Thanks to El Niño, we are in for some warmer weather. I don’t mind enjoying a snowless winter and feeling the 50 degrees outside in February.
But it wasn’t so peachy last week, when my WordPress theme started to wear out its usefulness.
Although not shown in the image, I was working on a post when my columns and margins became distorted. I lost control over the design of my site.
So I decided on a new one.
I’ve used free WordPress sites before, and I’ve purchased a few along the way. Before I launched my other siteKriesi and Themeforest. I did some research on its capabilities and its ease of use for a novice WordPress user. Then I read about the Penci Design’s Soledad WordPress Theme. It sounded like it was the one that would help me make a smooth transition on Hometown Betty.
But what about the price?
At $51 (with a credit card or PayPal payment), you get the theme, demo themes, and six months of support. So I went for it.
After a day of playing with the design, I now have this:
I really like the Soledad WordPress Theme because:
- It gave me control over the layout on the homepage (grid layout, masonry layout, traditional (aka standard) post layout, etc.).
- It offers different header design layout options (center, left, with or without tagline, with or without social media icons).
- It allows me to center or left align my menu header with easy layout of sub tabs.
- It kept most of my layouts from my previous WordPress themed versions.
What did I have to fix?
Well, because I was on the Genesis Framework, my Genesis Simple Hooks plug-in no longer hooked my banner at the top of the page. I found another WordPress Plug-In (WP Hooks) that allowed me to add my banner ad in the header without learning how to code. Also, some of the sidebar widgets needed some tweaking. (In fact, I am still fine tuning that still.)
Not everything is perfect when you change your website live. Most people would probably recommend making a beta site to ensure that the transition is smooth. But this is a small website, and I don’t have the time or the web skills to do that, although I am sure there are plenty of youtube tutorials that can teach you.
Overall, I am pleased with the look and ease of redesigning my site in less than a day.
Of course, that also meant I needed to change my Facebook Header too:
If you need help to make a Facebook Header, go to Canva. Canva has a Facebook Header template to make your header perfectly unique for your site.
And don’t forget Twitter:
I searched for the dimensions of the new Twitter header, but it turns out I didn’t needed to be precise. Twitter offers a resizing option before it is uploaded. But if you need some further help, I recommend checking out Twelve Skip’s post. Twelve Skip even offers a free download of a psd.file to make your Twitter Header. I ended up using her sizing recommendations but on Canva. However, if you’re really lucky and have access to Adobe InDesign, I would have used that application.
What do you think? Do you like the new look?
From my hometown to yours,