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Poll: Do you decorate your website for the holidays?

By December 24, 2009

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Back when I worked at NETCOM, I used to manage the "Homeport" and for Halloween one year I decided to create a "Haunted Homeport". Random customers would see the same content as the normal homeport, but decked out for Halloween. I added all the spooky elements: blood, ghosts, zombies, black cats, and so on. But I admit I was a little afraid to do it for everyone, thus the randomizer. When our Vice President came over to my co-worker's cube demanding to know "what was up with the Homeport" I had to chime in and admit that I was the one who had done it. I thought my job was done for. He turns around and, beaming, says "I LOVE IT! Why didn't you set it up to be 100% of the time rather than having to reload it at random?" And so we started decorating the Homeport every Halloween.

Lots of sites decorate for the holidays. Google is probably best known for their holiday logos - and they decorate for some relatively obscure ones. Do you decorate your site for the holidays? Why or why not? What are your favorite holidays to decorate for? Share your thoughts in the comments. And have a Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

December 24, 2009 at 7:26 am
(1) Alexander says:

I actually haven’t done that yet, even though it has passed through my head plenty of times.
My subconsciousness probably registered it as “something that other people do”. But I do see it often, and I suppose it would be fun. Maybe I should try it (if I remember, that is).

December 24, 2009 at 11:21 am
(2) Best Web Design Software says:

I do it, even if only subtle at times. I think it lets my visitors know that my site is active and that there’s a person behind it. Just remember to take the decorations down or it will have the opposite effect.

December 24, 2009 at 11:53 am
(3) decibel.places says:

I change the bg image on my site for seasons and holidays. I’m not a “designer” but I enjoy grabbing a few images from Google and making a layout, usually 6×2. One thing I try to do is use a couple of images with white backgrounds so the web page is not so rectilinear, it flows into the bg images.

December 24, 2009 at 11:55 am
(4) decibel.places says:

Has anyone else noticed that the holiday logo on PHP.net is from 2008? Reduce, reuse, recycle…

December 29, 2009 at 6:04 am
(5) Petculescu George says:

Yes, right now, over my site logo is snowing. And you’re right Jennifer: Google is best example, they change their logo not just in a holiday time, but with every known and important event. Happy Holidays!

December 29, 2009 at 2:48 pm
(6) Shari Smothers says:

I don’t decorate my site for holidays but I plan to add that to my list of uses for my designs. It’s like receiving something extra when I visit sites that decorate to suit the occasion.

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