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Feast your eyes all: This is the new feliciaday.com. Sleek, sophisticated, flirty, and stylishly accessible. If only I could be so cool in person. Can you tell I’m gleeful?!?! :)

For many years I’ve lived a life of website envy; bookmarking sites I loved, trying to tweak premium WordPress themes in imitation (mostly ending up with god-awful backgrounds and NOT well-designed eye-splitting colors, LOL). With the 2009 New Year I resolved to blog more, but realized my website was one of my big limitations in motivation: It didn’t encourage interactivity, and basic information wasn’t accessible to the casual browser. A few weeks ago I Twittered my frustration about getting a better website and got a lot of wonderful responses that happened to include an offer of skills from a wonderful designer Dane Hesseldahl. I clicked on his site and totally fell in love with his work: Simple, clean, stylish. Yes, please!

After we started corresponding, Dane came up with several brilliant designs for the site, all of which blew me away. We settled on a design I believe he referred to as “Southern girl takes LA/modern but old-fashioned feel” that was based a lot on my love of Typography. I’m not sure how he did it, but it was love at first website sight!

Please browse around, every part of the site is brand spanking new. You’ll notice that the site is laid out quite simply, yet is packed with information. There are too many details to point out without causing you to glaze over, but I’d love to draw attention to a few items that I think are notable/unique:

-I’m still working on a WordPress platform. I can change anything about the site within the WordPress dashboard with no technical knowledge whatsoever.

-The site serves as a central hub to all my online social networking sites, but also integrates those sites back to here seamlessly through widgets and other featured areas. It’s a two-way street of information. Some assets, like my headshots on Flickr, were left elsewhere rather adding another website page. Why duplicate and clutter up the site?

-I already mentioned my love of Typography, so the site uses a bold header font everywhere. I believe it has something to do with Flash, but I’ll concede ignorance and just say it looks pretty. And what a difference a logo makes! Lovely!

-The main limitation in WordPress sites is the static sidebar. Dane included something pretty unique which I now feel should be required of EVERY WordPress blog: A dropdown menu to choose different widgets for each website page. Each page on the site has different widgets and I can add/subtract at a click of a button. It makes it feel much more layered and deep and makes the WordPress blog engine a true CMS. So wonderful!

-To keep the look unified, Dane tweaked and customized several of the sidebar widgets; for instance, the Last.fm one on the About page. Also with the ability to change the sidebar on each page we added some interesting widgets, like an RSS to a Google Alert on “Felicia Day” in the Press page, and The Guild playlist RSS on MSN on the Videos page.

I’d love to hear what you think and am so excited to have the site up and running! It will be so hard to keep from blogging now…I know it! :) Thank you Dane (@dane_hesseldahl on Twitter), I dub thee: “WordPress Wizard.”

  • http://RadNerd.com Beau Ryan

    wow! i love the new look! seriously i may need him to spice mine up at RadNerd.com , good job Dane!

  • http://edgargarcia.com edgar

    Hey all,

    As with before, should you find discrepancies with the website, please email them to me at admin and we’ll take care of them as soon as possible.

    Headshots are not linking correctly, this is a known issue and will be resolved ASAP.
    Twitter icon in footer is the facebook icon, also a known issue.

    Aside from these, anything else, feel free to send the email and a fix shall be issues as soon as possible.

    Thank you,

    Edgar

    • Mondo

      Edgar,
      The right half of this page is black to me and everything views on the left side. Im not up on how feeds work exactly, I subscribed to the feed and I can change the feed to RSS or Atom and get full screen but as soon as I click any thing on the page it goes back to the right side black screen. Is it in my settings?

      • http://www.feliciaday.com Felicia

        The content is supposed to be on the left side of the page, black on the right. YOu can subscribe to a feed and add it to a RSS reader, Netvibes, Google Reader etc. So that all those feeds show up for you in that Reader and you don’t have to go back to the website every time to see new posts showing up.

        • Mondo

          Ah, cool that makes sense now. Thx

  • Ed R

    Glad that someone aside from Bad Horse is gleeful. I’d hate to see you make someone your mare.
    Just for the record, I get gleeful due to you fairly often. You seem to have that effect on people.

