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Lee Church

The site is a single page website and displays reasonably well on various devices (have not tested the ones coming out in 2016 yet :)

The answer to your question really depends on what you are trying to do. Many of the folks around focus on what can be done with the tools (technology driven). With the Handy Sandy site I took it from the business card and local marketing material and wanted it to be a web presence with a conversion goal of folks calling.

With a restaurant, I imagine the ultimate goal is to have folks come into the restaurant (rather than say maximum number of FB ‘likes’ from Somalia).

And it depends on whether you care about the semantics, and/or whether the under-the-hood stuff looks pretty. Oddly enough, the web isn’t very good at taking a business card and expanding it to a website (though I think I managed OK given the whole faulty box model constraint with CSS, js, and a competitive mobile environment where various browsers seem to go out of their way to make us say the same thing 5 different times).

There is a lot on the web about SEO and single pages. However, as google keeps saying focus on the user experience and they will focus on the indexing relevant content. To that extent, I used parameters to allow google to index the various “pages”. You may have to use the google webmaster tools to specify your parameters, but I don’t consider that a show stopper (see for brief discussion on that issue).

Another point I must make is that ‘responsive’ is one of those over-reach terms that folks everywhere seem to be using. I prefer ‘adaptive’ for sites that adapt to the device (to paraphrase Warren Buffett comment about gold, you can whisper sweet things to the website, but it won’t ‘respond’. The website will however ‘adapt’). I think that we might have a ‘responsive’ website in the future, but I have not seen one yet. :)

I may clean up the actual code for the website, but it works, and it indexes reasonably well in google and elsewhere. Customers have found us, and called (but none from far away, which is GOOD!).

(Oh, and yes, Sandy has a little road sign that she puts out when at work, and it looks like the road sign on the website. and the business card link on the 411 page gives you an idea of the ‘theme’).

I would give some thought to your error pages during initial design as well. With handy sandy if a user gets anywhere in the domain of they are brought into the page (with what I happen to think is one of the better error pages out there.. but hey.. it’s my baby so of course it’s cute!). With a restaurant you could do a cute 404 page.. with some line about getting hungry for the right page, and if they make it to any of the locations they will get ‘real’ food instead of the error page (much more satisfying, i’m sure) – some other theme related angle on the 404/403 page.

If you want some ideas for a fairly clean design that scales up a business card to an adaptive website, take a look at these links (any of them will do):

and the extra pages (not in the automatic tour) (or you can just enter a junk url inside the handysandy domain) (for when you try to hack me)

and (for information about the website)

The business card to full size single page site isn’t appropriate for everything, but for a small business that has a local footprint it’s not a bad way to go.