Friday, 20 March 2009

A brand new look for Travel Photo Blogging

I thought it was time for a change. Those of you who visit me more often might have noticed it already... the Travel Photo Blogging 2.0 look.

First time visitors can see the old template on the screenshot bellow.

What do you think? Is this a good change or should I have kept the old one?
I would love some feedback on what you think about it.

I spent quite some time looking for a suitable candidate among many templates on the Web. I tried a few, but none of them was as good as this one.
I had a few requirements, that I think this new template meets perfectly:

  • it had to be a Blogger compatible template

  • it had to be a two column template

  • main column had to be wider compared to the old one (larger photos look better)

  • it had to be a free template

  • it should support a banner at the very top

  • the more customizable it would be, the better

  • and last, but definitely not least, it had to look nice.

I found exactly what I needed in one of many templates at Our Blogger Templates.
They offer a wide range of nicely designed free templates and if you are looking for a new one, it's worth to take a look.
There you can also find some instructions and a few tips on how to do it properly.

I noticed something strange though... since I changed to the new template, my blog seems to be getting substantially fewer hits then before - especially from Google. That's only about 10 percent of the average from a few days ago (judging from the Google Analytics report)!

Does anybody know why this happens? Is this just a temporary thing or what? Is there something I can do about it?


Anonymous,  20 March 2009 at 17:19  

Did you forget to copy the google analytics code to your new template ;)?

Travel-PB 20 March 2009 at 18:51  

Oops... of course you are right! I don't know how could I have forgotten about that.
Luckily everything is fine again - Thanks to you. :)

EJL 20 March 2009 at 19:19  

I like your template, very pretty

Anonymous,  21 March 2009 at 13:07  

Nice layout and some great photographs. I use the same source for my blog templates.


vextoria 22 March 2009 at 13:24  

Hye Mark,

Visit your blog from Bikran's blog. Nice blog and I really enjoy reading it. Thanks for bringing me to places I probably would never be LOL!.

Owh by the way, the new look is totally suit your blog purpose. I like the header's pix.


Stacey Olson 26 March 2009 at 04:32  

Dropped by to say thanks for the visit and answer your question. I use a canon EOS Rebel XT nothing fancy..I like the new template, nice to change thing up once in a while...Mine was custom done, and I actually included a link to reach the gentleman who did it in my last post... keep up the wonderful work.. and thanks for sharing

Thea 30 March 2009 at 00:08  

I like the new one better. I'm fascinated by the header picture, actually.

Travel-PB 14 April 2009 at 20:01  

Thank you all for encouraging thoughts.
Is there no one out there who liked the old template better?

Obviously it was high time to make the change. :)

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