Tuesday, June 1, 2010

PGEW Gets a Makeover!

In case you're rubbing your eyes in confusion right now, don't fret! Thine eyes doth not deceive - Poor Girl Eats Well just finally got its makeover! *cue applause* I'd like to thank all of you for being so patient and putting up with my whining & complaining (particularly those of you on Facebook & Twitter; you're all champs!). Creating the new look wasn't as much of an issue as making the darn thing work, but I'm happy & proud that I finally got it to work.

There are some definite changes but I think you should still feel right at home despite the facelift. As you can see, I didn't completely let go of my favorite blue background. How come? A) Once I made the announcement that the look would be changing, a lot of you actually wrote back saying you'd miss the cool background; and B) I love my blue! I think it's part of what makes PGEW unique and I didn't want the changes to be too drastic (I had a very scary white layout going on for awhile...). However, the changes that have been made should make both reading and navigating PGEW a lot easier.
  • All recipes & posts are now on a lighter background, so folks who had issues reading the white print on blue background should now have a much nicer reading experience
  • The new menu bar makes things a lot easier to get around PGEW! Major categories like About PGEW, Recipes, Tips, Reviews, Press, etc., all have their own tab now, making certain posts more accessible. Recipes & Tips are further broken down into sub-categories, which should help cut back on searching for things on the site.
  • You can still search for posts by label, but even that's a little more streamlined as you can now search by ingredient or by post/label type.
  • NEW features include the Basic Recipes & Methods and the Glossary. I created these with the novice cook in mind, in order to help take some of the mystery away from certain terms used on PGEW. I've received a lot of feedback from folks who are either new to cooking or new to a lot of the less common ingredients I use in my recipes, so I figured having these very basic guides on the site would be quite helpful. NOTE: These two features are still works in progress, so stay tuned for more info on each in the next few months!
I hope you all like the new look & features! It's not a huge change but just enough to keep things interesting around here. :) If there are any broken links or other issues, please let me know so I can get them fixed right away. Don't forget to stay tuned for a new recipe based on this weekend's backyard adventures!



  1. It is lovely! I actually like reading on the white better, but am glad you kept some blue. The navigation is classy and easy! Love it!

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  3. Your site is AMAZING!! :o)

  4. The new layout is gorgeous! Wonderful job!

  5. Good job! The website is so much easier to navigate and read. Thanks!

  6. I like it! Easy reading but you still kept the distinctive blue. Great makeover!

  7. It's gorgeous, simple, bold and easily navigable! I love the red "bullet-point" arrows. Did you make this yourself?

  8. Hey PG,

    Liking the new site, very funky. Just thought I'd let you know that since the makeover it seems to be pretty laggy on my computer at work (I think it's just because we haven't upgraded to ie7 yet - we're still on ie6) but I thought I'd let you know in case you have any other readers that are using older browsers who are having trouble with it.

    Anyway, keep up the great work with the site, loving the inspirational recipes!

    Best wishes,

    One of your many veggie readers,



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