4 Year Blogiversary and a New Home!

Finally. Fin-al-ly.

It’s no secret that Budget Bytes outgrew Blogger long, long ago. I was in denial for a few years, thinking that, “hey, this is just a hobby and if Hyperbole and a Half can have a kazillion readers and still use Blogger, so can I.” Apples and oranges my friends. At some point just over a year ago I realized that my content is drastically different and it needed a level of functionality that Blogger just couldn’t support.

It’s been a long, long, road full of trademarks, IP lawyers, and design/migration adventures, but the new website is finally here… and right on schedule with my 4-year blogiversary!

Thank you:

I want to give a quick shout out to all of the amazing people that have made this possible:

John Di Giacomo and the folks over at Newburg Law – they executed negotiations for my acquisition of budgetbytes.com quickly and painlessly. I didn’t want to move the site to any other domain and they made it happen. I couldn’t have asked for better help.

Emily White of Emily White Designs- This amazing woman created the new design, figured out how to organize all of my crazy content into a user friendly and navigable site, and orchestrated the complex migration of ALL of the old material to the new site. It was a HUGE job, but she exceeded my expectations at every turn. She’s an amazingly thorough and professional designer and I feel so lucky that I just happened to stumble upon her work one day. She’s a life saver!

And YOU! – Like I said, this is a hobby, but honestly I would have stopped doing it a long, long time ago if it wasn’t for all of you. The constant encouragement and your wonderful stories of food budget reform inspire me every single day to keep blogging about my food and financial fun. It’s been an amazing and life changing experience and it’s all because of you. Words can’t express.

Take a Look Around:

Here is what you can look forward to with the new site:

Printable recipe cards! You asked and I delivered. Hopefully the new recipe cards will make life much easier for you.

Easier navigation – The drop down menus across the top of the page include the most popular categories. When you click on a category from the drop down menu, you’ll be taken to a visual list of all the recipes in that category. The name of the recipe is displayed when you hover over the picture. A list of all the categories (not just the most popular) can be found in a drop down menu in the side bar on the right.

Better search function – I’m really excited about this one. I’ve been using the search function a lot while preparing for the reveal, and it works so much better than the old search function. If you’re looking for a recipe, this is the best way to find it. You can find the search tool in the very top right hand corner, or at the very bottom of the page on the left.

Pin straight from the posts – One of the most annoying limitations of the old site was not being able to pin photos to pinterest straight from the website itself. You’ll notice on the new website that you can hover over any picture and pin it just by clicking. Easy! Yay! (or you can still visit me on Pinterest)

Of course, there are always sacrifices:

To make the printable recipe cards I had to sacrifice the nice tables that made the ingredient pricing easy to see. The prices are still there, but they’re just in line with the ingredients. Since the prices are just for example purposes anyway, I figured it’s a small price to pay.

Simplified categories – As my content grew, so did the number of categories. It just got kind of out of hand and overwhelming to look through. I’ve simplified the categories and gotten rid of some that were subjective anyway (easy, intermediate, advanced, quick, etc.).

Broken links – There may be some broken links out there on the internet, but we’ve installed a program that will attempt to search for the corresponding post on the new website and take you there. It will redirect you to the correct post/address most of the time, but I’m sure there will still be some issues. Please bear with me, I’ll have to go update all the links on my pinterest site.

And lastly, I’m only about half way through updating the content to match the new format (inserting recipe cards and uploading feature photos), but I’ll be working on that diligently over the next few weeks. I’m working backward through the content, so the newest material (2012-2013) is already golden.

So, take a look around and I hope you enjoy! Budgetbytes.com

108 Comments

  1. Alana says:

    Congratulations on the new site – it looks great! I’m looking forward to another 4 years of BB :-)

  2. JACKI says:

    congratulations! Looks great!

