The New Theme: Or Why E Bows Down To Code Monkeys

CodeMonkey from Dabbled.orgPhew!  When I decided to take on updating Geek’s Dream Girl, I didn’t know what a totally rewarding, yet utterly maddening journey it would be.

As I write this, it’s 3:13 am.  This is the third night in a row that I’ve been up past 3 am working on the site.  My eyeballs are dried out, my brain is fried, and I’d sleep if I could stop the lines of PHP from floating through my brain like the Matrix.

At least tonight I’ll make it to bed before DaveTheGame wakes up for work.

First, let me tell you a bit about why the change happened in the first place.

The Goals

  • Put the business face of GDG forward. Since I’m currently a full-time writer, I needed to be sure that I was promoting my services to newbies to the site.  As it was, the blog was front and center and the services were kind of a side note.
  • Have a theme that’s currently supported. While I loved Justin Tadlock’s Structure theme, we were outgrowing it and it’s no longer being updated or supported.

Pros and “Cons”

Pros

  • StudioPress is amazing.  Not only do they have great themes, they have utterly fantastic tutorial videos and a very active support forum.  Many thanks to SoZo for putting up with my questions!
  • Because of the facts listed above, I was able to do the majority of the work on the site myself rather than spending money (or hounding friends).
  • J and I feel the site retains the vibe of GDG but improves upon the design and layout.  What do you think?

“Cons”

  • I apologize in advance if you hate change, especially if you’re the type of person who thrives on the status quo.   Unfortunately, I’m the type of person who believes there’s always room for improvement, and this change was a long time comin’!
  • There are going to be people who miss having the box on the top right with the Recent Posts, Popular Posts, and Categories.  You’ll be glad to know that the featured boxes on the home page show the most recent 6-9 posts, with thumbnails and excerpts!  You’ll also find your familiar Recent Posts widget in the sidebar of all posts.
  • You’ll notice a few new widgets promoting our services or particular blog posts or features.  Please also notice that all other advertisements are at a bare minimum.  We like it that way and we hope you do, too.

Code Monkeys, I Bow Down To You

I’ve learned a lot in the past couple weeks, mainly that I have no business being a code monkey.  What probably would have taken you four hours of work has taken me many, many sleepless nights.

But in true geek fashion, I pressed on because it was important for me to learn something.

And I have.  I’ve learned a ton about CSS and PHP.  I’ve also learned that if I can afford it, I’m hiring a code monkey next time so my site can get redone in 1/16th of the time while I’m sipping iced tea and planning my Eberron campaign.

What Do You Think?

Poke around the new digs for a while and come back here to let us know what you think.  We’re pretty stoked about the new look, but open to feedback – and bug reports! -  from our dear geeky readers.

About e

Since 2008, E. Foley of Geek’s Dream Girl has been helping geeks from around the world find love. She writes amazing online dating profiles for her fellow geeks and guides them through the perilous waters of the dating scene and out the other side. She's totally proud to report that she's even caused a couple geek weddings! She lives in Maryland with DaveTheGame, her adorable cats, Mr. Peanut & Don Juan, and Titania, Queen of the Cocker Spaniels. (Email e, or follow @geeksdreamgirl on Twitter.)

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