Mind your Banners

“Who needs banners, and why is our dear Velda designing them?” Yes, I hear you. I’m anti-ad too. But these are the kind that go at the top of the site to show of its own features. Recently at my day job (actually its a day, night, and everything in between job, but I love it) we announced some new features in an attempt to coax our clients into moving to PHP5 servers before we have to move them. Along with virtual dedicated servers so if they had to stay on php4, they’d be able to have a custom environment. And do you think they took the bait? Nope.

So we scratched our heads a while, then realized that maybe we should advertise these changes. On our own site. So we checked out a couple of sites that advertise their own stuff on the front page, and decided a rotating banner script would do the trick.

We decided that true banner-sized banners would be less effective, as people would simply skip over them without even consciously thinking about it. So we made billboard sized ads instead. Incidentally, this size does not fit on my site very well. But obviously if you did this on your site you’d design for your own space. I’ve had to shrink these a little, but if you’ll click on them you can see how they look on the site. (And i do intend to work on the site layout again soon)

So, armed with just Futura, Impact, and a few credits at stockexpert, here’s what what we came up with:

For the virtual dedicated serves, we wanted to convey a sense of power and control as that's what more VPS/VDS users want.  This is what we ended up with.
For the virtual dedicated serves, we wanted to convey a sense of power and control as that's what more VPS/VDS users want. This is what we ended up with.

Free near continuous backups - sure, we ran regular backups on the php4 servers, but we hoped the restore points would help bribe people to get themselves php5 ready. I think this helped.

This one was lots of fun to make.  We needed to convey that small stores are still strong stores, but because they were small they could actually save quite a bit now with the new Mini package.  And a bonsai is small and strong.  This one's in a pot that's too big too.  We hope it gets the point across.
This one was lots of fun to make. We needed to convey that small stores are still strong stores, but because they were small they could actually save quite a bit now with the new Mini package. And a bonsai is small and strong. This one's in a pot that's too big too. We hope it gets the point across.

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