Welcome to the all new making it in the mountains!
With the purchase of my own URL, I couldn’t help but start fresh with a whole new look! It’s really SO important to me that making it in the mountains is a reflection of me.
Since I’m still a total newbie when it comes to all things blog, I started this overhaul by first researching the best ways to find a new look. WordPress offers its users a ton of free theme templates that allow one to simply plug their information in to create their own blog, which is what I had been using since launching making it in the mountains. For bloggers like me that are unfamiliar with coding, using a ready made template is really the only design option out there aside from hiring a professional web designer. There are so many designers that really do amazing work – though someday I hope to work with one and I totally agree that the cost (we’re talking $500+) is worth it, I just couldn’t justify that expense this early in the game. A ready made theme template is definitely a more affordable option; however, you are limited to whatever customization options that particular designer has chosen to include. Because I couldn’t find anything that really spoke to me within the WordPress choices, it seemed to me that my best option would be to purchase my own theme template from an outside source.
I came across a ton of articles describing various places that one could buy a theme, but this one by The Theme Foundry was the most helpful for me. After checking out all of the theme marketplaces that were suggested, my favorite was The Creative Market (think Etsy for blog themes), simply because I felt that many of the styles matched what I had been picturing.
There was one designer in particular who’s style I was most drawn to, so I headed over to her website to look through all of her theme options. Here were some of my favorites:
Her style was so similar to my own and I really did LOVE them all, but what really blew my mind was her attention to detail and her customization options. Plus, every single one was a responsive template, which means that they all have the ability to adjust to mobile devices. You can even tour each design! She also has a ton of clip art and fonts for sale and even a few freebies.
I finally settled on “the anna grace” template and, once purchased, it was instantly emailed to me in a zip folder attachment. Not only did it come complete with some super easy to follow instructions, but also a link to SO many useful videos that walked me through every single feature and the seemingly endless customization options. Though it’s all still very new, I can’t say enough good things about my experience with my Angie Makes theme! It really has been SUCH fun playing around with things and making everything look exactly as I had hoped!!!
I really couldn’t be more excited to finally unveil the new look of making it in the mountains after weeks of working on it!!! I especially hope that I’ve made my brother Matt (computer programmer extraordinaire) proud!
Would LOVE to hear what you think of the new look!
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