It might seem I’ve been a bit quiet for the last week or so, but it’s been all go behind the scenes! I’ve been tinkering away with photos, fonts, themes and buttons, and now I’m delighted to be unveiling a shiny new look for my site – care to join me for the guided tour?
First up, eagle-eyed Beastie peeps have already noticed that the blog has a new name. Welcome to Beastie HQ!
To match this new, catchier title, I shortened the menu at the top, and made the header a collage of some of my favourite recent Beastie pics. Because I know many of you will be viewing this post in the WordPress Reader, I’ve made all the images in this post clickable so you can have a quick look at the real site as you go!
I picked out a new theme with a long-scrolling homepage, and tweaked it by customising the fonts and dropping in some spiffy green buttons.
Then I filled in the spaces behind the “tiles” on the homepage with some new pictures, to freshen up the look a little!
Having well and truly caught the image manipulation bug at this point, I decided to upgrade my Knitting Classes page next. Goodbye dull clickable square thumbnails, helloooooo elegant circles with text inside!
Clicking on these beauties will bring you to a page that’s cleaner and brighter than before, with custom graphics to give you all the information you need. Underneath, there’s an inquiry form so people can get in touch with me directly!
So far, so cosmetic… But with this taken care of, I could no longer hide from the dreaded rewrites! The new layout didn’t agree with the way I had had my Commissions page set up, so I broke it up into a short intro, with the option to click through to a step-by-step explanation of the process.
Oh, and I dropped in some more pictures and my own homemade icons while I was there!
Then the About page was treated to a similar overhaul – that plain ol’ typed page was broken down into blocks of text, separated with new pictures and buttons to help direct readers to other pages I think will interest them.
And the Gallery section – which I promised to continue adding to after my previous round of updates last July – has finally got some new projects in it! It seems like my old “Hall of Fame” page wasn’t displaying properly, so this is now the handiest place to browse the Beastie archives. I’ll be adding more to it over the coming months – I promise!
Oh, and most importantly – THE SHOP NOW WORKS AGAIN! As I mentioned last week, this was pretty much what prompted the whole rejig in the first place. To celebrate, I’ve cleared out some older products, and added a few new faces in time for the relaunch!
I also delved into the inner workings, and managed to sort out some glitches that had been bothering me for a while. Result!
So, your tour is now complete! I’m going to fix myself a cup of tea and catch up with my much-neglected blog reading – but I’d love to hear what you think of the beautified BeastieBlog. Let us know in the comments… And we’ll be back on Friday with Paddy and Plunkett, who recently discovered something a bit weird in the attic!
See you all then!