Since Champion of My Heart first published in April 2007, we've done a few redesigns. The most recent one went live today (November 17, 2017). The all new look has more to do with the site working better for users than it does with cosmetic changes. Here's a recap of what's new and why our all new look matters.
The HOME page for Champion of My Heart's all new look now features several sections that give you quicker access to all the most important features of the site:
The main reason I spent the time and did all the work to revamp Champion of My Heart to have an all new look is that more and more site visitors, loyal readers, and fans access the site on a tablet or mobile phone.
In the last week, for example, 55.4% of people who accessed Champion of My Heart did so on a mobile phone.
That means the site needs to look just as good and be just as functional on desktop computers, tablets of all kinds, and mobile phones of all kinds.
And, the new theme I've chosen and the amazing new drag / drop visual editor I'm using to make the site look like this include so-called "responsive design," which simply means that the site recognizes what kind of device you are using and adjusts how you see it accordingly.
Even better, I have ways to preview how everything looks on tablets and mobile phones, and I can manually adjust things to make sure they look good for everyone. It's seriously, seriously neat!
Now that I'm done getting the site revamped, I can turn my attention back to creating all new CONTENT too. I'll be spending time over the coming weeks deciding what amazing new things I want to write about here on the site.
As always, THANK YOU for your interest and engagement. I always tell people that we have a SMALL BUT LOYAL community here at Champion of My Heart. It means the world to me. If you find any glitches, please let me know.
And now, a bonus photo of Clover and Tori. Happy (almost) Thanksgiving to those in the U.S. who celebrate!
I still laugh when I think about how I woke up 2 years ago NOT KNOWING that we’d have another new puppy that day. Despite the challenges of raising 2 young herding dogs at the same time, adopting Tori was a good decision. She and Clover truly behave like soul mates / soul sisters, and she is a good and funny friend to us. Happy Gotcha Day, Miss Tori. We celebrate the day she came home, September 23.
Quick update. On the advice of fellow bloggers, I hired a totally new website hosting company. The guy there was super helpful and moved all 4 of my sites for me. (Thanks, Charles.) I just had to update a few settings here and there, and voila … everything is now living happily on new servers with a new company. The best news? It fixed all the “tech” problems that my old hosting company said were my fault. Continue reading
Super quick post to say that while Champion of My Heart is working fine for all of you, it’s causing me all kinds of stress behind the scenes with some tech issues. Look for a return to our normal posting schedule once the problem is solved. A total redesign of the site is also likely, so if the site is down here and there or looks weird for a while, that’s why. My apologies. I’m getting things fixed as quickly as I can, but at the moment, I’m having a devil of a time saving any new posts or making any edits to the site that take longer than a few minutes. Continue reading