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Gimme Some Oven Got A MAKEOVER!! (Plus, 5 New Features On The Blog That You Should Check Out)

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Guess who got a spiffy new makeover over the weekend?

Surprise! This blog did!!!

Yes, we have been long overdue for some updates around here. But subtle makeovers have never really been my thing. So with the help of my creative, smart, hardworking, talented, brave, and unfailingly patient friend and graphic designer Lindsay (of Purr Design), we decided to basically overhaul just, you know, the entire blog design. NBD.

Actually, it was a very big deal behind the scenes. And some of you noticed that we also ran into quite a few snags when we introduced the new design and tried to get everything installed. (Big thanks for your patience while the site was down over the weekend and a handful of recipes went missing.)  But it’s now up and running. And as with most big renovations in life, I can now say on this side of things that all of the work was 100% worth it.

And I love the new design.

Lindsay did such a phenomenal job of taking my scattered visions and pulling them into a beautiful design. And she also added in all sorts of new features and functionalities that will hopefully make the site even easier for you to use. We have also been updating and re-categorizing lots of old recipes behind the scenes. (Did you know there are 940+ recipes on the website now?!)  And there is even a brand new section of resources for you to check out too.

So for anyone interested in going on a quick “tour”, let me show you 5 of my favorite new features of the site!

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1. Mobile Responsive Site

Gimme Some Oven now has a “mobile responsive” design, which means that the layout of the blog will be much more customized to your device. We made this move because 66% of our readers now access the blog on a mobile device. (This blows my mind — amazing how quickly technology changes!)

So if you pull the blog up on your phone or tablet, the content will be a little more streamlined, the majority of the ads will be happily squished down at the bottom, and just about anything you want to find can be accessed via the “Menu” button in the top-righthand corner. But I love that Lindsay coded it to where our homepage tabs will still show up on your mobile device. What tabs, you ask? Well that leads to our second new feature…

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2. Homepage Tab Area

These cool tabs on our homepage are one of my favorite parts of the new design. I love anything on a website that invites interaction, mostly because I just love clicking around people’s sites. So we added in this tabbed feature to give readers a chance to instantly see what’s being featured (I will mostly include seasonal recipes here), popular (the most popular pages on the site at the moment), and latest (most recent posts from all over the blog, including the DIY and Life pages).

Also, as you can see each photo also tells you the difficulty level of the recipe, how long it will take to make, and if it uses a particular cooking method (i.e. slow cooker or “no bake”) or falls into a particular dietary category (i.e. vegan or gluten-free).

More than anything, I wanted the photos to be front and center on the homepage, instead of a ton of text. And I think that this tabbed area looks so clean and sharp and eye-catching. I hope you love it as much as I do…and use it too! :)

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3. New Recipe Index

Second, we now have a new Recipe Index!! You can access it easily either by clicking on Recipes next to the main logo, or by going to the very top menu bar and clicking Recipe Index. (For those curious, Recipe Box is different. It’s a Ziplist tool/app which allows you to save recipes and make a grocery list, which thousands of our readers use.)

We are still going through and categorizing all 940+ recipes that are on the site right now. But you will be able to find most of them by clicking on any of the various categories above, or also by searching via ingredients. Our guest contributor, Hayley, is an absolute champ and has been going through all of the old recipes and categorizing them and typing out important ingredients. So if you happen to have some leftover apple cider or almond extract or asparagus on hand, just scroll down to the alphabetical ingredient index and find a recipe to make.

For those with specific dietary needs, we are also working to finish categorizing everything into Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan and Vegetarian menus. And also don’t forget to consult the index for various holidays, including the main event happening in Kansas City right now during the playoffs — Game Day! (#GoRoyals!)

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4. Resource Section

For years, I have had requests from other bloggers and readers for various resources/tutorials related to this site. So I’m happy to announce that we have finally opened up an official Resources section!

Right now, only the Photography Resources page is live, and it is filled with about 15 little tutorials on everything from The 3 Edits I Make To Every Photo to 5 Tips For Optimizing Photos For Pinterest, even to a behind-the-scenes look at My Shooting Setup. I have a list of about 30 more tutorials I want to write for this section, so keep checking back occasionally and I will keep adding to it.

Also, if you have requests for any of these categories, please let me know!! I feel like everything that I know about blogging is due to the kindness of another blogger or photographer taking the time to teach me. So while I’m not an expert, I would love to do anything I can to pass along what I’ve been taught. So let me know how I can best be a resource to you, because I love to share!

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5. New Footer

Finally, if any of you make it to the very bottom of the website, we have a new footer that I also think is pretty nifty. It basically shows you the most recent posts in all 3 categories, all with cute little round thumbnails. (Can you tell I’m loving round thumbnails lately?)  This is a great place to stay caught up on all of the various parts of the blog.

