Changing it up!
I’ve fallen off of the bloggy-horse this month. During May so far I’ve only published 5 posts and 3 of them were “Wordless Wednesday”. But I’m not here to talk about that right now. Here’s a little something that’s been keeping me busy the past few days…
If you read my blog through email or through a feed, then you might want to click over to the main page to see the new “design”. I use the word “design” loosely since it has not been professionally designed and I have no idea what I’m doing. I made the header and buttons using Paint and PhotoMix with some free fonts and backgrounds I found on the internet.
For those of you that don’t have a keen eye I’ll show you a screenshot of the before and after.
(Click on photos to enlarge)
Here is my homepage before.
I was using free WordPress Theme, Pilcrow.
Here is my homepage after.
I’m now using free WordPress Theme, Mystique.
I updated the header with new photos of me and Adaline and I replaced the real blocks with a blocky font.
This theme gives you the option to link to your social media in your header, so I now have RSS, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube icons right at the top of the page! I still have all of my social media buttons in the sidebar and at the bottom of each post since the theme didn’t give me the option of adding email subscription, Blog Frog, etc. and also I’m nothing if not excessive and thorough to a fault.
+I love that the menu tabs are below the header with this theme.
+I like that the tabs are separated by a line (they weren’t in the old theme) and I like that they’re shaded gray rather than white.
+I like that the yellow background breaks up the header/menu from the blog instead of being attached by white like the old theme.
+I like that the date of the post shows up under the title instead of above and that it’s shaded darker to make it more visible.
+I like that it says posted by: CoolMama next to the date. It’s not a big deal on my blog since I’m the only author, but on blogs with more than one author it’s nice to see who wrote the post.
+I love the green “titles” in the sidebars. The old theme didn’t have that, so it didn’t break up the sidebar very well making it look less organized. I can also change the color to blue or red if I want, but for now I think that I like the green.
This theme also has a tabbed widget that contains Categories, Tags, Archives, Popular Posts, and Recent Comments. I was able to eliminate all of those from the sidebars and keep them in one nifty widget in the left sidebar 🙂 It defaults to Recent Comments which I prefer.
Here’s what it looks like:
So if you like to come to the blog and go through my Categories, Tags, Archives, or Popular Posts you’ll find them in the widget on the left instead of individually on the right as they were before. In the right sidebar I still have Recent Posts and a Category Cloud.
Another neat feature with this theme is the author box at the end of each post. You can’t see it on the main page, but if you click on any individual post the box is at the bottom of each one!
Here’s what it looks like:
There are only 3 things that I dislike about this theme.
1. I don’t like how narrow the middle column is. The old theme was wider. Now a lot of my old posts with pictures haven’t corrected themselves and the pictures are everywhere and coming off the page, etc. I don’t have the time right now to go back through all of them and change it.
2. I don’t like that you can’t get back to the home page just by clicking the header. Many themes for many blogs work like this and when I’m working on the blog I used to use that feature a lot. I added a “Home” tab to the menu bar instead, but I’d still like it if the header was clickable.
3. I don’t like that my “tagline” doesn’t show up anywhere. I had to remove it from the header because the header for this theme is more narrow and I couldn’t make it fit without making the title text smaller than I wanted.
If there is a way to correct the above three things…I don’t know how to do it, so for now it’ll have to do. I still like it way better than the old theme.
I’d still love a professional design, but I’m not in the mood to shop around for designers at the moment.
So that’s everything for now. Be sure to click through to the blog and tell me what you think of all the newness. It’s totally okay if you say that you don’t like it after I just raved about it ;). I just think (at least I hope) that while it still looks cheap and crappy it perhaps looks a teensy bit more professional than it did before. If there’s anything else you’d like to see me add, remove, or change…let me know. I’m open to ideas!
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