We’re Experiencing Technical Awesomeness

Avatar Evan | August 13, 2013 8 Views 0 Likes 0 Ratings

Hey guys, Evan’s back! I recently noticed that I’ve been lacking a bit on my technical duties around the website and thought it was about time for some technical upgrades. Hopefully the changes will make reading, searching, sharing, etc, a more pleasant experience. Being the observant reader you are I’m sure you’ve notices some of them already…

Old way to share share:

We're Experiencing Technical Awesomeness

New way to share (and yes, I did pick the most popular of our posts to screenshot hehe):

We're Experiencing Technical Awesomeness

We’ve long been annoyed about how our search performs. Honestly we’ve gone to Google search before using our own search. NO MORE! I’ve upgraded the search algorithms and settings and now they work great. Go ahead, try it. Wait, wait, then come back here, I still got more cool things coming!

Having our archives in a little drop down box is not that exciting…

We're Experiencing Technical Awesomeness

But having it in picture form all pretty like is hopefully much more enjoyable…

We're Experiencing Technical Awesomeness

Hopefully that little upgrade will make going back and finding your favorite post much easier and enjoyable! We’ve also moved the access to the archive from the sidebar where it was hidden to the top menu where we can show it off with pride ^_^. Also that smiley face I really like (^_^) looks like he has a mole when you put a period after it hehe.

We’re also trying out a feature that shows up at the end of each post and suggests others you might like. Seeing this makes Katelyn realize she needs to work on making her titles shorter… haha!

We're Experiencing Technical Awesomeness

Katelyn also worked her coding magic to make our comments look prettier! The nice light teal is so much easier on the eyes than the default yellow/tan yeckhhh!

We're Experiencing Technical Awesomeness

And Katelyn gave us a new picture on the top of the sidebar from our L.O.V.E. post yesterday. Still obsessing over how cool the finished product is!

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I also did some more technical upgrades that are totally boring. Upgrading the behind the scenes framework and automating our sitemap submissions, etc aren’t flashy. But hopefully it will drive some more traffic here which would be good news for everyone. Growing our little community will encourage more comments and more posts from us! We for sure aren’t going to stop here though so expect more little surprises as things go on! Thanks for sticking with us as we figure this all out!


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  1. Yvonne @ Sunnyside Up-Stairs

    August 13, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    I love the photo archives! Fantastic idea and implementation. I was planning to add photos to a calendar of upcoming posts, but I am puttering with old school HTML, technical grandma that I am. One of your posts went viral on Pinterest! =D I guess I’m at the right place, but I already knew that. :)

  2. Katelyn Shibley

    August 14, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Thanks! All credit for the photo archives goes to Evan, he’s the WordPress guru around here *bows.* Your photo calendar idea sounds great, I hope it all comes together! You’re on blogspot right? Ever consider switching to Wordpess?

    Ahhhh and yes it’s so crazy, House Buying For Noobs is getting pinned left and right!! Eeeeeeeeep!!

    • Yvonne @ Sunnyside Up-Stairs

      August 15, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      I’ve read about WordPress vs. Blogspot just recently. I think the plan is that we’d keep our casual blog on Blogspot (which is my fun-house) and a “tiny-business” one on WordPress (which is my husband’s coding playground). :)

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