Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Site Makeover

CIRCLE-ICON-DW-0127145DW got a little makeover this week and I hope you like it as much as I do. It’s mostly cosmetic tweaks to the desktop version, which you can see if you clear your cache, like new font style, size, and color, but there are a couple usability changes I wanted to point out (again, mostly to the desktop version of the site). First, the social share icons are now on the right side of the header menu; you can click on any of the icons to follow DW on Facebook, instagram, etc. In addition to a search bar in the sidebar that you can use to search the archives, there’s now a search bar specifically for the forums, too, making it much easier to track down past forum discussions. I’ve updated the collection of most popular posts and added that tab to the header menu, which you can peruse at your leisure. And finally, if you’re reading the site on your phone and are interested in exploring the archives, you can do so more easily now by clicking the menu icon in the right corner (it looks like three horizontal lines) and clicking “archives,” where you’ll find every post published on the site in alphabetical order.

If you aren’t familiar with how website design works, it might surprise you what hiring someone to make these kinds of changes costs (or the hours of work involved, even for a professional), but thanks to your diligence in shopping through my Amazon affiliate link (handily found in the sidebar!), there was exactly enough commission made on your purchases last month, almost to the exact dollar, to pay for this little makeover. As always, your support is so appreciated — thank you, and I hope the site is cleaner-looking and more enjoyable for you to read!

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    qhltafkg@sharklasers.com February 2, 2016, 12:19 pm

    Love the updated search features, but am being driven crazy by the new font, its serifs and the fact that the header font is different.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy February 2, 2016, 12:23 pm

      The font in the header didn’t change, and it’s always been different than the font in the body of the site.

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        qhltafkg@sharklasers.com February 4, 2016, 11:21 am

        yes, i meant the fact that header font is different from the content font, not that the header font has changed. i guess it’s always bugged me.

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      • Dear Wendy

        Dear Wendy February 4, 2016, 11:56 am

        Fair enough. I like it so I’m keeping it though!

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    wobster109 February 2, 2016, 12:57 pm

    It’s lovely. I’m afraid the light blue links are a bit hard to read though.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy February 2, 2016, 1:02 pm

      They’re purple, actually. Clear you cache and you should see the updates.

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  • Dear Wendy

    Dear Wendy February 2, 2016, 1:03 pm

    Just edited the message above to include: clear your cache to see the changes!

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    • honeybeenicki

      honeybeenicki February 2, 2016, 1:10 pm

      Much better! I like it 🙂 I was struggling with the light blue/teal links but now they’re purple.

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  • othy

    othy February 2, 2016, 1:16 pm

    I’m digging the purple links and the new font. Also, thanks for the pillow recommend, because I totally bought two of them through your affiliate link. I like to think my pillows made the purple possible (but only because I love alliteration).

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray February 2, 2016, 1:21 pm

    So what you’re saying is, it’s easier to search for Addie Pray stuff, if one were so inclined?

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    Anonymousse February 2, 2016, 2:30 pm

    Wendy, if I bookmark your affiliate link, do you still get the commission? I know I am on DW always, but I often forget to go through your affiliate when I’m just mindlessly shopping.

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      Dear Wendy February 2, 2016, 3:45 pm

      Unfortunately, bookmarking the affiliate link isn’t permitted and won’t result in commission for me. Of course, I do understand forgetting to actively go through my link, and appreciate the extra effort it take not only to click through it but to remember in the first place! Even if you remember 30% of the time, that’s better than nothing!

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      • Skyblossom

        Skyblossom February 3, 2016, 12:06 pm

        There is no Amazon affiliate link on my desktop. There is a heading that says Amazon Affiliate Link but there is no link.

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        Dear Wendy February 3, 2016, 12:51 pm

        Click the widget. Does it not take you to Amazon? Let me know if it doesn’t!

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        SpaceySteph February 3, 2016, 1:13 pm

        skyblossom, it may be blocked. On my work computer, the amazon affiliate widget is blocked as an ad but I can see it on my phone and home computer. We have a very aggressive firewall here.

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      • Skyblossom

        Skyblossom February 3, 2016, 1:29 pm

        It is probably blocked because I blocked the ads that pop up and play videos because they kept locking up my page. There is no widget visible on my page just a heading that says Amazon Affiliate Link. My husband and son run a pretty strong firewall also so it may be either of those.

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    d2 February 2, 2016, 8:15 pm

    The purple color for the links was a nice choice. Because the DW logo is purple and the text in the header is purple, it visually ties everything together for a nice unified theme.

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      Dear Wendy February 3, 2016, 8:34 am

      Thanks!

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      SpaceySteph February 3, 2016, 9:29 am

      Weren’t they purple before they were blue? Have I lost my mind?

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      • Dear Wendy

        Dear Wendy February 3, 2016, 9:49 am

        They were purple before. They were changed to blue for a few days, by accident, and now they’re back to the purple they’ve been for years. I was sort of surprised people are commenting on the color like it’s new, but hey, if people are happy, then I’m happy!

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray February 3, 2016, 12:34 pm

        I thought the same thing, that I had lost my mind because they looked the same! But sometimes I’m not very observant so I figured it was me.

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