I’ve been going back and forth for some time now trying to decide between two different “layouts’ for the home page of Between Naps on the Porch and I’d love to know your opinion. Sometimes you just can’t see the forest for the trees and I think I’m too deep into the BNOTP trees to see the forest, now. :) (Please note, this only applies to the Home Page layout which is what you see when you first arrive at the BNOTP website.)
So here’s the skinny: When BNOTP moved from Blogger to WordPress I had planned to go with the layout you see below for the home page. It’s the same way the rest of the blog pages look if you scroll to the bottom and click on “Previous Entries.”
In this design, the posts excerpts are lined up neatly down the front of the home page as shown below. And you just click on the “read more” for any post you see that strikes your fancy.
When BNOTP was moved to WordPress, at the last minute, while we were working on the final details of the blog design, I changed my mind and decided to go with the current layout you see on the front of the BNOTP blog, which looks like this below. Instead of the post excerpts being lined up down the front, they are “2 by 2″ or side-by-side, going down the home page. The reason I went with this design over the other one was I knew I could make the picture that shows in the excerpt a little bigger with this layout. It’s also a pretty layout, although it may feel a little less “organized” to some folks. That’s where I need your advice.
Most WordPress blogs I visit have the first layout with the posts neatly lined up down the front. One part of my brain likes the more orderly “lined up down the front page” layout and the other side of my brain likes the way it is now, with the slightly larger pictures in the excerpts. The way it is now may feel less orderly or a bit more cluttered to some folks, so this is why I’d like your opinion.
For a Bigger View of the Two Options:
For a bigger, better view of the two options I’m considering, go back and take a look at the home page as it is now when you first arrive at BNOTP. That’s one option.
Next, scroll down to where you see the words “Previous Entries” just above the blue “seasonal” footer at the bottom. Click on “Previous Entries” and take a look at the next page where the posts are lined up down the center. That the other option, although I can probably make the pics in the excerpts a tad bigger than you currently see on that second page.
Those are the two looks or layouts I’m trying to decide between for the Home Page here at BNOTP.
By the way, if I do change to the orderly “lined up down the front” layout, I should be able to make the picture excerpt a little bigger than what you currently see when you click on “Previous Entries.”
Please vote in the poll below and tell me which “look or layout” you would prefer to see on the home page of BNTOP when you visit. Thanks so much for taking time to share your opinion!
Oh, all voting is completely anonymous so please feel free to vote for the layout you really prefer. Thanks so much for sharing your preference!