Wednesday, November 16, 2005

New Site Design!

Whew! I know I’ve been promising this since I launched Candy Blog, but here it is. I engaged Hop Studios in Vancouver for the redo and brought both my blogs into one place. Yes the design is pretty (thanks go out to Susannah Gardner’s special skills) and the code/layout is super awesome (thanks go out to Travis Smith).

Why change? Well, the old blog template was used by at least 83.6 million other blogs and when you land here, you shouldn’t feel like you could be anywhere. I wanted more CANDY PHOTOS! (Hit refresh to get another treat… well not too many times, there are only five right now.)

Second - we’ve got categories! We’ve got search! Now you can find out what I thought about Pocky last spring or White KitKats last summer. I’m still working on the categories, but at least now you can see all the ratings in one place.

Third - if you notice something wonky, post here in the comments and I’ll try to figure it out. I’m not completely moved in yet. Some stuff is still in boxes, but if you click something and it doesn’t go anywhere, lemme know.

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  1. Wow, I feel lucky to be the first one(or second, by the time I post this)to comment.

    It looks great!  It’s nice and bright, and very clear.

    Found you recently, but haven’t commented..yet.

    It’s a very fun blog, and you do a wonderful job with it.

    Comment by margi on 11/16/05 at 10:46 pm #
  2. Looks great!  The candy in the background makes me want to eat my screen.

    Comment by Marvo on 11/17/05 at 12:27 am #
  3. It’s delicious!

    I have a favor:  Could you make some holiday gift suggestions? Preferably gifts that can be bought online.

    Shopping for the inlaws always leaves me stumped!

    Comment by desertwind on 11/17/05 at 12:58 am #
  4. Cybele,
    The site looks great.  Congrads!  One question, why is there are count down to the end of “Candy Season”?  Is it when Easter comes around?  Because personally, just because it gets warm enough to melt the Snickers in my pocket, it doesn’t mean Candy Season is over, it means I need to eat that Snickers sooner, and look for some Sweet Tarts =).

    Comment by Mad Cow on 11/17/05 at 3:57 am #
  5. Wow! The new design looks great, Cybele. I love it!

    Comment by Nic on 11/17/05 at 6:12 am #
  6. Site looks swell!  I enjoy coming here every day (although I am sad you do not like marzipan; I love it!).

    Have you ever tried anything from The Swiss Colony catalogue?  I got one in the mail & the kids are all begging for goodies from there (usually I stick to See’s - which I think is consistently yummy).


    Comment by gOO on 11/17/05 at 11:51 am #
  7. Awesome! I don’t want to refresh yet as I love the Candy Corn background!

    Comment by Jodi on 11/17/05 at 11:56 am #
  8. Nice redesign!  Looks even more delicious than before… by the way ever since you mentioned Choxie I have been seeing it like everywhere and everyone has been talking about it. I guess their marketing is working…

    Comment by Bryan on 11/17/05 at 12:22 pm #
  9. What a lovely and dynamic redesign!
    Re: Swiss Colony - don’t bother, unless it is for your kids (and they don’t care about subtle taste nuances, etc). It is very bland, generic gift-baskety stuff. Except for the dobosh torte - stick one in the freezer & eat frozen slices!  Yum!

    Comment by elise on 11/17/05 at 3:26 pm #
  10. This is exciting! Colorful, absorbing, and full of possibilities… Congratulations, and thanks for inviting us in! grin

    Comment by michal on 11/17/05 at 4:43 pm #
  11. Thanks everyone for the lovely welcome for the new design!

    If you already have a feed for the site, it might be a little wonky for the next few days, but I’ll try to get it ironed out so you don’t have to change.

    I’m going to leave this post here for the new folks to see, but I’ll keep up with the daily candy reviews!

    Comment by cybele on 11/17/05 at 6:02 pm #
  12. I so love this new look.  It’s genius!

    Comment by Sarah Lou on 11/17/05 at 6:11 pm #
  13. Lovely, yummy, and easy to navigate. Well done! I’m envious…

    Comment by Natty on 11/17/05 at 6:33 pm #
  14. I’ll join the masses in their accolades. Wonderful job, almost as good as the reviews.

    Comment by Amy on 11/18/05 at 5:58 am #
  15. This looks better than I expected!

    It’s all candy-y and bright!

    good job!

    Comment by Russ on 11/18/05 at 4:58 pm #
  16. Looks great! Great job, I love it! smile

    Comment by Flavia on 11/18/05 at 7:39 pm #
  17. Hi,
    My friend told me about this site—-looks great (and tasty)! I have a question, can you tell me how blogging has helped promote your product, and how often do you update your blog?

    Comment by Emily on 11/19/05 at 7:39 am #
  18. The new design is awesome!  Bright and colorful is the way to go.  NOW I WANT CANDY CORN!

    Comment by Robyn on 11/19/05 at 11:08 am #
  19. You’re one of the first sites I’ve seen that seems to appreciate flavorfull marshmallows. We would love to send you a sample of what we do. Go to our site and see for yourself and let us know if you are interested.  We’re new, but growing fast!

    Comment by Ann Hickey on 11/19/05 at 8:57 pm #
  20. Awesome, Cybele.  :D It’s prettyful!

    Also, still got the Japanese ‘Fruits Gummy’ under China, I see…;)  (Remember? That was my first comment. :D)

    Comment by Tindy on 11/21/05 at 3:24 am #
  21. “better than he expected”—what’s that supposed to mean? Did he think it would be all sticky and stained with chocolate smears? wink

    Comment by Travis Smith on 11/22/05 at 10:32 pm #
  22. I haven’t been by in a while, but just wanted to say I like the new design. :O)

    Comment by Nanette on 11/26/05 at 4:17 pm #
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