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Chocolate-Covered Katie–BRAND NEW Site Design!

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Can you tell I am seriously excited?????????!!!!!!!!!

Feel free to click around and check out the new recipe pages.

I hope you love it as much as I do!!!!

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 Now you can print, pin images just by clicking on them, and you can rate recipes too!

The look and feel of the site are hopefully much more professional, with an updated header and sidebar, as well as space for bigger pictures of the recipes. Translation: larger-than-life chocolate desserts. That is never a bad thing, right?

Please feel free to let me know what you think or if there are changes you still wish to see, as the site is still a work in progress.

Published on September 1, 2015

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  1. Raquel says

    How were you able to make these delicious recipes look even better….? 🙂
    Congratulations! It’s so clean and elegant, really lovely 🙂

  2. Steph says

    Beautiful revamp, Katie! I like it. It does often seem kind of hard to get used to “new,” but I’m looking forward to exploring it as it’s set up now. Margaret’s question about the “Single Serving” category was a good one. I, too, refer to it frequently, but when I typed “single serving” into the search feature, they came up with all their pictorial glory. 🙂 So happy for your success, Katie. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  3. Amanda says

    Love the new site, congrats! Just one suggestion: The top navigation (About, Recipes, FAQ) shows up really tiny & in a faint grey in Safari on my MacBook Air.

    • Els says

      Yes I would love if the recipes within the categories are also changed back to their normal layout, so you can have a better overview of the recipes. Right now you have to scroll the recipes one by one starting with the most recent ones and I’m sure that your older recipes deserve as much attention. Now I just get tired of scrolling when I’m just looking (not searching) for something new to try.
      Keep up the good work!
      Els

    • Phil Wilson says

      Hi Katie, I have tried to subscribe to your email offer and see that the feedburner connection keeps failing. Not sure why? Please advise. Thanks! Phil

      • Jason Sanford says

        Hi! What error message are you getting, and when was the most recent time you tried to sign up?
        Sorry for the trouble!
        Jason (media relations)

  4. ErikaMC says

    I really like the clean, fresh and professional look of the new site. One thing I don’t really like is having to click on the most current post to have to read it, but that’s just a minor preference of mine. Congrats on all your hard work!

  5. Anna says

    Hi Katie! The site looks great! My only complaint is that now when you go into the recipe section, then click on say the “brownies and baked good” you have to scroll through each one so you can’t see a bunch at once, and it takes much longer… I just don’t always have lots of time when I want to make something quick, I hope this isn’t rude or anything! 🙂

  6. Theresa says

    The site looks great! However, I’m unable to find the search bar to search for specific recipes. Also, is there a way to include nutrition info. on the same page as the recipe?

    • Alanna says

      Looks like the search is on the far right sidebar, but you have to scroll down a little ways (not at the top anymore). I think the consensus on nutritional info was to keep it on a separate page since there were many against having it at all because there are some who’ve struggled with eating disorders and thought it would be bad to have that information front and center. It’s also not an exact science here since a lot of the recipes are chose-your-own-adventure as far as ingredients go (almond/soy/coconut milk, stevia/sugar, etc.). (c:

      • Theresa says

        I hadn’t thought of that with the nutrition info. Makes perfect sense, thanks for the reply. I’m still unable to see the search bar on my iPhone. I’ll keep looking.

  7. Margaret Snyder says

    Katie, I love your web site. I just have a question for you. What do you mean by “uncut stevia”? I have just started with your web site and can’t wait to try some of these recipes. I have several in my family that are gluten free, and these recipes will be great for them. Many Thanks!

  8. Terri Cole says

    The new design is lovely, very clean and it loads quickly. I do find it disconcerting to see an ad for sausage, egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches on a vegan blog.

