THE GREAT UNVEILING: PRESENTING THE DOGLADY’S DEN 2.0!

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AT LONG LAST!

After many exhaustive hours and tense moments spanning several weeks, the new website theme is finally fit for viewing.

This is a responsive (meaning it should display well on any size screen, from the smallest cell phone to the largest desktop) portfolio, highlighting everything about my creative works, affiliations, etc. One day, after retiring from the dog business, it’s my hope to turn this into a showcase for income-producing endeavours. Pensions aren’t what they used to be and many of us will need a little extra to get by. Sad statement of the times! Anyway, that’s something for the future. In the meantime, blogging for the sheer joy of it is still one of my biggest obsessions.

Overview of Homepage:

screen capture, the doglady's den front page

<- The first panel is a snazzy 5-image slider, featuring some of my photos. After viewing those, either click the red button to take you to the next segment, or just scroll down. (The top menu takes you to the main blog page and other categories.)

 

<-A voice message welcome, plus details about posts and categories

 

<-An “about me” section, with links to the blog and my Amazon store

 

<- Dogs (of course!) and a link to “Dogs from A to Z” (this year’s April challenge)

 


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A video page showcasing travel and music, with links to more posts in those categories

 

 

<- A carousel of latest blog entries


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My work published elsewhere

 

<- Affiliations and awards


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Search, contact, social media links

 

View the homepage in action HERE

The world of web design is fascinating! If only I were 30 years younger…Due to my lack of experience and formal training, this has been by turns, frustrating, frightening (when I thought everything was totally fucked up) and exhilarating. As usual, trusty old Google was there to help, but this time, it wasn’t enough. I’d like to thank the staff at WP Stagecoach (hosts of the testing site) for all their help. Morgan, in particular, took the time (for free!) to teach me about child themes (something I never understood before) and how to edit files using FTP. (Apologies to my non-techie friends.) Also, the theme designers at Athemes go above and beyond when it comes to design help and troubleshooting. Thank you, Kharis and Vlad for your quick responses! If anyone is interested, the base theme I’m using is called Sydney Pro.

To my blogging friends: I’m sorry to have missed your posts and hope to catch up with you, soon. Thanks for your patience! 

Please have a browse around the site and tell me what you think. Also, let me know if something isn’t working right or seems out of alignment, especially if you’re using a cell phone or tablet. This theme is supposed to be completely mobile friendly.

Looking forward to your comments!

Debbie





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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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    1. I’m glad you like it but am not as tech-savvy as you might think and had many anxious moments. 🙂 It was a great learning experience, though. Good to know it’s displaying well on a cell phone. That was a concern. Thanks!
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    1. Thanks, Indy! 🙂 I’m glad you like it. There were MANY anxious moments, but I was determined to try and do it myself. All in all, it was a great learning experience. I’ll be sure to check out your new look as well.
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  1. WOW! You HAVE been busy. There’s SO much here, Debbie, and your efforts show. I love the new look, and it’s very easy to navigate. All I need is hours of free time to browse! Pages were slow to load for me, but that’s most likely due to my misbehaving laptop.

    1. Thanks for checking out the new site, Gina. I’m glad you like it. 🙂 I’ve been working on improving the speed. It loads quickly on my laptop. but everyone has a different situation. There might still be some issues with the mobile display.
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  2. This is fabulous, Debbie! Best of luck with everything 😉 I really like the separate pages for the pups, your dad – so touching – all your amazing photos. Very impressive! I’m sorry to read of the passing of your Mom, hon. And it’s wonderful to see you out again!

    1. I’m so glad you like the changes, Raj. 🙂 Good to know the Hindi word was correct, too. I’ve had a self-hosted site since 2013, but this is my first experience with a responsive, portfolio theme. Very steep learning curve! If you do decide to switch to self-hosted, I’d be happy to answer any questions. Thanks for dropping in.
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  3. Very nice. Pleasing to the eye and (dare I say it) user friendly, which to me is always the key to a good website, whether a commercial site or a blog. Nothing worse that going to a website that is visually pleasing but about as user friendly as a stick shift car to a teenager.

  4. I visited your website and it is great! You put a lot of work into it and I have no idea how you did it but it looks great and it seemed to all link up. I heard your voice:) I saw your doggies and miss my lab. I got connected to youtube but I’m at work so I can’t watch all of it. I also saw just a snippet of your Greece trip and love the music. It all seems to work. Will you be blogging here or over at your new site…I’m a bit confused now:)…. typical.
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    1. Thank you for checking everything out, Birgit. I’m glad it’s all working; whew! 🙂 The blog is a sub-section of the website (http://thedogladysden.com), right here. You can access it in a few different ways:
      – Clicking on a post link
      – Clicking on “BLOG” in the top menu
      – Clicking on links shown on the home page (“Visit Blog” or further down, from the post carousel.)
      – entering the URL http://thedogladysden.com/blog
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  5. Girl, you have outdone yourself! It looks fantastic! It’s obvious that you spent a good long time on it. Love your cover image too (can’t think of what it’s called at the moment, but the one that is across the top of your page).
    I bet it was fun, even given the frustration. Thankfully you had some expert help. I don’t think I’m brave enough to venture into website design.

    Job well done Debbie. It really looks terrific!!
    Congrats!!!
    XOXO

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    1. Thank you so much, Michele! 😀 It was a lot of work, but it’s something I’ve wanted for awhile now and just decided to get it done, once and for all. It definitely was fun when things were working right and I sure learned a lot. Maybe I’ll hire myself out for blog redesigns in future.
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    1. Thanks for checking out the new site, John. The page will only ever talk if you click the “on” button. 🙂 Those sites with autoplay are definitely annoying! Sheila and Lisa are good names for humans as well as dogs. That’s quite a coincidence.
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  6. Great work. The new design is comfortable to look at and read yet stands out in a mellow sort of way so it’s not as harsh as the old design and has nice complimentary colours. It reminds me of the pages of slick paged magazine.

    Viewed in The Edge on Windows 10.

    Best of luck in your ongoing endeavours.

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    1. Good to know the site is displaying well. Thanks, Lee. 🙂 Yes, blogging for money doesn’t work that well unless you have thousands of followers, but I was thinking more in terms of getting those books published and showcasing them on here. We’ll see…..I won’t be retiring anytime soon. Ah, BOTB! I’ll have to check out what you’ve been up to. See you soon.
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  7. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

    I was going to email you last night and ask how your renovations are coming along and when you would be returning to blogging. Now I have my answer. Your site is sensational, Debbie! After browsing around, following your links and seeing everything that you put into it, I can hardly believe you tackled this enormous task on your own. (I’m still learning to wave bye-bye.) I know you had some help but, even so, this is a magnificent accomplishment and I congratulate you. I was especially touched by the Memorials to your father and your favorite dog pets over the years. Those pages brought tears to my eyes, too. Congratulations once again on The Doglady’s Den 2.0. Visiting you here will be like a trip to Disney World! 🙂 All that’ s missing is the refreshment stand! 🙂

    Welcome back, dear friend Debbie. You’ve been missed!
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    1. Welcome to the new digs, Shady. Thanks for checking everything out. I’m glad you like it! 😀 Yes, It was a monumental, stress-filled undertaking, but I sure learned a lot and enjoyed it thoroughly. It warms my heart that you were touched by the memorials. Sadly, I have one more to add now, as my mother just passed away. (She was 92 and suffering, so not such a bad thing.) I’ll be coming over to your place asap, to see what you’ve been up to. Cheers!
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