It’s here! My new site is here, a few days before expected. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. There’s simple no way I could have done this myself, so I relied on the brilliant Shauna Callaghan for my big switch to WordPress, and also for transforming my jumbled blog design ideas into something that was real and amazing.
Shauna was great to work with, and if you’re considering a switch from Blogger to WordPress, I highly recommend her. I asked a million questions, and she answered all of them without getting irritated (or at least, without showing any irritation…ha!). And I’ll be honest…I can be a tad bit of a picky (and sometimes prickly) perfectionist. (Is anyone really surprised at that?) Case in point…I sent her an e-mail about one design aspect, and that e-mail actually contained words that went something like, “Those pictures are 10 pixels too big.” I know. Poor Shauna, having to deal with me for two weeks!
So let me give you a quick tour around the new place. I’m still in the process of “unpacking” and settling in, so not quite everything is in its place just yet.
First, the A2D home page looks quite different now! I wanted it to look more like a website than a blog, with lots of different options for clicking around, or for seeing what you’ve missed at a glance. So after the slideshow (where I’ll put my favorite recent posts) the home page is divided into three sections that look like this…
The first section is pretty self-explanatory. It contains the most recent three DIY projects that I’ve posted.
The other two sections take the place of the old Inspiration Files blog and the old Q & A blog. No more having three separate blogs! The archives for both of these are also accessible from the menu at the top.
The last section on the home page lists the most recent 20 blog posts in chronological order for those who just want a quick glance at everything, regardless of the categories.
Under each of the categories on the front page is a link where you can see the archives from that category (or in the case of the last section, you can view the complete archives, which includes all categories)…
Now here’s my favorite part. If you want to see more DIY Projects or Inspiration Files, those will take you to thumbnail galleries with all of the projects listed by the date they were published, from newest to oldest. But if you want to narrow your search, you can use this handy menu at the top of the page…
I’m so proud of these pages, and how organized and functional they are!!
Of course, just like on the old blog, you can access lots of goodies on the dropdown menu. But I’m sure you don’t need me to show you those things.
There are still a couple of small issues that need to be worked out, but if you see anything major (like things not displaying on your particular browser), please let me know! So, what do you think of my new place?