MUCH better for viewing on phones and tablets which is how a majority of people now look at websites. It is also important for Google searches on mobile devices: if your site is not responsive, your site will be penalized in the search results.
The new templates took longer to implement than expected as we had to transition an almost infinite variety of custom styles in the current sites to the new responsive format. It has been a big job.
It is simple to make your site responsive. Log in to your Control Panel and click on Website Design. You will see a pop-up saying "Upgrade available!" Click on "Try it out."
In some cases, you will need to make minor tweaks to the responsive design. For example, if you had the navbar on the left side of the pages, it will now automatically appear at the top so that the design shows well with all devices. You can't change that, but you may want to adjust the navbar alignment to make the design work better.
Any problems, let us know. If you are very unhappy, we can always move you back to your old look - but you would be giving up traffic and making it tough to see your site on mobile devices. So, consult our Support Group first.
Note: If you have an older design, pre-2012, it is just as simple to make your site responsive. Go into Website Design and click on "Try it out."
Some member sites have designs from 12 or more years ago. We will discontinue support for them soon, so why not have a design that looks contemporary and that you can show to people accessing your site on their phones? And that you can customize in unique and interesting ways (if you choose).
We are working on a new Control Panel design so as to make it more intuitive. And we are developing a new responsive version of Jewelspan.com which will be rebranded as FoundJewels.com. And we have other projects on the drawing boards, including variations on the template design.
What's on your wish list? Let us know. If we can do it, we will.
June through August, if you refer three new members, you will get 6 free months! Your referrals will also get an extra free month, which means they will have two free months when they begin. Send people to the Artspan homepage, www.artspan.com or www.artspan.co.uk, and have them click on the "Join" link in the upper right of the page. They should be impressed with the value we offer. Give them your account number or simply ask them to enter your name in the referrals field.
Miriam Stern is participating in a two person show called From Snap to Finish. The title refers to the fact that both artists begin their work with photography and end up with something entirely different, in Stern's case paintings. The Brassworks Gallery, 105 Grove St. Montclair, NJ.
Naoko Morisawa, Seattle based Artspan member, has been selected by City of Seattle for a solo show at the Seattle Municipal Tower Building in downtown Seattle.
Valerie Burke has a piece called Melon Shell in this year’s World Wide Pinhole Day Exhibit. She used a paint can pinhole camera, which produces a panoramic image to take the picture.
Lyn Orona will be having a one woman show at Deming Arts Council for the whole month of September. She will be showing oil paintings, clay sculpture and hand crafted jewelry.
Janet Weaver won Third Place in the Painting category for the 2015 Las Vegas Celebrate Life Art Exhibit.
Paul Chamberlain won First Prize with his Wailea Lillies oil/palette knife painting at the Annual Spring Salon, juried show, presented by The Glendale Art Association, Glendale California.
The Artspan staff share some of their favorite images from our members' sites.
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