We have some exciting news. While Ashley, Kristin, Bryce, and the rest of the Sno-Bliz workers were busy winning James Beard awards and opening the shop for the season, I’ve been busy too. I’ve spent the past few months working on a website redesign and converting the entire site over to WordPress.
So what can you find on this new site? We still have all of the information about our hours and location, our flavors and toppings, and our history. We’ve set it up so that our hours should always be current. Also, you can find today’s hours by checking out the left side of the screen, under the navigation. We’ve also added a handy FAQ page, information about catering and events, and added a way for us to keep you up to date with latest news, articles about us online, and pictures from our shop and events we’ve done. And it’s mobile friendly too! We have even more exciting additions planned for the future, so keep an eye out.
Of course, if you’re reading this post, you’re already on the new site.
We’d love your feedback. Please leave a comment below or use the form on our contact page.
All of the main pages of our website are now mobile phone friendly. We’d love for you to check it out and tell us if you see any problems. If so, please note the type of phone you are using.
We are very excited to announce that the Sno-Bliz Online Exhibit is now live. The Online Exhibit is a a collection of Hansen’s Sno-Bliz memorabilia, including photographs, signs, articles, and video.
I finished scanning everything yesterday. I have the exact totals at my finger tips, but I ended up scanning on site 1 cup design, a few letters/short-stories/poems, several business documents (like business cards and gift certificates), about 70 photographs, and 5 articles from magazines or newspapers (one was 12 pages long). I also took a bunch of digital photography for the website and the fun of it. I wasn’t able to take shots for a QTVR panorama because I didn’t have a tripod. But I hope to be able to make one for them at some point in the future (if one doesn’t get made for this project).
I finalized the main website design and am mostly done building the whole thing on a test server. I still need to get content from Ashley.
Also, I mocked up a look for the online exhibit part of the site. I like it and Ashley does too.
Ok, after talking with Ashley and our designer and thinking about the flow of information, here is my most recent version of the website design.
I changed the name of “archive” to “online exhibit” because FA2 pointed out that while archive is a trendy term, online exhibit is more accurate. I also decided to move the memorial page to a special page of the online exhibit, so we can easily use scanned pictures of Mary and Ernest Hansen. I also added a Contact page that will have more detailed information than what is in the footer. I decided that with these changes only one box was needed to contain them.
Furthermore, I changed the border from the little snoballs (which really wasn’t working) to a rounded edged rectangular section border. I’ve decided that I am much happier with that than with the snoballs. I also changed the color of “Hansen’s Sno-Bliz” to the same pink as the default nav color. It’s subtle, but I like it.
It’s our first news post from our blog. We’re going to try to use this blog to provide news about goings on at Hansen’s, links to news articles about the business, interesting additions to the archive, etc.
Our webmaster, Allison, is also going to be using this space as part of a Capstone experience for the School of Information at the University of Texas Austin. The goal of the Capstone is two fold: 1. Create a website for Hansen’s Sno-Bliz and 2. Create a prototype of an online exhibit of Hansen’s Sno-Bliz memorabilia. The second part of this project is going to be the more extensive and difficult part, but hopefully the end will be rewarding.