Before I go into today’s post, I want to take care of something…
During the redesign I realized that my two favorite commentators had only been getting no-follow backlinks for their comments, and I wanted to make sure to correct that by sending them some Google Love. Thank you, Stephen and Yolanda for being regular readers and thoughtful commentators. :^) Now, on to the post.
I had used the Weaver theme very briefly once before, and I just didn’t realize how great it was until now. I really do need to figure out how to get into the guts of WordPress themes at some point, but this theme has just blown me away with how much it simplified the customization process. I came up with a lot of the CSS styling on my own, but Weaver made it so easy to modify the site without needing to understand how the WordPress core theme files actually do what they do. I am going to get so much more content knocked out this month with the time I saved over trying to build a new theme from scratch.
Overall, I am really pleased with the look of the site. This is the first time I don’t feel like I have to tack on a qualifier (“Well, it’s not finished yet…”) when I tell people to check out my website. I’m sure I will continue to tweak things here and there, but I think the overall look of the site is pretty much set. I’ll always be open to recommendations and constructive criticism about the layout, so please don’t hold back if you have anything to say.
You may also notice that I have set up a FeedBurner RSS feed to provide me with more stats about my future followers than the basic WP feed supplies. I have also set up a mailing list. After reading some posts on various blogs, I heard over and over about the importance of being able to reach people directly when there is something important to say, rather than just hoping they will return to the blog on their own. A lot of people seem to be kicking themselves for not getting a mailing list set up first-thing, so I’ve gone ahead and done it.
Now that the blog redesign is done, it’s on to knocking out some content for the Good Pets For Kids niche site. Thankfully, the different pages have a pretty clear structure, so writing and adding new content is pretty formulaic. The site is static HTML, so updating the navigation is really the hardest part. Thanks to a very simple site structure, though,updating the whole site takes only a few minutes.