Changing my theme ~ nightmare!!!

I must be mad!

I decided to change my theme, I don’t know why, maybe its the touch of warmth in the air, I thought I would take to blog Spring Cleaning.

My old theme was a free one, initially I loved it, however it had a swing over side bar or whatever you call it and some people did in fact miss this bit, which held details such as my other blogs, how to follow etc, so pretty important.

Have any of you recently got the bug to change themes, how did it go?

Oh my what a nightmare.  So I got all excited and decided to browse through themes, the trouble with me is I love colour and something different, but as someone pointed out to me, sometimes simpler is best when trying to read a blog.

I demoed a few themes, went to the newest thinking I would be a trendsetter.

“I like to think of innovation as upgrading your current self. This upgrade helps you to more effectively deal with changes happening around you and to be able to think in a more complex manner than before.”  ― Daniel Willey

“I like to think of innovation as upgrading your current self. This upgrade helps you to more effectively deal with changes happening around you and to be able to think in a more complex manner than before.”
― Daniel Willey

I had already gone for an upgrade so I could edit colours etc, but oh no that wasn’t enough it was a whole revamp.

So finally after much deliberation and bugging some of my fellow inmates, sorry bloggers, coughs,  I made a snap decision, what a mistake.  The demo looked pretty cool and I thought “I can replicate that, of course I can, non techy me.”

Upgrade of theme was in place, so lets customize it.  It had what looked like a header, yet it wasn’t an actual header, it was a plain rectangle that seemingly one couldn’t change which really doesn’t go with my “I like textures and colour mentality”.

I tried to get over that and pretend to be interested in the weird way this bland grey header or non header would swing up and down as one scrolled the main text up and down, it in turn swinging my blog title up and down, surprisingly I did not find it a relaxing experience and started to feel sick.

Getting over this weird moving experience, I decided to play around with fonts, oh I made it look a little nicer and then played with colours.  The thing I am finding with wordpress is basically that they all offer the same textures and colour pallettes, unless you are good with CSS or very clever in some other way that I cannot begin to imagine you still end up with limitations on what you can do.

Basically it is up to me to get more techy right?

I am standing back looking at the screen and thinking “what will my followers think of this, will it totally throw them, will they think they are on the wrong blog and go elsewhere, I can’t really afford to lose any of my lovely followers”.

So, what happens next?

I decide to look at my blog on the mobile, oh boy what a mistake. There was no blog title at all, just the horrible grey panel, it was a disaster.  In my limited technical mind I could not figure out anyway to rectify that and I myself need to look at my site from my phone often enough let alone my followers.

So then we have the URGHHH moment!

snoopy

“Maggie squeezes my hand. It’s a silent message that everything will be okay. Somehow I believe her. In the end everything will be okay. But hurdles have to be jumped through first.”
― Simone Elkeles, Return to Paradise

Throughout this incidence or adventure, I have been irritating Victoria, a fellow inmate, sorry, blogger, I keep saying that, bad me.  I was asking her numerous questions, then she tells me to log off and go for a walk as my head is spinning.  So obediently I do go out in the pouring rain and book a leg wax, it seems a natural thing to do.  Life is looking decidedly better at this point, I really can go with this whole “how do I make my blog look nice” issue.

I am a trained Aesthetician (Aesthetics is a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of art, beauty, and taste, with the creation and appreciation of beauty), and I am a Libran, who love all things beautiful, it may sound a bit shallow, but think of it on a different level.  I love all things beautiful as in, the flowers in the park, the butterfly I might see, or the berry all nice, shiny and red.  There you go!  So as you can see, it is imperative that I get this right.

Deletion of upgrade!

delete

I am thankful the most important key in history was invented. It’s not the key to your house, your car, your boat, your safety deposit box, your bike lock or your private community. It’s the key to order, sanity, and peace of mind. The key is ‘Delete.’
Elayne Boosler

Yep, the mobile issue was too much, I deleted my purchase of the theme, but “oh no, what do I do now? ” I decide to go to one of the free themes for now, the Chateaux theme.

I already have the upgrade to fiddle with colours, so I fiddle as one does.

