Site Upgrades + Thank Yous
August 4, 2011
No doubt some of you frequent visitors have noticed the site changes I made in the last few days, and with a little help from some friends. Thanks to so many of you for the kind comments!
I started the new look with a brand new header. I know, I’m fickle, switching up my headers every now and then, but I was over the old font and craving something new! You know I love blues and greens, enter this lovely header designed by the marvelous Kelly at Fabulous K Creative. She is wonderful to work with and has amazing skills, so if you’re looking for a new blog design, tell Kelly I sent you!
You’ll find some new buttons in the upper sidebar, the icons also designed by Fabulous K. It’s the new tabbed Welcome/Subscribe/Connect/Category zone formatted by my site designer AR Creative. There’s my Pinterest profile link for those of you hooked like me on this virtual inspiration storage site.
I tweaked the navigation bar too, you can see the Project Gallery is still there, but hey guess what? It’s been completely reorganized by category, here’s a peek:
Now you’ll see images in the table of contents to make it easier for you to browse the archives.
The next change was the addition of a new navigation bar tab called the Style Files.
There you’ll find all the articles ever published here on Decorating and Design, plus the Spotlight interviews and also the (soon to be complete) Best of the Blogosphere gallery, where any project you’ve seen featured here will link directly to the source.
Many of those tables are still under construction, but look for them to be complete very soon! Also I plan to add the Link Parties here and also Wine Country articles too.
You’ll see some more friendly faces in the sidebar, the wonderful contributors to CG, including Courtney, Abi, Michelle, and Amanda! Read more deets about these fantastic bloggers the Contributing Writer page.
Many of you wrote to me repeatedly asking for a way to view older posts, well I did something special for you, I made sure the site was paginated so if you visit infrequently (don’t do that!) you can simply click on these pages at the bottom of the site to see all the articles in chronological order.
Wouldn’t you rather subscribe? Yes, that’s a good plan. Here are two ways to make it easy for you in the tabbed Welcome/Subscribe/Connect section, you can get your daily posts either in a Reader or via Email, simply click on the icon.
Finally, you’ll see the Site Search option at the top of the sidebar so if you’re looking for anything I’ve ever written on say, spray paint, just enter the topic you’re looking for and related articles will pop up. Handy!
That’s the update on all the site changes. Please also welcome a new sponsor, Gina of the Shabby Creek Cottage, formerly the Shabby Chic Cottage. She wrote a fabulous post on how to start a business on Etsy a while back that’s not to miss, plus her shop is filled with the prettiest things, you must visit!
Many thanks to these inspirational sites who were the top 15 referring blogs in July:
And thank you thank you thank YOU to all of you who visit here! I appreciate you so much! My hope is that the site will be much easier for you to navigate with these improvements!
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