It’s just over a year since Blogging Tips last got a redesign. Whilst I did like the previous theme, I thought it was time to move the site forward with a fresh look. The new theme has the familar Blogging Tips black, red and white color scheme however it is a much tider looking design.
So for those of you reading this via RSS, here is a comparison of the old theme and the new :
Made by Guerrilla
Our new theme was designed by Mike Smith from Made by Guerrilla. Mike contacted me a week or so about a redesign of Blogging Tips as a way of promoting brand awareness of his new brand (a relaunch of his existing site Blog Theme Machine).
I had sent some emails about a redesign of Blogging Tips to a few designers over the last few months but nothing had come to fruition. Mike showed me his previous work and I was very impressed so we agreed to move forward with a redesign for the blog.
The header is much more professional looking though the logo has been reduced slightly to allow a 468×60 banner to be integrated. I had originally wanted to integrate a larger 728×90 banner in though this was removed from the final design as it pushed the main content area too far down the page.
The information shown on the sidebar of the new design is more or less as before. We have added a popular articles dropdown list and we have also utilized Sarahs ‘What Others Are Saying’ plugin to show the latest posts from other great blogging related blogs.
The comment area now allows threaded comments, something which I unfortunately never had in the previous design. I’m sure you will all find that useful 🙂
All in all, the same information is being displayed on the site however I believe it’s easier to navigate and easier on the eye too.
Mike was an absolute joy to work with. He’s a fantastic designer who knows CSS inside out and I would recommend anyone who is looking for a unique design for their blog to shoot Mike an email at Made by Guerrilla.
Anyone who uses the coupon code “BLOGGINGTIPS” during the month of July will receive 20% off their blog design.
You can read more about my experience with Mike here.
What Say You?
I hope you all love the new design. I appreciate that change isn’t always welcome but I’m sure anyone who has hesistations about the new theme will grow to love it over time.
As always, I’d love to hear your opinions on it. Praise wanted, constructive criticism more tham welcome but please leave the trash talk at home 🙂