  9. Alanna says

    The new site looks great, Katie! I haven’t had nearly enough time to test new recipes and post lately, but I still follow along and recommend this blog to others! Recently introduced my dad and stepmom to your cashew-based ice cream recipe since they just got a VitaMix. 🙂

  10. Monica says

    YAY!!! i am very excited that one of my favorite food blogs is getting even better, how lucky are we?! every recipe i make turns out amazing, and i LOVE your cookbook! (btw i made your pineapple fantasy pie last week, and OMG. it is so good!)

    could i please make 2 suggestions for the future? do you think you could create “no bake” and “single serving” recipe categories? that would be awesome! thank you for everything you do!

  11. Karen says

    Your new design really does look more professional and I can already tell that it is a lot faster! However, I was browsing the recipe section and I noticed that now when you click on a category, you now have to scroll through the beginnings of the posts for each recipe in the category until you find the one you want. I know that this is a common format on blogs, but I personally preferred when it showed the recipes as thumbnails. Of course its not a big deal, but it’s just a suggestion.

  12. Anon says

    Thanks for all your hard work on the revamp (to the company helping you as well)! I appreciate the faster load times, the new rating system, and that it’s now mobile friendly.

    As for glitches, I checked it out on both my phone and desktop and noticed that there are a couple of glitches in the mobile version. I’m on an Android phone, not iPhone, so I don’t know if that’s the problem, but I looked at it from two different mobile browsers and noticed that the search bar is missing (looked at the same spot where it is on the desktop version and it’s not there). Would it be possible to add a search option to the recipes section or the navigation bar or both to make it easier to get to on a mobile device? The entire sidebar shows up below comments on a mobile device, so recipes with lots of comments would take forever to scroll down through to get to the search bar anyways (and now the user pics are huge on mobile adding to the space taken). One more thing on the mobile device is that when long clicking the banner, there should be an option for links, but there are only image options (i.e., can’t open link in new tab, but could download the image, which I wouldn’t want to do).

    Also, I’m still hoping for a list version of all recipes… maybe a new category where you can look at all recipes in a list format rather than with images and descriptions to make things easier to find rather than having to scroll page by page a few recipes at a time to try to find what I’m looking for. It’s still cumbersome typing in a search and seeing a bunch of recipes that mention an ingredient in the blog portion but aren’t actually in the recipe (i.e., if you search for “pineapple” all flavors of dole whip come up even though only one has pineapple). I know some people are more visual and like having the pics (heck, sometimes if I’m just browsing for no reason, I like to see the list with the thumbnails, too), but not when I’m searching for something specific. So, I’m not advocating eliminating the thumbnails with the recipe list, just another option to see a list format.

    Thanks again for all your hard work! I love your recipes. 🙂

      • Anon says

        I wasn’t saying that I wanted there to only be a list format of the recipes because sometimes I like browsing and seeing the thumbnails, but I thought I’d throw that out there in case it was not too much work to add. But I totally understand that the consensus seems to be that everyone likes the old format.

        I did run into a couple of more glitches from my mobile browser, though. I like to download the recipes into a recipe app so that I can scale the recipes at the push of a button and make modifications and/or notes and now the mobile version is not compatible with downloading the recipe. The newer recipes used to download to the app because there was a box around the recipe portion. But now there’s no box, so the only thing that imports is the title and the link to the website. Everything else has to be typed in. And when I tried to force a desktop view, it stayed as the mobile view. 🙁

        Oh, and can I ask a random question… what is the very first blog post/recipe that you have on the site? If you don’t mind saying, lol.

  13. George says

    Hi
    Love your blog and the way you present food….LOVE! Im 72 band I cook for my wife who goes to WW and has to keep eating healthy, so im always on the look-out for good recipes you rock!

  14. Daphne says

    Generally I really like the new design, it’s very sleek; congratulations on the increased traffic, you absolutely deserve it. I was wondering though what you thought about moving the search bar back to the top of the sidebar; I know where it is, I just personally find it annoying to have to scroll down so far to use it. Also is there a way to disable the “Like me on Facebook” header without having to X it out every time I go to a new page? I already Liked you and I find it clutters the otherwise streamlined design.

