I visited my site on my PC after a long time and I didn’t like the way it looked. I felt it was all over the place; menus weren’t appropriate. The look was minimalistic but it wasn’t sleek and looked outdated. The home page was showing the latest post but I had to scroll down for a while to reach the second post. So, my first post always has to be catchy for the new user to stay and browse through. Too much pressure.
So, I have been working on some changes to my site over the past week. Following are some of the changes that I did in different aspects of the site.
I removed the “Links” page that I had earlier. This page had a list of sites that I visited and enjoyed when I created this page a few years back. Most of the links are non-functional now. Also stats showed that these links were hardly clicked ever. So I decided to remove this page.
I moved “Why I Write” and “About” pages to the last in the menu. Earlier they were the first and the last in the menu like the Queen’s guards. I wanted the attention on the posts more than myself. I adjusted the order accordingly.
I made quite a bit of changes in menus. Earlier I had menus and sub-menus for each category. It worked well when there were only a few posts and I was clear about the posts that I was going to write. But now, these categories did not make any sense as menus. So I reduced the categories to one – minimalism. All my minimalism related posts will be shown under this menu. Rest all will be displayed under the home page.
Now my menu has only four items – home, minimalism, why I write and About
I fixed the links of Why I write and About pages. Earlier, Why I write link was “about” and “About” page was “about-me”. Now I have fixed them to have appropriate links so that people won’t get confused when I share them around.
I changed my theme from “Penscratch2” to “Rowling”. Penscratch2 was fantastic and very minimal when I had chosen it. But now, I feel it is outdated. Familiarity breeds contempt. So, I scouted for a theme that looks both minimal as well as not boring. Having a small header was another requirement. I liked the way Rowling looked and activated it already. It’s a combo of black and white and looks good, at least for my eyes.The blog posts are shown in tile format and only the title is visible on the home page. Viewers can quickly scroll through the titles.
I removed “Search my blog” widget as Rowling comes with a blog search by default. I also added the Categories widget. I removed the categories by the top menu but if someone wants to browse based on categories they can use this widget. Not that they are going to find amazing categories but hey, I won’t judge anyone’s taste.
I have made these changes assuming that this will be good. I also understand that most people will be reading this via WordPress Reader and these changes won’t even make any difference. I would appreciate it if you can browse a little bit and let me know what you think about the changes. Is there anything that you liked? Is there anything that you liked earlier but not there any more. Would love to hear your feedback.