Revamping The Blog – New Logo, New Framework and Much More..

responsive logoYou may have noticed that my website looks a little different recently.

Hmm, let’s see.

There’s a new logo and improved header?

A better design?

Different feature box and improved navigation menu?

You are too quick to notice. ;)

Yes, the blog has undergone a revamp on new year, and I am so proud.

This blog is a part of my life, and I love to keep it growing.

Now, lets get into the details about revamping the blog and why I took this step.

Why The Change?

Though thesis was doing pretty good. I was not happy with old design because it was not mobile responsive, no better user experience and old logo.

The primary reason for new change was due to technical difficulties and negative design response from readers I had been receiving a few weeks ago.  Site kept crashing when I update anything in the setting page of theme, design was not responsive. Logo was bit old as well.

Honestly, I started to hate the previous theme, and there were several reasons behind it. The new design gives the opportunity to provide better design to help users to browse the blog with ease.

I love playing around with my blog, making it better, design improvements and just trying to make it feel better.

If you are following this blog, you might have noticed that I ran a poll in sidebar to see response of blog readers. Here is result.

poll result

As, you can see. 38% votes are for Genesis framework.

I’m not giving to write anything bad about Thesis or Genesis, revamping the blog and switching to Genesis is my personal preference.

I’ll reveal the results after switching to Genesis in few days.

What are the new changes here?

Today, I am going to announce few changes that I did recently. I hope you will like these new change. If not? Do comment below to let me know if I missed something.

New Logo and Social Media Branding

It took me sometime to find out good designer who can design a better logo for my blog.

A part from logo, I’ve got new favicon. Twitter, Google+ and Facebook cover & profile image too.

Better Design

The new design is built on Child Theme For Genesis 2.0 Framework. Which is currently one of the best framework out there for WordPress.

Mobile Responsive

New design is fully mobile responsive, you can navigate lot better now from any devices. Cool?

New Optin Forms

I use MadMimi as my newsletter system, it works quite well for me. I hired a web designer to design new optin forms for my blog. You can see the big feature box on homepage, better optin form on sidebar and after post.

What’s More?

  • Improved User Experience
  • New Social Sharing Buttons
  • Better Header Navigation Menus
  • Sidebar Tabbed Widget with recent and popular posts.
  • WordPress  Hosting I Recommened
  • Extremely Useful 404 Page
  • Rebranding Twitter Profile
  • Rebranding Facebook Page
  • Rebranding Google+ Page

The main reason I want to describe in this post New Framework, Better Design and New Logo. Rest are few things that I wanted to tell you.

If you are reader here, bless you, and thank you for bearing with me.

If you are new, thank you for dropping by and I hope you stick around!

Your thoughts please..

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new design.  What do you like about the new design?

Please give your feedback, postive or negative. Because that’s the only way to improve.

More importantly, what don’t you like?  Have you noticed something that doesn’t work that I have missed?  How is the new logo?

Let me know by leaving a comment below!

53 thoughts on “Revamping The Blog – New Logo, New Framework and Much More..”

  1. The changes you made are great but what is your opinion on site design ? I mean wouldn’t it be better if the site looked more attractive or would you rather choose a simple design ?

  2. Wow admin! Your logo is really way to much awesome, it loads faster even in the slowest of internet connections! Hats off to you and your awesome site! You are indeed a talented genius and a web enterprenuer, and I hope your site will be even more famous in the days to come ^_^

  3. Hi Ammar, came here after a long time and it took a while to to realize that it’s the same blog. I hit the refresh button twice ;)

    Welcome to Genesis. I use it and it’s simply awesome. The new design, layout and logo is looking superb.

    All the best!

  4. I entered twice your blog url to see if I am really on it :D
    It’s good one Ammar. I am interested in guest posting on your blog about wordpress and other topics.. Let me know how can I talk to you. Thanks.

  5. hey my friend, you are right. Dont do it. Changing permalink in this situation is to be a foolish work. It also harm your brand. Again thanks for your new creative design. It is sure that, your new design will be loved all. Keep improving and growing your blog.

  6. Although I didn’ load the old design on my mobile. Yet this one is looking cool on my android chrome.

    Keep improving and growing.

  7. Great! The change was really much needed…….

    Some days back, I saw your site and felt that your old logo was not that attractive. I was about to tell you but, you’ve changed it! That’s nice.

    And I can see your site seems awesome now! It would now be more fun to read and enjoy those blogging tips!

  8. Your design looks really great now. And i really like your new blog logo. Is blog design changes can make any negative effect on SEO ?

