I’m upgrading the Smart Budget Life website!
I’ve been spending more time lately planning out my new theme structure to replace the current one.
My Current website looks plain and it’s not the most intuitive website. I’m excited to upgrade my current theme to something more user-friendly. The new theme will run on Genesis Framework, which is one of the cleanest frameworks you can install on WordPress.
I’ll be using a new theme that proves to be more blogger friendly. This means that it will make it more appealing to read blog posts and navigate around the website.
I’m excited to get people’s feedback on my new design.
One big issue that many bloggers or entrepreneurs face is the delegating. If you’re a great web developer or designer, building a new website wouldn’t be an issue for you. However, most bloggers will need to hire a professional to build and design their website.
The design is one of the biggest changes occurring in my new theme. If you haven’t guessed by now I designed my current website J
I’m only pointing this out because if you’re a blogger or want to become one you need a well-structured website. If you can’t afford one from the start it’s ok, just build your website with what you can. I don’t regret launching my blog with my current setup because I’ve learned a lot through the process.
“If you’re not embarrassed by the first launch of your product, you’ve launched too late”-Reid Hoffman
There will come a time that you will need to reinvent your website or add new features. You can read all the tutorials in the world, but chances are you’ll need to spend time writing new articles. Don’t wait too long to delegate even if it means spending a few hundred dollars.
Enough rambling about what you should do, and let’s get down to the good stuff.
My new setup will be more attractive for you to read. For example, there will be a better contrast with the background and content. Currently, my entire page is white so this makes it difficult while you’re reading content.
One other cool feature that I’m going to include is a more attractive setup for blog header images. This means that the images won’t just be plainly sitting on top of the content!
My current resources page is a bit all over the place, so I’ll be replacing this with a cleaner look. I’ve also added new products that I’ll recommend to you, but rest assured that they are ones that I personally use or can vouch for their quality.
For now, these are the biggest features that I will include for my new layout. While these upgrades don’t seem huge they sure take a lot of time to plan out.
I decided about a week ago that my website needed a fresh look. I was excited to start this process, but I didn’t want to work with any of the web development aspects. I’ve built several blogs in the past, one even took 6 months to complete!
I’ve been a technical person since I was young, so this has made me fairly confident when working with computer code. After I’d spent 6 months working on one website and decided that it wasn’t for me I realized how much time I’ve wasted.
I was working “in” my ideas and not “on” them, which is a huge difference.
Since then I’ve learned to choose wisely on what I spend my time working on. This is why without hesitation I hired a professional developer to help me build my new website. This was my first time working with a developer, so I fumbled along the way.
My first mistake was not having a concrete plan. I had an idea of what I wanted my website to look like, but nothing concrete. This caused a lot of confusion for the developer, and frustration on my end.
My second mistake was mixing web design with web development in the process. Make sure that you’re crystal clear on what these 2 mean. I requested my developer to add some features on my website, while at the same time explaining how I wanted them to look.
Luckily, the developer I hired was also a web designer. However, this only delayed progress and caused confusion.
If you’re a new blogger, then I’d definitely recommend starting setting a budget aside to hire a web developer in the future. You don’t need to have a sexy looking website from the start. The most important thing you can do is getting started.
When you do decide to hire a web developer to make sure that you have a plan. Pick specific features that you want to build, and define your objective. Plan ahead, and understand that the more features you request the longer it will take to build.
Finally, set a deadline. I didn’t do this from the start so there was a delay before we started making progress on my new website. If you don’t have a deadline, then your developer will assume your project isn’t urgent.
Tip: Use applications like Asana to write down all your objectives, and forward them to your developer. This makes it crystal clear on what’s being accomplished, and what questions your developer might have.
That’s it for now.
I’ll be busy adding new content, and images to the new SBL (smart budget life) page.
I hope you guys dig the new website! I estimate that it will take approximately another 2 weeks before I roll it out.