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The New Stacy Makes Cents!

The New Stacy Makes Cents!

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Happy Monday everybody!  I hope you’re as excited as I am to unveil the brand new Stacy Makes Cents.  Several weeks in the making, we’ve made some big changes around here on both the stuff you can see – and the stuff you can’t.  All in all, we expect the blog to run faster, be easier to navigate, and easier to share with your friends.  So after weeks of HTML, CSS and Photoshop, here it is!

I know it looks a little different than the old site, but take heart!  Today’s post is your guided tour.  You’ll have the hang of things in no time.

Header Menu

The New Stacy Makes Cents!

We’ve made things as simple as possible.  Everything is now in three major categories: Mommy, Frugal Housewife and In the Kitchen

Plus we’ve added a few extra items for easier navigation on some more common pages.  If you hold your mouse over some of the links at the top of the page, you’ll find that some have sub-menus or a category index.  I especially encourage you to check out the Whole Foods Recipe Index, as it now is broken down by meal and a few other helpful ways.

Resources Page

One of the features we’re really excited about with the new Stacy Makes Cents is the Resources page, accessible from the header menu.  We’re asked all the time how we do what we do.  On this page, we’ve laid it all out for you.  Who hosts the site, what platforms we use, how we advertise, and all kinds of other good resources you might want to see, whether you’re a blogger or simply a casual reader with a curious mind.

Social Media

I’ve been using Instagram and Google+ a lot more recently, so now you have more options to connect with me on social media, directly from the Stacy Makes Cents home page.  If you’re not already a part of the conversation in these communities, I invite you to join me!

Search

The New Stacy Makes Cents!

I’ve added some really cool new search tools that I think will help anyone looking for content on SMC.  For the basic search box, I just couldn’t beat Google.  So if you want to find something on SMC, one of the easiest ways is just to search for it in the search bar at the top.  If you want to be more specific, scroll to the VERY BOTTOM of the site and you’ll find  three BRAND NEW archive options: archive by date, category and author.  If I’ve written about it, with one of those four tools you should be able to find it! :)

Reading Posts & Commenting

There’s not a lot new going on in the article window, except the look is a little cleaner and prettier.  The comment form is now above the existing comments, which should help if you want to interact – you won’t have as much scrolling to do.  At the bottom of each post, we kept the “Related Posts” to help you find other articles that might be of interest and the various icons to share articles with friends.

The New Stacy Makes Cents!

One new addition that we’re really pleased to release is a “sticky” menu bar at the top.  If you’re reading an article way down on the page and want to go back home or return to the top of the page, it is as simple as clicking the appropriate option on the menu that should always float at the top when the standard navigation menu disappears.

Sidebar

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Footer

The New Stacy Makes Cents!

At the bottom of the site I’ve added what I think are three key resources missing from the previous site:

  • Most Popular Posts – Want to know what the world’s favorite SMC article is?  Here’s a handy list.
  • Daily Email Sign-up – I’ve always had this form at the top of the site, but if you’re like me, you might not want to sign up until you see what somebody has to offer.  Well…if you’re one of those people (“those people” – HA!) I’ve saved you some scrolling.
  • Archives – I mentioned earlier that there are now more ways to find previously-written content.  As of today’s launch date, we’re still tweaking these a bit, but you will be able to find any/all articles by category, date or author.  So if you want to find what I thought about something a few years ago, now you can. :)

On Your Tablet or Phone?

The new Stacy Makes Cents is responsive, which means it is smart enough to know whether you’re browsing from your computer, tablet or phone and adjust its look slightly to match the screen you’re on.  So if you’re browsing on your fancy iPhone, scroll around a bit and you’ll find everything is still there – it just got re-ordered to make your life a little easier.  One important thing you might ask on some devices is, “where is the menu?” – tap the little “three line” icon in the upper left and you’ll see all the menu options.  We did it this way to save you some screen real estate on those smaller screens.

The New Stacy Makes Cents!

Help Me Out

Inevitably when a new site is unveiled there are issues.  I’m sure Barry missed something glaringly obvious (or maybe it was me?), so if you find something is broken, odd looking (other than my photo), or just flat doesn’t seem to act like you think it should, let us know!  Fill out the contact form and let us know we need to work on something…and thanks in advance for your help!

One Last Thing

Now that you’ve learned how to use my site, come back tomorrow for my first all-new post!  Until then, you should head over to my friend Erinn’s site, where I’m posting a recipe today for my version of Russian Dressing.



Comment Policy: I love hearing your thoughts and input on what I write. Since I write about what works at my house, what pleases my handsome hubby and darling children; I'm sure we'll disagree sometimes. In those cases, do what's right for you and yours. As with any form of communication, please only post comments that move the discussion in a positive direction.

About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.

  • http://impossibleway.livejournal.com Brandy

    Looking good! I would say that comments might be a little confusing for posts where there’s not a “Read More” I had to click on the title to this post to leave a comment. I do love the less scrolling! :)

    • Stacy

      That was an oversight. We wanted the whole post up, but I fixed it now. Thanks.

  • http://smarttereachday.wordpress.com/ Jessica Smartt

    Beautiful! My eyes took a deep breath. :)

    • Stacy

      :-) You’re so sweet!

  • Tanya

    Looks great!!!!

