Under Construction

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If you visited Wardrobe Oxygen in the past 24 hours you likely saw an “Under Construction” message instead of my blog. As I mentioned in last week's Weekend Reads, I am renovating this site. It is not just a makeover with new font or layout, but an entire framework change as well as theme. And the dust has not yet settled.

You will see the site looks very different. My hope is once I finish all this, I will have a homepage that will have categories as well as the chronological blog post content. The site should be faster; you should have less of a delay going from page to page or having this site open up. But you will see plenty of wonky half-done things and some things that just aren't cute.

I just couldn't have my site down any longer, it was stressing me out. The last thing I want is someone to need advice, Google an answer, find me and then get an “Under Construction” message. I had a few wanting to shop the Colleen Rothschild anniversary sale and couldn't access the post about my skincare to shop. And honestly, a good chunk of my income comes from the ads on this site and if the site can't be seen, neither can the ads. So we will navigate this construction site together.

I'd love your help. Navigate through Wardrobe Oxygen, tell me if you see weird things (and with it let me know if you're on a laptop, desktop, phone, or tablet). Tell me if something you liked is missing or harder to use. And since I'm doing this major renovation, I am happy to hear if there is some feature on another blog you visit that you really think is great and would be good here at Wardrobe Oxygen. I cannot guarantee if I can do it but I'd love to hear what appeals to you so I can try to incorporate it into this updated version of the site.

Thank you for being part of this community, and for your continued support. I will continue to provide the best quality content and keep working to make this site as accessible and useful as possible.

And don't worry, I'll be increasing the font size a bit. I know I am not the only grown-ass woman who finds herself squinting more and more these days when she reads. I got you!

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19 Comments

  1. Hi Alison,
    The new look is really nice: uncluttered on my devices ( laptop, desktop, phone).

    This link in the blurb at the top of “Capsule Wardrobes” just goes back to the main page:
    Scroll through the archives to also find tips on how to extend your style, pare down your wardrobe without sacrificing your style, and [THIS IS THE ONE{how to look stylish on a budget.}]

    I was trying to search for your lovely post about your mother’s style, to no avail until I just scrolled back through the fall posts page by page. It is a very strong piece or writing; I am sure I am not the only person who will want to find it. IDK if it works for your vision, but “Reader Favourites”?

    Thank you for WO. It is interesting, useful, fun, and often thought-provoking.

    Best,
    Elizabeth

  2. Can’t wait to see the new design!

    Maybe it’s just me, but I find it hard to read the light gray font sometimes. Old eyes (sigh!)

  3. I love the new layout. It is clean and fresh and easily navigatable. The only negative is with the pop-down feature bar (the “look at me! Read me NOW!” bar – almost like a pop-up box). It is irritating and a distraction, especially to an individual with slight attention span difficulties.
    Other than that, the site is great.

  4. Love the refresh, but on mobile it takes about 15 seconds of scrolling to get past the header and image blocks to find links to recent content. I’d prefer to see new content up at the top.

    1. I understand where you’re coming from. Usually, folks come to my site to a certain page that I linked to on social or they found from a Google search. Those who come to the homepage directly are usually new to the site. I had a high bounce rate for that category of visitor and I was thinking it was because one couldn’t figure out what the site was about and the content it held so I am trying this to see if it changes bounce rate. If it remains the same or hurts it, I will do new content at the top. I appreciate this feedback, this is really helpful!

  5. On ipad + safari, iOs 17.2

    Tried several posts (mostly really old, but one more recent). Tapping pictures isn’t bringing up the pinterest icon, so I can’t pin

    I’ve tried with one post using chrome, also not letting me pin

    1. Thank you for this. It is working for me in Chrome but I will try in another browser and on my phone to see if I can replicate and then remedy. This is great feedback, I appreciate it!

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