WordPress Header Design

Do you like my new WordPress header design? It's thanks to Angela McCall who is starting her online design business and was kind enough to offer me a free header to showcase her work.

I only met Angela a few weeks ago through blogging, although she actually feels like a friend already (as do many readers of this blog).

WordPress Header Design

So, here is one of Angela's first designs for her new business and I'm really delighted with it. The original header looked as if it had been “knocked up” in Paint – for the very good reason that it HAD been (by graphically-challenged me). So I jumped at the chance of one of Angela's professional designs.

She was great to work with, very prompt and politely fielded my ideas that I just I KNEW “shouldn't be done”. Very quickly she sent me a few variations of the finally short-listed designs to choose from – and this was my final choice. In fact, Angela's husband and daughter all expressed opinions, so I've had the benefit of a committee helping me choose!

I'm feeling much smarter with my new header and pleased to recommend Angela's work to you. Just contact Angela for graphic design work through her blog and I'm sure she'll give you as good service as she did for me.

This is also a bit of a milestone for me because I've only once before had a good result out-sourcing. Which has meant I have become a bit of a control-freak and insisted on doing everything myself. Having had a good result, perhaps I'll be more willing to consider out-sourcing in future.

Last week wasn't a good week for various technical reasons, but again I had help from a blogging friend Jan Kearney who spotted an error in something I had done, and told me that Google was giving an unhelpful message and I (probably!) didn't have the malware I'd been clearing up. So thanks to Jan too. I'm sure it probably did my PC good to have a clean-up, but good to think there weren't nasties on it.

What else have I been up to? Well, not an awful lot in the Internet Marketing field – although I did create my first Infographic about my Top 7 Minerals. (Sadly my Mineral blog is playing up at the time of writing – but I'll add a link later!!)

However, I have been working hard on my book-keeping, which at the moment is necessary income – until I become an “internet goorooo” driving my Porsche between my mansion and my yacht!! Hahaha – in my dreams.

Time Recording Software

clock8-mfI was testing out various time recording tools last week too, mainly to let me see “where the day goes”. Although I wanted to like Time Doctor, I kept getting annoyed with it for asking me if I was still working when I was actually “thinking”. So I turned it off I'm afraid. I tried a few others that didn't tick the “simplicity” box for me, and finally settled on the free version of RescueTime (aff link).

It sits unobtrusively in the background, and tracks what I'm up to on its dashboard. When I stop working (or whenever I wish) it lets me categorize the logged websites or tasks on a scale from “Very distracting” to “Very productive” so that it can tell me how well I've been working. When I've categorized a task once, it's stored for future use.

The bad news is that email is taking up a HUGE proportion of my day (which I suppose I knew). But you can set goals to help you work towards better use of time. It's not been a typical week as I've had more time off than usual, so that does explain why my emailing has been a disproportionate part of my week. The even worse news is that “Writing” – which I'm saving for article writing – has been non-existent.

Having to face that analysis daily should prod me away from spending time on some of the less productive areas of my day.

So – brighter this week than last, and now it's back to the book-keeping, which will improve my productivity score as well as putting funds in the coffers.

This week's report is a little earlier than usual because I was excited about my new WordPress header design and wanted to share Angela's excellent work. Thanks again Angela ๐Ÿ™‚

Joy Healey

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Jan Kearney - March 15, 2013

Glad I could help, Joy ๐Ÿ™‚ Did you find the extra space in your feed redirect to remove it in the end?

Lovely header too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Joy Healey - March 16, 2013

    Hi Jan

    Glad you like the new header. Thanks.

    No, I’m afraid I didn’t find the extra space in the feed redirect. I logged into feedburner and couldn’t see it there. Not sure where else it might be!


      Jan Kearney - March 17, 2013

      Hi Joy,

      It’s not feedburner that’s the problem, it’s the feedburner address has been typed or copied over incorrectly when you have told your feed to redirect

      Check where you type the feedburner address and remove the space there. ๐Ÿ™‚

        Joy Healey - March 18, 2013

        Hi Jan

        Still completely defeated on this one. I thought I’d solved the problem when I found a space in the url at the plugin Feedburner Feedsmith Extension, so I removed that space, but the link:
        still translates to the url with the extra space in. I’ve done F5, run Fix SS, deleted/reinstalled plugin and cleared the cache (and got a glass of alcohol). All to no avail.

        No idea where else to look. I’ve been through all the WordPress settings I can think of ๐Ÿ™


          Jan - March 18, 2013

          The glass of alcohol must have worked ๐Ÿ™‚ I follow that feed link now and it redirects OK. Check your cookies – or just leave it a little while before looking again ๐Ÿ™‚

          Joy Healey - March 19, 2013

          Hi Jan

          Thanks very much for your help! Patience never was my virtue. You’re right, it’s following the link now. Phew.


