Yesterday I got my first good chance to check out David Archuleta’s new official site. My first impression was that it is very clean and easy to find what you want. I really like the colour scheme and the main bar across the top (especially the “charity” tab!). And it’s already been updated with a Stadium of Fire article! Amazing!
Writing this post I tried to think of something I didn’t like, but anything I could think of seemed like nit-picking and I love this site too much to nit-pick it right now. So this’ll basically be a lovefest of a post 😀
I particularly love the bio! It is a great summary of all of David’s accomplishments, written not in chronological order like you’d sometimes expect, but the way it’s written ties everything together so well. My favourite parts: “Now however, an older, wiser David has emerged, but with faith still on his side and an eternally optimistic wide-eyed outlook” and “Fast forward to the present, and you see many sides to David Archuleta. There’s the youthful David, affectionately known as Archie, who often lets loose mid-interview giggles on TV and radio.”
Another thing I love is the contests for the Asian fans that are advertised all over the front page of the OS! I imagine how exciting that must be for those fans, who probably often feel excluded from things because everything is always so American focused. And here you have David Archuleta’s brand new website and almost all of the posts are for you! I don’t know, I just got excited for them! If it was all about Canada, I’d be so pumped!
I have read some people’s comments on the OS so I know some people disagree with me on this one but I am a giant fan of the new “DAVID” logo. I’ve always been fascinated with words, names or sentences that can be read upsidedown or backwards as well as forwards – maybe it is my inner mathematician, or maybe it’s just because my name (Anna) is a palindrome. Whatever the reason, I just think it’s the coolest thing. And I will totally buy merchandise with that logo on it! (I would probably buy the merchandise regardless, but whatever lol).
I could probably count on one hand the number of times I went to the old davidarchuleta.com. In fact, when trying to write this post, I wanted to compare the new site to the old site, but I just couldn’t remember what it was like. I can barely even remember what it looked like. Because I never went to it. I remember it was rarely updated, and very generic. There was nothing there that made me want to come back, because I knew the fansites would have all the info, and probably way before the OS ever did.
But on this new site, I really like the “Tour and Events” page. I can actually see myself going there to check the time or place or how to buy tickets for an event instead of checking a fansite. It just seems so clear and easy to find and well updated.
The reason I choose to go to the fansites that I go to is because I find the writers of those sites often witty and funny but always respectful of David. And you can tell that those people will forever support him, and their writing reflects that. And I think that’s the main reason why I love this OS so much.
The people running it seem to “get” David the way we “get” him! And they also seem to “get” the fans — they understand what we want, who we are, why we love David. They get our David inside jokes, and even use them throughout the site :). I just love the atmosphere of this new site, it feels so homey, like a safe little haven where you can just immerse yourself in The Archuleta. I love everything about the site: the layout, the logo, the bio, but I have to say I think I love the admins and the atmosphere most of all! <3333
So what do you guys think??
p.s. A couple of pics from abanana77’s epic brush with royalty in P.E.I.! 🙂