  3. The new site looks fantastic! Great work! And thank you for all of your hard work!

  4. Carmella says:

    I’ve been following you (and making your recipes) for a few years now and I’m so happy to see BB with a new look! It’s great and I can’t wait to check everything out

  5. Suzy says:

    I’m so happy for yoU! The new website looks great and is much easier to use. I’m confused about why I can’t use capital letters in my comment right now but I’ll let it slide, because I’m so excited about everything else ;).

  6. Russ Taber says:

    I googled a recipe and found the new site. Slightly confused, but then realized the real domain name and the great new look!

    Congrats! Thank you for the fantastic resource!

  7. Claire says:

    CongratS! I love your recipes and your new site!

  8. susan desimone says:

    you are my favorite! the site looks great!!

  9. Lisa says:

    Love your site and amazing recipes. Thanks for all you do for us. Congrats on your amazing success!

  10. Amber P. says:

    Congrats, Beth, it looks wonderful!

  11. Aw, so exciting! Cheers to 4 years!

  12. Jennie says:

    Love the new site! I’ve been following Budget Bytes for a long time now (maybe 2 years?) and this is the first time I’ve ever posted. MOstly, I just wanted to say THANK YOU! Thank you for all the amazing recipes and step-by-step instructions. This is still one of my favorite sites I visit regularly.

  13. Congrats lady!! The New site looks great!

  14. Samantha says:

    Love it. Looks amazing.

  15. happy blogiversary!

  16. It’s beautiful, Beth! It looks wonderful and vibrant, and I’m so excited to see what the future has in store for Budget Bytes.

  17. Emma says:

    The new site looks awesome! Congratulations!

  18. Emily says:

    Yay! congrats on the move – new site looks fab. keep up the great work!

  19. nick says:

    Congratulations! You’ve made my life a helluva lot easier and more productive.

  20. Stephanie says:

    It looks great! Congrats! And yay I can finally comment from my iPad! So many comments I wanted to leave but had trouble witht the old format! Can’t wait to explore!

  21. i LOVE it! great job :)

  22. Margo says:

    Happy blogiversary! The site looks great! I love this blog & all your great recipes!

  23. Congrats on the anniversary and the move! (Thanks for keeping RSS!)

  24. Megan says:

    congratulations! My husband and I have been following for a long time now, and we’ve been pleased with every recipe we’ve tried. If we are struggling for inspiration, we just pull up Budget Bytes and know we’re going to get a delicious, healthy and inexpensive recipe. Thanks for everything!

  25. HUCK says:

    The site looks great.

  26. Christina P says:

    Beth!! budget bytes’ new home looks amazing. congratulations on this huge, momentous occasion! and on the four years of great food blogging! keep those great recipes coming :)!

  27. Emily says:

    It looks great!

  28. Congrats! i love the new layout!

  29. Vivian says:

    Congratulations on your blogiversary and migration to the new site. I loved your blog then and I love the new one. I will be trying out printing the recipe card very soon. Thank you for the hours and hours of work and the many awesome recipes I have cooked from this site and are now my favorites. Diner would not be the same at the Evan’s household without Bugdetbytes.

  30. Sam Salter says:

    Looks great and love the recipes.. Keep them going..

  31. Sarah jane says:

    So excited! it is beautiful, and your hard work really shows. as a loyal follower, i’m super duper excited.

  32. Erin says:

    Love the new site!

    For some reason I can’t type capital letters while typing here, but I will post anyway…

    i found your blog a year or so ago and have followed it ever since. i love your photographs of each step of the recipe, and the option to print the recipes directly off the site.

    and i love so many of your recipes.

    congrats on getting your own domain name and keep up the great work!!!

  33. Lucy S says:

    Congrats and woo!! Love the page whether old or new, but liking the new options for sure. Thank you for all you do and God bless!

  34. Cali Mom says:

    Looks great! I just found your site about 3 months ago and visit it weekly for recipe ideas. You have also gotten me hooked on using sriracha in recipes rather than just as a condiment. Thanks! Looking forward to the recipe cards and pintrest.