  • Ed R

    OH! Forgot to say- new site looks great, nice and clean, really sleek.
    And if you like typography, you need to go visit Sam Tudyk’s website: http://www.tudyk.com. Yes, they’re related.

  • http://www.lottaworld.com Gemmy

    Hey, nice update!

    The site looks very clean and modern, with a lot of easily accessible content. The style seems to really reflect your online persona too, which is great. I wish the content area was centered on my widescreen monitor, though, as having it stuck on the left margin makes it less reader friendly – IMHO of course.

    Thanks for all that you do. It’s so nice to see you share so much of yourself with your fans. We appreciate it.

  • http://worldofhiglet.blogspot.com/ worldofhiglet

    Oooh! Now I have website envy all over again! Wonderful design (ignore hubby who asked if you were modeling for Freeman’s Catalogue on the front page) and lots admire.

    And – no more excuses for you not blogging more! Which is a win all around. Well done, Dane, Wizard of WordPress, you’ve done Felicia proud.

  • http://modernsage.wordpress.com Chris Hayes

    Hey Felicia…

    I like the look of the new site a lot!

    I would agree with Gemmy, though – a centered layout would be a bit more friendly to the eyes.

    Another thing to look at, if you start getting serious about blogging, is a comment system like Intense Debate, with threaded comments, and a common login across blogs (to help maintain identity throughout the innanets). No, I’m not associated with them (I’m not even using them on my blog, yet) though I have used it some on other blogs, and I’m a big fan of threading.

    P.S. I’m really loving your transparency as a celebrity persona. Here, and on Twitter.

    • http://www.feliciaday.com Felicia

      We do have threaded comments, and I’m thinking about Disqus integration, have to look into it. I really appreciate the comments all, I’m pretty psyched about the whole thing, have some odd blog topics I want to do :)

      • http://modernsage.wordpress.com Chris Hayes

        Ah, ok. Nice, good on you.

        Though I didn’t get an email to tell me you’d commented. That would be nice, too. ;)

      • http://www.js-kit.com Chris

        Felicia – love your work – especially Dr Horrible of course :)

        If I may, I’d like to recommend JS-Kit for commenting – Facebook Connect, Video and Picture comments, OpenID, Advanced Spam Protection, Promotion of your content across 600,000 registered sites and more!

        Totally customizable so you can make it look awesome like your new site design :)

        Please let me know personally if you’d like help getting it set up! chris@js-kit.com

        Hope this helps :)

        Cheers,

        Chris

  • Mike

    Wonderful new site update! Clean, modern, easy to navigate. Dane really knows his stuff.

    Thank you so much for the blogs, updates, twitters (although my phone seems to revel in not allowing me to get the text notifications) and everything else you do to keep us informed. It is appreciated

  • http://themagickbox.wordpress.com Alexis

    Love the new website look. Simple but elegant and it manages to fit in everything without looking like a bomb exploded in the middle of everything, scattering words and pictures everywhere. :D

  • http://tibits.diebiblyothek.eu Lydia

    Wow, I felt instantly at home. I love simplicity the most, especially if you don’t see the complexness behind the scenes. :o)

  • Ferralangel

    Felicia~

    New Site looks great! Very clean and an air of sophistication and is quite user friendly. Definitely looking forward to the increased blogging. I am also in agreement though, the centering of the page would be much more feng shui-y for the site and our reading pleasures!

    Great job Felicia and Dane!

  • http://www.katiedurham.com Katie

    Gasp! It’s beautiful, Felicia! It definitely suits you. :)
    Fantastic work, Dane!
    The easy color scheme gives it a nice mellow feel while still looking professional and slick. Then the little splashes of personality, like the background sketches and the scrap of floral pattern at the top give it the needed warmth and individuality that really make it feel like your site. Love it. Absolutely love it.
    One thing I noticed was that there isn’t a top menu link for the Contact and Videos pages. I didn’t see the links for them at first because they were way down at the bottom. I suppose that might have been intentional, though.
    Love the new acting reel, too! Makes me want to watch Warm Springs again.
    Bravo! I look forward to reading your blog in such a pretty setting. :)

    Oh hey, just noticed the list of usable code tags for the comments down here – handy!

