New Look Here at Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

Update: I did some more editing and changed the theme since the other one had too many little problems.  I got this theme from VintageKin.  Please still let me know what you think!

Tonight I did some layout and theme changes.  While the new look isn’t perfect, it definitely looks great to me.

Some Things That Need To Be Fixed:

  • The title of the blog, “Elyse’s Genealogy Blog” gets lost among the background.  I want to have each word of the title on a separate line, but I’m not sure how to do it (If you know and are willing to help – please contact me).
  • I need to add a navigation bar across the top but once again, I’m not quite sure how.  Until I figure it out, I have placed links to each of the navigation pages on the top right side bar

Your Feedback…

Now it is time to hear from you!  What do you like?  What do you not like?  What would you like to see added?   Can you read it?  What would you change?  Please share your thoughts!  I look forward to hearing your comments!

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7 responses to “New Look Here at Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

  1. Do you mean by ‘separate line’ you want to run your title vertically? You could change the disappearing text by changing the color to white.

    What theme are you using? I’m guessing from your plugins this is WordPress. Does your theme have no built-in navigation coding? Where did it go?

    It would help if you chose ad sizes that fit your sidebar instead of the 300×250 that’s sticking out the side.
    JL´s last blog post ..Follow &amp NoFollow Links

    • JL, Yes I’m thinking of running the title vertically but I also like your idea of changing the color of the text to white. Now I have to figure out how.

      Thank you for pointing out the ad size. I didn’t really test that one out before I put it there.

      I’m using the Abigail theme from – they have some great family history related themes. I totally recommend them if you are looking for a family history theme. There was another one that I also liked so if this one doesn’t work out, I’ll switch and see if that helps.

      I guess the theme doesn’t have built-in navigation coding because the built in navigation isn’t there.

      • I had a look at your theme and, by default, it doesn’t have a navigation bar under the header graphic. Nor does it have vertical text. Even if it did, the graphic would be extremely long to accommodate it. That’s not a user-friendly idea because readers have to scroll down to see your first post.

        Hacking themes is certainly something that people do but, if you’re not presently able to do it yourself, it’s a long road to learning. Even people who know how (not me at the level this would require) spend days and weeks at it.

        I imagine you have your heart set on this theme, so my suggestion would be to use it as is, with the page navigation in the sidebar. Or choose something that’s closer to what you want technically-speaking so the code doesn’t need to be re-written.
        JL´s last blog post ..Follow &amp NoFollow Links

  2. Hi Elyse,
    Like the look!
    Caution: moderate techy content ahead…

    The font color, size and other attributes will be found in the css file of the theme you are using. I use a web development add-on to firefox (called firebug) that allows me to examine my web pages and see how they are set up so I know what to change to make desired modifications. It will even allow you to change settings as a preview of what it would look like if you actually changed the code.

    The line in the css that controls that stuff is “, a, a:link, a:visited, a:hover” The color is currently set to “#52315D”. You can change it using either standard colors (i.e. “white”) or with hex color codes like it is now.

    The line that sets the color for the subtitle text is just below it: “.art-logo-text, .art-logo-text a”

    However, I changed the title text to several different colors to see what it would look like, and they all conflict with the background image. White conflicts with the folders in the photo. You could make the text smaller so that it doesn’t extend into the folders, or you could also eliminate the text from the page, and just add it to the photo if you are fluent in photoshop or another graphics program. I often add a drop shadow or other effect if I can’t get the text to stand out against the background.
    Chris Staats´s last blog post ..Building a Genealogical House- The Internet and Genealogy

  3. Hello Elyse!

    I just happened to stumble across your website tonight, and I’ve really enjoyed reading it! :)
    A lot of interesting reading and helpful tips!!!

    Keep it up!!!

  4. The quickest way to get each word on it’s own line would just be to throw line breaks between each word, the tag. I’m not exactly sure where you’re hosting this, so I’m not sure how much access you have to the template or if it automatically pops your blog name up there, etc.

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