Let me confess this – I wasn’t very excited about how my website looked in 2014.
I knew that my website didn’t look bad. It wasn’t too cluttered and it was based on Genesis, an industry standard WordPress theme framework upon which I built a custom child theme in early 2013.
My website looked okay (except my photo in the middle as I was carrying 8 kg more weight than what I am today). It was mobile responsive. It loaded fast. It was search optimized and it just worked.
But I was feeling that the UX of my website could have been better.
“The more you know, the less you need.” ~ Yvon Chouinard, Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman
Obviously before two years, less I knew so more was needed!
If we don’t feel super excited about something, it ought to change. What’s the point of having something in our life that we’re not excited about?
I needed a more minimalistic and cleaner UX for my website that would look just cool on different devices … desktops, laptops, mobiles and tablets.
And, here comes this wonderful quote from Dylan:
“Life is more or less a lie, but then again, that’s exactly the way we want it to be.” ~ Bob Dylan
Earlier website was the way I wanted it to be earlier but now, I wanted to change it.
Yes, I’m attracted towards minimalism, lean and zen ways of experiencing life. I got exposed to it via Leo Babauta who made it big through his Zen Habits blog.
But I did not want to merely “copy” Leo’s blog theme, which he has made available for free. If I would copy anything from Leo, it would be his philosophy of life and bringing positive change in habits like he did. Inspiring!
Then last week, my friend Tanmay Vora, sent me this message:
I not only loved the new look of QAspire.com, I immediately knew that this is the look my sites have been waiting for so long.
Enter Independent Publisher WordPress theme and its insanely clean look.
Independent Publisher theme was result of countless hours spent by Raam Dev, a nomad engineer who has exposed himself to diverse experiences of life. Know more about Raam here.
And guess what? I changed the look and feel of my four different websites to Independent Publisher Theme.
Not only that, I got the site logos changed to a simpler, consistent and zen look thanks to KreativePencils, a graphic design studio, which my better half runs.
So yes, my website has lost weight. It feels lighter and leaner. And I’m excited about it.
Thanks Tanmay, Raam and Kavita for making my web assets more minimalistic. I hope to pay this debt sometimes later in my life.