I’m Back and Open for Business!

So? What do you think? Do things look a little different?

What you should notice, in addition to the new design, is the fact that I no longer am using IntenseDebate for my commenting system. I have been wanting to get off of that system for a while now and gladly used the platform switch as an opportunity to do so. It was a tremendous pain in the arse and the one main glitch we had during this entire project, but I am relieved to have a good, easier-to-use commenting system.

What you should not notice is any interruptions with your feed. We have set up the site to automatically redirect from Blogger, and we transferred my FeedBlitz feed as well. Please let me know if you do not see my posts showing up in your feed reader.

Booyah Creative LogoI need to give a HUGE shout-out to Kayleen from Booyah Creative. She is my hero. Not only did she come up with this design on her first attempt, she patiently weeded through way too many comments to find the one post in four years that was causing problems in the IntenseDebate comments transfer. She has been just great in answering my questions, helping me gain access to elements of Blogger I didn’t know I had, and helping me stay calm through this intimidating transfer. I may have a bit of a girl crush on her because she is so awesome. I cannot recommend her highly enough, but I know without a doubt that if you are looking for a redesign or looking to switch platforms, Kayleen is definitely your woman.

I will be adding plug-ins and making changes as I get familiar and comfortable with WP. Please be patient while I work through this.

As always, with something this big, there is bound to be some bugs. Kayleen and I think we found them all, but if you see anything wonky, please let me know. In addition, if you have any suggestions for plug-ins or feedback, I would love to know your thoughts. In the meantime, enjoy the new design, and welcome to That’s What She Read on WordPress!

32 Responses to I’m Back and Open for Business!
  1. Andi @ Estella's Revenge
    June 28, 2013 | 8:11 AM

    It looks great! I think my favorite thing might be your sharing buttons up top. So nicely integrated into the site. πŸ˜€

    • Michelle
      June 28, 2013 | 8:18 AM

      Thanks, Andi! That’s one of my favorite features too. No need to hunt for them all anymore either!

  2. Heather
    June 28, 2013 | 8:52 AM

    It looks fantastic! I love the color scheme.

    • Michelle
      June 28, 2013 | 8:54 AM

      Thanks, Heather! I love the colors too. I think they are so soothing to the eye but still fun.

  3. Monika
    June 28, 2013 | 9:00 AM

    Oh my gosh, BEAUTIFUL! Love the new look!

    • Michelle
      June 28, 2013 | 9:17 AM

      Thanks, Monika! I am very proud of it.

  4. SuziQoregon
    June 28, 2013 | 9:07 AM

    Looks Fabulous!!!

    • Michelle
      June 28, 2013 | 9:17 AM

      Thanks, Suzi! I’m definitely enjoying the changes.

  5. Ti
    June 28, 2013 | 9:39 AM

    Easy to read, nicely organized and the share buttons… drool.

    • Michelle
      June 28, 2013 | 9:44 AM

      Thanks, Ti! Aren’t those great? One of my favorite features.

  6. Tanya Patrice
    June 28, 2013 | 10:12 AM

    Lovely – awesome design!

    • Michelle
      June 28, 2013 | 10:28 AM

      Thank you very much!

  7. Jennifer
    June 28, 2013 | 10:19 AM

    Ooohhh! I love it Michelle! It’s fab πŸ™‚

    • Michelle
      June 28, 2013 | 10:31 AM

      Thanks, Jennifer!

  8. Amused
    June 28, 2013 | 11:51 AM

    Love the new look!

    • Michelle
      June 29, 2013 | 7:29 PM

      Thank you!

  9. Juju at Tales of Whimsy...
    June 28, 2013 | 12:04 PM

    It looks great honey! You go girl! Well done.

    • Michelle
      June 29, 2013 | 7:29 PM

      Thanks, Juju!

  10. Colleen
    June 28, 2013 | 1:14 PM

    I agree with the other commenters – the color scheme is soothing and everything is so neat and tidy. Nicely done!

    • Michelle
      June 29, 2013 | 7:29 PM

      Thanks, Colleen!

  11. Carrie K.
    June 28, 2013 | 7:52 PM

    Love it! Also love the buttons up top – very cool.

    • Michelle
      June 29, 2013 | 7:29 PM

      Thanks, Carrie!

  12. Marie
    June 29, 2013 | 7:32 AM

    It looks amazing!! I don’t often comment on this kind of post, but seriously, great job. Here’s to many more posts πŸ™‚

    • Michelle
      June 29, 2013 | 7:29 PM

      Thanks, Marie!

  13. Lisa
    June 29, 2013 | 8:31 AM

    Looking good!

    • Michelle
      June 29, 2013 | 7:29 PM

      Thanks, Lisa!

  14. Michelle @ The True Book Addict
    June 29, 2013 | 9:48 PM

    This looks gorgeous, Michelle! I’m glad it went over with very little stress.

    I agree about Intense Debate. I used it a couple of years ago and didn’t like it. I’m using Disqus now and I like it. What I especially love is that I get NO spam comments. I used to get crap loads of them when I was using the Blogger comments.

    Congrats again on the move and the great design!

    • Michelle
      June 29, 2013 | 10:05 PM

      I liked IntenseDebate while I had it, although there were little things that were beginning to bother me. The fact that they never did figure out a good way to import comments back into Blogger just one of them. I am very glad to have all comments on one commenting system. It did bug me that I had some on Blogger and some with ID.

      Thanks, Michelle! I am very proud of it and HIGHLY recommend Kayleen for future work.

  15. Cindie
    July 1, 2013 | 8:29 AM

    Love the layout! The colors are great, and I love the flags up on top with the social media links, they look like little bookmarks.

    • Michelle
      July 1, 2013 | 8:31 AM

      Thanks, Cindie! They are one of my favorite features too!

  16. Tif
    July 6, 2013 | 12:19 AM

    LOVE it!!!

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