Over here at The Kitchen Snob, we’ve been “shopping” around.
No, not shoe shopping. No see – my love of shoes died when we moved to a cold climate and now all I care about is how much fur I can get around my tootsies. So shopping usually means Lowes (I secretly love to just peruse the aisles dreaming of home improvements) and, of course, the grocery store. Cuz – duh – I love to eat.
But this shopping I’ve been doing lately is totally geeky. No, more nerdy than whatever it is you’re thinking it might be. Are you ready to get totally geeked out? I’ve been shopping for website themes. Huh? *snore*
I’ve been wanting to make some changes to the website for a few months now. When I first started this blog, I was pretty happy with the way the website looked. But as The Kitchen Snob has grown, I’ve been wishing things were…um…different. So, the BIG NEWS is:
The website will be getting a makeover!
I know – no one likes change. Including me. Every time my favorite blogs change their look I think “I liked it better before.” I whine (internally) about it like a big baby. Example: Google changed their fonts in their search results? Noooooooo! *throws self across keyboard and sobs*
And don’t get me started on the constant Facebook changes.
Do Looks Matter?
Most of the time. Websites are like art. You can turn them into whatever you want them to be. But it’s not always just about the way something looks.
Although I want the site to look pretty, modern, and show off the food so you’re drooling on your keyboard, sometimes changes are made for functionality, rather than looks. That behind-the-scenes techno stuff that we don’t want to be bored with is necessary to make your trip on over to The Kitchen Snob a smooth one.
The overall changes won’t be too significant. It’s not like you’re going to see flashing pictures, bright red backgrounds, and elevator music pumping out your speakers when you get to the site. Trust me – the website redesign changes will be subtle.
Why am I changing things?
(website redesign and other technical info)
- For starters, I wanted to use up more of the blank space on the left and right sides of the website. If you’re using a square monitor (I assume most people aren’t anymore) or you have your monitor zoomed in to 120% or more, you probably don’t see much blank space. But most monitors probably have some blank space (if you’re using a mobile device you won’t see this). So the new look will be a bit wider. A wider website means larger pictures – yay!
- I’ve been having trouble with the mobile responsiveness in my “theme”. The Kitchen Snob recently encountered a problem where readers that were using a laptop (or even sometimes a desktop) were seeing only the mobile version of the site. The problem has been fixed but I wasn’t too happy with the 3-days-later response from the theme developer’s customer service.
My new website theme is designed by Pretty Darn Cute Design and I’m looking forward to working with them!
So – my question is: Will you like The Kitchen Snob’s new look? When all the changes are made, I’ll make an official announcement and purty please tell me your thoughts – honest thoughts (I’ll try not to be too sensitive as long as you put a smiley face next to your critique).
These changes will be happening over the next few weeks and it will take some tweaking to get it right, so my apologies if you pop in to say hi and things look a little wonky.
Speaking of wonky – I appreciate feedback if you see something that looks off. Every browser shows websites differently and sometimes I might not know there is a problem unless someone tells me. So thanks in advance for giving me a heads up!