About a year and a half ago, I decided to reboot my blog. Today I’m announcing the redesign of my website. Hurray!
Rebeccabrightly.com lived under the name Dance World Takeover for about eight years. Now I’m just writing as me, Rebecca Brightly. Since the thrust of my work is in the same direction, I’ve kept many of the same design elements. I still write about movement and fitness, the social issues around them, and the communities that encompass those disciplines.
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On Friday, after a 10-day work sprint of installing new software, updating content, and writing 214 lines of custom CSS, I finally relaunched the site. It took 23.5 hours in total (not including the initial time I spent reorganizing my content and designing the new site on paper).
My website has run on WordPress since 2009, with various themes from Thesis to Pagelines. I switched over to Genesis for this redesign because they’ve been around with consistent support for nearly a decade. WordPress themes and other software frequently get abandoned. To get the functionality I need, I’ve installed 15 additional pieces of software on top of WordPress. I’d rather choose software that will be maintained long-term so that it doesn’t introduce security vulnerabilities, become unusable, or even bring my site down at some point in the future.
Speaking of security, I’ve finally installed SSL (the thing that makes your website say HTTPS at the top). Thanks to my partner Paul for helping me figure that out.
I got a new font! Bye-bye Palatino, hello Noto Serif. Still got good old Oswald for all my headers. I hope they look nice together–I spent a couple of hours on typ.io looking at font pairings. (That time is also not included in my 23.5-hour redesign sprint.)
Other changes: I ditched the blue but kept the orange, added more white space, added a new home page, and changed the look of my buttons and nav menus. Otherwise, the website looks pretty similar.
I even kept one design element from the very first website I coded 14 years ago (in pure html!): the star. Every iteration of this website has included it, although I think this is the first time I’ve mentioned it.
And on each page, my old tag line (can you find it?). Because metaphorically, it’s still quite relevant.