Well, here we are folks! Check out the new site! Even though the content is the same and even a lot of the aesthetic is the same, I assure you that under the hood this is a very new blog! (If you want to compare and contrast, you can still see the old blog at zackfordblogs.wordpress.com.)
Here are some of the things I’m excited about with the new site:
» Though I preserved most of the color scheme (from the WordPress.com Chaotic Soul theme), the text is now white instead of just light grey, so it should be much easier on the eyes! Links are also now that coppery color which should make them more identifiable.
» The new theme allows for two sidebars, so I can provide more content that doesn’t just go all the way down the page indefinitely.
» Complete new functionality. For example, check out the sexy new social bookmarks. (They’re really called “Sexy Bookmarks.”)
» The main header is finally a hyperlink to the home page! It was so frustrating on the old blog that I couldn’t do that!
There is still a lot of grunt work on my part, though. I wanted to get the new site live so that new comments weren’t lost to oblivion. (I lost one, I think he’ll forgive me.) Here is some of the work I have to do in the coming days to get this site back up to par:
» Remove my old social bookmarking tool from every individual post (all 174). Get Social was a great tool for my wordpress.com blog, but they have to go now! (DONE! Phew!)
» Check all hyperlinks, pics, and videos and make sure they transferred. I know of a bunch of pics that didn’t that I’ll also have to reupload and videos I’ll have to recode. Also, many of my Subcategories did not transfer properly, so I have to redesignate those as well. (WordPress’s import/export feature is generally a good tool, but it is far from perfect!) (DONE!)
» Reinput all of the links I had. Don’t worry friends! I care quite a bit about having you on my blogroll! (DONE!)
» Figure out how to make a Favicon and add it. I think I have a slightly new idea in mind, so that’s a little project all on its own. (DONE!)
» Start adding new features like Google Friend Connect that I could not use in the old blog. (DONE!)
(I finished it all by the end of Saturday, October 3!)
I’m extremely happy with the new site! Please look around and give me your feedback:
What do you like? What do you miss? What improvements would you like to see? Tell me EVERYTHING. I have so much more versatility that I really want this to be the most dynamic and user-friendly blog it can be, so please don’t hold back your comments!
Again, while I’m doing all this tweaking work, my posts will be less frequent, but hopefully I’ll get back to regular blogging very soon! (I guess technically I’ve still blogged every day, but you know what I mean!)