For the last 6 months I have been on a quest to find the perfect WordPress theme and web host for Jamaipanese.com. I experimented with at least a dozen themes and finally a winner has emerged! If you haven’t noticed already, Jamaipanese.com has a new look. I spent a chunk of the Christmas holiday period customizing things and ensuring everything works! Let me know what you all think of the new design.
New Web Host – Pressable
My new host was originally named Zippykid but recently re-branded and is now called Pressable. They specialize in WordPress hosting and their infrastructure is build from the ground up to do it well. I’ve cut my hosting bill by more than 70% since switching to Pressable as since outgrowing shared hosting I had been forced to pay an arm and a leg but will still not getting reliable service and support. My frequent rants about my previous host (Site5) are often seen if you follow me on Twitter and I finally reached the breaking point last year and decided to leave their super expensive, bottle-necked, unreliable VPS hosting and after extensive research I am a very happy customer of Pressable. My advice? Avoid Site5.com like the plague, I was a longtime customer (almost 10 years) but since the management change the company has gone downhill and they refuse to realize that the web hosting landscape has changed and customers demand better service, features and prices.
New Blog Design – Anew
Like the previous design change I had some goals with this new design mainly:
- easy navigation
- mobile support
- fast loading
- social profile support
- flexible layout
- support for all web browsers
- developer support
The “Anew” theme also brings some advanced features to the table, my favourite being post formats. Depending on the type of post I am publishing such as a photo gallery, quote, videos, status update etc I can have different looks for each type of post, that for me is my favourite feature. Hi5 to Alexander Agnarson over at alxmedia.se for such an excellent WordPress theme.
I’m still making some tweaks here and there but all in all I am happy with the design of my blog now and super happy with my host. Again, let me know what you think in a comment below or tweet me @Jamaiapnese.