A whole new world: Bibliocook upgraded and redone
I’m SO excited! After almost six years – Bibliocook’s official birthday is in March – I’ve finally got a spanking new look and a long-awaited move to WordPress, thanks to Súil Design.
When the site originally went live, way back in 2005, it was on Movable Type and, despite the backend of MT driving me mad for the last few years I never really did anything about it. Putting the Irish Food Bloggers Association site up last year on WordPress, again with Súil’s help, was a revelation: WP was easy to use, easy to change and had lots of flexibility. I’ve been having a lot of fun working with – and occasionally breaking but being able to fix – the IFBA site so it only made sense to take Bibliocook onto the same platform.
The decision might have been made easily but looking at 736 posts in 23 categories, hundreds of images and the almost 2,000 comments that have come in over the years, I was, to say the least, a little nervous about something going wrong and everything getting lost. That it was such a painless and, indeed, fun proceedure is all due to my friend The Techie at Súil. Thanks again, Sue!
So, welcome to the shiny and new, all-singing and dancing Bibliocook: All About Food. Take some time to look around – I’ve been playing with the categories to make them more usable, digging out some random articles from the past and highlighting posts from formerly hidden areas of the site. Hope you like it!
Fabulosity. Love it! x
Thanks Imen! I am loving the backend – so easy to change and manoeuvre around.
Nice one Caroline – I know how much work must have gone into this!
Feedback for you – a 15 second load time on the home page before the last of the images appears. Thats a bummer ;-(
Did it twice on 2 different browsers on a 6MB connection.
Good to know, Keith – will pass that on to my designer. It’s just up so we’re still working on it. Thanks for the compliment!
Brilliant, looks great!
Thanks Ivan – looks like it’s new sites all round!
Spring is a great time for a revamp and you’ve seriously dusted the cobwebs here Caroline! Look’s great & welcome to WordPress, Sheila
I tell you, Shelia, there were LOTS of cobwebs round here before today! I was worried about losing the old content along the way so it was a real relief that the changeover went so smoothly. Lovely to look back at the old posts too!
Wow your new site looks amazing, well done 🙂
Lovely to hear it! Lots of credit due to Susan at Súil.
Caroline – has been an absolute pleasure working on this project with you, has been great having the opportunity to showcase your wonderful content. The only downside has been the pounds I’ve put on, have felt hungry every time I worked on the design.
Here’s to many more wonderful years of Bibliocook’s tips and treats. Congratulations!
I can only say a big, enormous thank you Sue! You managed to turn the whole thing around so fast and it’s fab to have a whole new site up here, without losing any of the old, old content.
Glad to hear that I made you hungry – wonder how well a cake would stand up to the Irish postal system?
Oooh not sure how a cake would do in the post but LOVE the idea of it 🙂
Hmmm…might have to put the thinking cap on. Of course, there’s always bookclub next week…
Ooooh lovely! A whole new Bibliocook world! And Happy Blogday in March 🙂
And there’s still plenty of old world here too – you wouldn’t believe how many recipes I came across that had been long forgotten! Happy Blogday, in advance, backatcha.
Good enough to eat.
The Little Sister thought it was very, and I quote, “bready looking”. I was thinking more chocolate myself…
WordPress is a much better platform, congrats on the move!
736 posts? That’s some achievement! Love the new design.
Ah, it could have been so much more if I hadn’t been busy trying to earn a living at the same time! Thanks for the compliment, though.
Been meaning to tell you that I love the name of your site – I’m a total owl and pussycat fan!
Ah, thanks a mil!
Look forward to hearing more about “the pig situation”, btw – there’s a litter due on the farm at home this week, fun times ahead!
I’ve been doing considerable looking into the pig situation but I have to admit that we just don’t have enough space for them. Who would have thought that a half-acre garden would come to look so small? Between the hens and turkeys the ground is still pretty worked over so I can just imagine what pigs would do to it! Am going to start working on my parents – they have a farm with space, or so I’d think, for a couple of nice piggy wiggys…
Great look on the site Caroline! Congratulations!