Welcome to My New Website!
For the last year I’ve been wanting to redesign my website. To create a website that felt more “me” – more streamlined, more visual, more minimalist. And let’s be honest, it’s amazing how much you learn about website design, architecture, coding, SEO and techie stuff after three years of having a home on the internet. Stuff you wished you’d known at the beginning. But stuff that let’s be honest, no one knows when they’re first starting out.
For the last year my website redesign always got pushed off. Truth be told, it was probably a subconscious effort to thwart it on my part, because website redesigns are MASSIVE undertakings. So there were always new recipes to make, new videos to shoot and new social media to post. Yep, procrastination central.
But three months ago I hunkered down and finally started the process. I had a pretty solid vision of what I wanted – visually and functionally – and I’m thrilled to now show you what’s been mulling around in my brain for the last year.
The first thing you’ve likely noticed is that the homepage images are larger and “pop” more. That’s because I removed much of the accent color (green and teal) from the old site. The food on Downshiftology is vibrant enough itself, so I thought, why not let that shine?
I also wanted the ability to feature videos. I’m doing so (so so) many videos now, both recipe videos and lifestyle videos that I wanted to highlight them. So now, they’re not only embedded in posts or on my YouTube Channel, but I can feature seasonal videos on my homepage at any point in time. Awesome, right?
But a feature you guys have been asking for – nutrition information – is also now live! You’ll notice this at the bottom of recipe posts. Though disclaimer: please note that I have to manually enter each one and with 200+ recipes on my website, it will still take me another month to update all old recipes. But new recipes will include their nutritional profile.
There are so many more features (hello easy search and recipe filtering), that I thought it would make more sense to walk you through it in a video.
Watch this quick video on my website redesign:
In three years this community has grown immensely and I already have ideas for ways to build more community. I included the hashtag #Downshiftology section on this website redesign because back in January I mentioned my goal to build more community. And this was one step forward.
Because Downshiftology isn’t just about my recipes or posts, but where you all can be inspired by one another.
After my recent Instagram story, where I opened up about some hormonal challenges, I was flooded with direct messages and emails of support. You guys, I was blown away. I literally spent two full days doing nothing but responding to everyone. And it highlighted just how supportive, kind and compassionate this community is. In short, I think you could all benefit from each other, as much as you benefit from me.
I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to make that larger community a reality yet, but I think a private Facebook group may be happening in the near future. One where I’m more easily accessible and where the collective wisdom of the Downshiftology community is free and available to everyone. Stay tuned.
I hope you like Downshiftology 2.0. She will continue to morph and grow and evolve as I do. But all of this wouldn’t be possible without your support. So again, thank you for making my recipes. Thank you for sharing them. Thank you for commenting, rating and providing feedback. Thank you for reading my posts. And just thank you for being the awesome, lovely people that you are. Much love.