New Blog Design Is Live!

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Does the blog look a bit different to you this morning? I sure hope so! The design went live very late last night…it was quite the event. Eric had all sorts of problems with hundreds of images not transferring over, but they should be visible now.

Sketchie was working until 3am on issues!

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If you don’t see the new design, try refreshing the page to see if that brings it up. Holding down control + F5 should work.

I want to take a moment today to give you a mini “tour” and show you some of the fun features.

1. New Menu System

As I mentioned, we re-categorized blog posts and added many new categories for easier searching! You’ll see a new menu system below the header now. I’m STILL in the process of categorizing, but the majority of it is done. Categorizing over 2,300 posts is about as mind-numbing as it sounds…luckily, I had the Olympics streaming on my computer this weekend to entertain me!

The main menu you see every time you visit the home page is shown below (highlighted in yellow):

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Each of these main menu categories have sub categories. Some of the subcategories have their own subcategories via a drop down menu. We’re talking three levels of category goodness here!

For example, when you click “Recipes” a horizontal menu will open up below it, as I’ve haphazardly tried to emphasize with a squiggly yellow line.

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Most of the subcategories have their own drop-down menu. So for example, if you hover over breakfast, a menu will drop down and show you further breakfast categories like smoothies, Green Monsters, vegan Overnight oats, Parfaits, Hot Oatmeal, Granola, savoury, etc.

As you can see below, you can now search for recipes by dish type as well as by allergy (gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, oil-free, etc).

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Also note, my Recipage is now found under the Recipes category in the “Recipe Index”.

When you click on a specific category, a page will come up that looks like this below and the posts will be listed in that category. Here I clicked on “Popular” –> Hovered over Reviews –> and clicked on “Restaurant Reviews”.

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You can search by image view or excerpt view and you can sort by date or title (highlighted in yellow).

2. New Header

I’ve always used one of my photos for the header, but this time I wanted to try something completely new – all crafted in Photoshop. Photoshop is basically my nemesis, so this was quite a challenge for me. After banging my head on the desk several times, I’m pleased with how it turned out. I know it doesn’t overly scream “food blog”, but I like that it looks fresh and feminine. Our original plan was to hire a logo designer and then incorporate that into a new header, but we haven’t been able to find someone to do a logo yet.

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3. Galleries

I made wedding and honeymoon albums (something I’ve had on my list for a couple years now). If you click on my wedding page (found under My Story –> About Angela –> Wedding), you’ll now find 4 wedding galleries (pre-ceremony, ceremony, post-ceremony, reception). I also did the same thing for our honeymoon pictures. There are now 9 separate galleries for the cities that we visited on our Mediterranean cruise. If you want to check out all of the various galleries that I’ve posted to date, you can find them on the “Galleries” page under the photography category.

4. Amazon Cart

I finally got around to creating an Amazon cart highlighting my favourite cookbooks, photography equipment, kitchen tools, and food products. You will see the Amazon widget on the sidebar of some pages (not the homepage) and the direct link can be found at the footer of the blog called “My favourite things”. Please note that I will receive a small commission on sales from the Amazon shopping cart.

5. Popular Recipes

On the right sidebar of the blog, you’ll now see a “popular recipes” section. It will randomly select 9 popular recipes. If you hover over the picture the recipe name will appear. Thanks to Eric for this fun feature!

You can also find my popular recipes under the “Popular” category in the main menu, then click –> “Recipes”.

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Also on the sidebar, you will see my social media buttons with a new look. You can find my Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram pages linked here, and you can also subscribe by RSS and email.

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[If you are curious as to how to design your own social media buttons, we used this tutorial. It was not easy…unless you are a whiz with Photoshop!]

6. RSS Feed – Social Media Links

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You can now find links at the bottom of my RSS feed to 1) Comment, 2) Share on Facebook, 3) Tweet, 4) Pin, and 5) Stumble. If you have any problems with these links please let me know.

Well, I think that’s all for now! If you encounter any problems or have any questions, leave a comment below. We checked the blog on the following browsers: IE 7/8/9, Safari, Firefox, and Chrome, as well as the ipad. Everything appears normal on this end, but it’s possible we missed something!

A BIG thanks to Eric for all the love he put into this project!!

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com } July 30, 2012

I absolutely LOVE the new blog layout! It’s gorgeous, simple, and very user-friendly!

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Michelle Hunt (@PeachyPalate) July 30, 2012

Love it!!! Very pretty!

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Wendy July 30, 2012

This looks fantastic Angela! So easy to navigate!

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Kelly July 30, 2012

Wow. Looks great! Can’t wait to explore the new menus!

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Ali July 30, 2012

Love it!

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Rachel July 30, 2012

I LOVE the design! It is so crisp and clean! Great job!

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Alex @ Brain, Body, Because July 30, 2012

The new blog looks wonderful! Great work :)

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Amy July 30, 2012

What a major amount of work! Wow, it looks great!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 30, 2012

Thank you that means a lot to us!

