When I first started this website, it was an experimental project where I used to do a lot of code and seo experiments before rolling them out on my client websites. Then I started writing blog post mostly for the webmasters and tech enthusiast community. Initially my goal was to provide quality content on the internet which will the experience based, not just a copy-paste from other websites (like most blog does). In my early days I used to have 5 to 10 visitors per day and sometime even 0. But I didn’t lose the hope. I learned more, gained more experience and figure out the pitfall of my website. So, I started improving it in every way I can.
Over time my site because a complicated website including ecommerce, online selling and blog and it was not just an experimental site anymore. Almost more than 1000 unique visitors are visiting my site every single day and as my site gets bigger, so as my responsibility. I had to make happy, every one of them with the user experience they get from my website. When I started working towards the v4 release of my site, I was determined to give my 100% into it, so that no matter whether it is a potential client or a blog reader or someone just watching the site, everyone stays happy.
What was the issue with the old design?
I know many of you might be thinking that what was wrong with the old design that I’ve changed it. When I released the v2.0 of my site I got a lot of emails from my readers and visitors saying that how much they like my site design. Trust me I loved it too. But when your site is growing and expanding, you can’t just stick to a single variable like design, you have to think about many other things too, like online shopping experience, purchase experience, reading experience, mobile experience and mostly the site loading speed.
As the previous design of my site was mostly dependent upon jQuery and ajax, it used to take a lot amount of time than other sites. Many people have complained about it that how slow it is loading and my bounce rate goes way up than I have ever seen. I knew that I have make my site faster and to give a better user experience to all of my clients and readers while keeping an awesome minimal and flat design.
How much time did you spent on this?
Well, to be very honest I’ve started this v4.0 project on December 2014, but the main problem I faced was to create an awesome design which will stand out from the crowed and alongside will load at a blazing fast speed without compromising the website SEO and security.
I’ve almost done 9 design mockups for this v4.0 release and even coded some of them, but in the end all gets rejected because none of them does have that wow factor inside it’s design. Initially v4.0 development started using general custom coding like every other theme, but after few stage of development I realized that it is not going to helpful in the long run, as I was planning this v4.0 as the last redesign work for my site. So, I realized the importance of a strong and robust framework.
After this I started the development of the mockup designs using Divi framework by Elegant Themes, but overtime I realized that it is not suitable for my needs as the code customizability option in divi is really less. The only customization option you have is using the page builder, which I generally don’t like as if you change your theme in future, it is going to break all the content of your site. Also the support of elegant theme was pretty slow in their support forum. Divi framework is really great for starters who have no coding experience, but really not for someone who are looking for extensive code customizability option and want to code their theme by themselves.
So that’s why you choose Genesis?
After wasting months on barnstorming the new design, features and functionalities, I finally realized I need a super powerful development framework, exclusively build for developers, not for general users with no coding experience. So, I realized that the framework I really need for this project was none other than Genesis Framework by studiopress. The best WordPress development framework ever build. After I starts using Genesis, it was like the rain in summer time. The code customizability options are endless and the possibilities are endless depending upon your imagination. Oh! I am so happy with it that I can’t literally explain here.
Wasn’t Genesis cost a lot?
Yes it does. Genesis costs much higher than most of the themes you get on Themeforest or similar marketplaces. But it worth every single penny of it. Not like WP Rocket plugin where you pay a hefty amount to buy it and then you realized that you have actually threw your money into the gutter. Genesis is really a very powerful WordPress theme development framework with numerous filters, hooks to extensively customize your theme and also insanely optimized for the best SEO result & security.
If you are a developer who have good coding knowledge and want to build an exclusive website with great features based on a powerful framework, Genesis will the best thing ever happened to you. But if you are a general user who doesn’t have much coding experience yet wants to build an exclusive website, Genesis might not be a good option for you. As genesis doesn’t come up with any in-built short codes and ecommerce integration. You have to do all these this by your own. But if you are planning to use genesis only for blogging, then it will work out of the box without any extra effort.
Why didn’t you posted any new article?
As I said earlier, these past few months I was so busy working on the v4.0 redesign update that I almost get no time to write any new article. I am the only person working for the whole design, development and coding. Alongside I also have to provide support for my clients and after all this, it was almost impossible to write a new article. But as the v4.0 has been released with a brand new extraordinary design and extensive features, now I can concentrate fully on writing more amazing articles for you guys. So, don’t worry, many new articles are on the way and will be released soon.
What are the new features I’ve added?
Now my site comes with a dedicated digital shop for my clients alongside a dedicated blog for my blog readers. All build up and working upon a single extraordinary framework. Also now my site does have a good navigation menu to easily navigate throughout the site which was a big problem in the previous design. Many people have complained about the bad navigation in the old design of my site. Now my site also have breadcrumb integration for posts and pages for better SEO and user experience. A dedicated Client Login and My account section was also a big thing to integrate. These things might not sound much for spending months after months but trust me designing 11 mockups and 4 themes almost 40% before developing this one, took a lot of time.
So, what do you think about the v4 release of my site? Do you like it? Is there anything you don’t like? Do you have and feedback to share about it? Let me know your experience and feedback with the new design and user experience. I hope you will enjoy this new user interface a lot more than the previous one.