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We’re Entering New Design Transition Phase

Posted By Darren Rowse 10th of August 2007 Featured Posts, ProBlogger Site News 146

Just a short note to let readers know that in the next hour or so you’ll begin to see changes to ProBlogger as we launch the new design.

As with all such launches we’re sure there will be a few bumps in the road as the team behind it get things up and running – do checks – find glitches – carry out fixes etc

We ask for your patience and understanding as we do this as it will probably take us a little while to iron out any issues. If you find any issues/bugs/dead links etc please feel free to let us know in comments below. Your help in this will be greatly appreciated.

Once things are stable I’ll write a post outlining some more of the changes and thinking behind them and I’d then love to hear some discussion on what you think. Your constructive feedback will be appreciated and will help make ProBlogger a better resource for all.

Darren nervously backs away from the old orange design….

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
  1. Wow, what an improvement! I like it a lot.

  2. We are currently analyzing your newest effort, and will top it with Copyblogger 3.0. :)

    Seriously, this design is wonderful. Kudos to Ben and to Darren for pushing blog design a step farther in the direction it needs to go.

  3. Looks good, but I think I prefer the old design. We’ll see how long it takes to warm to this one.

  4. Darren,
    The new design looks great! I especially like the footer and all of the links that are available there. My first impression is that it is much easier to navigate through. Great job! I’m glad to see you kept the familiar picture.

  5. I’m really liking this new design, except maybe all the stuff down the bottom could be up maybe under the b5 sms banner. The green is a bit yucky and doesn’t make me want to subscribe. I’d go red like problogger. I’d also include a vertical list of the last few month’s posts on the archives page, so that it doesn’t take 2 clicks to find the archive.

    Just my opinion anyway, take what you will. The site looks sweet!

  6. Ahhhh. Text is better now. Although there’s this giant picture of some dude’s head right in the middle of the front page. ;)

    (Only kidding… Yes, I know that’s Darren’s video)

  7. Oh wow! Looks awesome!!!

  8. Damn!! You sexy thing. Love the subtle colours and the new problogger logo. Very, very sexy.

  9. When I’m visit this blog, I am confused. “The Orange” blog that usually I’m visited has changed. I think, I have a mistake write this blog address.
    But, I’m wrong. This site has changed it’s themes. Nice themes.

  10. looks really nice, much more like a blog than a website like it did before.

  11. Ahhhh. Text is better now. Although there’s this giant picture of some dude’s head right in the middle of the front page. ;)

    LOL – yes, the head is rather large – in real life too!

  12. The new design looks great! Ben, super nice work on the site design structure! Darren, I’m honored to be part of the design team, helping out with the logo re-design. Thanks for the opportunity!

  13. Wow, looking great…

  14. Overall it looks great. I love the front page. Numbers on the comments might be nice.

  15. Darren, your search facilities doesn’t work. Why ?

  16. 115 comments… WOW.

    I don’t personally like the green submit buttons. Too many colors to the theme. I does feel different.

  17. Much easier to find stuff. Thanks for the update.

  18. Very nice! I really like it. Congrats on the new design!

  19. I don’t really like the homepage. I feel it’s a little overwhelming and the same sized headers for each panel doesn’t help me define each area quick enough. Not too mention the right side feels really heavy.

    Anyway, that’s my 2-cents and I guess we’ll all have to get used to it.

    Overall, I welcome the new professionally designed image for a problogger. :)

  20. I like the new design – much simpler than the old one. And lots of white-space – I like white-space.

  21. I’m impressed. Change is good?

    I like it.

  22. Congratulation. It looks great:)
    keep it up:)

  23. I must admit that I miss the old design already. As a long time ProBlogger reader, I was used to the welcoming look of the previous design, but I suppose change is a good thing.

  24. Aha, its very nice!
    The head isnt bad :)

  25. Much much better than the previous design which I think was the one weak point in the Problogger brand. Glad you made the move! ;)

  26. Like my last post commenting on your new LOGO, I still find the new LOGO doesn’t appear to be “new” or “fresh”, but
    the LAYOUT is EXCELLENT! Clinically clean, spacious to move about and so easy on the eyes. Definitely be back more often to dig some of your past content.
    All the best to you Darren.

  27. You’ve done a great job with the archives, which I believe is one of the handicap of the last design. It’s WAY easier to review the past posts now and I’m sure you’ll clock a higher page views ratio in time to come!

    Good work, Darren & Team!


  28. Gorgeous design, Darren! Hats off to your team!

  29. bravo, great job for this new design. Hope you will put more video on your blog

  30. Great Design Darren,

    Great WordPress blog template designers are hard to find so you are lucky with finding good help.

    We will all be interested in reading your notes later on how you will keep up SEO with the change over to the new design.

    I will be going through a similar activity (launching new blog and design) in a couple of months so tips from the master (Darren of course) will be quite useful

  31. THIS IS GREAT! I kinda do not like the post on teh far left to be so small – but the layout and color is great!

  32. Great redesign. Small item: On the Archives page, you recommend using the searchbox in the sidebar, but your search box is up at the top right.

  33. Love the colors. And how the logo turned out. I’d increase size of blog posts font though to give it more importance to the site. As it is, everything is given equal space/size/font so it is difficult to ascertain what is what when you first land on the homepage. But you are definitely on the right track!

  34. To be honest, I don’t really like this design. I’ve been reading Problogger semi-regularly for a while now, but this is my first comment. I though the orange was much more inviting and generally a lot nicer to read through. I realize this is still being tweaked, but right now it’s way too clean!

    This is just my little opinion though :)

  35. Love the new look. Great design! Your logo looks good too. Congrats Darren.

  36. Looks great! I’m looking forward to exploring the design more.

  37. i honestly think that your old design was better … sorry dude just my opinion . this one is ok but need a bit a colour change i guess . again just and opinion . PEACE

  38. P.S : where’s your favicon thingy ?

  39. i can see much better in previous design when compared to new one.May you should give a choice to users to choose one among old and new.
    i choose the old is user friendly.
    should work more on colors,banners,and icons

  40. I have been a reader of your blog for quite some time. I like the new look of your blog and am eager to see what other new things you will add to the look here.

  41. Thanks for the warning!

  42. Very nice – tres sexy, much like our good selves. :)

    I’ve created a bit of fluff at Bloggerati Australia – if you ProBloggers new design, and think it’s newsworthy, feel free to vote for it there.
    (Bloggerati Australia- sort of like Digg but smaller/cuter and local and drives traffic to Australian blogs and Web 2.0 sites.)

    But Darlin’ you need to add the PREVIEW plugin.

  43. Hi remember me. You suggested me not change my blog theme too much. I like your new theme. good one !

  44. Love it! Very smart and stylish.

  45. I really love the new layout, it’s much cleaner than the old one ^^


  46. This layout looks great! I love it!

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