My last blog post was written way back in October as I was winding down my seasonal position as a fee collection park ranger in Acadia National Park. I have not been totally neglecting my blog however! After traveling home to Vermont in November, I started critically evaluating my website and decided it was time for a change. Since then, I’ve been busy working behind-the-scenes transferring my site to a different WordPress theme.
The change allowed me to add a photography portfolio section and highlight various older blog posts (by category) on my home page. The home page no longer serves as the “blog” page. Instead, the home page layout allows me to spotlight other pages within my site giving me more flexibility and creativity with content. It has been a 3-month process. Switching themes on an established site is not for the faint of heart!
I started by researching and reviewing a host of potential themes and lay-outs available with my WorkPress plan. Once the best alternative was chosen, I re-worked some existing pages while also building a new portfolio page. The portfolio page was a challenge and I’m still not sure I have it constructed exactly as I’d like. I could have easily spent several more months deciding on how to build the portfolio page and, well, enough was enough. It was time to publish. As I learn more about what I can do with the portfolio options, I’ll make changes. The site is always a work-in-progress! When it came time to actually pull the plug on the old theme, I delayed publishing the update for a couple of weeks. I was really nervous – mostly about how the new theme would transfer my existing data and how much I would need to adjust it after the changeover.
I’m pleased with the results. I had to submerse myself in several WordPress tutorials to tweak different areas after the switch-over and learned a bit of CSS stylesheet code along the way! Since I enjoy the challenge of working with code (and I’m a tad rusty), I found this to be fun as well as rewarding. I altered backgrounds and fonts to tailor the appearance of the site and give it some individuality. Over time, the site will improve with some additional custom coding as I grow and learn new possibilities. I am still trying to figure out how to modify some fonts – particularly my photo captions – which are not as legible as my previous theme’s text. I’ll continue to fine-tune different aspects of the overall look, feel and content of the website for some time but the backbone of the site is complete.
Some of the sights of my past several months!
ROCK FORD PLANTATION IN LANCASTER COUNTY CENTRAL PARK
NORTHWEST LANCASTER COUNTY RIVER TRAIL
LONGWOOD GARDENS – WHERE ELSE WOULD MY FAVORITE HAUNT BE!