I then upload a header of forms, but it’s not really a header, doesn’t look perfect but it gives me an idea as it has a beautiful butterfly on it.

Yes I want a nice butterfly header, so I search for one.  I find one, looks lovely.  Now I have to create an account to buy it, it’s pretty cheap.  Account created and item purchased finally.  It downloads….

Uh oh, I should have thought of this, of course I am used to JPG’s and it is a PDF…argh, can’t do anything with it.

BANGS MY HEAD AGAINST THE DESK!!

banging head

You always want to try, in everything you do, to attempt something you’ve never tried before, and the only way to succeed at that is through failure, and the only way to succeed through failure is just banging your head against the wall over and over until you get to that interesting thing on the other side.
Beau Willimon

REALLY I AM SUCH A DUNCE!

grinning dog

“Grinning is something you do when you are entertained in some way, such as reading a good book or watching someone you don’t care for spill orange soda all over themselves.”
― Lemony Snicket

 

Anyway so now I am back to square one again with a free theme as before, yet a different one.  It looks semi decent.

So fellow bloggers and lovely followers, please excuse me if over the next few days, weeks or even months, heck maybe years you see the theme changing until I find “the perfect one!”

Come browse my journey with chronic pain!

Come browse my journey with chronic pain!

Come browse one of my other blogs?

Come browse one of my other blogs?

© 2014 Justine @ Eclecticoddsnsods.com

Lets stay connected!

Lets stay connected!

Do you have any changing theme stories to tell or experiences?

  69 comments for “Changing my theme ~ nightmare!!!

  1. Victoria
    March 3, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    I changed my theme again this morning and it took me 10 minutes……LOL

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    • March 3, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Oh shuuuuush you show off !!! This took hours!!! Croes

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      • Victoria
        March 3, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        LOL!! Ok, I got on my PC and I loves the new theme you have. Clean, simple but pretty! 🙂

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        • March 3, 2014 at 7:33 PM

          Really? Really? Faonts

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          • Victoria
            March 3, 2014 at 8:19 PM

            REALLY!!!

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        • March 3, 2014 at 7:33 PM

          I do need a header thougj

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          • Victoria
            March 3, 2014 at 8:19 PM

            Yes you do 😉

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  2. Victoria
    March 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    P.S. Simpler is ALWAYS the best -:)

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    • March 3, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      Uh uh!! Grumbles

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      • Victoria
        March 3, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        Oh stop your grumbling and have a glass of wine…LOL

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        • March 3, 2014 at 7:33 PM

          Can you see me sticking out my tongue?

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          • Victoria
            March 3, 2014 at 8:19 PM

            I can and its not pretty…lol

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            • March 3, 2014 at 8:46 PM

              Hey I’m not grumpy anymore hehe

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              • Victoria
                March 3, 2014 at 8:49 PM

                Awesome!! 🙂

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                • March 3, 2014 at 8:52 PM

                  Are you behaving?

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                  • Victoria
                    March 3, 2014 at 8:57 PM

                    I am, can you believe it…LOL I’m actually enjoying some quiet time and doing yoga 😉

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                    • March 3, 2014 at 9:02 PM

                      Oh my …faints…you really are behaving …are you feeling ok? Lolol

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                    • Victoria
                      March 3, 2014 at 9:51 PM

                      Yes, I’m feeling fabulous thank you!

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                    • March 3, 2014 at 9:59 PM

                      Hehe was it relaxing medicine yoga?

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                    • Victoria
                      March 3, 2014 at 10:57 PM

                      Yes -:)

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                    • March 3, 2014 at 11:04 PM

                      I’m always a little suspiciois when your quiet!!

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                    • Victoria
                      March 3, 2014 at 11:15 PM

                      Sorry hon, family stuff going on. All is good! Hugs!

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                    • March 3, 2014 at 11:22 PM

                      Ok that’s good! Tarah til tomorrow sleep time here xxx

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                    • Victoria
                      March 3, 2014 at 11:23 PM

                      Have a great night! Hugs!

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                    • March 4, 2014 at 6:54 AM

                      😉

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            • March 3, 2014 at 8:48 PM

              Ps thank you for helping me out today hehe

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              • Victoria
                March 3, 2014 at 8:48 PM

                No problemo!

