Time for a re-design?

A week or two ago, Claude Benard of Les Explorers  kindly posted a comment on here, suggesting that I look at a re-design for the blog. My initial thoughts were that I’m reasonably happy with how it looks but, as the days have passed, I’ve been wondering whether it’s something that I should consider.   Claude suggested some ‘magazine-style’ templates, citing the following examples: example 1, example 2, example 3, example 4.   Do you like the blog as it is, or would you rather see a change?   I’m kind of torn between the two now so it makes sense to ask what you, the readers of A Luxury Travel Blog, would prefer!   Thanks…

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Paul, I clicked through to check out each of these alternate themes and I have to say I think your existing theme is far more attractive than these other options. Your blog is very restful, tasteful, and upscale. In my opinion, the other candidates were a bit too loud. I find the luxury market prefers pages that tread a bit more lightly.

    I’d be interested in what your other subscribers think.

  2. Paul, you may have opened a can of worms throwing this one open! I personally like example 1, as it is clean, fresh and modern…the others were a touch “busy” for my taste.

  3. Paul

    The present design is not so bad. I am playing with the same thought myself. But if I change, I would use a switchable style so that readers can have their own choice of style. Personally I am in favor of a 2 column style with right sidebar. Then your mouse doesn’t come in the way.

    I believe the most important feature you have in your sidebar is your very easy to find content.

    A slightly bigger font might help already (my old eyes).

    my 2 cents


  4. yeah, maybe a new look would be appreciated, something modern, some design or state-of-the-art innovation…but at the same time, simple and intuitive. I like examples 1 & 2…

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