The big reveal

If you’re reading this post via email, RSS, or any other reader that doesn’t give you the full aesthetic experience of Witty Title Here, you might want to click through to the actual site. I’ve made some visual improvements. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

WTH logo

There. A site worth your loving gaze.

It’s been a long time coming, but Witty Title Here got a much-needed makeover, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. The old site did its job, but this design? Inspiring.

It took me long enough. I poured over hundreds—nay, thousands—of themes online in search of an attractive and user-friendly premium set-up. The layout is similar to what I had before, but the design is a complete transformation. I wanted something eye-catching—something that incorporated my photography and better captured my personality. I also wanted the satisfaction of designing it myself, and design I did. The new header, background, and sidebar content were created by yours truly. I briefly lamented the fact that I didn’t have access to Photoshop, but you know what? Everything you see was created in Pixlr and Picmonkey. Fo’ free. (I get the same pride in revealing this to you as I do whenever someone compliments my shirt and I say, “Thanks, it’s from Target!”)

I did have help when I got stuck, though, and I couldn’t have done it without the expert tips of Diana and Megan who came to my rescue when I was having coding issues. I’m proud of myself for making it through to the other side and am thankful to have had help along the way. I know a lot more about CSS now than I did just a couple weeks ago. Which is not saying much. But still.

These changes come at an exciting time for me. I’m mapping out the rest of 2013 right now, and Witty Title Here is going to play a big role in my life this year. Aside from the visual changes, there are two major additions in the navigation menu above:

– A hire me page. As many of you know, I’ve written for publications like Urbanite magazine and Bmore Media in the past, and I’m ready to revive my portfolio by pursuing more freelancing opportunities. WTH has been my primary focus since leaving Urbanite, but I’m anxious to get my site working for me by helping me land gigs. More to come.

– An advertise page. Advertising on WTH is easier than ever. This page is a one-stop shop for promoting your blog, small business, ebook, and more. Plus, it’s cheap. Help keep this site running smoothly (and my car Bertha’s gas tank full), and I’ll give you some exposure in my sidebar. If you purchase an ad between now and the end of March, you can use the promo code “REDESIGN” for 15% off the already low price.

outtakes

This has been one hell of an undertaking and well worth the wait to get everything up and running. I learned a lot not only about code, but about patience (or my lack thereof) and letting things go. I could’ve spent another week tweaking. Or I could’ve gotten done it to the best of my abilities and put it out there. Sites should never be static, and I’ll always be improving regardless. Change is inevitable, so it was time for me to make the decision to keep my momentum going. Look, guys, I’m not just talking out of my ass around here! I’m making the improvements I said I would make!

There will be more to come surrounding this launch, but for now, please have a look around and tell me what you think. Now would be a good time to check out the new and improved looks over on Facebook and Twitter, too. If you notice anything that looks funky (even in the archives, if you’re browsing there), please let me know—I may not be aware. (It also helps to know what browser you’re using when reporting bugs.) The site is also mobile responsive, so it should work well on your iPhone or iPad, too.

Thanks for making WTH a place I love and look forward to writing for every week. All the comments, likes, shares, and support mean the world to me, and I hope this site continues to be a place where you find entertainment and friendship. Oh, and don’t forget the poop humor. Always the poop humor.

Wittily yours,

Cassie

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Comments

  1. Ahh it’s beautiful! I really, really love it. I think the color scheme really fits the mood/feel of the blog and I think it’s great how you’ve incorporated your photography. I also really like how you’ve tied together the brackets in the header with other design elements. Now I’m just trying to sound like I know what I’m talking about. But what I really mean to say is, “ooh pretty!” Good job!

  2. it looks FABULOUS my love, I love that header image so much! this is me patting you on the back for doin the damn thing 😀

  3. WOO HOO! diggin’ it. Love the “hire me” picture ya dang cool chick. Also dig the way you have the sponsor ads. Not sure about you but does it drive you nuts that there’s not a “form” on WP so that you don’t have to put your email address out there? I’m a bit paranoid about that so I refer folks to my about.me/ecogrrl page which has a contact me that doesn’t show an email address when hovered over.

    Giving me inspiration for my own page – although I’m wayyyy too lazy to do much now 🙂

  4. I love it! You’ve done a fantastic job!

  5. Hi Cassie!
    I think I agreed with what EcoGrrl said. I’m using “about.me page” on my profile photo as well, as I don’t prefer to reveal my email address. Not really sure of the main reason but mostly the feeling of insecurities and such.

