The Roving Photographer has a new look! Things had been the same for a number of years now, and while I was fond of the longstanding theme, I decided that it wasn’t as functional as it should have been.
More than anything else, this is a blog site – I try to keep to a schedule and generate content and keep it flowing, but on the previous design the blog and the landing pages were separate. The portfolio pages were several more clicks removed, and were difficult to work with on the back end. And because of this, while the blog was being updated the home page and portfolio pages rarely were, and I cringed each time I tried.
So let’s shake things up a bit. The blog is now the homepage. The whole site is now responsive for mobile visitors. And some of the superfluous pages – like the portfolios – are gone. I say superfluous because why have a separate, limited portfolio: here, the posts are the portfolio.
And speaking of posts, I’ve gone through the 500 most recent and set them up with featured images, so that a thumbnail appears for each on the blog page. If you go back beyond that 500, the articles and photos are still in each post, but there’s no preview featured image on the blog page. Deal with it – I spent two days setting featured images as it was.
But in a way it was an interesting look back through time, at my past work. I found a few pleasant surprises that I’d forgotten about. I also found some cringe-worthy crap, like that miserable 5+ part review I did on the E-M5 when I first got it.
A few things left to do. I need a logo – a real logo, as opposed to some text slapped over a photo. I need to tweak the About page a little. And I need to do a little cleaning up in the tags and categories. But I think it’s already a real improvement.
And I hope you like it too!