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Snuggles and Tea’s New Look

January 6, 2020

Hey lovelies!

Welcome to my new site! If you have been following this blog since the beginning, you might have noticed it has gotten a bit of a makeover.

What’s different?

Blogerize reached out to me offering to help design the new site look and feel for Snuggles and Tea.

Before:

love this color scheme and might go back to this (it’s a paler version of the current site)

After:

now if I can just figure out how to have it automatically populate the most recent post WITH the feature image…

It was simple enough. The Blogerize team helped direct me towards self-hosting and shared their template design for my site. After a few revisions, they helped me come up with the initial concept of the new site.

Below are some pros and cons of the experience.

Pros:

  • “Free” robust template: The new template was “free” to me and it is robust compared to WordPress’ standard free templates that are offered when you sign up. I note “free” here because of how it works and elaborate more on this in the cons.
  • Use of widgets: The new template had more widgets (ex. videos) and features (i.e. color scheme) that make it more customizable to me. The key feature for me and why I ultimately decided to stay with this new site instead of my old one is the use of widgets. While I am not the biggest fan of the template itself, the widgets give me a lot of functions I need (i.e. to add custom sliders, add functions to have control over whether to include feature images on specific posts…)
  • Helpful transition to self-hosting: As someone who has only used WordPress to host websites, it was helpful to get tips and recommendations from Blogerize in the transition.

Cons:

  • I had to switch to self-hosting: I was using the standard free WordPress site before and had to move to self-hosting in order to implement the template and features. This meant I had to pay for self-hosting so while Blogerize approached me saying they wanted to give me a site makeover for “free”, it wasn’t actually free of charge and I wish they clarified that earlier on. I ended up going with it anyway largely because I was already considering self-hosting options.
  • Template restrictions and limitations: As with other templates there are unique quirks about this one. I had some issues with layout and formatting. For instance, spacing with the category pages are wonky and I can’t display a full post on the customized home page (and have yet to figure out how to do that).
  • Not the most user-friendly: The template isn’t the easiest to figure out. I would say my tech skills are below basic at its best and it took me a while to understand how to edit and make changes.
  • The slow process: While the Blogerize team was nice, progress was slow and limited. Basically, I was given a basic site design and the back and forth process for design input and changes were slow (many of which were small, such as changing the color or spacing). I had an issue making many of the design changes because it requires knowing html (which I don’t and am trying to learn).

Overall

If you are considering a new blog design, I do recommend looking into Blogerize. If at the end, you decide not to go through, that’s fine too. It may or may not be for you. If you are a beginner like me, then I think Blogerize is a good place to start, but if you are more experienced, I would suggest looking into more advanced templates. The whole process helped me understand a lot more about the backend of managing a website. My previous site was wonderful but had some growing pains and I had been wanting a new look. Overall, I like the site and will continue to improve on it and will probably be keeping this look for a while.

Thanks for reading!

Which look do you like more? I do miss my old look a bit but I like the new, vibrant look of this site too. Do you have recommendations for site templates and designs? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

V <3

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