TIME FOR A NEW BLOG DESIGN, TAKE A LOOK AROUND! - Dimples and Tangles

TIME FOR A NEW BLOG DESIGN, TAKE A LOOK AROUND!


About 2 months ago I marked 6 years of blogging, and a new look for the blog has been long overdue around here!  I've been so excited about this new blog design and couldn't wait to get it up and running to share with you.  I wanted a cleaner look with more features to make things easier to navigate, as well as past projects easier to find.

Do you like the new header?  I made it myself and am pretty proud if I do say so!  I scanned a piece of gingham scrapbook paper and my favorite Kate Spade table runner into the computer and used the images for the design.


FEATURES

I wanted to point out a few features of the new design that will make your experience here better.  First off, there's a new menu bar across the top, and it stays in place as you scroll down the page so it's always easy to access.  




I'm really happy about a couple of those menu tabs, namely the "Projects" and "Lifestyle" options.  By hovering over those more options are opened up, and you can choose smaller categories that you might be looking for like "DIY Projects," "Recipes," "Tutorials," etc.  My hope is that these categories will make archived posts easier to find, and browsing more fun!

I'm only including certain broad, most popular categories on the menu bar, but if you'd like to see the complete list of all post categories for even easier searching, scroll all the way down to the bottom of any page and they are all displayed there.  Click away on the category you'd like to see posts for.



In an effort to streamline things, my most current post will still be displayed in full on the home page.  However, older posts will be truncated, which means that there will be a post title and just a little of the beginning of the post with a photo, but you will need to click the "Continue Reading" button to keep reading the rest of that post.


Did you know that the biggest compliment you can give a blogger is to share from their blog?  That tells me you valued my material and appreciated it enough to share it with your friends.  And if you do that, I can't thank you enough!  I've added a new feature to make sharing a post incredibly easy.  Just click the icon at the end of the post for the platform you'd like to share the post to.


Speaking of sharing, it's super easy to pin any of my photos, and cuter now with my new pin it button!  If you'd like to pin a photo, just hover over it and click on the "Pin It!" button, then pin to your board of choice.  Again, any pinning you do from my site helps tremendously to introduce new friends to my blog.



COMMENTS

I'm sharing this because it took me a little while to notice it, and I didn't want anyone to miss it like I did.  If you're scrolling down the home page and you'd like to comment, there's no longer a "Leave A Comment" link, but a comment icon at the end instead.  It's at the end of the post in the group of "Share" icons, shown below.  So, just click on that speech bubble and comment away!




 Another note on comments, I will be replying to comments directly in the comment section.  When a reader leaves a comment, I very rarely get an email address attached with that comment, which leaves me no way to respond directly.  So, if you're looking for a response, or particularly if you've asked a specific question, be sure to check back later in the comment section for my answer.  I'll try to reply as timely as possible, but please always feel free to email me your question directly if it's more urgent (use that handy "Contact" tab on the top menu bar!).  




MOBILE VIEWING


There's one other huge change that I'm probably the most excited about, and that's the new mobile design. I know my old design was so, so bad when reading on a device, so if you're reading on your phone or a tablet I hope you love the new look! There are also menu options, social icons, and easy sharing buttons on mobile formats now too. I know that more of you read on your phones than any other device or even desktop, so I hope this is much simpler to read and navigate for you.





When viewing on a phone or tablet, the menu is now in the top left corner, just click on those three little bars and categories to choose from will drop down.  And, just like on the desktop, social and search buttons are across the top and stay there as you scroll down through the post. 





SUBSCRIBE

Lastly, you'll see a box at the end of every post if you'd like to subscribe to my blog.  By entering your email address, you'll receive notice each time there's a new post up on the blog.  In addition to sharing, this is biggest compliment you can give me, letting me know that you never want to miss a post, so thank you so much if you subscribe by email!  

Over the next few days I'll be continuing to tweak a few small things here and there, so as you look around please let me know if there's anything that appears out of place or doesn't seem to be working well on your end.  I truly appreciate the time you spend here and want to make your reading experience as pleasant as possible!

Alright, I think that's all of the highlights,  I hope you like the new look!  I do want to give a huge thank you to Rebekah of The Lady Gadget.  She did an amazing job helping me customize my new design and was a joy to work with.  If you're a blogger and find yourself in need of technical help, she's your gal!  

Enjoy your weekend everyone.  I'm finally getting around to adding a few Fall touches inside the house and on the patio, I'll share next week!



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17 comments

  1. Jennifer, I love the new look! I think my favorite thing is that the Menu bar stays with you so you don't have to go all the way back up the page to see it.

    Judy

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    1. Thank you Judy! I'm glad you like that feature, it IS really helpful!

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  2. it looks awesome and soooo perfectly you!

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    1. Thanks Cassie, I think so too! Have a great weekend!

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  3. Love the new look and I learned some new things! Thanks for always inspiring!

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    1. Good! I'm glad the tips were helpful. Thanks for reading!

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  4. The new design is gorgeous! It's very clean and easy to navigate. How clever to scan your favorite fabric for a graphic. Thanks for giving me so many beautiful images to pin!

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  5. I love the new design! You must be so excited to have all these fun new features! Congrats!
    Shelley

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  6. I love your new design! Its clean and streamlined, easy to read and navigate. I think you thought of everything! Thank you!

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  7. I love the new design and header! I especially like the menu bar staying with you while reading. Have a great weekend!

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  8. Wow Jennifer, love your site especially your picture, can't wait to figure all of this out. Thank you.

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  9. It looks great Jennifer. I sooo need to updated my site!

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  10. This looks amazing Jennifer!! So pretty and easy to navigate! Love the header, it's perfect for you!! And love your beautiful new profile pic!

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  11. Congrats! Love the new look and header and all the cool features! However the new comment button may be hard to see for newbies so make sure to leave remind people about it at the end of your first couple of posts so people know about it! Just a thought. ��

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    1. Good idea. I totally missed it too until my tech gal found it! Thanks Vel!

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