Author Tom Shachtman wanted to improve his web site, pictured below, and I was happy to work with him to do so! And I am especially happy to say his new site is now online at tomshachtman.com, pictured to the right.
Tom’s new site is another WordPress site by w3sights using a mobile responsive theme from StudioPress. So, go ahead and look at Tom’s site in any browser, on your iPad, or iPhone and see how the site responds to whatever size screen you are viewing it on.
One problem I identified immediately with Tom’s old site was that the pages expanded to the entire width of the screen, making the text very hard to read on large screens because the line length was so long. Line length, or the number of words per line, is just one factor contributing to readability. Contrast, line height, margins, and letter spacing are others. Improving the readability of Tom’s site was one of my goals in this redesign project.
Some features I added to the site are: each of Tom’s books have BUY THE BOOK links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound, as well as ADD TO SHELF links to that book on Goodreads, Shelfari, and Library Thing. A new section called Extras contains an NPR interview with Tom about Rumspringa, the prologue to another book and more for those who can devote more time or are very interested in a particular subject.