So I’ve been addicted to maintaining this blog this weekend. It’s finally my free time after my usual busy days and I’ve been itching to complete this since I launched this blog.
I think most of the improvements are done, but I’ve probably missed some little things here and there (like padding and wrong :focus colors). When I envisioned this theme, I really want to go for the minimalist look with striking typography logo and striking accent color (hence that bold pink color). But I’m still a typography newbie so I felt something is still lacking so I added that pinkish flower background (credits to stocksnap.io) to some sections. I’ve never used a girly-ish theme before, most of my themes before looked generic af. ?
One of the perks of being a Web Designer / WordPress Developer is being introduced to some of the best premium themes out there and for this blog, I am using Genesis Framework with my own custom child theme. I used to think that for my own sites, I need to do everything from scratch but that’s really a lot work – design, front-end development, responsive fixes. With using a parent theme, I can focus on design and branding (and blogging!) which I really want to focus on rather than coding. And I really don’t have to worry about the responsiveness on mobiles and tablets. (Geez, meet the web design geek in me ?)
I actually did not stop at the front-end site of the blog, I also customized the back-end aka the WordPress dashboard. I used this custom admin theme called Fancy Admin UI and just edited the plugin files to suit my design. I probably need to take a mental note to back up the plugin when there’s an update tho. I used this plugin called Custom Login to customized the login page and iThemes Security to change the login url of WordPress. (Too bad I can’t used ‘/login’, I really wanted it. ?)
I am really happy with the improvements I did and I’m still planning to add some ? but maybe not anytime soon. Before launching this blog, I was unsure if I want to use Tumblr instead of WordPress because a) I am mostly a fandom blogger b) Tumblr tag feature means a wider reach for my blog posts and I can meet new friends. But at the end, I settled with WordPress. I’m a WordPress fangirl after all. And I’ve been really using WordPress since 2006. WordPress is my home. :)