  • http://www.myspace.com/ladyofkayos Zenthia

    I’m a big fan, you are so beautiful, your voice adorable and you are so expressive! It makes me smile to see you so twitter patted over your new website. I look forward to perusing it on a regular basis :)

    Zenthia

  • http://danifigueiredo.shutterfly.com/ Dani

    Uhhh! Very very very pretty!
    Congratz to Dane!

    *goes look around the site*

  • alienufo

    The new site is very sleek looking! Well done.

    Only complaint I have is that the text is so small. I have to put my glasses on to read it lol.

  • thetoneloc

    site looking very clean. congrats and looking forward to following your blog posts. keep up the good work:)

  • http://sympodius.com Sympodius

    Loving the new look. Especially great to see the RSS feed is working now. Disqus might be worth looking into for easy interactivity if you fancy that sort of thing.

    I’m a big typography fan as well. I always typeset my books and papers myself before the printers and publishers get them. Really liking the typography being used here. Very soft, but confident and expressive.

  • Mark

    Love that you say ‘lol’ you’re like totally one of us! You rock! Also The Guild got me interested in WOW and now I can’t stop playing it! Thanks Felcia :|

  • Philine

    Wow, pretty!
    I adore the new page. What else can I say… *speechless*
    Philine

  • http://hellforge.gameriot.com Ian “Sol Invictus” Cheong

    Very classy. I totally dig the new design.

  • http://www.lisashearin.com Lisa Shearin

    Wow! I absolutely love the new site — crisp, clean, and easy to navigate. Bravo!

    Lisa

  • http://acetachyon.blogspot.com Ace

    Love the new look! Very clean and basic.

    *applause applause*

    5000 XP to you.

  • http://edgargarcia.com Edgar

    Did I mention that Felicia decided to add white text and white blobs on all her post pictures from now on?

    Just kidding…

  • GreatBigHippy

    Lovin the whole Web 2.0 intergration thang!
    Checked out the site after watching all the Guild episodes in one go last night after a UK games program said they were pretty good….. and they were right!
    btw, what font is your page header in? Is it a free to use one or did you have it designed for you? (I imagine all the big stars have their own font designers…. I bet Bruce Willis has two..)
    I’ll be checking up on updates regularly.
    Do more cool stuff…. or there will be… consequences…..

    (please disregard the above comment if it comes across as creepy. – do whatever – see if I care)

    GreatBigHippy

  • http://www.kyru.net Kyle

    You’re new site design looks great. I’ve recently been working on converting my own website to WordPress and the page specific widget interface sounds like a really good idea, I’m going to have to look into it myself.

  • http://www.oneinchman.com One Inch Man

    The new site design looks fantastic!
    The only problem I have with it is the fact I spent the last week revamping mine, and was pretty pleased with it, until I saw this and realised it doesn’t really look that good afterall >.>
    ;)

  • Soma+

    [!]

  • http://www.sixfeetunderthegun.com Quentin

    Wow. Impressive. My WordPress site is pretty basic, but I’m going to get ahold of my own guru and see if he can tweak.

    Thanks!

  • http://www.superdawg.com Ben

    Kickass new look! I thought I was at the wrong site for a second…then I read the headline (duh).

    (Still looking for an “edit” button for post– hint hint Ed :) )

    I was out of town for a few days and the Flog gets a new look and it seems there was some serious linking going on because that last post had hundreds of posts (hundreds???!!! sweet!)

    Keep fighting the good fight Felicia!

    • http://www.feliciaday.com Felicia

      I know, the Twitter post got crazy! I just wanted to be helpful :) Hopefully I can think of other interesting things to post like that, or not.

  • http://www.sixfeetunderthegun.com Quentin

    Hey Felicia. Any way I could get you to let me know which widgets he’s using for your “I just listened to” and “Reading” categories? I’ve been using third party stuff like Gurulib and Shelfari, but I like the way yours fits. Less seams.

    Thanks!

    • http://www.feliciaday.com Felicia

      I believe the Last.fm widget is a custom job, as is the GoodReads one :( I will ask him more specifics though.

      • http://www.sixfeetunderthegun.com Quentin

        Perfect. Thank you! If they’re custom, I’ll just put the irons to my WordPress guy to come up with something. If not, I guess we’ll have to chain our wrists together and have a good, old-fashioned knife fight.