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  3. March 3, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    I LOVE your new theme! I’m seeing it on my tablet and it is beautiful. I will look on my computer later. And YES I’ve changed my theme before and went through all sorts of issues. Since I also love beauty,, I want to be happy whenever I look at my own blog. I have a self hosted blog so most of the themes I can try are free,but when I try one it can mess up the old one. I finally found a plugin that allowed me to try the new theme and play with it and not touch my actual blog so others weren’t disrupted and I didn’t mess it up (andI had backed it up too!) Anyway, after MANY tries I finally found the one I have and I’m thrilled with it on all platforms. Phew.
    Truly, your new theme seems very peaceful and inviting, beautiful and gentle… and simple is good!

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    • March 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      Thank you soo much for your encouraging words 🙂 it’s odd how things work sometimes by chance and we end up gojng on a full round about hehe. Your blog is great it’s pretty and techy I find techy stuff so alien at first when it’s something new to me. Oh boy I could have done with that plugin today though Lolol xx huggles

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  4. March 3, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    I totally get what you’re talking about. Changing my theme was a nightmare. I only did it once and though I’m not too happy with my current theme, I can’t see myself going through the experience again. On a happier note, Chateau is one of my favourite themes, a beautiful choice! Congrats on surviving the theme-changing ordeal!

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    • March 3, 2014 at 9:04 PM

      Hehe thank you I feel like celebrating! I think your theme is crisp and concise it highlights your photography well x

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  5. March 4, 2014 at 2:50 AM

    I like the result. Time to celebrate, for sure!

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    • March 4, 2014 at 9:08 AM

      @timethief, oh I feel almost famous having you comment on my blog 🙂 I have 3 queries, (now this is when you regret commenting on my theme appearance, hehe), & totally understand if your too busy to answer, but 1. Am I right in thinking if I take the title and tag underneath off my blog it effects it’s searchability? I have a header made now with my name and tag so if it doesn’t effect it I will take it off, but would rather not have it effect how people can find it outside of wordpress. 2. I know I can change my font colour etc by using the pre-set pallettes, but I can’t seem to individualize just the post text colour on it’s own, is the only way to do this through using CSS or am I missing something? 3. The chateaux theme seems to have whatever colour one choses to go across the post section and the what I call frame, many theme have a white inner bit and a colour outside, is this set with Chateaux or can I have a colour outside and white inside. So sorry to plague you with questions, I am suddenly like a kiddy in a sweetshop now I know someone in the know is around, “ducks and hides”

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  6. March 4, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    You’re brave! I’m too nervous to do anything tricky with my blog. I am SO not proficient with coding or anything.

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    • March 4, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      Oh I havnt a clue with coding and thank you but I think maybe stupid replaces brave lol. But it looks ok now I will still tweak it but I’m not wincing every time I log on 🙂 thank you for popping by x

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  7. Victoria
    March 4, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Ok BFF! Love the way you designed your new header, totally awesome!!

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    • March 5, 2014 at 6:47 AM

      Oh why thank you my BFF back. A friend did it for me he he did you really think I made it? Lol

      I should have pretended!

      I’m currently deciding whether to delete my title as it’s in the header but not sure how that effects search ability. How are you chicca?

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      • Victoria
        March 5, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        Yes, I thought you made it! No pretending allowed on my watch…lol
        I’m just peachy, thank you -:)

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        • March 5, 2014 at 2:31 PM

          😉 good …I’ve a couple of questions for you later once I’ve done my back I will be upright and at the computer!!!

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          • Victoria
            March 5, 2014 at 2:34 PM

            I’ll be here -:)

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            • March 5, 2014 at 3:48 PM

              Still here?

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              • Victoria
                March 5, 2014 at 3:48 PM

                Yup, barely…lol

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  8. March 5, 2014 at 4:22 AM

    It this Chateau theme? Looks so different from mine. I used to have the Forever theme. I’m thinking I like that better than Chateau, but I don’t want to change themes again. Like you said, a nightmare! Unless you’re Victoria. 🙂

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    • March 5, 2014 at 6:44 AM

      Lol yes Victoria knows what she’s doing. Yes it’s chateaux theme I’ve kept it white for my it’s a lonely place blog you would probably recognise iit more but actually I am enjoying this theme right now it’s working for me. I’ve yet to decode on whether to get rid of my title as it’s in my header texture now but not sure if that effects search ability!