  35. THe new site looks great! Congrats on four years!

  36. Congrats! The new website looks awesome!

  37. Yay! It looks great. So excited for you. Well done.

  38. Sarah says:

    Congrats on 4 years! Yours is my favourite food blog, and my fiance always asks for your recipes again when I make them :) Love the new site it looks brilliant

  39. Happy Anniversary. I love your site!!

  40. The new site looks awesome! I love the new recipe cards!

  41. Dunja says:

    Congratulations, Beth! I was starting to panic when I wanted to log on to the usual Budget Bytes Blog but couldn’t (the link doesn’t get forwarded for me), but as I was reading Twitter at the same time, there was the solution :) Keep up the good work, you are a foodie’s dream!

  42. The new site looks great! Congrats on getting the .com too! And happy 4 year blogiversary! That is awesome. :)

  43. Debbie says:

    Woo hoo! Congratulations, and thank you for all your hard work.

  44. Beautiful website. This one definitely has more personality! Congratulations!

  45. Sheila says:

    Happy blogiversary and congratulations on the new site! You deserve it!!

  46. vivian says:

    Love the new site! Your blog/recipes are fantastic-thank you so much!

    Looking forward to your first book!

  47. Samantha says:

    Congrats! Do we have to re-subscribe our emails or has that been done for us?

    Keep up the awesome work! ;)

    • The email subscription is already transferred for you :D Surprisingly, that was probably the easiest part of the whole process. Let me know if you encounter any problems! Thanks! :D

  48. Jenna says:

    Thanks for taking the time to keep up your blog/website! Have tried many recipes and never have tried one we didn’t like! I have made several of your recipes for other people and they ALWAYS ask for the recipes. I always pass your blog along. :-)

  49. I love it! It looks fantastic, congratulations!!!!

  50. teresa says:

    the new site is be-you-tee-ful!!!! I was not a big fan of the previous format, but you content has always been first class and i LOVE it, so I hung in, like everyone else has regardless of how it looked. This is befitting of your passion for cooking and bringing us budget friendly meals! Happy Anniversary!!

  51. Congratulations!! The new site looks amazing!!

  52. The print function is marvelous!

    The whole site looks dee-lish – congratulations on your blogiversary – and your migration!

  53. Reise says:

    You go Honey Fresh!

  54. Rachel says:

    It looks gorgeous!! I am so excited for you – your site has always been fantastic and you were a lifesaver for my boyfriend who would never have survived going back to school without your help.

  55. Todd_H says:

    BOOYAH…Recipe cards. Thank you!

  56. Your new website looks great – congratulations!!

  57. The new site looks great. Congratulations on 4 years!!

    It would be really handy if you could get the old links to work, because I have a page full of them saved!

    For example, this link…

    http://budgetbytes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/zesty-tomato-artichoke-pasta-514-recipe.html

    …just goes into an infinite redirect loop.

    • Eek, sorry about that AJ! I think that one has something to do with the fact that it’s coming from the UK version of blogger… if you replace the .co.uk with .com on that link it redirects to the proper page. Hmmm… I’m going to have to see if there’s anything I can do about that :(

  58. It looks KILLER, well done!

  59. Vickie says:

    I love the new look. Congratulations on 4 fantastic years. :)

  60. Val in MN says:

    WOW! Looks incredible! Wishing you 4 and more great years.

  61. Casey says:

    Congratulations Beth! I’ve been an avid follower of yours for a while now – I recommend your site to people all the time. I’m thrilled you’ve reached your four-year anniversary… and developed an awesome new domain! Hope you get a chance to celebrate your accomplishment :)

  62. Love it! Love you! I heard you were getting a cookbook together, still doing that? I want one!!! Also I made the gnocchi last night and I couldn’t help but think that there is a way to make this into a dessert. Maybe instead of adding salt you add sugar, fry it like a doughnut, and drizzle it with frosting or sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. I don’t know, your the genius!

