You may have noticed that WellnessMama.com recently got a slight website redesign this past week. I seriously dislike updating and redesigning, as the process always takes longer, costs more, and is even more mentally exhausting than expected. One of the things Iāve learned since 2006 (when I first started blogging) is that Iād almost rather go through labor then redesign the blog, but sometimes itās a necessity. And this redesign was no exception. Itās been in the works for over a year!
Although I liked the old design, I decided to make a few changes that I think will provide a better user experience for you. Here are some of those changes:
For years weāve had a resources page listing all my favorite companies, products, ingredients, courses, and other resources that I personally use and recommend to family and friends. Itās always been a reader favorite since you can find all the products I recommend in one easy location. But over time it got a little unwieldy and wasnāt organized nearly well enough for a good user experience. With the new and improved resources page, itās much much easier to sort and search through all the recommendations, so you can always find what youāre looking for. This is still a work in progress and will continue to get updated over the next few weeks, but you can check out the new design and functionality here.
Over the past year weāve been putting together a medical review board of doctors, researchers, and expert advisers to review all the articles on Wellness Mama and ensure the information presented is up-to-date, balanced, and backed by science. Itās always been my goal to take complex topics and break them down into easy-to-understand articles that will improve the quality of your familyās life. By utilizing known experts to quality check my work, you can rest assured that what youāre reading is factually accurate and trustworthy. Each article that has been medically reviewed will list the reviewerās name next to the post author, which you can click on to learn more about him or her and see the other articles they have contributed to. You can learn more about our medical review board here.
In the past, when reading a blog post on your computer, there was a right-hand sidebar that linked to other posts, social media, a search box, recent podcasts, and recommended resources. While some readers found it helpful, I do want the focus of the blog to be on the articles and information provided instead of distracting asides. Because of that, weāve removed the sidebar and some of the ads so you can focus on the contentā¦ which is why youāre here in the first place, right?
The majority of Wellness Mama readers visit on a mobile device, so ensuring that the website loads fast and is easy to use on a phone, tablet, or any other device is of the utmost importance. Weāve simplified the design and removed some of the distractions and slow loading components so the site should load much faster and be easier to read as well.
Along with the obvious design changes, there were a lot of behind-the-scenes coding changes that I donāt fully understand which help the site work better and faster.
Thanks to the amazing Wellness Mama tech team at Spears Marketing and Biz Budding, this transition went relatively smoothly, even though we still have a few more tweaks and updates to make over the next few weeks.
As we finished the recent updates, I looked through all of the past designs Iāve had over the years (since 2006). Each one has definitely been an improvement over the last. If youāve been a long-time reader, how many of these designs do you remember?
My original site on blogspot.com:
First WordPress.com design:
Second WordPress.com design:
Second self-hosted WordPress design. I didnāt keep a screenshot of the first one, but I did it myself and rest assured, it was pretty bad! 298 people liked me on Facebook back in 2010 and I remember each of them by name. Many of them still comment pretty regularly and I feel like weāve become e-friends since then.
And then there was the pink theme with the cartoon me š
And my first mobile-friendly design with custom hand-drawn typeface logo:
My first truly custom blog design, with the updated logo that Iāve used for years:
This was an updated version of the above, but with a more personal touch on the homepage:
An improved version of the above, with the old membership site:
And this one that weāve had for several years that announced my new books:
I get asked for my blogging tips pretty often, and to be honest, I donāt feel qualified to answer most of the time. My goal when I started blogging was to help other moms provide a natural and healthy lifestyle for their families so they can improve their health and happiness.
Iāve learned a lot over the years about formatting blog posts and using social media, but at the end of the day, my best tip (as corny as it may sound) is to make sure that the focus is always on helping others. If you truly care about your readers, authenticity will show through in your writing and others will be attracted to it.
This is a list of the blogging resources that I use for my site in case they can be helpful to any of you who blog or are thinking of starting a blog (go for it!):
What do you think? Do you like the new design changes? Anything youād do differently or still has bugs that need be fixed?