I guess you could call this a case of under-promise, over-deliver. As I was working to get my custom blog theme design done, I found that it went surprisingly faster than I thought. So in my previous post when I said the updated look would be here “in the coming weeks”, I had no idea it would be more like “in the coming days”. Either way, the newly updated theme is here, complete and better matching the rest of HesslerDesign.com.
For those tech-nerds out there (you know who you are), you may appreciate that the theme is a completely custom WordPress theme. Previously I had piggy-backed another nice theme and tweaked it to my heart’s content. Nothing wrong with that, but as I said, it no longer matched my sites redesign. The cool part is, I (obviously) learned a lot about building WordPress themes in the process, including a handful of neat PHP tricks (some used in my theme, others stashed in my back pocket for use later on down the road). If you keep an eye out, you may even see one or two of these tricks surface in future posts. Not making any promises — just throwing it out there.
With all that said, I hope you like the new blog theme design. I’m sure I’ll be tweaking it along the road, adding new functionality, nit-picking details down to the pixel, and other good stuff us web designers/developers like to do. But for now, it’s time to take a little breather, sit back and relax.