A New Look

A New Look (and Giveaway!) - My Life, I Guess...
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If you’ve ever visited my website before today, you’ll notice that things look a little different around here.

Finally!

I’ve wanted a new look for a long time, as it’s pretty much looked the same since I moved over to self hosting over 3 years ago. I figured it was well past due for a facelift.

But I’m a very indecisive person, and there are so many design options out there! I’ve spent countless hours over the last year or so looking at various WordPress themes, pinning new logo ideas, and testing out different plug-ins.

Unfortunately, my finances haven’t exactly allowed me to spend any money on anything extra, even if it was to invest in my blog. Buying a new blog theme would easily mean one less tank of gas, which was not something I could justify on a part-time income.

Then I found this theme, Roseland by Sculpture Qode, for FREE thanks to Creative Market a few weeks ago. (Each week, Creative Market sends its newsletter subscribers links to 6 free design downloads.) I’ve downloaded a few of the free WordPress themes that they’ve offered before, but finding one that was as customizable as my old theme was hard.

When I first started my own website back in 2001, I learned how to do all the coding and designing myself. So to me the “behind the scenes” stuff has always been an interesting part of running a website. I like to tinker with it and try new things, so being able to customize my site within the WordPress dashboard is important to me. (Since I’m not brave enough to be editing the style sheets and theme codes every time I want to make any design change.)

I loved how easily I could customize everything with my old theme, Gray Lady Gray by Angie Makes. I thought that these customization options were standard for all WordPress themes, but when I first began shopping around, I quickly learned that this was not the case.

Most themes you find online only give you a glimpse of what the back end actually looks like. You get a few screenshots, a few blurbs on its features, and a live demo site, but you rarely get the chance to really test it unless you purchase it.

BEFORE

The problem was that my old theme was… old. I did the best I could to keep it looking current by adding new features, but most of this was done with plugins – which as you may or may not know, can really slow down a website. And my website started to feel really sluggish.

This new theme checked every box for what I was looking for. The support I’ve received from the designers has been so helpful. And I got it for FREE!

My little home on the Internet the finally got the TLC it needed, and am so happy with how it turned out!

(But if you see anything that doesn’t look quite right, do you mind letting me know?)

 

 

 

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Amanda is the owner and creator of My Life, I Guess... a personal finance and lifestyle blog that started back in 2013. She strives to keep the "person" in personal finance by writing about money, mistakes and making the most of it.

14 thoughts on “A New Look

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    Alaina

    Looks nice and fresh! A+

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    Christine Murray

    Awesome giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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    Vanessa Page

    I love the new theme and totally get what you mean when you talk about the tweaking and back end stuff being the most fun!

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    Rebecca

    Your new theme looks great!

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      Rebecca

      Hit send too soon. One thing on my amazon wishlist are gingerbread salt and pepper shakers. My mom and I decorate our kitchen with gingerbread men at Christmas.

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    NZ Muse

    Love it! Have been itching for something new but lacking in time/motivation to sort out a new design…

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    Money Beagle

    Congrats on the new look. I know that it’s a lot of hard work to get a site updated and looking exactly the way one wants it.

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    Cece

    Love the New Look! And what ISN’T on my Amazon wishlist? I have a running cart. The latest would be a really nice expensive blow dryer.

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    Melissa

    I love your new look!! I also love Creative Market :) Where is your wedding recap?! On my Amazon wishlist… everything, haha. Furnishing a house is expensive!! :)

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    Colin @ rebelwithaplan

    Great job on the new look! So happy with the opportunities that have come your way! A book currently on my wish list is ‘The Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth’ haha. It’s a business book about embracing your inner self!

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    Brittany

    The new blog template looks good. I look forward to more posts.

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    Heather

    The new theme is very crisp!

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    Liz

    Congrats on the new theme!

    I’ll have to come back by and look at it when I’m on the desktop because my view is limited. ?

    Something on my Amazon wishlist is a replacement laptop ’cause mine broke. ?

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