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My blog’s Mini Makeover

 

What do you think of the new header?

All feedback is welcome, as I’m not sure it’ll stay this way. I’ve wanted a change for a while, but it’s been on the back burner so I could focus on what’s more important: the actual blog content. (I’m still looking into hiring a real web designer—goodness knows I am not one! Unfortunately, I fell in love with the work of a designer who’s gone on indefinite maternity leave.)

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If you’re reading this post through email or Google Reader, click on either the image or the blue link above to see how it actually looks on the website.

Other things on which I’ve been working:

healthy butterfinger bars

Healthy Butterfingers!

healthy granola bars

Chocolate-chip granola bars.

chocolate pixies

Chocolate Pixies.

vegan vita muffins

Chocolate Vita-Muffin Tops.

(Photos above are mostly un-edited, and recipes are either going in the cookbook or I will publish them soon.)

Question of the Day:

I really do want to know your opinions on the header. And if you have any other requests for a future redesign, feel free to leave those as well. A few people have asked for a “print it” button… would that be something you’d like to see?

Side note: If you’re interested, click here to see: the old blog header.

 

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Published on October 10, 2012

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  1. Amelia says

    I like the pink header… it’s cute.

    In general, I tend to like headers that are theme-related and artsy such as those on Averiecooks or Ohsheglows. The little trademarks like the silverware/plate or leaves/veggies help with the focus (food/wellness/nature) and add a special touch.

    Just some thoughts. 🙂

    P.S. Healthy butterfinger sounds delicious. Next recipe?!

    • Maria Carolina Rueda says

      I completely agree with the theme-related artsy header. I also love clean and fresh layouts like Peachy Palates. The blue background is…not my fave either. But you’ve got such great content that I really disregard the layout much of the time.

  2. Ali @ Peaches and Football says

    It’s cute – but I think there needs to be something chocolate in there. Maybe you holding a piece of chocolate cake or something 🙂

    Can’t wait for the butterfinger recipe, all the unhealthy halloween candy is quickly weakening my resolve!!

    • Carrie says

      Her holding a plate of chocolate cake with the fork in her mouth like she just took a bite, looking cute with a little smile.. I would go well with the theme of the blog, looking like you’re eating naughty, but you know it’s really not, hence the mischievous smile.

      And I would love that butterfinger recipe as well.

  3. L says

    Katie, you look STUNNING!

    I liked the old header, but the new one looks more professional. But I agree with you that blog content should come first. Really I would read your blog even with no header! Also, did you dye your hair? It looks really blonde. Beautiful!

  4. Jacque Foster says

    I think you are blending too much into the white background now that your hair is lighter, and with lighter-colored clothes on. You don’t stand out enough, and you should because you’re adorable. Also the “CCK” type is a little bland…perhaps a cookie dotting the “i”? Maybe it should change out often?
    YES, PLEASE to the print button! I have to cut and paste each recipe into a PAGES file in order to print b/c my computer is in another room from my kitchen. I’d love that quick-fix!
    I’d also love to see your site have more options on your drop-down under “recipes” such as “Meals” “Cookies” “Cakes” “Pankcakes” etc. vs just the three options.
    I hope this helps!

    • Lisa-PanaMOM says

      I agree that you are fading into the blog too much in the new header, but it doesn’t really matter too much to me! I’m here for the food!

      And, I also would LOVE a print it button!!

  5. Kylie says

    It seems much cleaner than the last header. The purple background of the last one, while matching to the website, took away from it. It honestly took me a few weeks to even realize that was a picture of chocolate in the old one. It seemed to busy. I like that this one is more clean cut, but it would be nice to see a “logo” of sorts. Even just a little doodle of a chocolate bar or something similar would be nice. I agree with the previous poster that a little theme related is nice, without going overboard. There are a lot of designers on Etsy that could design just a banner for you if you didn’t want to take the full web design plunge yet. And, don’t take this in the wrong way, but I think your picture to the side is the best place for a photo. The banner seems like it should have a simple little chocolate design, keeping it clean, noticeable and theme related.

      • Kylie says

        Oh, yes! Sorry about that. I think the picture is definitely nice, and it doesn’t intrude on the banner at all. It just seems like an odd placement when there is another photo a few inches away in the “About Me” spot. Thanks for that!

    • Alanna says

      Oh, and I don’t care either way about the print button if it’s troublesome… I’ve been bookmarking the recipe pages and just accessing via my “mobile cookbook” (iPad) to save paper. 🙂

  6. Kylie says

    And, on a side note, I do like the banner picture more than the current picture. Maybe you could update the side photo with the new banner photo. 🙂

  7. Katy says

    I think you are super-pretty but I don’t love it. I’m not sure why…I feel like it looks kinda infomerical-ish. Like you should have a 24 piece set of Tupperware in your hands or something.

  8. Jerica says

    I love the new pic as well as the type, but I am not overly-fond of all the white space. It needs a little something. I think removing the sub-head was a good thing, as your blog isn’t always about desserts. I do like the “feel” of it though. I am really glad to know that your attention remains on content first 🙂 I love your blog!