    Anyway, as one of the new reader at WTH, I was surprised to see the page today (thought was going to a wrong site.. hehe). I saw the ol’ ones too and this looks more professional, structured, yet still friendly, fun with warm peaceful colors. I guess that’s the main intention rite? 🙂

    Great job you’ve done here and may all your wish and plan works out well too! (How’s the blue volks coming in? :P)

    XOXO, Rynna

  6. Looks absolutely fantastic, Cassie! Good job! You have made my recent redesign look like a drop in the ocean. Haha.

  7. Fabulous as expected Cassie – this is going to be a great year for you!

  8. Great work! I love the new look. And I’m happy to read that you were able to do so much without Photoshop. I was recently moaning about this very “obstacle” to a friend. Guess it’s time to move on from that rant…

  9. Yay! It’s gorgeous. I love everything about it.

  10. Gorgeous. I especially love the continuity of the brackets throughout the theme. You go, Glen Coco 🙂

  11. Yay! This looks so awesome, Cassie! I can’t wait to see where you take WTH. I just got finished redesigning my blog, too, but it looks nothing like this, lol. One of the things I want to do is learn more about graphic design, especially for designing blogs. CSS, HTML, Photoshop—the whole shebang. I also just discovered PicMonkey and LOVE it. Good work, girl! 🙂

  12. It looks great! I love the colors and bold background photo, it’s really inviting. Congrats on doing it yourself, it came out lovely.

  13. Hi Cassie – You’re right, the site is purdy. In addition to the content, my favorite part is the rug in the background. But I think the wine glass should be much emptier than it is. As for the posts, I love your writing. All of the words are spelled correctly. You really have a command on how to write the words down in sequence such that I derive meaning from them. Your word sequences are funny and devoid of bullshit. Well done. Also, I love the pictures of the little girls. The smaller one seems kinda psychotic. The one of the girls with their legs drawn up is wonderful. Also, the tomato is cool. OK. See you on the RSS. – Chris

  14. Way to go! It looks great. Glad you are happy with it. I appreciate the character spacing and font size.

    -Ddl

  15. Amazing! I love that you did it yourself, you boss 🙂 I’ve been wanting to create a photo for my header as well, but have yet to come up with what I want it to be or look like. All in good time.

    I love all your photos. Your hair is the best.

  16. Yep. Love it. And I’m so, so impressed that you did this yourself. I keep dipping my toe into those waters and then immediately shrieking and jumping five feet back from them!

  17. It looks fantastic, and congrats on building this yourself!

  18. Madeleine says:

    Wow! It looks amazing – total pro job. As ever you’re a real inspiration – I’m having a little fiddle around myself behind the scenes (wow, hi there unexpected innuendo) and will be definitely using wth as something to aim for. Well done! I hope you’re rewarding yourself for all your hard work 🙂

  19. I LOOOOVE IT, Cassie. You did very well in this redesign. My favorite part of the site is the sidebar – so much sexiness!

  20. It looks fabulous! I love love love the background.

  21. I love this! It looks awesome and is so very you 😀

  22. I love it, everything. I’ve been staring at your profile picture on the sidebar for about a minute working up the nerve to talk to you. Hay girl hayyy~

  23. love it love it love it. can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us!

  24. I love your new design! My favorite parts are the fonts, the color scheme, and the big bracket elements. I’m working on redesigning my own blog too, but so far I have only redone the nav bar.

  25. Cassie! SO cool. I love it, love it, love it. I keep scrolling up and down to re-see it =] My favorite part is definitely the colors, the salmon + gray = delicioso to the eyes. You’re so fancy now! Just kidding, you were always fancy. But now your blog is, too. Can’t wait to see what the future brings for this quickly growing corner of the internetz!

  26. I don’t know if I saw your previous theme, but this one looks really great! The Genesis Framework is a really lovely one to work on. :p I’ve not purchased it, however. Learning more about CSS in the process is always a plus! I wish you luck on WTH and the advertising page. c:

  27. It looks fabulous! Your hard work definitely paid off. My blog’s been begging for a redesign for over a year now, but I dread the fiddling around with code. Youmayhave inspired me to actually hire a graphic designer. 🙂

  28. I love this redesign! It’s amazing, and you are gorgeous!

  29. Okay, so I’m not responding to individual comments here because HOLY CRAP that’s a lot of you (whew!) But thank you ALL for your lovely compliments. So glad you all like it. 🙂

  30. BTW, if you’re ok with really old software, you can get CS2 Photoshop (and presumably other suites) for free at http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/. I have it and it’s so much better than wrestling with the likes of Paint.net and Pixelmator.

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