If you’ve been reading my blog lately then you probably noticed the design’s change this week.
I’ve been changing and moving my design for the last few months because I want it to be simple and easy to read, but at the same time, to focus on some extra things (relevant articles, opt in box and Social Media).
The last time I did a completely makeover on my site was on December, and it happened because I fell in love with Squarespace Templates and design. But I’m using WordPress with this blog and I wanted to keep it, at least for now.
There are some niche sites I can definitely build on Squarespace, but sometimes when I need something more robust and the ability to add tons of plugins, test and more, then WordPress is still the best option for me.
So the question was: How can I use Squarespace-like templates in WordPress?
First, I started analyzing why I loved so much Squarespace templates, and then I came to this conclusions:
- Squarespace Templates are simple but elegant
- Squarespace Templates usually focus a lot on photography, backgrounds or featured images
- They are mobile responsive, and look great on any device
- Normally, there are no screen limits or borders. It adjusts to your monitor and white/grey backgrounds are common on Squarespace Templates
So I started looking on my main WordPress Themes providers and looked for something similar I could tune to my needs, and finally found it with StudioPress.
Squarespace Templates evolution
My last design was already tuned a lot to look like Squarespace templates, but I wanted to give more focus on images and put a beautiful background. Also, I think I went a little too much on grey colors. My blog looked like Black and White and I didn’t like it either. So this week I went from this:
And for the sake of showing an evolution, this is how Stream SEO started one year ago exactly (February 2012) with a Magazine-like theme from the guys at StudioPress:
At that moment, it wasn’t mobile responsive and it was based on a fixed width (recommended for 15″ 1024x768px booooring monitors) but I liked it.
Things have changed a lot lately, however, and I feel like I love my new design. I still have to tune it a little here and there, but those are minor changes. You’ll notice them eventually, but the base is already done and it’s rocking!
Here’s one of my Squarespace Blogs so that you can see what I’m trying to apply:
In January, mobile Visits represented around 15% of my traffic. It seems like in February they dropped a little, down to 10% or so. That’s what Google Analytics is reporting from y website:
Finally, what do you think about my recent change? Is it good enough or I’m just bugging you with all these changes and I should get down to write more?
I still have been doing my 8 posts per month, so I’m not worried about lowering my rate just because I’m losing time with my design. But it’s still good to know.
For March and April, I’m moving that target to 10 posts per month. February was a short month and I had some pretty hectic weeks. Additionally, I worked on a few articles on other sites to create good quality backlinks for my search engine ranking experiment.
But on the other hand, March is looking pretty strong and it’s finally feeling hot here where I live! And I like it because I feel more comfortable to work like this.
Stay tuned for my next coming articles. I’m sure you’ll find them interesting!