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