Hoping you’ve had a great Holiday season and wishing you a very Happy New Year!
I’ve been enjoying somewhat of a vacation since about, oh, December 16, but I’ve slowly been revving things up on the back end.
Take this post for example. If you’re reading it on the site you already know what I mean, but if you’re seeing these words elsewhere (your email, Facebook, etc.) please head on over and have a look!
A major facelift!
First off I’ve actually changed the address of the site–
If you link to me from your own website I’d really appreciate it if you’d updated your link to https://warrenwilliam.com
–No more hypen! Oh, that had been bugging me for some time.
If you’re a subscriber you’re all set. That info remains the same.
The domain name WarrenWilliam.com was already taken when I originally launched this site in 2007 so I settled on Warren-William.com with the hyphen separating Warren’s name. About a year ago, maybe even a little longer, I noticed this new hyphenless domain became available and I snatched it up. Since then I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to switch over to the new name.
This is a WordPress site that until today had run on a free theme. It’s now running on a theme called U-Design created by the same author as the Qualifire theme that I use on Immortal Ephemera. Actually I gave U-Design a test run recently when I put it to use on my Magazine Collecting website. Loved it. Bought a second copy for here.
WordPress recently had a major update and so the time seemed right to implement all of my desired changes at once. I’ve been putting in almost all of my online hours on this since before Christmas and I don’t think I broke anything!
(Of course, I probably should have been working on new Lone Wolf articles, but again normal work resumes right about now!)
The major difference between the new site design and the old is an overall cleaner look to every page on the site. It should be easier to read.
I’ve also implemented a more standard home page and the blog page now displays excerpts rather than the entire posts. This should make it easier for you to get around from article to article.
I’ve revamped the Shopping page and I think it’s now a pretty valuable resource as a Warren William Shopping Guide.
Along with the Shopping Guide there are more ads, but I’ve tried to make them extremely targeted to each specific article on the site. All affiliate ads point to either Amazon or eBay and are filtered to show items I search for myself. Like the other changes I think they’re an overall benefit to the site.
There are other changes as well, but nothing that should really jump out beyond the appearance. For example, I’ve simplified the URL structure for all pages and instituted some 301 redirects that scared the heck out of me, but apparently haven’t broken anything (yet?).
Otherwise all content is the same, just better presented. Hope you like it!
Back to catching up on a million little things here but once more, a Happy New Year to you!
kate gabrielle says
Congratulations on finally getting warrenwilliam.com!!! 😀 Sayonara hyphen! lol! ;D
Thanks Kate! If I recall correctly you had a similar Dirk Bogarde experience, so I’m pretty sure you understand just how momentous a move this is (for me–I’d imagine readers could care less on the whole!).
Looks great, Cliff — clean and easy to navigate. Your efforts paid off!
Thanks, Becky! I really fell in love with this theme using it on the other site. Top notch support too.
John Stangeland says
Happy New Year, Cliff! The updated site looks great, and I’m looking forward to more posts this year! Let’s make 2012 the year of Warren William!
Thanks, John! I’ll be busy with the Lone Wolf the next couple of weeks, got to just finish them at this point! Then hopefully I can hit a few that are overdue, maybe some of Warren’s bigger pictures.