  63. G’day and Happy Anniversary! Congrats on a 4 year job well done!
    What would you say has been the most “challenging” in keeping your blog going ? (if you don’t mind me asking as a relatively new blogger) Cheers! Joanne
    What’s On The List
    http://www.whatsonthelist
    PS Would love to ask you more questions too…:)

    • Thanks! Hmm, most challenging… It varies from day to day, but thinking up new content can be a challenge, as well as putting in the time after I’ve already done an 8 hour shift at my day job :) It’s exhausting sometimes, but the reward is always more than worth it!

  64. Liz P. says:

    The new site looks awesome Beth…wondered why my old bookmark wouldn’t work!! LOL
    I’be been following you for almost a year now and love, love, love your recipes…thanks :D

  65. Great website!! What a milestone! Very happy for you and this next step, this gives me a lot of encouragement to keep going with my blogging as well.

  66. Yes, yes, yes, this looks amazing (by the way, I literally said that out loud when the new site opened)! I just discovered your site this past weekend and wow, what a huge improvement over the blogger site. Don’t get me wrong, I would have continued visiting the old site, but as an end-user, this is great! Kudos to your team of folks for making this transition happen and congratulations on your 4th year blogiversary. Keep the recipes coming! :)

  67. Oanh says:

    Congratulations and I love the new design!

  68. Congratulations! The new home looks wonderful :)

  69. Rita N. says:

    Congratulations on four years! I have only been following you for a few months, but my family and I have have enjoyed many of your recipes. Thank you!

  70. Kris says:

    Just FYI, I use nosquint to make things readable, and your new site doesn’t scale (either font-based or whole page-based, I use both) nearly as well as the old one.

    That being said, I do like the new print option, and when not scaled, the site looks awesome!

  71. Claire says:

    Congrats on the new site! I love the design. Thanks for all the delicious recipes. Every one I’ve tried is a winner!

  72. Yeah,congratulations to all your success! Your new site looks great!
    xoxo carly

  73. Audrey says:

    Recipe cards!

    OMG.

  74. Audrey says:

    P.S: I’ve only been following BudgetBytes for about a month now, but it’s seriously the best web-related thing that’s happened to me in ages. I love the pricing, I love the healthy serving sizes, I love the diversity of recipes… Just everything.

    I’m moving to NYC in a few days to start grad school, and your recipes (I’m sticking to those under $1.15/serving) combined with my zeal for couponing will serve me well. Thank you so much.

  75. Mr. Magniloquent says:

    Congratulations, Ms. Beth. Your website is an inspiration and an asset. The presentation to your new website is superb, and I am continually grateful for it.

  76. Terry says:

    Love, love, love, love your new site. It’s amazing. Congratulations and thank you.

  77. Sarah says:

    Wow!! Looks great!! Congratulations!!

  78. I know what you mean about the limits of Blogger but man you did amazing things within those limits. Good luck with the new site! Glad to be here with you.

  79. I have been a fan of this blog for soooo long! It keeps me full during college haha
    Congrats!!
    DLX

  80. Happy Blogiversary, Beth! I love the new site. I again cannot thank you enough for what you do. I am a financial disaster and I’m trying to reign myself in. Your recipes and direction are a huge step forward for me! I’m a (pastry) chef and it’s hard to limit myself to a food budget. You make it so easy! A number of your recipes are now staples here… dragon noodles, teriyaki meatballs, etc.

    Keep up the great work!
    xo Meg

  81. Congrats on the new site! I’ve been a follower for a long time and learned to cook using your instructions. The step by step pictures you provide are so helpful for beginner cooks! Many of your recipes are now family dinner staples. Thanks so much for hard work!

  82. Jessica says:

    I just want to say that both you and your new website are brilliant. I especially love the fact that you included a quick link to vegetarian recipies, thank you!