    1. if new design is well coded, search engine optimized, improved user experience, responsive and fast loading. Then answer is YES! :D

  9. Very nice change
    i have noticed your new Design and Logo recently and it amazed me.
    I think you have a right move to change the appearance blog, so that audiences are not bored and your loading speed’s amazing also. Love it so much.
    Keep sharing your information.
    thanks a lot


  10. Vishesh Kachheda

    Hi Ammar!
    I noticed your New Design and Logo a few days ago (even before you Published this Post :D ) and I really Loved it.
    You have did some great changes here on ABT.
    One good thing about your New Design is that It still somehow looks like the Old Design :P
    Your background pattern, Navigation menu style and borders are kinda the same as Marketers Delight :)
    I have 1 question for you, also. Can you tell me What things you found in Genesis to be better than Thesis? Actually I am already using Genesis but was thinking to give Thesis a try as I always think that Thesis is better. But can you tell me Why you preferred Genesis now?


    1. Good question, Vishesh.

      Thesis 2.0 is bit complicated to use and customize. Genesis is easy to customize, not only this. Genesis is responsive and fast loading. When I was using the HTTP requests were 113+ and now they’re reduced to 57 something. Cool?

      1. Vishesh Kachheda

        Hi bro!
        Thanks for answering :)
        This is one thing that I’ve heard these exact points from many other Bloggers too!
        Yo! That’s cool. HTTP requests are so important for a Blog’s Loading time!
        Now I think I should just stick to Genesis :D


  11. Bipin Paul Rajiah

    Hi the new look is great. Iam a new blogger from SouthAfrica, I started my blogging idea from you and shoutmeloud Harsh 3 months back. Very useful in informative. And i wish you all the best for the New Year 2014 may god bless you and your will Blog reach millions.

    every thing is looking fine , i have to atleast say 1 remark Hmm…may be for me your header menu 2 ( CSS buttons Grey) , looks bit dull for me. Your post title is blod and clear. my choice is bit bigger font , white BG with Blue border, will be bright and clear. But its my say iam not a pro blogger iam just a normal visitor.


    1. Hey Bipin,

      I’m glad to hear from you. All the best for your blog. :)

      Thanks a lot for your suggestion, your feedback means a lot. I’ll look into it.

  12. One of the creative logo I have ever seen. Your new design looks much better than the old design.

    Loading speed of your site is also very fast. Hope you’ll make it more beautiful in near future.

  13. Certainly a neat and clean theme which is adding nice beauty to the design. Certainly a nice choice buddy!! I haven’t used thesis or genesis before so won’t share my experience about them, but after reading your post I too feel that you did a right decision.

  14. Superb and Amazing. Also, I have no much idea about using Blogs and all of that, but I’m planning to have my own domain instead of

    Can somebody explain me in details the entire procedure of doing that?

  15. Personally I’d re-vamp your URL setup as well. Lose the date and have each post just be the canonical URL with just the domain/article title.

    Good job on updating to Genesis. Although if you’ve seen Pat Flynn’s blog? He runs on Thesis 2.1 now and it looks amazing!

    Either way Genesis is a wise choice as its quick to use and develop on and very similar to Thesis 1.8x

    1. Hey Jason,

      Changing permalink structure at this stage would be a bad idea. I’ll lose all traffic and rankings. Don’t you think?

  16. Your blog looks awesome now. It is looking great in my phone.. You made a good choice by selecting genesis framework for your blog. Genesis is really fast!

    By the way, can you tell me which child theme is this?

  17. awsome design.i voted in survay that you should not change your design bacause your blog design was one of my favourite but now i think that i was wrong.this new design is much better than the previous one,

  18. Wow. I’m a big fan of your blog and now seeing it changing in a better way I’m really happy. My site also uses Genesis framework too. You should spend time with it and make a few styles for us. Thanks

    P.S: Please write a post on how to make a 404 page like yours. Thanks again!!

    1. Sure, Why not.

      I’d be more than happy to share all the genesis modification I had done with this blog soon. Thumbs up? :D

  19. Great looks and very fast loading hear in London. The new theme looks way better and I’m sure this will help you get massive mobile visitors in the coming months.

    One thing, Ammar did you custom built the Header area signup form section? I’m looking to get something like that suitable for my bog “” but wondering how about getting something done.

    1. Fernando, mobile design is gonna be a important factor in 2014.

      This is feature box, which can be done with custom code modification in genesis.

  20. Hi Ammar Ali,
    The best thing about the new one is it’s now loading faster on my 2g mobile, and logo is also looking great mate, one thing please do something about it your comment box, the color of word’s are really hard to read while typing :) Thanks

  21. A big thumbs up for your new design Ammar :)
    looks stunning and elegant too.
    just one thing make the font colour in comment to black. grey is looking weird.

  22. Dheeraj thedijje

    Awesome Design Ammar, i god updated about this few day before since i was busy with my exams, so i was not able to interact with ABT, well i liked the makeover of your blog really. site is really looks beautiful in all screen size.. :)
    Keep updating we bloggers in even beautiful experience.
    Love ABT

  23. Hey Ali,

    The new layout and design looks great pal. I also loaded it up on my mobile and it was looking great as well.

    Your poll showed that you should change up your design and I bet that they will love it as well.

    I am currently using thesis as well and want to get a change as well. Just for the same reasons you changed. New logo, responsive theme and design.

    Well I will do this later on. Your site looks great pal.

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