        My money is on him.

        • Dane

          Hey Quentin,
          The LastFM was some custom PHP I just stuck in the sidebar – but the GoodReads is a plugin I’ve been working on, and hope to share soon.

          For someone with a rudimentary knowledge of PHP though it should be pretty easy to connect to either service.

        • http://www.sixfeetunderthegun.com Quentin

          Thanks Dane. Looking forward to the plugin!

  • http://twitter.com/singsinthecar Heather/singsinthecar

    The new layout looks great! I wish I had the skills that you and your web designer possess!

  • http://www.faceofthecookie.com Kiala

    Yay Dane and Felicia!

    As Dane’s Wife™, I was privy to some of this process and although my SPECIFIC REQUEST for extra pegasuseseseses was not heeded, I think it turned out pretty good anyway.

    I guess.

    (PEGASUSESES)

    • http://www.feliciaday.com Felicia

      I would not be opposed to more Pegasii or Unikeaurnx on the site. He seemed to resist the lady flair :( LOL. I love the trademark by your name, classic! :) Your man done good Kiala!

  • http://www.journeytofamily.com JourneytoFamily

    Very cool. I look forward to reading more posts from you! I love following you on Twitter. Can always count on a good laugh from you.

  • http://geekingoutwithchrisfeyrer.blogspot.com Chris Feyrer

    Looking good! CSS validates properly but there are 40 warnings you might want to have Dale look at.
    http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validator?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.feliciaday.com&profile=css21&usermedium=all&warning=1&lang=en

    • Dane

      Hey Chris,
      Thanks for the feedback.

      Unfortunately it’s pretty tough to get workd to validate completely, what was important to me is that the site looks as good as possible in all browsers – which I tried really hard to accomplish.

      That being said – I totally welcome the feedback!

      Thanks.

      • http://photo.imageinc.us Baylink

        HTML requires that *ampersands in URLs in HREFs* be quoted, and is therefore Broken As Designed. Don’t let the validation errors get you down.

      • http://geekingoutwithchrisfeyrer.blogspot.com Chris Feyrer

        Haha, well I figured you were getting plenty of “this site rocks” – which it does indeed, so I was trying to be constructive. That said, this site rocks! Heehee.

  • http://geekingoutwithchrisfeyrer.blogspot.com Chris Feyrer

    Bah, I meant DANE. It’s funny, Madison, WI is located in DANE County. Now I’ll never forget.

  • http://geekingoutwithchrisfeyrer.blogspot.com Chris Feyrer

    Oops, may have lost my original post.
    These pages validate as CSS
    http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/validator?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.feliciaday.com&profile=css21&usermedium=all&warning=1&lang=en

    Dane (I had put Dale, oops) can look at the warnings if he wants.

  • http://geekingoutwithchrisfeyrer.blogspot.com Chris Feyrer

    CSS Validation for this site
    There. I should read fine print more often.

  • http://www.usefulconcept.com Joshua Cyr

    Nice new look. I noticed the headers right away. Nice use of sifir (the flash you mention) to make the headers a much better typeface, and search engine / screen reader friendly.

  • http://www.curtinparloe.co.uk CurtinParloe

    Love the new site. I was never 100% sure about the orange…

  • http://www.arandomact.com Josh Luth

    The new site is awesome. I’m a big fan of simplicity and this suits me. Gratz!

  • http://slayground.livejournal.com Little Willow

    Congrats on your new streamlined design!

  • http://photo.imageinc.us Baylink

    All hail Dane.

    I’m not a big WP guy, but I’m pretty impressed anyway. Do like the nameplate font, too; can’t pick the name out anymore; Cheltenham Black maybe? Nice choice, though — I, like you, am a typography geek.

    Not much for frozen yogurt, though.

  • http://www.jeffcarlisle.com Jeff

    What? No screaming Eagles or Giant Robots? WTF?

    Kidding.

    All gorgeous, Felicia–just like you. Great work, Dane.

    Jeff

  • http://fairytaleshenanigans.wordpress.com/ Alex

    Hey Felicia,

    Love the site! You are awesome, I’m a big fan, and an avid Guild watcher!

