Today is Sunday time to look back in the rearview mirror and talk about my week . I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted for years by Kimberly@caffeinatedreviewer .
In my private life
This week I was off work and spent my time at home with my son and husband as we all had time off.
It was filled with walks in the countryside, reading, listening to Red Rising series (I am smitten), watching Vampire Diaries (and laughing at my hubby and son’s comments as they hate Elena!) and…
Revamping my blog!
This had taken the whole week!
I had told you last Sunday all about my problems with my former host OVH and why I fled them for Siteground thanks to the huge help of my husband.
Well, I thought that as I was using an old free theme pre-Gutenberg, maybe it was also time to look for a new theme that had been built with blocks in mind.
Let me tell you that the whole week I looked at themes, compared the speed, response time, look and…drove my poor husband crazy for changing my mind all the time!
But to say the truth, I was overwhelmed!
There are so many possibilities, so many things you can do now that I had problems visualizing what my blog would look like.
Most themes offered complicated pages to add lots of sub pages,testimonies, group of pages etc etc. Or had a landing page that didn’t truly look like the latest posts and you had to clik on “blog” in the menu to really go look at reviews for example.
So yes, I was drigving my husband crazy as he was doing all the technical heavy lifting and I had “just” to focus on the art and appearance side.
And then… I saw Kadence theme.
And in their Starter Themes there were some for blogs and…they looked clean, simple, airy!
After that it took us two days to tweak it on a mock up site my husband had created at Siteground to have it look like what I wanted. I will have to resize images so now you’ll see a blend of “old” and new images but it should smooth out the more new images I am adding.
It took only four hours to my husband to stage my blog (create a replica of the old one), upload and test the theme on that stagging then manually migrate to my production website with the new features!
I will never thank my husband enough as he spent 10 days of his holiday helping me out here!!!
Now we still have things to smooth out here and there but it should be running without too many problems!
The last thing we have done is move my domain name but that won’t be active before 01/13 so let’s hope that does not make the site crash down!
Could you give me your feedback on the new site in the comments below? If I have things not working or to improve?
Already a huge thank you!
On the blog this week (click on the picture to read the post)
Well given all we did to revamp the site, I only published two posts this week but next week and the weeks after should be much better now that I am (hopefully) in a stable place with the site.
Thanks for reading!
Love the new theme! It looks great!!
Thank you Nicole! <3
I am loving your new design! I really need to do this one of these days myself. Have a lovely week, Sophie! 🙂
Thank you, you too!!!
The site is looking great. It sounds like you guys spend a lot of time working on it.
Have a great week and happy reading.
Thank you Maureen and yes we spent a lot of time on it!
What a lot of work you put into this, Sophie – your hubby is a trooper! I really like the look of it, but I still can’t “like” the post. Is that just me or do other readers have the same problem?
The like button is coming from jetpack which require a wordpress.com accout to be logged on to see it.
Some info here : https://jetpack.com/support/likes/
The issue with wordpress and jetpack is that everything is “linked” to wordpress.com and some functionalities aren’t working well outside of that “microcosm”
It seems that today it’s just you Teri. But the likes come from Jetpack and as my hsuabdn said, that plugin gives a lot of problems. But if I don’t use the plugin, I won’t show on the WP reader and no one will know that I have new posts… So I am between a rock and a hard place.
True, a lot of customizations were made regarding caching at server side, jetpack, at plugin level/preloading/lazy loading….. In the beginning not everything were smooth. Still some “strange” behavior with smash balloon plugin (instagram). Normally it’s ok now.
But soon Cloudflare CDN will be activated to allow better loading time for US.
So don’t hesitate to give feedback at anything which seems odd or if you have questions
Lovely new look, indeed! It’s clean, it’s pleasing to the eye and it loads very quickly – on a “technical” note, these past few days before the change I found myself unable to leave a “like” on your posts because that section kept ‘loading’ but did not appear, while now everything works smoothly. 🙂
Pfew! I am relieved Maddalena! The likes depend of Jetpack and sometimes it gives problems and I have no idea why!
I looked at this post and the homepage and I think they both look great. I prefer homepages that offer a picture and blurb for your most recent posts like yours and mine do. Changing themes is so time consuming but it’s always nice to freshen up your blog. Hubby is so great for helping. Hope you have a wonderful week!