BIG Thanks

So in closing, I just want to say another enormous thank you to Lindsay for creating such a beautiful new home for this blog. If you ever need graphic design work, I cannot recommend her and Purr Design enough.

And if you’re a foodie, you absolutely must go check out her incredible food blog, Love & Olive Oil. Lindsay’s blog was actually one of the first food blogs I ever followed, and I watched her get married, publish cookbooks, and cook hundreds of recipes on her blog before I ever had the chance to meet her in person. But once I met her, I learned that she is even more delightful (if possible) in person, and I’m so grateful for her friendship as well as her unbelievable hard work on this project. It was an honor to work together, so thank you, Lindsay!

And thanks to all of you for continuing to support this site through yet another season. Cheers to the next chapter of Gimme Some Oven! :)

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35 comments on “Gimme Some Oven Got A MAKEOVER!! (Plus, 5 New Features On The Blog That You Should Check Out)”

  1. This is so exciting! I really love the new look and your recipe index is awesome!

  2. Hi!  Great new look!  Congrats!  I love the way the recipes are displayed at the top of your homepage with a little difficulty/time rating.  Very snazzy! :)

  3. Your site is absolutely beautiful and I love all of the features!!! Can’t wait to see where the next chapter of GSO takes you!

  4. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Love all the new features! 

  5. SO beautiful, but I would expect nothing less from you and Lindsay! Absolutely love it!! 

  6. Love the new design! The mobile optimized site is todiefor. Heading to check out some of your blogger resources now! 

  7. You are the sweetest, for real. <33333

  8. Looks great, Ali! Lindsey did an amazing job. The blog is totally you and I love all the features! xo

  9. Love the new redesign Ali! It’s so much easier to navigate—and I’ll be looking into getting Lindsey to design my blog in the future. :)

  10. It looks gorgeous! I can’t get over how clean and modern it looks! I’m especially in love with the header/navigation :D

  11. LOVE the redesign! Especially the new resources section!

  12. Just gorgeous!!! Modern, clean, organized….love it!

  13. Congrats on the makeover! Can’t wait to see your new material
    One thing though, on your Photography Resources page, you need to fix the link to your “My Camera Lenses” page. 
    Have a great day!x

  14. I know I’m a little late to the party on this one, but your new site is BEAUTIFUL! And I can’t wait to check out the [ extensive and well organized ] archives. Well done :)

  15. The new look is fabulous, and the features are great! Exciting!

  16. I absolutely LOVE the new design!!! It’s always so fun getting a fresh new look, and this is great! Can’t wait to dig around and get comfortable – excited for all the awesome new features!

  17. Lindsay does the best work! I love your new design!!

  18. It is beautiful! I just love it–and Lindsay is such an amazing graphic designer! I can’t wait to meet her soon!! 

  19. I am a fellow Kansas Citian….or however that would be said!!  You blog is my absolute favorite and I look forward to each and every post!  Love the new look!!

    Go Royals!!

  20. I love your new site. It’s stunning and so we’ll organized. I can only imagine the work… congrats!!!

  21. It looks amazing! I love it! Can’t wait to spend some major time digging around and checking out all of the new features :)

  22. I love the new site Ali! It’s so clean and fresh and bright; Lindsay has done such a great job (as ever!)

  23. The new site looks so nice. So clean and organized!

  24. I love the new layout! It looks very clean and is organized well. :)

  25. Love the clean lines! I can’t wait to read more of your “resource” posts!

  26. Wow!  I had no idea that the person you were talking about for your design was THAT Lindsay.  I have been subscribed to her blog for a little while – it’s definitely a good one.  I haven’t had a chance to check your makeover out thoroughly, but what I’ve seen I really like.  Having a really user friendly website in addition to excellent recipes will keep me coming back.  :-)  Congratulations on getting the makeover done.

  27. Loving the new look! 

  28. Love your blog Ali but not crazy for the new layout.  Kind of scattered and busy for me and your photos of recipes are not as  big/up-close and beautiful as before.

  29. LOVE the new design and all the new features!! Serious congrats in order! xoxo

  30. I’ve been following your blog for over a year, and have made and enjoyed many of your recipes.
    Unfortunately, I probably won’t be a future follower because I can no longer easily read your new design. I can deal with the cluttered home page and the need to click around and through to get to your latest recipe – but I simply find it too straining on my eyes to read the grey typeface. Did you also decrease the font size?
    I admit that I may not be in your target age bracket, but the favored defaults for web designers to choose grey or light-colored ghosted typefaces just defeats the pleasure for me and those like me. I have an extensive background in the printing industry and this has been an ongoing issue since the beginning of web design.
    I’m sorry I can no longer enjoy your blog. Wish you all the best.

  31. It looks amazing! I love it! Can’t wait to spend some major time digging around and checking out all of the new features :)

  32. Very nice new design!!