Orleafy Turnes 10
10 January 2019 - Reads: 218
Yes! You read that right, Orleafy has turned 10! The Orleafy domain name was first registered on the 10th June 2009. This was my second web project that I published to the world wide web. Over these past 10 years Orleafy has been many things. From, selling computer hardware, listening to music, viewing personal photography and even selling equestrian supplies.
These past two years I have been working my way back to Orleafy?s roots, this is of course, professional photography. I decided re-light the fire on a much neglected hobby of mine. This has lead to many late nights coding in order to get Orleafy to the high standard it is today. From the viewing experience to the organised tagging system, every single part of Orleafy has had a lot of time spent getting it just right.
The push for 2019, is to support other local photographers. After dealing with a logistical nightmare of a getting my framed photos to customers. I wanted to provide a platform where photographers can easily earn something back to support their hobby. Photographers will submit their images, set the price, select the sizes and frame finishes for their photos to be displayed in. Photographers will then be able to get their photos physically appreciated by customers. Without the usual hassles of doing so.
The project is still currently in the work's and it will take some time before it can go live, but the Orleafy Shop platform will be going live soon and will allow me to test the system along with the layout and design before opening it up to a wider audience. My aim is to take away the logistical stresses, allowing to photographers to stay in touch with what they love.
A New Story Design
23 January 2019 - Reads: 246
The story section of Orleafy was last re-designed back in beginning of 2015. The previous design was to showcase a lot of regular updates about business matters at the time. This was later spun out in to a completely separate web site.
Fast forward to the later half of 2018. The type of content that will be showcased is more stand alone. Ranging from experiences to tips and everything interesting about photography in between.
Having structure to improve the reading experience, along with the new layout, lets the individual stories stand out. By also getting rid of the general clutter that usually comes along with a traditional blog, this has allowed the content to have all the space it needs. This has meant I was able to start from a clean slate and still be able to sport a unique yet logical layout.
This new design to the story section has brought along a few new button designs that have since been implemented through out the whole of Orleafy.
I have toned down the use of blue buttons across the site. Saving these for use on story posts and photography tags. To keep things fresh they are now more rounded along with the new buttons only being an outline which fill on hover and press.
All of the previous posts from over the years, haven't gone away. Instead, I have created a new section called the personal side. This has all of the previous posts dating back to 2012! I will still continue to post smaller stories that aren't photography related on the personal side. Keeping these stories purely about photography and Orleafy.