  83. I *love* the new layout! Everything looks wonderful. Great job, Beth!

  84. Linda says:

    Beth!
    First I want to say that I LOVE budgetbytes and have been a HUGE fan since I found it/you a few years ago!!
    I also LOVE the new layout and site!
    I have been going through all of my pins on Pinterest and updating all links on there, but I am missing a go-to recipe that I can’t find on here now!
    “basic balsamic vinaigrette” The only link I came across ( a “you may also like” link) was broken. I hope to see it again soon!

    Best,

    Linda

    • Eek, I think that’s one that I ended up deleting because I felt that it was all wrong (now that I know better!). All I do to make balsamic vinaigrette now is add a half cup oil, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, one clove of garlic, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, and some salt and pepper to a blender and press go. You can also add few herbs if you’d like (oregano is nice). I think the old recipe I had way more vinegar than oil, which just makes a watery mess.

  85. Looks great Beth! Congratulations!

  86. Danielle says:

    Love the new crisp look! :)

  87. Emily says:

    Just wanted to share that I love the new design. I’m excited for you to see how much this has grown in the time that I’ve been following along (although rarely commenting).

  88. Heidi says:

    Ack! Finally I can pin! I’ve been waiting for this!

  89. Love the new digs! So fun, happy, and full of brightness and cheer!

  90. Your new site looks awesome! I haven’t had much time to look around yet, but I can already tell it’ll be easier to find things. Great work!

  91. Marie says:

    I had a moment of panic when I clicked my saved link to the Lentil and Sausage Stew and it took me to a different recipe – I mean, how could I live without your recipes to inspire me?! It took me a few seconds to figure out, but the new website looks awesome and it is definitely easier to navigate. Thanks as always for everything you write for us!

  92. Cindy says:

    Wow, I go away for a week and look what happens…your new site is like a party now – so cool and colorful! Awesomeness! Congrats!

  93. Beth Cooper says:

    Love the new site! I’ve been following Budget Bytes for a long time now and love the new look. I use this site as I have a on going collection of hungry teens at my house. My daughter has developed a delightful habit of bringing home half of the high school band for meals and sometimes the flag kids too. And it’s important to me to be able to properly feed them (no frozen pizza rolls here!) without having them break my wallet, so I always feel that I can easily make room for one more at the table. Thanks!

  94. derek says:

    Hi Beth, new site is great! Just one suggestion – when on a touch/mobile device, you can’t roll over the images on the “category” pages so you have to open each one or guess which recipe it is by the picture. Wondering if it’s possible to list the recipe name below the image?

    • I’m going to have to look into that. On my iphone if I just click once the title appears and then if I click again it goes to the recipe page. Have you tried that? I don’t have an ipad to test it out on…

      • derek says:

        I don’t have any Apple devices so not sure about that but on both Android devices I have (phone and tablet, tried different browsers) tapping the image opens the link to the recipe on the first tap.

  95. Longtime reader, first-time commenter here–I was a broke college student (just graduated) and your site pretty much saved my butt. :) The redesign looks great!! I’m not a big fan of the new archive layout, though… It’s hard for me to tell what the recipes are. I know I can hover, but it takes such a long time. (I have a touchpad, no mouse.) And I can’t ctrl+F to find recipes I’ve seen before. :( So that’s my one critique. I can’t remember if it was text-only before? I liked…whatever it used to be, though. :)

    • Thanks for the feedback! That’s definitely one of the features I’m going to reconsider for the next redesign :) In the mean time, check out the search function. I just upgraded it late last week and it works really well now!

  96. I love the new site, Beth! I’m a little late getting over here but Happy Blogiversary! Have a great week and keep the great recipes coming!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

  97. Jessica says:

    The new site looks great. I was concerned when my budgetbytes link didn’t work for a few weeks but very surprised to find an all new website today. I’ve really enjoyed the recipes you post because they aren’t “typical,” you provide a great source of inspiration!

  98. Congrats! I found your site from do it and how dot com featuring your soft boiled eggs.

Speak Your Mind

*