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      Hmmm… did you X it out and it came back? It should be so that once you x it out, it never comes back when you open a new page. Please do let me know if that’s not the case… I might just get rid of the feature altogether if I can’t get it to work properly.

  15. Harriet says

    It looks great! My only suggestion is to have a way to get your recipes in thumbnails with just a small picture like you used to, so you can look through really quickly rather than scrolling.

    -Harriet 🙂

  16. Liz says

    Love the design with one complaint – there’s no search option on the mobile site 🙁 Not even at the bottom like some people have suggested. This is really inconvenient when I know what recipe I want and don’t have time to get out my laptop to search for it!

  17. Randi says

    Congrats Katie! I have loved watching your site grow and change- and I love the cookbook. I think I spent all of February making dishes from it lol. I’ve been meaning to tell you that my daughters have been using it to learn how to bake, and for that I am so grateful. Much love!

  18. sara says

    I’m using firefox on a windows 8 samsung and the “chocolate covered katie” heading in the grey bar at the top is quite far to the left, instead of being centered over the left part of the page, not like you have a photo of how it shows for you on your mac. looks great though, much more professional. just maybe a tweak needed as looks like something has gone wrong. also the “about, recipes, faq” links at the top right are very small – their font smaller than what I’m typing right now.

  19. Shani says

    Hi Katie!
    The new site looks great, I like that the colours now tie in with your cookbook (which is awesome btw!) 😀
    One suggestion – the button that takes you to read the whole blog entry from the first page is currently called ‘get recipe’ but you actually do quite a few posts that don’t have a recipe (like this one). I got a little confused at first because I assumed ‘get recipe’ would take me to a printable version of the recipe rather than the blog entry, but maybe that’s just me 😛 Anyways, just something to consider, maybe changing that button to be something like ‘keep reading’ or ‘see more’ 🙂

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      Really good point. Right now I’m working through some ideas to get rid of the buttons altogether. Might just do that in the end. I really wish I knew more about design so I could play around with the site and see what looks best!

  20. Regina says

    I love this site and have made many of the items. There is one irritation I have and that’s the inconsistency of # of servings for the recipes. Sometimes there are no easily visible numbers of servings and others the nutrition facts identify the number of grams in a serving. That’s great, but, really, who uses grams in the U.S.? Standard recipe protocol is to identify the number of servings that support the calorie/nutrition content. Thanks for listening. Keep the great recipes coming!

  21. Julie says

    Hi Katie!
    As a long time follower, I just had to comment on your new look. The site looks amazing and I look forward to seeing more delicious recipes. My personal favs are anything oatmeal related. I am an oatmeal and cocoa fiend. Best combination in my humble opinion. ^_^

  22. gee says

    Hello! I’m very happy that you finally got to publish the new design of your blog, which I like and never stop to like – it’s just that this new design makes it look a bit anonimous? I mean, maybe it’s just what people call “more professional” lol, but when today I entered your site I had the impression of being in a “generic” site, while your previous layout was… more custom? Anyway, I understand that traffic speed and user experience are very important as well, so I won’t say it was an error or anything to change the desing… just wanted to share my first impressions 🙂 congrats on the exponential growth of the site!
    PS: am I the only one who find the FB thing at the top of the screen very annoying? 😀

  23. Savannah R says

    It’s helpful for me to see the dates on the recipes from when you posted them. Could you add the dates back into the page displays for posts? Right at the top right where they were before would be awesome.
    Also, I love the new print options for recipes! So helpful for when I need to quickly save recipes on my computer before going a long time without internet access to load the webpages.

  24. haylt says

    I absolutely love your blog, I’ve made almost half of the recipes on it.. However, I hate this new site. I can’t search from my phone like I used to be able to (which I loved), and now all of your recipes are showing up individually. I went into oatmeal (I even tried searching “oatmeal”) and it only shows one recipe at a time. This is happening from both my phone and my computer. It’s beautiful, just very frustrating.

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