Big Brand System looks a little different today. I spent the last week redesigning the site using a brand-new theme: Dynamik Website Builder by Cobalt Apps.
You may recall that this site has used the Prose theme for the past couple of years.
I loved using Prose: it gave me the ability to tweak and modify most areas of my site, and the end result was just what I wanted for a long time.
But designers are, by nature, antsy. We think, therefore we tweak.
I first found Dynamik Website Builder when Wendy Cholbi and I set out on a quest to find a second WordPress theme with design controls to add to our flagship product, Site Setup Kit.
Prose has been a perfect theme for our owners to learn and use: it’s relatively simple to learn, and gives good, solid control over most of the elements of your website.
And it’s built on the rock-solid Genesis Framework from StudioPress. That means streamlined, bug-free code that loads fast and helps your site to rank higher because of its built-in SEO tools.
But many of our owners were at a point that they wanted more.
I wanted more, too.
I grew picky. I wanted things like:
Easy-to-implement mobile responsiveness
Making your Dynamik website mobile responsive takes about one second. You simply click a check box, and voila: a mobile-responsive site that looks great on phones, tablets, and everything in between.
Total and complete control over almost every pixel
Dynamik’s design controls go way above and beyond anything I’ve seen before. You have one-click control over everything from the padding of your navigation menu, to the color, size and font of your footer typeface. No coding required.
Built in Custom CSS Builder
Ready to have your mind blown? Built right into Dynamik is a tool that will generate CSS code for your website.
Here’s an example of this:
I wanted to add a little extra space between the letters in my sidebar headlines.
I opened the Custom CSS Builder and selected a number I thought would work, then clicked the Insert Letter Spacing button. The CSS I needed appeared in the window, and I copy/pasted it into the design controls for my sidebar header.
The final result? My sidebar headlines went from this:
A small tweak, but one I would have had to hire someone to write for me before I got my hands on Dynamik Website Builder.
Widgetized home page
Another powerful tool that’s built right into Dynamik Website Builder is the ability to create a fully mobile responsive widgetized home page.
What does this mean exactly?
You may use the same basic layout for most of your website. On this site, for example, many of the pages are set up with a main content area, a sidebar and a footer.
But oftentimes you want your home page to look different. Your home page has different goals, after all (watch this free webinar on creating successful home pages to learn more).
Creating a different look for your home page almost always meant bringing in someone to code it up for you. Something as simple as adding a featured area across the top or creating two or three columns was impossible unless you added code.
Not anymore. Dynamik Website Builder makes creating your home page about as easy as snapping together a structure using Legos.
You choose your blocks, arrange them on the page, add content, and you have a fully responsive home page with almost endless possible layout combinations.
Here’s my new home page:
Options, options, options
The most exceptional quality of Dynamik Website Builder is that it’s almost impossible to perceive its genetic code. One Dynamik site looks very different from the other because almost everything is editable.
From the layout options on, your design choices give your site a unique look. You can build an online brand and not worry that your site will look like every other site created with that theme. And since it’s also built on the Genesis Framework, you can count on a rock-solid foundation beneath your gorgeous theme.
Site Setup Kit now teaches you how to use Dynamik Website Builder
Until last month, Site Setup Kit taught the Prose theme exclusively. Now, you can learn either the Prose theme or Dynamik Website Builder using Site Setup Kit.
Included with the lessons are the theme files themselves, so your purchase gives you all the tools you need to build a stunning website and maintain it all by yourself.
Over to you
Don’t be surprised if small things continue to change in the coming weeks.
Remember: I think, therefore I tweak. A good website redesign should improve readability and usability, and that’s what I’m aiming for with this change.
Now I want to hear from you. What do you think? What’s working, and what’s not? Head on down to the newly redesigned comments section and let me know your thoughts.