You guys! We're so excited to launch a fresh new blog design today. It's been way too long. Our new design was created by Promise Tangeman (she co-wrote our Blog Design Love 2.0 e-course!) and coded by our staff developer, Philip Bowles.
Here's a quick list of the new features, upgrades, and stuff we're excited about!
• Updated archives
This is huge!! Before this update we were manually coding our archives, and they were horribly out of date! We were months and months behind. Our new archives update automatically, so they will always be updated from here on out! They are also much more organized, with sub-categories, so now you can search for recipe ideas by category and decor ideas by room!
Try them out by clicking "FOOD, HOME, TIPS" etc. at the top of the page, right under the banner.
• Easier to navigate through new posts
Many of you had told us in the past that it was just too hard to keep up with our content, especially if you missed a few days or a week. We've added a "continue reading" to all posts after the very first one. This means you can click through pages of content to quickly see all the new posts without loading every single photo on every post. It's faster!
• Bigger content photos
This is just a small update, but we care deeply about our blog photography, and we're excited to have the main content photos be just a little bit larger! Drag your browser to be a little wider to see the size difference if you aren't already seeing it.
• Browse by category
At the bottom of the page you can view all the archives at once, or browse by category. We've never had such a fast and efficient way to view such a large amount of content. We're super excited about this! It has "lazy load," which means you can keep loading more posts forever until they run out.
• Mobile friendly
Our blog is now easier to read, search, and navigate on mobile devices! It looks clean and simplified.
We're so excited!!!!
As always, we know the update is not perfect yet, so we anticipate at least a week of bug testing to get everything running like we need it to. If you notice any bugs, feel free to email us at support AT redvelvetart DOT com. Please include your browser and operating system with a detailed description (screen shots are very helpful) of the bug you are experiencing. We're tackling some Safari-specific issues as we speak.
Thank you so much for your support! We are super excited to start the new season with this new site and share many new adventures with you. Love, Elsie, Emma, and the ABM team
P.S. Also, we have to pass a huge thank you to Typepad for working directly with us to get some of the trickier parts of the code nailed down and making new features within this update possible.