New Site + Changes

Welcome to my new site! It’s been a little chaotic this past weekend working on the transfer, but I’m so glad this day has finally come. I’m still working out a couple kinks (forwarding the ITCWC url to this one), so please bare with me… I’m not going to lie, this whole transfer/new domain process has been rough. Transferring content, re-categorizing and tagging every single post, designing, developing, and forwarding, wholly heck, it’s been crazy. Taking everything on myself (thanks to Google) was scary, but I’m so glad I went through it because now I feel like an even bigger WordPress/hosting/html nerd (in a good way). Hit me up if you need help, because I’ve probably already been through it, ha.

The Name – I went back and forth about it for a really long time. Mike and I would lay in bed at night coming up with some of the most random ass sh** . I decided it was important to keep my name in the title because a. it’s unique and b. for SEO and search purposes, it’s a winner. In the City with Crystalin was the first name I ever came up with back in 2009, which seems like a hundred years ago, and it’s based on a location I no longer reside. I wanted the new name to be timeless and forever me no matter where I move or what I’m doing. Crystalin Marie (my middle name) just rolled off the tongue nicely. And that’s how she was born.

New features after the jump 

I added Features to the sidebar to provide easy access to some of the most popular weekly series.

Because I don’t normally pin using a hover Pin It button, I never really thought this was needed. But, after doing some research, I decided to give it a go. I also like that it keeps my design sleek and I don’t need extra buttons below the post. I also love that you can customize them!

I’ve added a link to my Want Need Love Pinterest page where I share my favorite picks from around the web.

Every post is now categorized into general topics for easy navigation. Every post is also tagged with more specific categories to help you narrow down whatever it is you’re looking for. Think of tags as subcategories. Other Tid Bits showcases some helpful and fun posts from the past.

As Seen On page is where I share my guest posts, features, and mentions from around the web.

I hope you guys like the new site and find the new features helpful. I want to thank you so much for all your support over the years. This blog has grown so much this past year and I could not have done it without you. If you have any questions, or just general feedback, feel free to email me or leave a comment.

As much as I’m excited my new baby is up and running, I’m so relieved it’s over. I think I’ll take the rest of the day off and enjoy a glass of wine… or 5!

P.s. Don’t forget to update your blog links, rss, or however you follow this blog to the new domain. Also, although all my social media profiles are the same, meaning you don’t have to re-follow me, I do have a new name. I’m still in the process of updating Facebook and Bloglovin.

P.s.s my new email address is crystalinmarie@gmail.com

31 Comments on New Site + Changes

  1. Lauren {Stylized Existence}
    August 26, 2013 at 7:08 am (1 year ago)

    Crystalin! It looks amazing! Congratulations on the huge undertaking – you’re a rockstar!!
    xoxo

    Reply
    • Crystalin
      August 26, 2013 at 7:12 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Lauren! I’m so glad you like it! :)

      Reply
  2. Nicole Vedder
    August 26, 2013 at 7:38 am (1 year ago)

    The new site looks fantastic, looks like a lot of work went into it but well worth it. Looking forward to future posts!

    Reply
    • Crystalin
      August 26, 2013 at 7:49 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks, lady! Means a lot coming from you :)

      Reply
  3. Shelby Helton
    August 26, 2013 at 7:49 am (1 year ago)

    Looks great….you did an amazing job! :)

    Reply
  4. Danielle
    August 26, 2013 at 8:34 am (1 year ago)

    Congrats! Love the new site and mini rebrand. Love that you added the pin it button, I love when its easy to pin via hovering over an image!

    xo,
    Danielle
    http://www.envisionpretty.com

    Reply
  5. Nathalie Defrenne
    August 26, 2013 at 9:26 am (1 year ago)

    So proud of you! This site is amazing- I will be looking at your “shop my favorites” often. I am bookmarking it now.

    Reply
    • Crystalin
      August 26, 2013 at 10:13 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Nat! I’m so glad to know you’re still reading along. Miss you friend. Hope all is well :)

      Reply
  6. Bettina
    August 26, 2013 at 10:10 am (1 year ago)

    I love the new look and feel of the site! I agree with you on the name. You name is wonderfully unique and something you won’t tire of so why not utilize it to brand yourself effectively!

