You may have noticed that my website has been redesigned. A lot of you will know that it’s nothing unusual, but in this case it was definitely needed. In fact, it was essential.
Let me explain the reasons behind the redesign and the steps I took to get the site to where it is now.
Why was the redesign essential?
The redesign was essential because the WordPress theme that I was using did not allow me to use my content on any other theme and this worried me.
I was using the beautiful module based theme from Artisan Themes. All of their themes are module based, meaning you create your content in modules, rather than using the default WordPress editor.
Also, with WordPress full site editing on the horizon, having content locked in modules would not have made sense.
What is WordPress full site editing?
WordPress full site editing is the next generation of website building, where the Gutenberg block editor will be used for more than just creating content. Full site editing will allow you to customise both your content and many aspects of the WordPress theme direct from the block editor.
Given that this is on the horizon, I wanted to ensure that my site is correctly set-up to enable any expansion of editing capabilities.
Selecting the right WordPress theme
So onto selecting the tight theme. I wanted to ensure my content was available within the default content layout of WordPress, so I had to ensure the new theme did this.
The theme I have chosen is the Monochrome Pro child theme on the Genesis Framework (both available from StudioPress).
Monochrome Pro is modern, minimal and built with mobile-first devices in mind, meaning the author presumes that the majority of site visitors will be viewing the site on mobile devices.
Sourcing a new font
Whilst the default font for the theme is nice enough, I wanted to use a serif styled font for the headings. I settled on the Mokoko font, available at Adobe Fonts but created by Dalton Maag.
The font, although a serif typeface, is still fairly modern in its appearance.
So there you have it, the reasons for a new website design all rolled into one little blog post.
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