    Can’t wait to see you in more stuff, you rock!

  • http://www.goblinbrook.net C. Patrick

    Hi. Just wanted to thank you. You with “The Guild”, Sandeep Parikh with “Legend of Neil”, and the Baranovsky bros. with “Break a Leg” have inspired me to work on my own web series (which I would shamelessly plug here if it was done yet, which it isn’t — but by goooly it’ll be good, or at least fun). Primarily it was you, though. “The Guild” was my entry drug into the time-eating world of web series (series-es…series-esses?). And I also have a “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog” addiction. But I’m thinking about going to a clinic for that. Cheers…

  • http://www.rabbitbites.com Buns and Chou Chou

    Site rocks, of course!!

  • http://mydisguises.com Manny

    Very nice site! WordPress is so awesome. My latest favorite plugin is Global Translator, I highly recommend it for your sidebar so all the people in the world can read your blog. The translation caching is so Google friendly as well.

  • http://mx.myspace.com/EdSG EdSG

    :sigh: How can I criticize such a nice, well-designed (props to Dane) and pretty website. You make it hard for us ;-P

  • http://ken-gilbert.com ken

    dane rocks!!!
    :)

  • Roger de Flor

    Please, forgive my ignorance but, in the main page you can read “XOXO Felicia”.
    May I ask what XOXO means? Because in my language it means… well… it´s a non elegant to say vagina.

    • http://www.feliciaday.com Felicia

      LOLO! It means hugs and kisses! I guess that could involve a vagina, but I didn’t mean it to HA! :D

  • http://talkn3rdytome.com Klumsi

    This new design is wonderful, much more user interactive friendlier than the last =)
    Wordpress is the best, isn’t it?!

    Good luck to you all with the Streamy awards!!

  • Amor

    i love the new look!

  • Franklin

    What happened to the forums?

  • http://www.feliciaday.com Felicia

    I took away the forums because I never went to them and I felt guilty for never visiting and wanted to consolidate the site.
    A new group has been created on the community.watchtheguild.com site called “Flog Refugees”. It’s cool because there’s an active chat community there as well as forums, so it’s more trafficked. I hope that’s cool with everyone :)

  • http://www.myspace.com/captainspaldinglive CaptainSpalding

    Hey Felicia! I met you at PAX, and asked you about Retarded Policeman, and you promptly introduced me to Greg, was it? In any case, I am ass deep into Commentary! The Musical! Holy crap! Truly inspired stuff, and obviously props to Maurissa and the Whedons, and the rest of the gang. Better Than Neil absolutely slays me! I’m hard-pressed to decide which I like more now; the Original flavor, or the Extra Crunchy Commentary! Oh, and I’ve “caught Guild fever” as it were, and am back into it, big-time. Thanks Vork for the invite! Knights of Goooood! And thank YOU!
    ~CaptainSpalding

  • Stewart

    I love the design of the Web site. Not everyone can create simple elegance, but everyone appreciates it. It’s amazing how much you don’t put into a design that makes it stand out!

    Kudos to Dane on his excellent work, and my compliments on your excellent taste in design.

    I saw your links to comic creators, and it made me want to ask if you ever saw this:

    http://stelfreeze.blogspot.com/2008/08/one-red-cent.html
    http://stelfreeze.blogspot.com/2008/08/penny-for-your-thoughts.html
    http://stelfreeze.blogspot.com/2008/08/nickel-and-dimeing-penny.html

    Brian Stelfreeze is a a great comic artist, and these are from a series in his blog last August.

    I thought I’d pass that along since I found your new site as I thought you might appreciate his comments and artistic interpretation.

  • http://daynah.com Daynah

    This layout is very beautiful! :)

  • http://www.henrikbecker.se Henrik

    The site is beautiful. The Guild is brilliant. You are inspiring. Thank you so much :)

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    I think it may be help all of you. Thanks a lot for enjoying this beauty blog with me.

  • http://www.hotbaabes.com Millie Sumas

    Not enogh duck lips. I demand more duck lips. The car licking was nice though

  • http://frranke78.bravejournal.com/entry/94704/ Consuelo

    Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an incredibly
    long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all
    that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say great blog!

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