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How do you like the new redesign?

$$$ and $$$ of $$$$ later, this is what I have come up with — a sleeker, nicer version of my old site.

I’ve tried to make it more minimalist & cleaner so sidebars are gone for the most part so that I can put bigger images on the post.


Highlight anything you want to tweet and a button will appear:



You will now see major categories in this Best Posts page in a list you can click on.

In each major category, you will see subcategories underneath:


Once you filter down within the major categories to subcategories, you will see ONLY those posts in that subcategory!



I have Previous & Next posts you can click on at the bottom of every post



I love this new floating menu bar that will follow you as you go down the page:


What do you think?




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  1. Corianne

    I like it! Much cleaner version for better reading. I like lots of white space, it makes for a much better reading experience. And yay for the clear back and forth button 🙂 was missing that.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      HAHA! Yes. Well I may be redesigning it a little more and adding a side bar back in. We’ll see.

  2. Ramona

    The design looks really nice and clean, but from what I see it’s not responsive. This is a pretty huge issue both with your users and Google, who’s now favoring responsive web sites more.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Yes, my dev guy said the same thing. I need to find someone to hire to help me clean this up.

  3. Elisa

    Very nice–definitely much easier to navigate and finding older posts. Thank you for spending time and $ doing the upgrades.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      You are welcome! It is for me too. I really hope you all enjoy the Best Posts section. I am most proud of that part..

  4. NZ Muse

    Constructive criticism: Haven’t visited on mobile, but on desktop the width looks weird. Lots of white space on either side in the middle of the page, stuff at the bottom of the page (right above the footer) going right to the edges.

    Font size is too small.

    Homepage is an improvement, I kinda hated that old carousel.

    Ugh, I really want/need a redesign but just don’t even know where to staRt!

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      1. Good point. Maybe I can just make it wider. WAY wider for the content.

      2. Is it fixed now?? I feel like I Fixed it but only some people see the fix. What browser & computer laptop screen size are you on?

      3. YES ME TOO. Just didn’t know how to fix it. LOL.

  5. Cassie

    I like it! It’s much cleaner. I found the home page a little cumbersome on the previous version. The rotating posts at the top of the page was slow to respond depending on which computer I was reading from.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Excellent! Thanks. Anything you want to change / fix??? I welcome all feedback.

      1. Cassie

        @save. spend. splurge.: The spacing of the blog post titles is good on the home page, but for some reason when you go into the categories it seems like the spacing between lines has changed and the letters overlap a little. Let me know if you need clarification and I’ll e-mail you a couple screen shots.

  6. alana

    The new design is neat but I agree with the others that text is difficult to read, even on a 15 inch screen. Also, I liked the blogroll in your previous layout. Is that a feature in the new design, I cant seem to find it.

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      1. YES! I Saw the font size being annoyingly small and I fixed it last night. Is it better?

      2. Ohh no! I have to create the blogroll 🙂 This will be a chance for me to update it. I’ll make a new page for it and make a link.

      1. alana

        @save. spend. splurge.: 1)I’m reading at 2 am Thursday 12th, the text still seems small to me 2)updated blogroll, something to look forward too. Sure you have some great new finds.

        1. save. spend. splurge.

          Hmm. I am asking a lot, but can you please tell me what browser you are using and what your computer monitor screen is? I want to replicate it so that I can fix it.

          1. alana

            @save. spend. splurge.: firefox, 15 inch screen. The text is bigger now, seems you fixed it.

          2. save. spend. splurge.

            OK.. I hope so. I am working with Ramona to see what else I can do to fix it 🙂

  7. Barb

    Agreed – while the design is nice and spare, it’s very tough to read the regular text. It shows as faint and quite small.

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      I Saw the font size being annoyingly small and I fixed it last night. Is it better?

  8. Angela

    I agree with the comments posted. I love the clean look, but text size is far too small.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I Saw the font size being annoyingly small and I fixed it last night. Is it better?

      1. Angela

        @save. spend. splurge.:

        Not quite, still small.

        1. Angela


          Oops my bad, you fixed it!!! :0)

          1. save. spend. splurge.

            No problem THANK YOU! for telling me. I really appreciate you taking the time.

  9. Leigh

    So I think it looks fine overall, but your text is TINY! I have to increase the font two sizes (Ctrl+ +) for it to be readable.

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I Saw the font size being annoyingly small and I fixed it last night. Is it better?

      1. Leigh

        @save. spend. splurge.: Still tiny to me. Sounds like it’s better for other people though.

        1. save. spend. splurge.

          What browser & computer are you using?

  10. Sense

    Very nice, but text shows up very very small on my computer–I have to expand the page to read it!

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I Saw the font size being annoyingly small and I fixed it last night. Is it better?

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