  9. Lindsey says

    Your new header looks great, but I agree that eventually it would be great to put some chocolate back into it somehow. Something that makes people drool and catches their eye no matter what page their on. Every time I go to this recipe blog, I’m totally drawn in by the delicious looking molten cake in the header: http://mariahealth.blogspot.com/

  10. Kris says

    I like the font of the new header…maybe it could use a little bit of a shadow underneath or something to make it pop a little more? The white space is kind of big, but maybe I’m just not used to it yet. The picture looks really nice.

  11. Lise says

    I love the new header, Katie. It looks good. And a “print it” option would be fabulous! I can hardly wait for the pumpkin “pie” recipe. Thanks for all your work on these recipes. I have tried a number of them, and so far, they’re all keepers.

  12. Cori says

    Honestly, I know this is not what you asked, but I could care less about the look of the website, as long as it has pictures of yummy healthy recipes, you can have it look however your heart desires. I can not wait for the butterfingers and crust less pumpkin pie…..so I really hope they end up on the blog!!!!and soon!! : )

  13. carole says

    LOVE the new font; i think it’s a little cleaner and easier to read, and super cute – like you!!
    I thought the previous background, while I loved the dark blue, was a little confusing (couldn’t quite tell that it was chocolate at first). The new white background is a little plain, though, so I would add the blue back in , but like Jacque said, make the “i” dotted with a cookie – cute idea!!
    And YES to the PRINT button!
    We love you, Katie!!!!! Doesn’t matter what the header is!!!

  14. Lily says

    Hi, Katie! So excited to see those new recipes, and can’t wait to buy your cookbook! I like your new header much better than the old one, but there are a lot of things you can do to make it more “you.” I do some graphic design work on the side and would be happy to help you out, free of charge. (I do it because I love it, not to make money.) Let me know if you’re interested!

  15. Jamie H says

    LOVE the simplicity of your new header. I agree, it needs chocolate. What about changing your first “O” into a piece of chocolate cake or a cupcake?
    I think you should add your tag line back in in small print in the lower left corner. Just my opinion 🙂

  16. Diane Pierce says

    I agree with Jacque, your picture looks a little bland and doesn’t do you justice. And there is something in the middle of the first “C” that looks funny to me. Not sure if it is your arm, a chair, or what. Sorry if I am seeing things that others are not. Can’t wait for the cookbook to come out. Can we preorder?

  17. Nathalie says

    I work for a web design company. Actually, one of the biggest, most well known and reputable companies in Ottawa, Canada and we’re #1 in the google search. My hubby owns the company 🙂 It’s been around for almost 14 yrs now. I’ve seen good and bad sites based on what the clients wanted and their personal tastes. I personally feel there’s too much white. The Pink is fabulous, but the white is distracting and takes away from the feel of it. It also fades and washes your picture out way too much. You’re wearing pale colors and your hair is not as dark as it used to be either which makes the white a bad choice. You should also keep “the healthy dessert blog” so if someone stumbles upon your site, they know what your site is about. Chocolate-Covered Katie doesn’t say what you’re blogging about 🙂 I’m more than happy to send you my companies info so you can check out our portfolio section to see some of the great sites we’ve done if you’d like.

  18. Jenny D says

    I like the idea of a cleaner header, but i do agree that it needs something in the background…..just seems to be missing something.

    I use your mint chocolate cupcake recipe all the time but bake them as muffin tops and they remind me of the mint chocolate Vita-tops. I freeze them then give them to my daughters as a breakfast muffin for a change. (I add protein powder to the mix) I figure they are no worse than the pancakes or waffles they want for breakfast and they are super easy, just warm and serve!

  19. Cindy Whitsett says

    Katie,

    You are such a cutie. I love your blog! Thanks for helping make our lives healthier.

    I do like the new header. It’s much less busy. However, I do think it should involve food or chocolate in some fashion. I’m not saying you have to be goofy with it and actually be covered in chocolate, but perhaps you holding one of your glorious creations would be a good addition.

    YOU do whatever you want. I’ll keep following and attempting the recipes that look so good (can’t wait for the crustless pumpkin pie!).

  20. jenna says

    I honestly do not like the new header-it is boring and I liked the fact that your old one had more color, and included chocolate!!

  21. Erika says

    Can’t wait for the pumpkin pie and butterfinger recipes! My mouth is watering just looking at the photos.

    I like the text/font and color but I personally would either do away with your photo and add a different graphic or add some type of background. I like that it looks clean and simple though.

  22. Karen says

    Not a fan. I love you site. I reference it twice a day. I dont like pink, I think it makes things look cheap. I think the banner behind CCK should be a beautiful photo of some of the normal ingredients (dates, nuts, cocoa powder, etc.). Definitely include in the title the think about healthy blog. I just think the thing that makes you cooking different is the ingredients, that’s why I like the idea of the photo banner.

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