With the opening of the tax season, January is of course a busy time for me. I’m in the throes of preparing to ensure that my office is ready for you and that things go smoothly. One of my many tasks involves updating my website: There are new links, updated links, updated tax tables and changed forms as well as lots of new content. There are also new pages and others that have been restructured.
I ask that you please be patient during these times. Every attempt is made to maintain or even improve site navigation so that you won't get lost and will find everything you need, want or even imagined. However, if you do find a glaring omission or lose your place, please let me know; I’ll be sure to pass your comments on to my web-guru who is the genius behind this internet masterpiece and responds promptly to my every request.
March 5, 2017: Significant Visual Change
I've praised my web-guru again and again in this column and elsewhere; I've sung his praises to anyone who will listen. I'll do it again now…
A while back, I added severalpages to my website to take advantage of some of my areas of expertise and share that knowledge with site users in an informative and consolidated manner. Then, I added more pages. And soon it became obvious that I needed a better navigation system on the page to guide folks to the new content. Sure, the menu buttons atop and the site menu at the bottom of each page would do the trick. But I was spoiled. I loved the 4-blade pinwheel that my web guy had designed years ago. It was as useful as it was eye-catching. Now I just wanted a navigation fan that could accommodate another blade.
"It can't be done."
I love it when my web designer utters those words. That means that I just have to wait patiently and soon my wish – however insignificant or substantial – will be granted. Like any good fairy godmother or genie in a bottle, my guy will come through. This time was no different; just sooner. To be fair, my designer had already thought of the idea and allowed it to germinate. That's what makes him all the more valuable. He thinks.
His original design was created so that every location throughout the site could be accessed in any number of ways, without unsightly redundancy and without causing the user to lose his place. The result was a unique, functional and visually pleasing design. The new and improved version 2 is now animated, prettier, and even more useful; worthy of note!Top
February 26, 2017: Additional Enhancements
February 5, 2017: Improved Functionality and Annual Updates
Throughout every year, I work with my brilliant web-guru in an ongoing effort to make an already great website even better. My goal is to provide information to casual internet browsers, fellow practitioners, taxpayers seeking specific explanations and my clients in a clear, concise and user-friendly manner. Since I am probably the most frequent visitor to my website – often visiting the site as many as a dozen times a day, I have ample opportunity to note what works and what doesn’t. And because I’m lucky to have the most responsive web-guy at my disposal, I have the luxury of making suggestions, asking for creative solutions and demanding immediate changes. It is then that my guru shines! If I so much as ask whether we might do this or include that, my designer’s immediate response is “No!” I’ve long learned that his knee-jerk reply is merely his way of saying, “Hmm. I’ll think about it.” And soon my vague ideas take concrete shape as my guy rises to the challenge and inevitably turns the original “no” into “It’s done.” Yes, it’s always done – never once has a design wish remain unfulfilled! And so, again, this year. There were many big and small changes; here’s a list of the most relevant:
Following is a summary of additional changes and updates:
February 22, 2016: Information menu
The user Comments feature (January 26, 2016 entry), which we'll now call the Information menu, was expanded to include other informational links: Request an appointment, Login, Inquire form, and FAQ's. Of these, only the Appointment Request is new. The other links simply provide alternative navigation to preexisting features.Top
January 26, 2016: Allow for user Comments
Look toward the upper right of this page (or any page on this site) and notice the yellow "i" on a blue background. Placing your cursor over this image will expand the link to allow you to click and enter a comment.
Use this feature to make comments, offer suggestions, vent your frustrations, or share a friendly message. Your input will be taken to heart and your message – although subject to editorial review – will be posted. When posted, your posting will remain anonymous.Top
January 19, 2016: Annual Updates
I often receive compliments regarding the depth and breadth of the tax information available on my website, while others marvel at the ease with which this material can be accessed. In an ongoing effort to maintain this paradox, I periodically make structural and navigational changes to my ever-growing site. This year is no exception. The Main and Top menus in the header of every page have changed:
Following is a summary of additional changes and updates:
January 26, 2015: Continued January Updates
January 17, 2015: Website Changes
With the opening of the tax season, January is of course a busy time for me. I’m in the throes of preparing to ensure that my office is ready for you and that things go smoothly. One of my many tasks involves updating my website: There are new links, updated links, updated tax tables and changed forms as well as lots of new content. There are also new pages (including this one) and others that have been restructured. I ask that you please be patient during this update process. Every attempt is made to maintain or even improve site navigation so that you won't get lost and will find everything you need, want or even imagined. However, if you do find a glaring omission or lose your place, please let me know; I’ll be sure to pass your comments on to my web-guru who is the genius behind this internet masterpiece and responds promptly to my every request.
Below is a summary of the changes made:
Please check back here periodically to stay abreast of changes and updates made to this website.
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