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The Big Move: Domain Change & Redesign

Posted on December 17, 2006

EOI was planning on moving domains and launching the redesign after the holidays but I couldn’t wait. It turns out that moving a WordPress install from one domain to another is very easy and not as time consuming as I thought. In fact, the most time consuming part was setting up permanent redirects for all of the archives but even that took well under an hour.

Well, without further adieu I welcome you to Olson’s Observations at EricJohnOlson.com (yes, olson.com, ericolson.com and eolson.com were taken…). I made the move mainly because I wanted the site URL to be more meaningful and to grow with me as I move along in my career and life. The title of the blog just came to me but I am definitely open to suggestions if anyone has any.

Along with the move I thought it was time for a new look. I knew I wanted to choose a design with two right columns rather than one so I can better display my sidebar information. After searching for a while I found the Vertigo theme by Brian Gardner and decided that was going to be the new look. I planned on putting all of the usual info in my sidebar before launching the site but I decided to launch tonight and then fix up the sidebars and tweak the design a bit over the holiday break.

I hope you all enjoy the redesign and, as always, I would love to hear some feedback. Also, I would love if all the feed readers could check out the site when they get a chance (no need to worry, the feed address is the same so all of you don’t have to do anything to keep receiving my content).

Side Note: I am thinking about disbanding “Deal Flow” each week in favor of writing more about deals and new companies I find interesting. What do you all think of that?

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6 Comments so far
  1. Frank Gruber December 17, 2006 11:04 pm

    Looks great! ;)

  2. Eric Olson December 17, 2006 11:55 pm

    Thanks Frank! You are officially the first person to comment on the new blog. :-)

  3. Matt Jaunich December 18, 2006 12:23 am

    Eric, congrats on the new site - I think the new name and site is great, and I look forward to many good observations!

  4. Carolyn Olson December 18, 2006 7:13 am

    Awesome!! I love it!! I especially love the name (oh, wait….isn’t that the one I gave you when you were born? LOL) All kidding aside, I think the design is great. Easy to read and follow. Nice job! :)

  5. Fraser December 18, 2006 9:25 am

    Nice and clean - I like the change.

    I’d also like to share my $0.02 on your proposal to disband Deal Flow and focus on writing more about deals/companies that you find interesting… so long as you keep up with sharing your thoughts (I’m a bit guilty on this one :)) I’d like to read separate posts with your thoughts on what you find interesting and why.

    Looking forward to it.

  6. Dan Green December 20, 2006 11:10 am

    It’s things like this that make me wish TypePad was so simple.

    Love the new look!