Blog Maintaining is Love

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. ?)

 

Custom WordPress Login page

 

Custom Admin Theme

 

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. :)

8 replies
  1. Susanne
    Susanne says:

    Really cool with the custom login page!!!! I don’t use WordPress anymore but it’s really nice with all the extra things you can do.

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  2. Dada
    Dada says:

    Hi Rose!! Waaa! Good you kept up with being updated in all the front end stuff. :D Agree with choosing WordPress. :D Actually pinagiisipan ko rin kung Tumblr or WordPress for blogging. Then I also settled for WP. Then medyo napapaisip pa rin ako. Hohoho. Thanks for this post– made me feel like I made the right decision in choosing WP rin. :)

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  3. Euri
    Euri says:

    Hmm! Looks good! I’m loving the simplicity. :D

    I wanted a new minimalist responsive layout too, so I’m still looking for one that I would like to use. I’m currently using a theme called Verbo (I think). I’m pretty satisfied with it, but I wanted a different theme for a change. XD

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