Thank you so much for taking the time to test and comment! All this is very encouraging!
Love the new look, Sophie! Your husband has scored some big points with you for all his efforts lately. 🙂 Above and beyond the call of duty!
I see that you are a military wife Tanya! 🙂 But you are right!
I am just loving your new look. It has such a clean look to it. And I have heard some great things about Kadence. I hope you enjoy using it.
So far I do Renee! It’s very easy!
It’s a wonderful and clean look, Sophie! I like it a lot and I’m glad you got this for your blog. You’re all ready for 2022 now! 😀
Thank you Lashaan! I am so happy you love the new look!
I love the new look!
Sounds like a nice week. and ooh Vampire Diaries sounds fun. 🙂
Thank you for helping Greg! Have a great week!
I think it looks nice and you are right a clean, easy to read look. You are lucky to have such a great guy to help! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying your break.
Thank you for the comments Anne! I hope you’ll have a great week!
I’d be overwhelmed if I had to try and do my blog over. Sounds like you have a wonderful husband! I’d have to have mine help me too. For now I’m staying on Blogger because it’s the easiest option for me.
We are lucky they are techies Rachel!
Your week sounds wonderful! I am glad you were all able to have time off together. I love the look of your new site! I get overwhelmed easily when looking into stuff like that as well. Thank goodness for my husband who often helps me too! I hope you have a great week!
Thank you so much!!
What would we do without them right? 🙂
Everything is working for me! Also you can never go wrong with watching Vampire Diaries!
Thank you for your comment!
It really is challenging to do a big blog revamp, so yay for the hubby helping you so much. Everything looks great!
Thank you Suzanne!!!!
I think your blog looks good! I was thinking of revamping mine…but now I’m not sure I want to, LOL! I also want to create a more professional looking logo…but one step at at time. Have a great week. https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2022/01/stacking-shelves-5sunday-post-2.html
Thank you for your comment! And maybe you’ll jump and change your theme? Who knows!
This looks lovely, Sophie! And isn’t it special to have another half who looks after us so very well?? I’m glad you enjoyed your time off. Here’s hoping the coming week is a good one.
Thank you so much! I hope you’ll have a good week with lots of energy!
Congrats on your new site! And it looks great. I am here after a long time, and your site is welcoming and calm. Happy New year!
Looks great to me! Its clean and easy to read! Have a great week!
Thank you for the feedback Samantha! And have a great week too!
Great looking site, and what a great husband! I do like to play around with my blog and change themes now and then. I’m not a fan of Block Editor and how it affects making these changes.
Enjoy your week!
Thank you Laurel!
A steak…but also some french fries 😉
Well, as someone who loves type and design, this is looking great, Sophie. I love the softness and easy readability of the text and the size of the text is perfect. I’d say give your hubby a steak and a gold button for patience and effort! He did a fab job.
Thank you Alex! And he tried to reply to your comment with…added French Fries LOL
I think your site looks great!
Oh that sounds like a lot of work!
The problem you described with having to click on “blog” in the menu is something I’ve noticed too. I found out it’s because the homepage was set to display a “static page” instead of my latest posts. After changing that setting, it was solved.
I moved my blog as well this week as I had holidays too. I found a small plugin that makes a dark mode possible and it’s such a life saver!
Congrats on your new site! I’m reading this on my phone and it looks great. I can tell you are already so much happier Your husband rocks!
He rocks indeed Tammy!!!
Hooray for the new site, theme or for your hubby’s great skills! I had a mooch about and it looks great ❤
Thank you for being my beta tester Caro!
Hahahaaa, any time!
Yay!! It looks great! What a great way to start the new year! 🙂
Blog redesigns can be really overwhelming. I made my kid do it.
I like the colors a lot. Very calming.
Thank you so much Sam!
I love the new graphics and it is a bit faster from phone, too!!
Yay! Thank you for that comment Susy!
The new theme and look looks really great, Sophie! I like it better than before!
Thank you so much Stephanie!!!
Changing theme/template is always so nerve-wrecking, but your blog is looking lovely.
Thank you Tanya!