It’s been a whirlwind month or more, as I travelled from Doha to Nashville for Forever Live, via Dallas, TX, Columbus, OH, Tiki Island TX and then to Paducah, KY for a trip down memory lane. Since returning I haven’t been well, and yesterday had a wisdom tooth extracted – that was fun! So my feet have hardly touched the ground since the beginning of September. A lot has already been written about Forever Live, and I’m sure you’ll hear lots more, so I won’t say much about it except to say if you haven’t attended a Forever Live yet, put August 3-6 2017 in Phoenix Arizona in your diary now and plan to come! We had a blast, and it was so much fun to meet so many of our pixels2Pages community, not to mention having the whole p2P team together for the first time ever!

Getting to sit in one room and work together as team was a rare treat. Even though we talk all the time, communicate daily by email, Facebook, phone, Skype and more, there’s something about being together in person, being able to bounce ideas off each other, seeing each other’s facial expressions that creates a wonderful atmosphere of cooperation and teamwork. However, getting us all together and throwing ideas around somehow has a way of ending up with more work as we think of new ideas for the website and for our members. Specifically, more work for me! As the person who is chiefly responsible for the website itself, it falls to me to implement changes. I am more than happy to do that, because there are always improvements and updates and added functionality that can be made. I am famous for saying “This shouldn’t take too long” and then spending hours or days completing that “simple” task. So when we started contemplating some website redesign ideas, I was all for it!

Well, I am still all for it, but of course it has turned into a bigger project than any of us expected. So instead of a grand launch we will be rolling out some changes over the next few weeks. Most of the change affects the home page, and ways to navigate the site. Since we set up, the site has grown exponentially, and we now have literally thousands of posts so we need to find ways of getting to the one you want quickly. We have made some changes already – you might have noticed lots of new links on the top menu – the mango bar at the very top of every page on the site. Soon the blueish menu is going away. Everything that’s there has been moved to the mango menu bar so the blue menu has become redundant. The blue menu doesn’t behave very well on small screens so we’re happy to see it go. Also the mango bar doesn’t scroll, so even if you have scrolled down to the bottom of a page, the mango bar is still accessible.

The new menu is the first of many changes. We will keep you posted so you don’t get lost. There’s always a bit of an adjustment when changes happen, but we think what we are planning will be very well received. Don’t worry – we’re not changing any of the site content, just the appearance! So keep popping by and visiting, and if you can’t find something, don’t panic! It will still be here – look around, and if you’re still having trouble you know you can always ask us!


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12 Responses to Blog: A new look

  1. Linda DeLaughter says:

    We were gone from home for 2 weeks after seeing you in Nashville. When we returned home, our internet service is still not hooked up correctly so I have been unable to do ANYTHING on the net.
    I guess I missed the crop?
    Anyway, it was wonderful to see you and the other Pixies! You are all rock stars to me!!!
    Wishing you better health and hoping you back up to speed soon, dear friend!!!

  2. Kathy Braswell says:

    It was great to see you all at Forever! I felt like a rockstar groupie whenever I saw one of the Pixies. I am in awe of your technical & creative abilities! This website reveals so much of Artisan that I would never find on my own. Thanks for all y’all do!!

  3. Terry Vachowski says:

    Thanks, Shelley. I sure don’t envy you all the rearrangement work, but thank you for it!

  4. sistersunshine says:

    Would there be a way to ‘hide’ the mango bar on demand… I’m working on my laptop and the mango bar is quite large (aging eyes)… I’d love a little triangle to click on to make it disappear. *U* Kathleen

    • Shelley says:

      No, it’s a fixed menu. That’s kind of the beauty of it. It doesn’t show very big on my screen.

      • sistersunshine says:

        It wouldn’t show as much if it were just one line of ‘options’ but it goes into a second line… so on my screen it’s about 1/5th of the total screen (with the address thingy at the very top) Aging eyes I guess I have to put up with it. *U* Kathleen

        • Shelley says:

          Can you email me a screenshot Kathleen. On my computer it also wraps to a second line if I shrink the screen but it still takes up less than 3/4″. I’m thinking you have your resolution set quite low.

  5. Deanna says:

    It will all be good, Shelley! Of that I have no doubt. 🙂

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