I finally did it. I forked over money for a paid theme. I still have to do a lot of the work myself, but this premium upgrade to Westfarthing Woodworks allows me to do a lot of things that will make the experience better for everyone.
New Website Design
It’s been a long time coming, but I finally made the move towards a more responsive and better ran website. Traffic has been steadily increasing over the past couple years, and it’s just time to deliver a better experience.
Had I know that a premium theme would be so easy to work with, and not be such a hit in the wallet, I would have done it a long time ago.
The beauty of a paid product is control. There have been so many things I wanted to do on the website that I either had to hack my way into, or simply let go of because I didn’t know how to accomplish them. It’s a constant battle of what I want to do, versus what my website will allow me to do. In the end, I just want the best experience for you, and for you to be able to find what you need as well as get new ideas that you never thought of.
Big Changes to the Design
The biggest change to the design is the look. On desktop, the site is wide, with three columns and a lot of information. There are pictures on all the articles, making it easier to know what you are about to read.
On mobile, the site turns into a tall column where you still get to see everything, it’s just taller and longer. My other theme was not the best at rendering on mobile, so the user experience was not as good.
I really like that I can feature my posts by popularity, newest posts, and posts by category right on the front page. It’s a simple matter for you to just head over and click on what you want to see. Much easier to understand and less searching around.
Small Changes to the Site
One of the smaller changes that I really struggled with in the beginning is showing you more of my work. I publish a lot of woodworking and guitar making tips, tricks, and tutorials. It’s nearly 500 articles, with over 400,000 words.
With that amount of content, a lot of my best stuff is pushed down towards the bottom where almost nobody will ever find it. The related posts that the theme shows at the end of each article is a huge help, because it displays older material as well as new.
I have written a lot of helpful articles over the years, but unless you see them, you will never know about them. Every method of showing these related posts used to drain my site speed, but this one is built right in and works really well.
What I am Looking Forward to
I really love helping new woodworkers and guitar makers. I get the opportunity to help thousands each day on my site, and even more through my books. I really think that this new design change is going to be really helpful to everyone.
I want to see more people discover things on my site. The content is very visual, and there is a lot on the front page. It is my hope that you scroll around a while, and land on some things that you really like.
Once you see these new articles and ideas, I hope that they help you to become a better woodworker. That’s the ultimate goal, and my hope for each and every one of you. I hope that I can help you become a better woodworker.
If you have any questions about the site, please leave a comment and I will be glad to answer them. Happy building.
Additional Information About Westfarthing Woodworks
While I publish the overwhelming majority of my woodworking content for free, I also have several books available as well. You can see them on my Available Books Page, and they cover several different woodworking disciplines.
You can also Join the Community, and receive updates from me about new articles, upcoming books, and when I release new books. It’s completely free, and full of great tutorials, freebies, and great content.