The theme I currently use on this site was deprecated (removed from the WordPress repository) a few months ago, and the creator has decided not to maintain it anymore. Well, hum. It works fine for now, but one major upgrade in the near future and there’s a strong possibility it won’t.
I spent 6ish weeks sorting through and testing new themes. Ack! So many themes! Some didn’t have features I wanted, some had too many features, and they all needed major CSS customizing to come close to the look I have now. Finally, I thought, “Why not change the entire design, look, and feel?”
So, I did. My new look will convey (I hope) a more urban fantasy feel. I was resistant, but I’m really starting to like it. There a few wobbles to work out and a few decisions I’m avoiding, but the new design will be up in 2017.
This brings me to some things you should always consider when designing your site.
Load Time Optimization
My new header is bigger; I’m talking in bytes. I had to optimize it and retain quality. Any large graphic you use on your site should be optimized to help with load time. I like Optimizilla. It will make a good auto-reduction, and then you can keep tinkering until you at a quality and size that makes you happy.
A site can look great on your computer, but on little screens or larger screens, it might not. There are several ways to check it, but Screenfly makes it easy. Go check your own site out now!
Yes, there are a lot more things to consider. But these are two key elements a lot of us forget about.
By the way, my new design is a bit faster and mobile friendly. (This one is not mobile friendly.)
What things are key to your enjoyment when you visit a site? What do you look for?
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