The Domestic Blonde Website Redesign!

By Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hi everyone!

As I hinted on Monday, for the last month I’ve been working with a web designer. I am so incredibly excited to reveal the new site. You’re looking at the (almost) finished product!

New Header

The re-design was long overdue. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but kept telling  myself to wait until after the wedding when everything had calmed down. But I hated going to my blog and seeing the narrow reading pane, the stock photo logo and the small images. The worst part was that it wasn’t user-friendly – I wanted you guys to be able to find exactly what you wanted, recipe-wise, easily.

I follow 100+ amazing food blogs every day, so I know what’s out there and I knew what potential there was for my own. I drew inspiration from Not Without SaltLove and Lemons, Take a Megabite, Joy the Baker, How Sweet Eats and many more. Love love love so many parts of their sites. I wanted lots of white space and a fresh, clean layout. I am SO incredibly happy with the end result. Props to Jess Petrella for making it happen.

So it’s been almost a full week with the new design and I wanted to go over a few things that have changed. Obviously the look is much different. I’m loving the yellow and my new logo!

Perhaps the most important update is that  search function has been moved to the top right-hand corner – super easy to see/find and more accessible. See that magnifying glass? Click it and then a box pops up. Type what you’re looking for and hit enter. It works just like any old search function.
Search

 

The site is now MUCH easier to navigate because of the right-hand sidebar. You can find all sorts of good stuff there, like my social media (I’ll love you forever if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest), the Archives where you can find my posts by month (I get so embarrassed reading my old posts – WHAT was I thinking?) and Categories, where you can find all slow cooker recipes or all football Sunday recipes and stuff like that.

Now let’s get to the main navigation at the top. You’ve got Recipes, which is a BIG change from the silly long list on the old site. The recipe categories are represented visually now,  and you can click on them to see all the recipes that correspond to that category. Twenty recipes will show up before you have to click “Older Entries” at the bottom, in yellow. I could make it more, but I don’t want you guys scrolling forever! Also, soon all posts will have an image… just bear with me.

 

Recipes

 

Then, back at the top, you’ve got Tea Time, which is just a quick and easy button to see only my “Over a cup of tea” posts. I know lots of friends and family keep up-to-date on my shenanigans by reading this series, so now it will be easier to skip the recipes if you want to. Just in case.

Then you’ve got FAQ, About and Contact, which are pretty self-explanatory.

As for the individual posts, lots has changed there too. The most exciting part is that we’ve added ZipList to the site, which is a meal planning, recipe and grocery list app/website that is really popular. You don’t have to use it, but it formats the recipes nicely and allows anyone (even if you don’t use ZipList) to print them easily with a little button. If you do use ZipList, you can click “save recipe” to save it to your recipe box.

ZipList

 

In case you want to be the first to know about anything and everything, sign up for email updates! Just enter your email address on the right-hand side of the blog and you will automatically get an email every time I post something new (that’s three times a week – Mondays for “Over a cup of tea”, and Wednesday and Fridays for new recipes). You’ll never miss a post! And you’ll make me so happy.

Please be patient as we continue to work on the site – there is still a lot of work to do (I have to manually resize photos, add all the recipes to ZipList, and set featured images/thumbnails for every single of my 400+ posts) but I welcome your feedback! If you encounter anything you think can be improved, please leave a comment on the site or contact me.

Thank you thank you thank you for reading. I love you – I really do. And I hope you love the new design as much as I do!

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