This is an open question to readers of wpliving: should I or should I not redesign wpliving?

Let me first explain why I’m contemplating a site redesign. There are two specific reasons.

  • 1. I’m not happy with the navigation bar with this current theme. It doesn’t give me much room to play with and the drop down menu functionality added by the theme developers as a post-release update isn’t as elegant and functional as I would like it to be.
  • 2. Connected to this, I want a theme that does a better job of highlighting past content without having to add on too many plugins and hacks, whether it’s through related content at the end of posts, through an elegant category and tag solution in the sidebar, footer or even header of the theme, and through a dedicated archives template.

I’ve realised after several months of using the current theme (which on all other fronts is fantastic I should say) access to past content is a big deal. This is simply due to the fact that I’ve developed a fairly decent backlog of content and I’m now at the stage where I want to bring some of it back to the surface as it were.

I don’t have a huge budget for this and I’m certainly not in a position to commission a bespoke design, so I wanted to open this up to readers of this blog to see what you think. Perhaps you think changes aren’t necessary. Or if you do, perhaps you might have suggestions of a suitable theme that I could modify.

I’m hoping that any response I get might benefit other people in a similar position. So this is a sort of “experiment” if you like.

Thank you in advance for any feedback you can offer. As always, all opinions are welcome.