Thursday, July 1, 2010

Back in business!


All right so it looks as though we made it through the edits without too many catastrophes! :)

Please let us know what you think of the updated look, whether it's easier to navigate and/or what additional features you might like to see. We'll be tinkering with things in the coming weeks but as this design is for you, our readers, we'd really appreciate some feedback.  The primary goal was to de-clutter our main page (would you believe that a bunch of polish hoarders are all minimalists?!) while still keeping everything of interest within easy access.

Some new features of note:

  • Our "sales" have been integrated into the site via the Sales link above. All of our sales have been tagged as such to make them easier for you to access. Sales in this category will be updated periodically and you now have the opportunity to subscribe specifically to our sales so you can get the latest updates on whatever we've got for sale or swap.

  • We now have a fully functional "contact" page designed to make it easier for you to get in touch with us. Write to the blog generally if you want to sing our praises (haha) or write to a specific contributor if you've got comments or questions about a favourite look - it's up to you!

  • Archives are now easier than ever to access.  Writing a blog with a handful of other academics makes it readily apparent that we all have different ways of organizing our thoughts. Some of us prefer to search a blog by date, some by label and some want to search by name. If you've got a favourite blogger here - not that we're advocating favouritism! ;) - then please make use of our new "Archive by Contributor" feature to find older posts of interest.

  • Facebook Share/Tweet - Our moms always taught us to share. We hope you do too!



In the meantime, if you haven't already, please follow us on Twitter! :)

And Happy Canada Day!  
(I'll save the G20 politics for another day.)

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26 comments:

Mai said...

Ooh I love the ability to search by contributor and I love the header!

mKat said...

The header was courtesy of one of our very talented readers so we can't take credit for that...but it inspired us to clean up the site! Glad you like it! :)

Cel said...

I love the new look and the header is very pretty :) I find your site much easier to use now, thank you.

If you want check out my little blog too, it's fairly new
http://celdeconail.blogspot.com/

Steffie said...

What a great looking layout! Awesomely done

vegesauras said...

It looks amazing :) I love the header

rmcandlelight *I'm wearing China Glaze Stella* said...

Love the header, no green, purple, or blue polish? lol It looks great! :D

aaminahs mom said...

cute

Monticka said...

Good job!
Will you ever add the comment feature so you can add your own name, without using a Google account?

Piff said...

YOU KILLED IT! Woohoo.

Monticka - Hey. We actually started with that but we got some v rude anonymous posts and took it away. Sorry for the irritation!

Squared Nails said...

Love the new layout!

Laura said...

Love the new layout! It's so much more fresh and clean looking. Yay!

Adrienne said...

Everything is perfect!! THANK YOU for all your hard work :)

And of course, thank you to all the readers for keeping us going!

cidell said...

Wow. Just wanted to tell you how GREAT this looks.

mKat said...

Thanks everyone! :)

(Now nobody look at the code... it'll become readily apparent that I am NOT a web programmer...) hahaha

Rebecca said...

this looks great! really professional.

Apriltini said...

The site looks all clean and spiffy. :) However, it's showing up as a little widescreen for me, which I'm not a fan of. Am I the only one left who has a regular monitor?

mKat said...

Ah, sorry April. As I said, I'm not a programmer so... I can try to work on it but I don't guarantee anything. (And yes, my monitor has a 16:9 aspect ratio.)

The site is also best viewed in Firefox. I hate the way it looks in IE (personally) and I haven't tested it on Chrome or Safari.

mKat said...

April, I just checked the site on a 4:3 monitor and it seemed to look okay... If you elaborate on what browser you're using, what your resolution is set to etc. I might have a better idea of how to help.

Darlene said...

The site looks awesome! I really like it! Very nice :)

Kae said...

The new look and layout is really fantastic!

Shayla said...

This is a VAST improvement over the last layout. I love the minimalism!

PriSciLLa said...

The new layout is great! I really like it! (:

aniploish said...

CRISP!
CLEVER!
me Likey!!
Well done ladies! (espec the mKat)

Rocketrder said...

It looks great! Love the new look! And thanks for the great goodie basket of prize polish, too.

Heidi

kathy_d87 said...

I guess I'm the only one that doesn't like the new website. I can't pull it up on my smartphone. With the old website, I came to the site everyday faithfully without having to haul out my laptop. No more. :-(

mKat said...

Hi Kathy:

Thanks for the feedback. I will look into ways to make our site more mobile friendly. (This is an ongoing learning process for me!) :P

In the meantime, might I suggest attacking our site via a feedreader in your mobile browser? I've just checked us out that way on my phone. You'll still be able to enjoy our photos without the rest of the site bogging you down.

I used Google Reader.

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