Cleaner! jeanniegagne.com is way too busy and hard to navigate, while thevocalgenie.com focuses too much on my youtube videos. I want my home page to be impactful, and lead visitors to click through the different pages.
Colors: I am thinking about a white background with pictures and text to bring in color. I want each page to be new, but to match the homepage thematically. Also the information and links should be easy to use, while there needs to be enough info to illustrate my 30 years of experience, books, lessons, travel. Drop down menus are good for this. So, I want a basic nav bar at the top that makes it easy to find exactly what you're looking for on my site.
My studio where Vocal Genie videos are filmed is pumpkin-orange and light turquoise. More on color:
Orange conveys happiness, freedom, creativity, playfulness and confidence. (My favorite color is salmon-coral)
White symbolizes purity, peace, and youth: neural, clean.
Blue suggests honesty, trustworthiness, calming.
Green invites feelings of nature, growth, and regeneration.
(My other favorite color is blue-green. Think southwest/island colors)
Clear type is important, such as one of the main 4-5 websites use. Keep the mouse-over link colors blue per the standard without underlining. I also like a subtle, curvy design in maybe 10-15% grey on the background page, such as Bob Stoloff has.
I built thevocalgenie with WordPress and update both sites. I use hostgator for that site, but I have a private web host for jg.com. I need to be able to have access to my website at all times to update as needed, or to modify. I have been building a new site myself in WordPress with a purchased theme, but I would probably do better to hire a professional who has strong graphic design, and a strong sense of internet marketing, combining sales with the arts.
I have been researching what works best for this and have ideas about where to place things on the home page to encourage click-throughs. I am also considering whether to maintain two separate websites, or create one that links to a different site for my two areas of professional life. The ratio of teaching to performing will be about 60:40, or 75:25.