    Reply
  7. Natalie | Natalie Dressed
    August 26, 2013 at 10:20 am (1 year ago)

    Omg, it’s here! Congrats – I love it so much! Especially your about picture. :)

    Reply
    • Natalie | Natalie Dressed
      August 26, 2013 at 10:21 am (1 year ago)

      And by about picture, I meant the one under “Welcome”, but I’m obviously partial to the family pic in your actual about section too. ;)

      Reply
  8. Samantha
    August 26, 2013 at 10:39 am (1 year ago)

    Love the new look and new space! I’m going to start working on something along these lines, good to know I have someone to reach out to when I’m ready to pull my hair out :)

    Reply
    • Crystalin
      August 26, 2013 at 10:49 am (1 year ago)

      Yes, definitely! I may have to start a new series lol :)

      Reply
  9. Lexi @ Glitter, Inc.
    August 26, 2013 at 10:47 am (1 year ago)

    The site looks fantastic! I’m going through the same process now and it is so stressful — just glad to see there’s a light at the end of the tunnel!
    xx lexi @ glitter, inc.

    Reply
    • Crystalin
      August 26, 2013 at 10:50 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much! Good luck with everything. It will most definitely pay off once it’s done. But yes, very stressful… I was tweaking the design literally till the last minute ha!

      Reply
    • Crystalin
      August 26, 2013 at 11:58 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Grace! :)

      Reply
  10. Kim
    August 26, 2013 at 11:30 am (1 year ago)

    Love the new site…congrats! I know it’s definitely hard doing all the design and coding yourself…in the process of doing mine now and it’s a bear.

    Reply
  11. Chelsea
    August 26, 2013 at 11:55 am (1 year ago)

    I LOVE the new site Crystalin! I’m so proud for you, it looks fabulous and the categories are so helpful.

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

    Reply
    • Crystalin
      August 26, 2013 at 11:58 am (1 year ago)

      Aww, thanks Chelsea!:)

      Reply
  12. Sasha
    August 26, 2013 at 2:20 pm (1 year ago)

    i am so in love with the new look, crystalin! it’s just simple and chic — just like you!

    Reply
  13. Kate
    August 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm (1 year ago)

    ob-freakin-sessed, GF! Or should i say, CM! it looks so awesome and i hear ya on the tranferring domain/servers. i am in the process right now and it’s draining! can’t wait to check out the new features. awesome intro post! xx

    Reply
  14. Bria
    August 26, 2013 at 6:26 pm (1 year ago)

    Crystalin! The new site looks GORGEOUS, and my goodness you’ve done a fabulous job by yourself. No easy feat I know. Would love to hear how to got the custom Pin It button – we had one working for awhile on the Framework Blog (hours and hours of tweaking later..), and one day it just up and disappeared and doesn’t want to work anymore. Tips? Point me in the right direction?
    Would SO appreciate it!

    Ps. Thanks for including Framework in your As See On page!
    Best,

    Bria

    Reply
    • Crystalin
      August 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm (1 year ago)

      Awww, thank you so much! I followed this post for the Pin It button. Email me if you have any questions :)

      Reply
  15. Alex
    August 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm (1 year ago)

    Love the re-design – but all of the photos in your old posts won’t load for me…is it just me?

    Reply
    • Crystalin
      August 26, 2013 at 8:25 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you! I just loaded my site on two different browsers and on two phones and it seems to be loading… shoot me an email if it persists.

      Reply
  16. Maria Camila
    August 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm (1 year ago)

    I LOVEEEE IT! You did such an amazing job, it looks very professional. Do you work with blogger as well?

    XO, Adropofbliss.com

    Reply
  17. Jenna Losé
    August 31, 2013 at 12:36 am (1 year ago)

    Spending my Friday night hanging out at home, catching up on blogs and just got a chance to look at your re-design! It looks amazing! Love the beautifully simple design and all the extra fun features! All your hard work definitely paid off. Congrats! Would love to catch up soon!
    Jenna

    Reply

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