The New Site Design is Here, The New Site Design is Here. First let me apologize to all the people I typically come read your blog. As you can see this is what has been keeping me up at night for the last week and away from visiting my friends on the net. I am NOT NOT NOT a web designer nor a web coder. But I am muddling my way through.
I still have a bunch to do on the back end like creating a “Get Mugged” page to highlight caricature commissions and other commission work. But this is the new look for now. I must have changed it 100 times as I looked at other sites and kept wishing mine was as clean as theirs but I liked having my own identity. Between design and trying to learn CSS and what it does I was either not sleeping because I was constantly thinking of changes or dreaming of coding issues.
The big deal was the theme I have been using for years called Frugal. Well two years, the maker created Catalyst Theme and I was supposed to upgrade. Well I didn’t until today so hopefully everything works out. Please let me know. The beauty of the theme is that you can design pretty much whatever you want. That is the drawback as well. Too many choices for the amateur like me to screw up.
Big thanks to InstantWP which allowed me to actually load the Catalyst Theme on my flash drive and create all the elements you see here before bringing it to a live site. As someone who doesn’t get the backend stuff, InstantWP was a life saver. Also my social media buttons on the home page were created with the help of a tool available at Image-Maps.com. I know there probably was a way to do it via CSS easier with only two images but using HTML with five images wasn’t bad.
EDIT – A big shout out to my Google Plus buddy Kenneth Poveda Mata (wordpress coding genius) for letting me know my site was mobile ready and looked like shit on it. Thanks to him I fixed some stuff that should make it look all pretty and nice.