Angela McCall - March 15, 2013

WOW…Joy, I feel so honored. Thank you very much for mentioning a name and for doing a blog post about this header. WOW…I didn’t expect this. It is indeed a BIG surprise!!! What a way to start my weekend. This really made my day!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I was smiling from ear to ear when you mentioned that you have the whole crew’s opinion about the header. Actually, I’ve learned this from school. When you design something, grab a total stranger and ask them how do they like the design? Since they are not designers and more likely just an innocent bystander who knew nothing about designs and they are there to SEE what you have to offer, they are the best crowd to ask about your designs. Coz fellow designers tend to me more analytic…so the best ones to ask are those who knew nothing about designs coz they’ll tell you the honest truth from the way they SEE it.

Also, I was laughing at what you said:
“I have been working hard on my book-keeping, which at the moment is necessary income โ€“ until I become an โ€œinternet gooroooโ€ driving my Porsche between my mansion and my yacht!! Hahaha โ€“ in my dreams.” — what a NICE dream!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, Joy, thank you…thank you…thank you….
Hope you have a blessed and fantastic weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Joy Healey - March 16, 2013

    Hello Angela

    Well, I was just so pleased with the results, I couldn’t help but mention it!

    Interesting that you learned that in design school. Similar to when someone writes an article – best to let a completely different person read it and see if they understand it in the same way that you meant it. Often they don’t!!


Bonnie Gean - March 16, 2013

Love the new header! ๐Ÿ™‚ I like that much better than the old one. In fact, I can’t even remember the old one. ROFL

Not very memorable, was it? This one is nicer!

    Joy Healey - March 16, 2013

    Thanks Bonnie, glad you like it.

    It’s been on my “to-do” list for a long time – but so have many things!! Anyway, that’s one less now ๐Ÿ™‚


Shohel Sabbir - March 16, 2013

I own a WordPress Blog. This tip can help me a lot and thanks for sharing this information for us. :):D

    Joy Healey - March 16, 2013

    Hi Shohel

    Thanks for commenting and I’m glad you found the post helpful.


      Shohel Sabbir - March 25, 2013

      Thank You Too Joy Healey.

        Joy Healey - March 31, 2013

        Glad you liked it Shohel.

Debra Moser - March 17, 2013

Hi Joy, love the header definitely better than the old:) Great work Angela.

    Joy Healey - March 17, 2013

    Thanks Debra

    I was pleased with it, and all remarks have been complimentary. Hope it helps start Angela’s new business off well.

Alex Thompson - March 19, 2013

WordPress header design seems to be wonderful. Great write up. I appreciate your post.

    Joy Healey - March 31, 2013

    Thanks Alex. I was very pleased with Angela’s work. Joy

Tim Bonner - March 19, 2013

Hi Joy

I love the new header design. I knocked the current one on my blog up on GIMP a few weeks ago.

I was pretty happy with it but now I can see what someone who knows what they’re doing can come up with, maybe I need to reconsider!

    Joy Healey - March 19, 2013

    Thanks Tim,

    Just the word GIMP scares me to death – two of us spent ages creating a header some months ago. Not an experience I’d happily repeat!!

    Glad you like my new header. I was OK about my old one, until I saw how much better so many other people’s blogs look. Glad I changed it.

    If/when you decide to have a blog-facelift (not that I’ve ever felt you needed it….) I’m sure Angela would be pleased to have a “word”.

    Thanks for your comment.


Pauline - March 20, 2013

Hi Joy
I really like this new header, it makes such a difference ๐Ÿ™‚
I will go and check out Angela’s blog, thanks for sharing…
Hope you have a wonderful day

    Joy Healey - March 21, 2013

    Hi Pauline

    Thanks, and glad you like it. I feel much smarter with it ๐Ÿ™‚ Angela was very helpful.


Daniel - April 17, 2013

Hey there Healey

I like your blog so I subscribed for more news. I also liked your Facebook page, I think you have 100 likes now ๐Ÿ˜›

Best regards from I. C. Daniel – Romania

    Joy Healey - April 18, 2013

    Hi Daniel

    Thanks for dropping by, also subscribing and liking. Yes, the Likes are increasing, so my efforts must be starting to pay off!

Robin Emdon - May 5, 2013

Poor time management is just such a huge obstacle to successful online marketing. You really have to know where your time is going and how to manage it better. One of the tools I like is a Pomodoro time (various software solutions). Chunking the day into 25 minute intense working sessions. Very useful and powerful.~Robin~

    Joy Healey - May 14, 2013

    Hi Robin

    Thanks for the suggestion about Pomodoro and time-chunking. I read about something similar – must look it out again!

    My problems are two-fold

    1) Everything takes me far longer than I expected
    2) Every so often I have to “down tools” to take on work from my offline customers – but as that is what pays the bills at the moment, they have to come first.

    Thanks for dropping by.


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