If you’re reading this at YFNCG.com then you’ve already noticed something (okay, everything) different with the look of the blog. If you’re reading this in a feed reader, or in email, hop on over to the website to take a look.
As I explained in a previous post, I’ve been working on a face lift for Your Friendly Neighborhood Computer Guy. Call it a celebration of my new freedom from the 9-5. Call it a spring cleaning of sorts. In reality, I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time but never had the time. Now that I’m waiting for my computer business to ramp up to fill my full-time availability, I’ve had some down time to work on the redesign of this blog.
If it ain’t broke…
On the post where I announced my plans for a redesign, Mark made a comment that my blog is great the way it is. I appreciate that Mark! And I agree, the previous design of YFNCG was awesome.
However, it was a pain to change or add anything to the layout. Most of the places the blog fell short were in the back-end, behind the scenes in the way the site was coded. I use WordPress as the CMS behind this blog and I had a custom theme designed by a 3rd party. It was a unique, eye catching theme, but it was very inflexible and I had a hard time updating it and adding new features to the website. I needed something a little more flexible.
Why did I need so much flexibility?
The reason I wanted more leniency with the design is because I’d like to expand this website a bit.
I also wanted people to know what this website was about when they first visit it, hence the welcome area in the top right. It’s a quick way for folks to know what I’m all about.
Finally, I plan on offering more goodies to my readers in the coming months and I want them to have their own space here in the layout. I’m thinking of offering a mailing list, or maybe setting up some forums, we’ll see how things progress.
I look to sites like Technibble, Podnutz, and the Force Field for inspiration, they are places where I get a lot of good information and I want to be another destination for techs to get ideas for growing their business.
Enter YFNCG 2.0
I installed and customized this theme myself. Understanding how the design is put together makes it infinitely easier to update and add new features. For those who care, it’s the Freelance child theme running on the Genesis framework by Studio Press. Genesis is great because it offers a platform to build highly customizable, yet well designed themes for WordPress.
I’m still tweaking things with the design. In the coming weeks I hope to add a bit more color and personality to this blog. I’ll then be able to say that this site truly reflects who I am and what I’m all about. That is, sharing my experiences, using what I learn to help others, and meeting other great people along the way!
The one take away for everyone here is: Don’t be afraid of an overhaul, with your business, your website, your workspace, or any other aspect of your life. Every now and then it’s good to give yourself a make over, even if nothing is “broken”.
What do you think of the new design?