After two weeks of redesign and reformatting, my move to self-hosted WordPress is finished… Welcome friends to the new Reader Voracious! It felt a little weird to just resume my posting schedule and not acknowledge the new site, so here’s a post talking about who is behind the new look and how excited I am for this next chapter.
One of the things that I wanted to accomplish during the move was a soft rebrand. I wanted to tie together the mountains and space that have come to be part of my brand, while also visually encompassing my tagline of “adventures in books and nature.”
I commissioned the ever-so-talented Kat from Waffley Cute Designs (of Novels and Waffles fame – go follow her blog if you aren’t already) and friends, it has been two weeks and I still can’t stop staring at the header she created! She also designed my site’s favicon and a button, and I love it all.
All of my followers and comments imported over via Jetpack, so if you were already following the blog via WordPress or email you do not need to do anything! The only thing that didn’t come over was my post likes, but I didn’t want to pay $130 to keep them.
The new blog logo inspired me to really lean into the adventurer concept. I got the idea for a new “me” icon and used the inspiration as an opportunity to play around with vector graphics. The end result is my “me” icon with the adventurer cap.
One of the first plugins that I installed is a redirect to a random post plugin because I thought it would be fun if the blog’s visitors could go on adventures in my post archives!
The explore link in the sidebar and at the bottom of my posts will take you to a random post of mine. If you’re new here, it’s a cool way to poke around if you want to. 😊
The other big enhancement that I made to the site was adding an Accessibility Plugin. The accessibility menu is the purple icon at the bottom right of every page. Clicking on that gives you options like changing the contrast, fonts, font size, and even reading the website’s text.
There’s Still Miles to Go
The new Reader Voracious is fully functional and redesigned, but I do have a few things that I will be working on in the coming week or so.
- Update old post headers: I deleted all old versions of my headers and am slowly replacing them with the design that I have been using for almost six months. Some of my older posts will be without a header graphic until that is complete.
- Create a subdomain for Flapping Pages: that’s right, soon Flapping Pages will live at flappingpages.readervoracious.com! I have some improvements to work on as well before relaunching the program and am hoping for July 15th or sooner.
- Adding alt texts to all my images.
- Update SEO, keyword, and metadata for all of my old posts.
- Reply to the last bit of comments.
I have a post in the works on all the lessons that I learned about moving to self-hosted WordPress. It’s been in the works for a long time because it has a list of things all those WordPress.com VS. Self-Hosted guides don’t tell you that annoyed me over the last eleven months. It’ll be up sometime in July.
Thank you so much for your patience and for making this journey with me! Please let me know if something isn’t working right so I can add it to my list. I am really excited for the new adventures we will have together.
Let’s go on another adventure together!