Redesign or rework? Win a free design for your own site!

So I have been thinking a lot about how I can redesign my current website to be more in line with some of the latest trends in web design, as well as to make sure that the look stays as fresh and unique as it was when I first put it together a while back. Problem is, I’m in two minds as to how I should approach this…

Firstly, the design of this blog has been key to my ongoing success. The reason for this is that it has been picked up my numerous showcase websites and other bloggers who enjoyed the design and decided to share it with the world. Thus, creating a lot of links back to this site and helping me big time in the search engine rankings. I’m therefore, extremely tentative to ‘fix something that isn’t broken’.

Secondly, I’m really eager to do something new and creative, as you might easily understand one does get bored of things when you have to see them over and over for extended periods of time and I would like people to stay interested in what they read as well as what the see here.

So, having said all this, what to do? Well, currently I don’t have the answer. I could look at keeping certain elements of the original design while still making some major changes…sound good? If so, what do I keep and what gets the axe?

Let’s make this more interesting…considering I have no idea what to do at the moment…why don’t you help me out? The person who gives me the best idea for this blog will get a completely free redesign of their own blog. In exchange for your help and input I will devote my time to helping you out :)

Surely that would be worth a quick comment or idea?

Update: Hi guys, looks like no one was interested in a free design? This promotion has now closed :(

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  1. Sally says

    Pity the promotion closed, I just stumbled upon your site. It looks great, so well done. I would suggest you make some changes though, even if no one else was interested in commenting. For me if very heavy, I think as designer its good to keep yourself current. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel simply refresh, work with the same structure just a new look, new colours. You must be hopping with ideas for this, try them out I don’t think you would loose any traffic and the worst is you keep your current database and stand a real chance of getting new people to see your work. This design albeit gorgeous, can date quickly. I would be happy to advise a few things if you are still interested – no strings attached.

  2. says

    Hi Sally,

    Thanks for your comments. I am definitely in the process of brainstorming some new design aspects for this site, but was hoping to get some input from my readers too. I would really love to hear some of your ideas though as I’m always interested in getting different points for view.

    Why not post some of your suggestions here? Also, if you’re interested in my work I would certainly be able to assist you with some advice of my own 😉

  3. says

    Hello John,
    I like your site a lot. The header is really attractive. I’m just getting into WordPress theme design so I’m no expert here but I think Sally has a point with the colors. I think a lighter scheme would freshen it up for starters. The scheme you have is nice and ‘rich’ but quite heavy. You could try it maybe? Best regards, Dave.

  4. says

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for you kind comments. I am certainly going to look at a lighter theme, whilst possibly keeping the wood design and the header. It may mean that in the short term, I simply change some of the fonts colours to achieve the “lightness” that you are referring too.

    Anyway, I appreciate your input and will certainly think long and hard about what changes will be best for this blog (in order to make sure I don’t lose the original essence of it).

    Thanks once again :)

  5. says

    Hi, I’m very interested in Linux but Im a Super Newbie and I’m having trouble deciding on the right distribution for me (Havent you heard this a million times?) anyway here is my problem, I need a distribution that can switch between reading and writing in English and Japanese (Japanese Language Support) with out restarting the operating system.

  6. Jase says

    Hi Emily, couldn’t help but notice your comment. I’ve worked a bit in Linux myself (hardly an expert though), I’m not sure which distributions you’ve looked at as yet, but Ubuntu allows for language downloads and changes. You would still have to log out of your session, change the language and log in again, which is not ideal, although I think much faster than restarting…Here’s a link that explains the process, for what its worth, I use Ubuntu and so far its been wonderful!

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