Morning you guys! Notice anything different?! We launched our new site design over the weekend, and I’m beyond excited to share the new layouts and features that our team has been working on for months. It’s pretty major. Over the last year, we’ve seen incredible growth both in readership and in the abundance of talent that our contributors and featured creatives bring to the site…and as so often happens in times of new growth, I’ve been feeling like it’s time to take the blog to the next level and turn it into even more of an inspirational resource for the latest in home, food, style, design and entertaining.
A few of the features I’m most excited about? Our Featured Content section allows us to present the most exciting, relevant content front and center each day.
We also have new Categories where you can go to find everything that’s new in entertaining, food, beauty & style and life. And (finally!) drop down menus allow you access every single one of our regular Series and see the content that’s written by each of our individual contributors.
Now you can explore a specific topic of interest by clicking into each of the category pages, where we’ll have special featured content, seasonal slideshows and every post we’ve ever written related to that topic making it easier than ever to get inspired and find what you’re looking for.
Of course, you can always find the very newest blog posts under the Latest headline for those of you who want to stay on the pulse of what’s happening every day.
In the bottom right, you’ll notice these “quick links” to some of our top resources: DIY’s to inspire your next weekend project, videos we’ve created to bring some of our parties to life, hundreds of color palettes to spark the vision for your next soirée and all of our recipes organized into one easy-to-find spot. And I’m super excited to introduce Facebook commenting. Gone are the days of those anonymous headshots – now you can comment through Facebook whenever you’re logged in, and your profile pic will immediately be pulled in so we can all see who’s who around here. You can also post your comment to Facebook using one easy checkbox. (we do still have our old commenting available, too.)
I could go on and on, but the best way to get acquainted with the new site is to just start clicking! This is a big milestone for me and the team, and reminds me again how thankful I am for all of you who keep coming back, allowing me to be creative and live my passion every day. I’d love to hear what you guys think of the changes – and any other ideas for improvements you’d like to see. I truly hope that this next step makes the site a more inspirational, easy to navigate and most of all, FUN destination every day!