Today, I’m so excited to finally introduce all of you to the shiny new NeighborFood site! Over the past few months, I’ve been working with Snazzle Media and A La Mode Designs (both wonderful, Ohio-based companies!) to make my vision of a beautiful, organized, and easy to use space a reality. It has been a long road, and I’ll admit there were times I wondered if it was possible. For someone who struggles to decide what to order at a restaurant, choosing a logo, colors, fonts, and design was utterly overwhelming. But I’m so thankful for the expertise and guidance of my designer at Snazzle Media and for the developers at A La Mode for taking the jumbled mess in my head and turning it into a coherent and lovely reality.
Today, I’ll be taking a few minutes to introduce you to some of the site’s new features. My goal through this entire process was to make this site as user friendly as possible. I hope you’ll find the new features easy and fun to use!
The Recipe Index
Friends, I am in love with this Recipe Index. It may not look like much, but this is the hub of NeighborFood. This is where you have quick and easy access to every recipe on this site. To get to the recipe index simply click Recipes in the menu.
When you click on that button, you’ll be taken to a page that looks like this:
From this page, you can search for sweet or savory recipes or drill down further and search for recipes by course, season, occasion, method, or special diet. That means if you’re looking for a slow cooker recipe, all you have to do is click on “Slow Cooker” to see an entire list of all my slow cooker recipes.
One of my favorite new features of the site is the “Recipes by Occasion” category. This category allows you to search for recipes suitable for specific holidays (like Easter) or special occasions (like Dinner Parties).
One other thing I want to point out. If you click on the “Savory” category from the Recipes drop down menu shown above, you’ll be taken to the Savory category page. It looks like this:
The green buttons at the top of the page are what allow you to narrow your results and find exactly what you’re looking for. You can browse this page to see all my savory recipes or click on, for instance, “Pasta” to narrow your search to only pasta recipes. You’ll see this for any of the main category pages found in the Recipes drop down box.
Easy Search and Follow Options
Of course, there are more changes than just the Recipe Index. You’ll also notice a new search bar at the top of the page, along with links to my Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter accounts. You’ll also see a “New here? Start here!” link. This link will give you a brief introduction to the site and also share some of my very favorite recipes to get you started.
Quick Links to Favorites
The home page and side bars also got a new look and some helpful features. On the home page, you can now see my most recent post, or find quick links to recipes that are in season now, perfect for dinner tonight, or ready to satisfy your sweet tooth.
In the side bar, you’ll also find quick image links to my most popular recipes and our family favorites.
Since so many of you access my blog from a phone or tablet, it was important to me to have a mobile friendly design that was easy to use. This means that my site will automatically resize to fit the size screen you are viewing it on. If you visit my site on a mobile device now, you’ll see something similar to this:
You can access everything you need from the menu button on a mobile site. There you’ll find the Recipe Index, About page, and more. Hopefully this makes scrolling through a recipe while you’re in the kitchen with your phone a much better experience!
Whew! If you made it through that introduction, I am impressed. Thank you so much for following along. I do ask for your patience as the new site is rolled out. There may still be a few kinks we need to work out, so if you notice anything funky, feel free to email me at neighborfoodblog(at)gmail.com and we’ll get it fixed as soon as possible. I hope you love this new space as much as I do. Happy browsing, friends!