August 30, 2022 – Los Angeles: Today marks the launch of a new Artists For A Better World International (AFABW Int) website. The site has gone through a number of changes over the past twenty-two years. The purpose of this revision was threefold:
1) The site is built on a WordPress platform. But due to the evolution of advancing web technology over recent decades, older parts of the site were not as technically current as the newest content. Hence, the entire site has been brought up to the latest standards. Although this represents a significant amount of labor, it is largely invisible. With the exception that a number of older images were modernized to accommodate faster internet speeds that are more readily available today than at the turn of the century.
2) The site was migrated to a different host. This means the place where all the website files reside has been moved to a different company to take advantage of performance and security upgrades. Once again, most of this part is not visible, other than the website name begins with “https” instead of “http” and the site should load a little faster, whether viewed on a desktop, tablet, or phone.
3) Although the previous two points are more meaningful in terms of the current and future performance of the site, as mentioned earlier, very little of that is visible. However, the look of the site was also updated, which is noticeable. The design goal was to make the site more friendly and readable for mobile device users and to present an overall simpler presentation. For example, the text size is larger for all devices, whether a desktop computer, tablet device or mobile phone. Additionally, there are subtle differences in the look of the website on different devices. The content is the same, but some elements such as navigation, spacing between elements and the proportional sizes of the elements themselves (such as text and graphics) are customized to the device. More specifically, videos and images are not only smaller on a mobile device (because the devices are smaller), but they are also smaller in proportion to the page and text. This helps to improve the response time of the website for smaller devices.
The advance of technology is never-ending. This website update is just the latest reflection of those advances.