Oh, la vache am I excited today! Welcome to a new and improved Oui In France! If you’re reading this on your phone or tablet, I invite you to pick this post back up when you’re on a computer so you can see what’s new!
AHhhhh!!!!!!!! Oui In France has a new look and I’m so happy to unveil it to you today. I’m ECSTATIC to show you my new site. Like jumping up and down ecstatic. Like 2005 Tom Cruise on Oprah HAPPY IN ALL CAPS.
So first things first: My site has not undergone a complete redesign, but it’s what I’ll call a mini facelift — and it was exactly what I needed.
I know this new look is for the best, but it feels so strange changing the look of my blog. For 5+ years, my site has had the same look and feel, and while I’m SO happy, I feel weird making such a change. I guess it’s like cutting all your hair off after having it long your entire life…
First, why the update?
Well, it was time. From a technical standpoint, my old design was limiting me on the backend. I’d come up against frustrating road blocks time and time again and I’d had enough. Remember when I was hacked? My new site runs on the Genesis Framework (still WordPress) and has everything I need for blogging in 2017. I won’t get into technical details, but just know it’s a better fit for where I am now.
Another reason was aesthetics. I started blogging in 2012 and have had the same look and feel since then. As a blogger and person, I’ve grown and I wanted my site to reflect where and who I am now. Oui In France is a living abroad lifestyle blog that I’m so incredibly proud of and blue backgrounds and limited tech don’t jive with 2017’s vibe and the confidence I’ve built along the way.
It’s like getting a new haircut or updating your personal style. Blogs need to be updated as well. I was tired of the overall vibe and felt I’d outgrown the blog of 2012. When I started this site, I was just learning the ropes of life abroad, French, and blogging, so I figured the 5-year mark was a good point to reinvent my site’s look and make it more pro. I’m more surprised than anyone that I’ve stuck with this and posted every single week for over 5 years!
Finally, organization was one of my biggest reasons for the redesign. I hit publish on my 600th post (!!) last week and a lot of my content was getting buried in my archives. You’d have to make your way through 78 pages of the archives. The new look hopefully makes my site easier to navigate and find what you’re looking for.
Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new:
- Updated aesthetic to something more streamlined and clean
- White background on desktop and mobile
- Updated logo colors and tagline, more prominent social icons & newsletter opt-ins, and a favicon
- Easier to navigate menu bar with top post categories front and center
- Post organization more visual and easier to navigate with feature image grid
Can I ask you a favor?
Please let me know in a couple of days if anything isn’t working correctly or doesn’t look right. Most likely I have no idea there’s an issue, so please email me, FB message me, send a smoke signal, whatever. I’ll be tweaking things on my new site over the next few weeks, so please be patient as I work through anything that may look a little wonky.
Let’s pop a bottle of virtual Champagne together, shall well?
As always, happy to have you here. Thank you for your continued support!