    • Stacy

      Thank you, Tanya!

  • Anna

    Looks nice!

    I think the popular posts isnt working as its saying: Google Analytics Popular Posts Alert :
    Please check/recheck/enter your Google Analytics Profile ID

    • Anna

      hmm it seems to be working now >< Funny thing….

      • Stacy

        Great! Thanks for letting us know.

  • http://getalonghome.com Cindy

    Looks good!

    • Stacy

      Yay!!!

  • http://Heathfamily7.wordpress.com Tara H

    How fun! I think it looks great.

    • Stacy

      :-) Thanks, Tara!

  • Kathy S.

    Congratulations!!

    The new site looks great!!

    • Stacy

      :-) Thank you, Kathy!

  • http://HassiesKitchenandGarden.com Faylee

    Hubba hubba,,,lookin good. Congratulations to you and your web designer, great job!

    Faylee James

    • Stacy

      LOL Faylee, you make me laugh!

  • http://daybydayhomestead.blogspot.com/ Nora

    Awesome new design. Love it.

    • Stacy

      :-) Thank you, Nora!

  • http://www.cfamilyof6.com Becca C

    Woo I love it, Stacy!

    • Stacy

      Thanks, Becca!

  • http://www.sherrindak.blogspot.com Sherrinda

    Love it! It looks fabulous!

    • Stacy

      :) Thank you!

  • Allison

    Love your blog and your new look!

    • Stacy

      Thank you, Allison!

  • Kerry

    Looks great! And it knew I was on my phone and adjusted perfectly. That is really appreciated.

    • Stacy

      :-) I’m glad to hear that! Some people were having difficulties on their phone, so that’s good to know.

  • Brandy

    Love the new site – especially the formatting for cell phone viewing! Miss the “cause that’s how I roll” in the intro :) That’s always been my favorite line! Congrats on the new site! Thanks for all the awesome advice you guys give – you are both an inspiration!

    • Stacy

      I KNEW IT!!!! I told Barry y’all would miss that. I told him I wanted it back. Thanks for proving that I was right. LOL

  • Cynthia

    I love the new look!!

    • Stacy

      Barry just did a fabulous job. :-)

  • http://christianmommyblogger.com Nikki @ Christian Mommy Blogger

    I love it!! LOVE IT!!

    • Stacy

      THANKS! :-) I love YOU!

  • Theresa

    Stacy, it looks great! Awesome(do they say that anymore?? Oh well, I constantly date myself lol) idea for the smart phone–screen real estate is prime. Looking forward to navigating the new site.

    • Stacy

      Oh no…awesome isn’t cool anymore? I’m in trouble.

  • Sandy

    Looking good!!

    • Stacy

      Thanks, Sandy!

  • Sabrina

    Looks good.

    • Stacy

      Thank you, Sabrina!

  • http://creatingnaturally.com Mindy @ Creating Naturally

    L-O-V-E it!!! :)

    • Stacy

      L-O-V-E YOU!

  • Jenny

    Looks great!

    • Stacy

      Thanks, Jenny!

  • http://www.sweetkissesanddirtydishes.com Debra

    Looks great! The only thing I see is the link to the Russian dressing is not working, but that is not a design thing. I was hoping you would not get rid of the “feel” of Stacy Makes Cents and the avatar, and you did not, but I do think it looks really nice.

    Debra

    • Barry

      Oops. The link is fixed now. Thanks!

  • http://www.cubbycrafts.blogspot.com Jennifer Dunn

    Love the new look of your blog and thanks for the guided tour! Have a beautiful day!

    • Stacy

      :-) You too, Jennifer!

  • http://day2dayjoys.com Rachel @ day2day joys

    Stacy, I really love your new design! It’s just as beautiful and love how easy it is to click though!

    • Stacy

      Thanks, Rachel! I think Barry did a fabulous job!

  • Gina

    Great job; your new site looks awesome! :)

    • Stacy

      Thanks, Gina!!!

  • http://countrylivingmama.blogspot.com/ Janet

    I love it! Especially the “prettiness” of it. :) Beautiful!
    You guys did a great job!

    Blessings,
    Janet… mamachildress

    • http://countrylivingmama.blogspot.com/ Janet

      Ummmm… it says I posted a comment at 6:37 pm? It’s 1:37 pm ;)
      Not sure if that’s on my end or yours! (I am extremely computer challenged!)

      • Barry

        Time zone setting. Easy fix. Thanks! :)

    • Stacy

      BARRY did a great job – I’m just a bossy female. ;-) Thanks!

  • Pat

    Like it!!!!!!!!

    • Stacy

      Thanks, Pat! :-)

  • http://www.lexienaturals.com Lexie

    Love the new look and all the fun features! :) I’m in the process of a make over and I can’t wait!

    • Stacy

      Oooooh! Good luck! :-)

  • http://www.thesimplehomemaker.com Christy, The Simple Homemaker

    Looks fantastic! Great job!

    • Stacy

      Thanks, sista!!

  • Tracy

    Love the new look! Great job Barry and Stacy!

    • Stacy

      Thanks a bunch!!

  • Linda

    I love it too! It is more feminine and cleaner looking.
    Don’t know how you do it all with a new baby!
    But, very well done!!!!

    • Stacy

      Barry did it. LOL