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Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy July 30, 2012

love the new design!

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Cady July 30, 2012

This looks great! Very pretty new header.

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Amelia July 30, 2012

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new site! So beautiful and definitely makes me think of what you are truly like in ‘real’ life. :) Seriously I can’t stop looking at the top of the page, it’s so pretty!!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 30, 2012

What an undertaking!!! it looks absolutely incredible – I love how intuitive the recipe tab is. Can I hire you to do mine? ;)

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Clare July 30, 2012

Love it! :)

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Barbara July 30, 2012

I love what you have done with your site! Amazing!!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit July 30, 2012

Wow, I just spent a bunch of time combing through everything… it looks fantastic! I can only imagine the coding that was required to do that recipes feature. Way to go!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 30, 2012

It’s gorgeous! Fresh layouts are always so fun :)

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Sarah @ Long Legs Healthy Life July 30, 2012

Looks amazing!!! It’s very ‘you’. I tried everything out on chrome for iPad – no issues here! Congrats to you and Eric on all your hard work, it’s terrific!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 30, 2012

Thanks for letting me know Sarah! It’s crazy how many browsers and devices there are to check these days…hah.

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Ashley July 30, 2012

AHHHHHH!! I know just how much work went into this and it looks fabulous. Definitely matches your personality + style! I love how clean and white it is and all of your navigating options and impressive. Kudos to you both!

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Julie B. July 30, 2012

Magnifique! Sincerly! :)

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Jen July 30, 2012

Love love love the new lay-out. Well worth the hard work. Well done.

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Joanna July 30, 2012

Very nice job. I love it. I’m sure you’re happy its almost done.

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Ali Mc July 30, 2012

love the new site :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 30, 2012

Ooooh so pretty!! LOVE the new design Ange! It sounds like an enormous amount of work but everything looks brilliant. I can’t wait to browse around some more! Great job to you (and Eric and Sketchie of course!) What an accomplishment! :)

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Sarina @ Earthgiven July 30, 2012

Wow, that must have been so much work, but what a great job, it looks beautiful! Fresh, engaging, easy to navigate!

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katie July 30, 2012

Looks fabulous Angela!!! I am sure it was tons of work BUT so worth it!!

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geosomin July 30, 2012

Well done. I can’t imagine how much work this must have been to make the interface work so well and be intuitive and user friendly. There are a lot of little things in here that really make this “extra” in so many ways. :)

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Ashley July 30, 2012

its very pretty! love the new look. :)

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Willow July 30, 2012

Wow! These are huge changes, and I can only imagine how much work it was! The new header is great – I like how fun it is. And all of that categorizing is blowing my mind… I won’t even pretend to know how you did all of it. Magic, that must be it. Magic. ;)

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Kat July 30, 2012

It looks beautiful! I absolutely love this new layout, especially how neat and clean it looks (make the photos pop!) and it’s great to navigate!

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Kristen | Popcorn on the Stove July 30, 2012

The new layout is lovely and I love that you did an allergy section for the recipes… so clever! Great job!!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh July 30, 2012

It is gorgeous! You are a rockstar. Well BOTH of you!

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Manon July 30, 2012

It looks quite terrific, and I’m looking forward to browing the recipes through the new menu!

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Destini July 30, 2012

Love the new design! You have been busy!!!

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Kris July 30, 2012

Nothing short of amazing!!!

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Karen July 30, 2012

Just gorgeous, Angela….terrific work; huge kudos to Eric!!!

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janet @ the taste space July 30, 2012

Hey Angela,

Not sure if I am the only one with problems (I am using Firefox 14.0.1, btw), but there’s this pale toolbar on the left (with social media links) that is really annoying since it covers the text. Also your text doesn’t resize when I resize my browser, which really sucks. I just checked with Chrome and it seems to be better sized so the columns space out, but no text-wrapping, when I resize the page. Also that pale toolbar is not there.

Hopefully this makes sense to you and you can get it fixed for the FF-users!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 30, 2012

Hey Janet, Thanks for letting us know – going to look into it!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 30, 2012

Also curious – is that Firefox a beta version?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 30, 2012

Hey again,

Just checked it out, that is actually the browser that we tested it on. I’m not seeing any text overlap or problems with resizing. If you could send a screenshot to Eric; webmaster@ohsheglows.com, that would be appreciated. Thanks!

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janet @ the taste space July 30, 2012

Sent.

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Jacqueline July 30, 2012

YAYYYY!!! I love your new look!! It was totally worth the hard work – it looks beautiful. I love the picture of Sketchie, too! You and Eric deserve huge pats on the back and a great big vegan sundae to celebrate.

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Lindsay July 30, 2012

I love it! It looks so fresh and fun!

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Jessica July 30, 2012

Love the new layout, it is so user friendly! I will be honest and say I miss your photo headers :( You have always done the most beautiful headers and I miss your pictures in your header.
LOVE recipage!!!

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