Important: Work in Progress

model recommends beauty blog OK, listen up. I’m having something bordering on a nervous breakdown trying to shift to a very slightly different website format. I know that it doesn’t look right at the moment, and I know that you probably keep clicking on and thinking I’ve gone completely bonkers, but please bear with me. I do all of my website myself and learn from various bits and pieces on the internet, so I can’t get it all looking fabulous in one day!

Please rest assured that the changes will actually be very small; I’m trying to reduce pageload time and also make things run more smoothly for those using The Forum, but it’s a little bit ‘trial and error’. So, sorry to those who were so horrified about the appearance that they felt it necessary to let me know – I do very much value your feedback!


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  1. October 26, 2011 / 12:18 pm

    Hey Ruth,
    Just want to offer a bit of help, there’s actually a foolproof solution: create a duplicate of your blog on your server (it’s a matter of copy/paste and changing the name of the duplicate folder) and so you can tweak the duplicate all you want, break it if necessary, and only copy/paste the changes to the real blog when you’re happy with them :) That used to work for me and saved me from a lot of issues!

    • admin
      October 26, 2011 / 12:23 pm

      @MusingonBeauty but wouldn’t I have to duplicate my entire SQL database? I did try doing a kind of duplicate, but I have to hire another SQL to run it from and also copy over the entire content onto another domain name… Or can I make a sub-folder on this domain name, eg or something? x

  2. Eva
    October 26, 2011 / 1:23 pm

    Hi Ruth, I like what you are doing with the site. yesterday I noticed you had a column on the right showing new threads/posts on the forum. I liked that and I think it might actually up forum usage (:

    Good luck!

    • admin
      October 26, 2011 / 1:31 pm

      @Eva thanks – the Forum Spy! I quite liked that too, although it was very wordy! I shall pop it back in – thanks for the feedback! xx

  3. Liz
    October 26, 2011 / 1:41 pm

    Haha, no need to apologize to us – it’s like we’re on an adventure discovering something new every day! Like a safari vacation!

    I quite liked how it looked yesterday as well, I’m sure you’ll find something perfect soon, good luck!

  4. October 26, 2011 / 4:39 pm

    I think you’re doing really well to do it all yourself! Forum Spy and having the latest video in the right-hand column are great, and moving the archives to the bottom frees content space. I also like having a smaller thumbnail + intro text for each post – webdesign projects usually involve reducing text but I don’t always think that is the right soltuion, especially not for a site like yours, plus you still have plenty of white space.

  5. Style Souk
    October 26, 2011 / 7:04 pm

    No need for apologies, Ruth. You work so brilliantly hard and we’re happy to visit the site – come whatever changes.

    I just think you’re a brainy sod to be doing this all by yourself. Even the most basic programming throws my head into a spin.

    It explains why I’m still on my crappy ‘’ platform. ;0)

    Sarah x

    • admin
      October 26, 2011 / 7:31 pm

      @Sarah thanks, don’t speak too soon, I’m about to go crashing it back over to the new format. EEEEK! Hahahaha. Nothing wrong with .com, I set my mum’s up on that, it’s fab! Why do all the work yourself when you can have it there at your fingertips?! xxx

  6. Sue
    October 26, 2011 / 11:14 pm

    10/10 for all the hard work you put into this, Ruth. I really do like the new look xx

    • admin
      October 26, 2011 / 11:22 pm

      @Sue thanks very much!! xx

  7. Anonymous
    October 27, 2011 / 12:31 am

    Great job, Ruth! Your die hard friends will, of course, stick with you through the good the bad and the ugly!

  8. Shelley
    October 27, 2011 / 1:05 am

    Hi Ruth

    I really like the new set up so far & no need to apologise you work so hard already I’m sure none of us mind you changing things around a bit :-) xx

  9. October 27, 2011 / 1:27 pm

    If you’re at a loss with anything, feel free to email me. I’m a web developer by trade, so just ask!

    Oh and as Musing on Beauty menioned, you should be able to make a test version in a subfolder and change your wpconfig settings, but be careful; if you start installing new themes on one version, you may find your live site errors. Your best bet is to test your site locally on your own machine. You can get a php and mysql environment locally with MAMP for mac, and export your live mysql database and import to your local test environment. Helps you test away o your hearts content without fear of ballsing things up on your live environment!

    Give me a shout if you need help xx

    • admin
      October 27, 2011 / 1:33 pm

      @Gem oooh, so many useful readers! Thanks so much! I’m almost happy with it except I’d like the writing to be smaller and thumbnails to be bigger on the home ‘page of posts’, but working on that now!! xx

  10. mariella
    October 27, 2011 / 1:41 pm

    @Ruth: Yes you can do that on another folder, of course, no need to have another server/domain etc… you could go with only the elements that you need like the CSS stuff, and maybe not the whole database? But of course having the real content is the only way to know 100% that everything is going to work the same on the real blog.
    What Gem said about having a local environment on your Mac works too.

    • admin
      October 27, 2011 / 1:57 pm

      @Mariella thanks again – I shall definitely do this if I ever make big changes again, though I think I’ve got it looking ALMOST as I want it, apart from the pictures need to be bigger and the writing smaller…phew! xx

  11. Joana Richard
    October 27, 2011 / 4:36 pm

    We understand…

    Love your blog


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