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Friday, October 4, 2013

Welcome to Chalkboard Nails 2.0!

It's an exciting day here over at Chalkboard Nails... The blog has gotten a huge makeover! I owe it all to the brilliant Ling from Ling Yeung Design, who was a wonderful communicator, great listener, and obviously killer designer. I was first introduced to her work when I saw her redesign of Nouveau Cheap, and just had to have her on my project.

There are some awesome new features that are worth pointing out:
  • Responsive design. The site will now react to your specific browser size, and this includes a brand new mobile version!
  • Sticky navigation. The navigation bars are sticky and will remain at the top of your page as you scroll down. This should make it much easier for you to move around the site.
  • Browse. Clicking the Browse link in the navigation bar will pop out a side panel that will give you a TON of ways to explore!
  • News. Some of you are already familiar with my companion blog at news.chalkboardnails.com, and now it's fed into a side panel, too! Click News in the navigation bar and give it a try.
  • Random. I've always wanted a randomize feature, and Ling has made my dreams come true. Click Random in the navigation bar to be hurled through time.
  • ...and MORE! There are lots of other great additions that are worth exploring, so I highly encourage you to poke around the site!

A quick note about post jumps: to reduce load times and give you a great "at a glance" view, the main page will now show one photo from each post. The rest of the images and post content will be placed under a cut that you can access by clicking "Continue Reading." This will not affect you if you arrive at the site via links from Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, and will not change the way that posts look via readers like Bloglovin or Feedly. 

One last request from me! Please excuse any small hiccups (like posts appearing in your feed that you've seen before) while I try to transition some details from the old blog to the new one.

Please enjoy!

29 comments:

  1. Sarah, the new design look fabulous! Fantastic graphics, and the new functionalities seem to work smoothly without being obtrusive. Congratulations to you and Ling both for an amazing job! ^_^

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  2. Wow, great job! Beautiful design.

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  3. The Browse feature is absolutely KILLER.

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  4. Wow, I love the new design. It looks great!

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  5. Gillian from PlumeriaPaintedOctober 4, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    The new design looks really lovely, I'm looking forward to seeing the new features!! :)

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  6. OOh I love it!! If I redo mine I will have to check her out!! My favorite part is the nav bar!

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  7. Briana NailACollegeDropOutOctober 4, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    looks great sarah!

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  8. Ohh great features! Love this makeover! It's absolutely amazing! :D Love your new header and wow, the sticky navigation sure enables users to connect with you easier! :D Well done to Ling, and Congratulations to you! :)

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  9. Super upgrade, Sarah! Clean, functional (I love the browser variability...sweet)..


    Makes a super showcase for your fabu nail art. I'm impressed! :)

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  10. I love it! Stylish and sharp. Gorgeous.

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  11. Yeyyy! :D
    Changes are always great - congrats on the new design: looking aweome and fancy - love the 'sticky' navigation bars; they're def a big improvement and I love it! :D

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  12. Love the new layout!! I need to get myself one :P

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  13. The new layout is very dope. I love it.

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  14. Yay, I like this remake! I really like that it's an improvement of everything, yet something new, and not only a visual difference like on so many other blogs! :)

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  15. Love it all! especially the sticky bar, browse and random. The random is so cool!

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  16. Looks fabulous and I love the random button!!!

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  17. I´m amazed! Love this blog and follow from Rio/Brazil every day. Now even more...

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  18. Wow! Nice! Awesome! And more!!!! The browse feature is just the bomb!!!!

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  19. Wow! The new site is epicly awesome!!

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  20. New site is awesome! Weirdly left-aligned but maybe it's just because I'm so used to centred--I'll get used to it. Love all the new features, and the colour scheme! Congrats--and thanks for the 'random' feature.. now I'll be here all day xD

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  21. Hmm, it shouldn't be left aligned. Could you take a screenshot and email it to me? chalkboardnails at gmail

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