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Introducing the All New Look for Champion of My Heart

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.

All New Look - Easier Access to the Most Important Content

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:

  • Links to order the book (print copies or e-book versions) -- Heart Dog Surviving the Loss of Your Canine Soul Mate, including how to get an autographed copy or order books in bulk at a 50% discount
  • Links to the online store, which features all of our SUPER CUTE t-shirts (and more) for dog lovers -- just in time for the gift-giving holidays
  • Much more obvious link to become a subscriber
  • Quick view into summaries of our most recent posts as well as a new "blog" page that opens the portal to the entire 10+ years of blog posts (seriously, nearly 1,600 pages of content)
  • Much more obvious access into the spot where you can download the entire Canine Relaxation Protocol (You can still download individual MP3 files for each day, but I also bundled them into a single zipped folder so that you can download them all at once now.)
  • BRAND NEW section that includes links to all the most important posts I wrote about our TERRIBLE experiences with a deadly severe adverse vaccine reaction in our original canine heroine, Lilly
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Why the All New Look Matters

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!

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What's Next?

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!

cute dog photo for all new look announcement post

Victory! Thank Goodness for GOOD Tech People

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

Tech Issues Keeping Champion of My Heart on Hold

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

Dog Tribute Jewelry Time is a Gift

Quick reminder that the little online dog memorial or tribute jewelry party we’re hosting ends next Friday, July 14. Originally, I was thinking only about¬†creating something treasured to wear after you’ve lost a dog, but look at these amazing bracelets I ordered as a visual reminder of our love and teamwork as I retool agility practice and training — both for me and Clover. Why not create dog tribute jewelry for the amazing dogs currently at our sides? [Don’t miss cute birthday photo of Tori below!]

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