but it’s certainly functional, easy to read and easy to navigate. For a site of its type, it’s certainly among the best I’ve seen. Guitar techs are essentially workshop luddites who’ve discovered electricity, so a half decent site like this one is actually a cut above most of the competition.
If you happen to play the guitar and are having problems, I’d get in touch via his site. He’s a much better guitar tech than he is a web designer.