- Voila! The redesign! -
I’ve spent months staring at the sorry state of this site after a web host issue ate my stylesheet, and now, finally, I’ve got a very exciting announcement to make! I’ve just gone through and complete gutted TheCulinaryLife.com, with the help of my friend and kick-ass designer Ben. I also had a lot of help from Mel, who has been instrumental in getting my ad networks under control. You two are awesome!
What’s new? Well most importantly, we switched themes from Thesis to Genesis. Thesis has changed a lot over the past year, and it just wasn’t working for my purposes anymore. Along with the new theme, I’ve ditched the ugly header image that was meant to be displayed differently, added a photo widget to the sidebar showing my four most popular recipes, and reorganized the recipe categories for more ease of browsing (which you can see by clicking the Recipes link underneath the header, right up here. ^^)
Here are a few others changes of note:
New Feature: ZipList!
I’ve started working with ZipList so you can save my recipes to your own recipe box and create a custom shopping list from the ingredients list. How cool is that? To use it, just click the blue SAVE button locate within a recipe (image below). You can also save recipes from other awesome sites like WomansDay.com, RecipeGirl.com, BrownEyedBaker.com, MarthaStewart.com, and more. I signed up a few weeks ago and I’m totally digging the new functionality. Total timesaver!
To add to the clutter that was making me want to put my head in the sand, I’d also amassed a few extra Facebook pages over the past few years as Facebook changed its rules and formats time and time again. It had become crazy unwieldy to manage a Facebook page for this blog, my old blog (remember Wasabimon?), my photo feed, and myself as a writer. Thanks to Facebook’s willingness to merge all of my pages, there’s one official page for all of my food-based goings-on: TheCulinaryLife on Facebook. I do hope you’ll hop on over and click the Like button! The cooking discussions are bubbling, and I’ve got some really awesome giveaways coming up that I’ll post to Facebook first, before anywhere else.
But Wait, There’s More…
Ben and I have some great ideas coming up for a very special header design, so you’ll be seeing that within a few months, after we get the logistics down and the photography done. I also have some other features I want to launch in the upcoming weeks, such a more comprehensive category structure, a photo-based recipe archive, and a few more useful widgets to keep the site interesting. Stay tuned!
Please click around the site and let me know if you see anything wonky. There are always a few bugs hiding in the woodwork, and I want to squash them as soon as I can. Leave a comment here if you see anything weird or otherwise amiss!