On December 16th 2015 I officially opened this blog so today Happymeerkatreviews is officially 1 year old!!!!
It’s taken me a bit of time to get this celebration post out today but I’m hoping you’ll want to stick around and learn about all the new features that are on Happymerkatreviews.
So to start with, until about an hour ago today, the site featured a theme called Coraline. Now the Coraline theme is one that I do love, and it served this site well but after a while I started to have problems with some of the little features on this blog and the Coraline theme has now been retired so it was time to select a new theme. For those of you who don’t know what the Coraline theme looked like, here is a snapshot taken shortly before I changed the theme:
Look at that lovely meerkat brown! 🙂 Well the new site features an almost identical colour but now has white background with black text boxes making it easier to read and with wider pages of text for those of you viewing on a PC/laptop browser.
Now please say hello to the new Button theme. Please CLICK HERE to view the new site. The site will open in a new tab so please click the link to see how the new site looks particularly if you are viewing in the wordpress browser of via an email notification. I want to know what you think! Take a look at how it looks and tell me honestly what you think. If you are viewing on the wordpress app then open in a proper browser window as I don’t think it displays properly by clicking within the app. And if you are viewing the mobile site please scroll down and click View full site to see the new theme (you can undo this option later).
so what’s new with the Button theme?…
Well you will see a lovely new static front page. This Welcome page provides a cleaner look the whole site and hopefully helps load the site faster when people first visit. Apart from the front page you might notice the new menus for fiction and non fiction books. Rather than displaying a book at a time with the name of the title and author underneath there are menus featuring just images of the book covers which are clickable and lead you to the blog post of that book. Books are also arranged into further sub-genres making it easier for browsing new titles…
As well as these menus I will also be adding a new author index shortly. An index will make it easier for everyone to find books via their favourite author and it will be good to have a general book index of titles.
As well as new book menus you may have noticed that colouring books have disappeared from the menu. Don’t worry! This is a temporary feature as I’ll be moving colouring books onto a new blog featuring both colouring book reviews and random colouring and doodling work I’ve done!
The blog now appears in a cleaner and easier way. Rather than displaying entire blog posts one after the other, a short excerpt of each post is displayed making it easier to scroll through a large number of posts to find one you are interested in…Go on try it out and see!!!
Along with a new About page and a newly revamped (and easier to understand) contact/request review page (Go on have a read of both!!) I’ve also added a new banner to the site and cleaned up the sidebar so it looks neater and features proper follow buttons and easy access to current competition/giveaways…
The last new feature I’ve added is a simple new Switch Site button. I now officially have two blogs, this one which is my primary blog and features book reviews, poetry and other articles and things that I feel like writing about. I also have a new blog for product reviews – basically anything and everything that isn’t a book can be found over on that site. Soon Happymeerkatreviews Products will be joined by Happymeerkatreviews Colouring (British spelling!).
Now before anyone worries that I might be stretching myself too thin. It’s okay. I plan to run the products and colouring sites at a slower pace to this site and my book reviews site will always be my main site but I thought it would be nice to share other products and colouring on sites where I can really focus more on those things and perhaps some of you may want to follow them too! :).
You can access all Happymeerkatreviews sites via the Switch Site button which I thought looks fun! 😀
So thank you for being patient and I hope you like the new theme! Please let me know in the comments below what you think and be honest :). I hope you’ll enjoy the new look and I’ll be sharing some exciting news very soon of what’s coming up in the new year! I’ll be taking part in two blog tours in January, being part of a large event known as Mystery Thriller Week and as always I’ll be posting lots of bookish and other stuff!
Happymeerkatreviews is moving into a new phase. A more professional look and feel! I’ve decided to capitalise the H of the blog title and this blog really is seeing a lot of fame in the one year it’s been active! Happymeerkatreviews is already quoted in three editorial reviews and posts from the site have been shared to facebook around 800 times in total(No idea about twitter as wordpress doesn’t show that!)! I now have closing in on 700 followers (455 wordpress followers) counting all the twitter and faceboook people! If all this has happened in a year…I can’t wait for next year and I hope you’ll want to join me too!
Don’t miss out on a chance to win a signed copy of Descriptions of Heaven by Randal Eldon Greene! Happymeerkatreviews is quoted in the start of the book! That alone should be enough reason for you to want to enter this competition! At lease one free entry to everyone, internationally – so hurry only 15 days left to enter!!!
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