It’s here, it’s here! This past week was a whirlwind getting everything set up, switched over, re-directed, updated, and every other adjective you can think of associated with “renovating.” Without further adieu, I’m so excited to introduce you to the new studio site and blog. I hope you love it as much as I do!
There’s a lot to look at around here (especially compared to my old sites), so I thought the best way to show you around my new home would be to take you on a short tour and point out some of my favorite features. Let’s do it.
Here on the blog, you can navigate around using the menu at the top. I’ve included a dropdown with some of my favorite categories, so if you like to follow certain topics, you can easily access them there. Next to that, you can also check out my new Recipe Box, which features visual images of all my recipes! If you want to view all the recipes in list form, simply click on “View Full Recipe Index”, like this:
And then, there’s one of my absolute favorite pages on the new blog: Candy. This is a page that’s filled with the most delightful of treats. At the top is a mini-boutique that features cool finds from new-to-me shops and retailers. I loved the idea of promoting small businesses, artisans, and brands that aren’t necessarily super well known yet, so this will be a place where those unique finds live. The Candy page also features links to things I’m loving (kind of in the spirit of Week/End), my blog roll, and a travel guide for cities I’ve lived in or get asked about a lot. I seriously love this page, and hope you do too.
As far as posts go, you may notice that some posts have a section beneath them featuring items from the post. This will be your quick guide to links, shoppable items, and photographer credits — basically anything mentioned within the post that deserves a call out.
The post footer also features new post sharing buttons, and of course a comment link:
You can also view related posts; be sure to scroll over the image tiles to see the title of the post if you’re curious:
A couple other fun features: between each post, you’ll notice little “interstitials” — keep an eye out, as I’ll be updating these regularly with quotes and other fun surprises. And, at the bottom of the blog, I’ve included some quick links to Instagram, my latest tweet, and of course, Pinterest. These will cycle in and out, so hopefully each time you visit the site, there will be something new down there!
One of the the biggest parts of this redesign was combining the studio along with the blog. You can get to the Studio page by clicking on “Studio Home” up in the top nav bar, or by simply going to victoriamcginley.com. Once you get there, you’ll notice the nav bar changes a bit — it’s your way to navigate around all my business services and the projects I’ve been working on!
Historically, I haven’t talked much about my work on the blog; now, you can easily check out Services, my Portfolio, and lots more. Click around, explore a bit, and let me know what you think. You can also access many of my Studio features right on the main homepage:
And, there’s also a footer at the bottom of all the studio pages, for easy access to my social media channels:
So, what do you think? My goal in designing this site was to have something comprehensive, but still easy to follow along with. I opted to keep the layout here on the blog simple, but zhush up some of the other features that previously lived on vmac+cheese, which I suspect you might not have known about since they were so hidden (like all my recipes, and the blog roll). Though I’ve driven myself nuts testing virtually every aspect of the site, please feel free to let me know if you notice anything that’s not working, or if something is hard to read. I’d love to get your feedback!
Last few bits of housekeeping notes before we return to regularly scheduled blog programming: my announcement post from last week has been updated with the most current links to all my social media platforms. I’ll continue to update it as things change. Facebook is taking their sweet time with my page name change, so keep an eye out for that if you follow along there. Also, good news for Bloglovin subscribers: I’ve worked with them to change my old feed to the new one, so in theory, you shouldn’t have to do anything on your end. If you can’t see the feed and would like to re-subscribe, my Bloglovin profile is here. You can subscribe at victoriamcginley.com/feed, if you want to follow along via another RSS Service or Feedly.
As always, thanks to each and every one of you for your support, and especially all the kind words of encouragement! I know this is a big change, but it’s one I’m stoked about, and I hope you are too. Cheers, and enjoy!