      You won’t believe I mooked sausages yesterday the smoke went off ten times and the house still smells this morning. Even the dog struggled to eat the sausage And my youngest said “mummy these are great for getting out teeth”

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      • March 5, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        You should continue to bug Victoria until she tells you everything! 🙂 Btw, you should check out timethief’s blog. She also knows everything!
        http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com

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        • March 5, 2014 at 10:14 PM

          Yes timethief is very knowledgeable I did ask her but I think she is very busy hehe but I will search her blog again xx

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    • Victoria
      March 5, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Did I hear my name mentioned…LOL

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      • March 5, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        hehe ok i asked these questions to timethief but i dont think she saw them, so now knowing you are an expert am asking you hehehe
        so….

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        • Victoria
          March 5, 2014 at 4:19 PM

          timethief is extremely busy, she told me so in email. But she may answer when she comes up for air…lol

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      • March 5, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        If I take out my written header and tag off my page and just keep the texture/header with my blog name and blurb underneath does this effect ones searchability?

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        • Victoria
          March 5, 2014 at 4:19 PM

          Yup!

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      • March 5, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        Because I was under the belief that the tag line under ones blog name and blog name come up under search so i thought if i remove it it wont be a good idea? But looks odd having two blog names up there and tags etc, know what i mean? waits for answer to first question

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        • Victoria
          March 5, 2014 at 4:20 PM

          No, not a good idea! I think you should leave things as is. Which blog is most important to you?

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          • March 5, 2014 at 4:36 PM

            Theyr’e all important for different reasons @-) Maybe I can make it invisible hehe Gonna take a look at yours now 🙂 thanks for the advice

            another question, the area that one writes on is usually white and one can change the outside colours, with chateaux i am finding that if i change the outside colour it makes the inside a colour too which effects the type, am I doing something wrong or can one change the colour of the text without having to change colour pallette or is there a way to make the central bit which one posts on white again? LOL…I know, manic questions

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            • Victoria
              March 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM

              You ask a good question and I’m not sure if you can change the color of text. I’ve tried it with 3 themes and have yet to succeed. I think this is a question for timethief -:)

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              • March 5, 2014 at 4:51 PM

                sheesh if you cant do it then i definately cant lol, thanks for answering though, I think I am going to go and find some sheila crackers lol

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                • Victoria
                  March 5, 2014 at 4:53 PM

                  Sorry hon, I simply do not have all the answers. I’m not even going to respond to that cracker….LOL I wonder if there is a Johnny Depp cracker..haha!

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                  • March 5, 2014 at 5:18 PM

                    Ooooh a Johnny Depp cracker would be nice, now your talking, i would eat that cracker all up!!

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                    • Victoria
                      March 5, 2014 at 5:48 PM

                      I called it first…LOL But I might be willing to share as long as you don’t touch my Christian Bale crackers..:-)

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                    • March 5, 2014 at 5:57 PM

                      OK I wont touch Christian, does that mean I have all of Johnny?

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                    • Victoria
                      March 5, 2014 at 6:03 PM

                      Um…..yes you can! -:)

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                    • March 5, 2014 at 6:49 PM

                      Deal 🙂

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      • March 5, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        Did you hear ringing in your ear?

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  9. March 7, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    looks fantastic justine! wish i could upgrade! hubby has been warned it is what i want for christmas! lol gives him time to save up (who am i kidding!) anyway the new look is definately a “keeper” love it”

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    • March 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Hey, well this is a free theme, aka Chateaux, the upgrade bit is being able to change colours and fonts etc, I think however i am on the default font, I did change it but it was hard to read so went back. So it’s just the colour ive changed on the background. My pain blog is the same theme, but no change of anything, doesn’t look too bad, i get itchy feet with my header though, it is so sad my header, so alone, it is how i feel sometimes, but moreso not so much, so i dont know i might think of something else, hehe…and remember its the words that count not the artistic bits and bobs around xx

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