Welcome to the new Chocolate & Zucchini!

Something looks different around here, no?

I am very excited to unveil the new version of Chocolate & Zucchini! I have been working on it for a good while with the extraordinary team over at cre8d, and it’s been wonderful to see it take shape over the months as we dreamed up my ideal C&Z.

So take a look around, see what you think. There is still a bit of fine-tuning to do, so I hope you will forgive any glitch you run into. And if you have a moment to report back and share thoughts, suggestions, and general feedback on the new site, I will be very interested to hear from you.

Here are a few quick notes on some of the new C&Z features :

Homepage grid

At the top of the homepage you will now find a grid that displays the latest post (largest image), plus the two most popular entries from the past two months (labeled “popular”), and three seasonal favorites that I will handpick and rotate regularly (labeled “favorites”). The purpose of this is to give you an at-a-glance view of what I’m up to when you visit.

Below the grid you’ll find the most recent posts, as before, in the more classic blog fashion.

Mobile- and tablet-friendly design

The new layout of Chocolate & Zucchini is designed to rearrange itself according to your screen size so you’ll get an optimal, full-featured experience whether you’re using a phone, tablet, or computer — it’s what’s called “responsive design”.

Comments via Disqus

The comments on C&Z are now handled through Disqus, which comes with lots of nifty features to enhance your commenting and reading experience. To comment, you will identify yourself using your credentials from the social media site of your choice, or create a (free) Disqus account. Many websites use this same service, so you can find all your comments in a single place, and get notified when your comments get a response, which saves you the effort of checking back.

If you have commented on Chocolate & Zucchini before, you can log in to Disqus and claim your past comments. It takes a minute and they will then appear with your pretty face next to them (go to Settings > Merging).

Recipe saving with Ziplist

The recipes on C&Z now have a “Save” button. This is hooked up to the Ziplist service, which allows you to collect and organize your favorite recipes online, and generate shopping lists. (Note: I am gradually migrating past recipes to the new recipe format that allows that.)

This is it for now, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any question or difficulty, and we will resume our regular programming in the next couple of days!

  • http://fledglingsgourmet.blogspot.com/ Gene

    Very beautiful and dynamic! Great new design, well done!!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thanks so much, Gene, I’m glad you like it!

  • LostInCheeseland

    Bravo!!! Absolutely lovely, can’t wait to dive in and explore all the new features.

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thank you Lindsey! Do let me know if you see anything weird. :)

  • the kale project

    Congrats! It looks great! I’m so excited to explore more!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thank you Kristen! You’ve been on your own redesign adventure, am I remembering correctly?

  • suzy

    It looks great, Clotilde!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thank you Susan! ^^

  • Bake

    It’s beautiful and so fresh looking, congratulations!! xo

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thanks, that means a lot!

  • jennifer

    Lovely! ^^ What a cute makeover!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thank you Jennifer! I love the idea of the makeover. :)

  • daniel harris

    The site looks great! very smart choice going with a responsive design. Looking forward to the ziplist feature.

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Let me know how you like it!

  • http://www.myvivaplan.com/ Callie D

    Just getting used to Disqus myself! Have’t added it yet to my blog, do you highly recommend it? What made you switch, if you don’t mind me asking?

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      You know, I’ve just started using it so my opinion isn’t yet formed. And I just switched from MovableType over to WordPress, so I never had the opportunity to try out the WP comment system.

  • http://www.travelandlust.com/ Travel & Lust

    Congratulations on your upgrade. Chocolate & Zucchini is literally an obsession of ours over at Travel&Lust! ;) Love how the pages look on our tablets and looking forward to copy and pasting some of your recipes! BTW, Amazing Instagram!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thank you so much! Glad you like the tablet-friendly look.

  • http://www.eatlivetravelwrite.com/ Mardi Michels

    Looks FANTASTIC Clotilde :)

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thank you Mardi! ^^

  • marysueh

    Love the sleek look and design. Great job. I hope you love WP – it seems so user friendly.

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Lovely to see you here! Don’t forget to merge your older comments with your new account. (Edit profile > Merging.)

      • marysueh

        Merged – and the weekend has just started! What a lot of work you and cre8d have done to roll this out so well.

  • Stella_L

    Congratulations on your new site, it looks great! I’ve been waiting for it since I participated in your survey (can’t remember when was that but seems a long time ago), so I’m happy it’s finally here :)

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thank you, Stella, it does feel like it was eons ago, but the survey was super helpful to guide the project. Thank you again for participating!

  • Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living

    I really love your re-design! It looks amazing! Many blogs and websites are moving towards this type of design, and I think it’s smart. It’s much more user-friendly!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thanks, Tess, user-friendliness was definitely at the forefront of our minds.

  • Sara Giraldi Marsala

    Congratulations on your new site! Looks fab…….have just purchased your French Market cookbook and can’t wait to try out the recipes!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      I’m delighted to hear it. Do report back on the recipes you try!

  • Jessica Volz

    All is in good taste…congratulations Clotilde! :)

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thanks so much Jessica!

  • Carole D.

    Love the site and the new features – it’s clean, clear, bright, very attractive and user friendly! One comment: I’m not an instagram user, but found the eye candy on the right too appealing to ignore, clicked on the instagram images to learn more about them – then found no way to go back to the webpage. Am I missing something – or is there a way to build in a link or back arrow to get you back to where you started? Great new look, Clotilde

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thank you Carole! Instagram is indeed a separate website so I can’t change their layout, but you can always use your browser’s “Back” button to return to the site when you’re done, or you can open it in a new tab as well.

  • Linda

    Gorgeous; even more bright and lively. I love it.

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thank you Linda!

  • Loren at Felix Doolittle

    I love the new site, Clotilde!! I know how much time, thought, and hard work it takes to bring a new site to fruition. You’ve done it, and beautifully! I’m raising my glass of tea to you in celebration of this enormous achievement!!! Hopefully, one day I’ll have the pleasure to clink glasses with you personally!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thank you Loren, I’m especially pleased to hear that coming from you, a person with such great taste. :)

  • Gena Hamshaw

    I love the new design, Clotilde!!!

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thanks so much Gena, that means a lot! ^^

  • Pat Nyswonger (Pat and Dahn)

    Beautiful site design, very clean and user friendly too

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      That’s lovely to hear, thank you!

  • Yvonne C.

    Hi Clotilde, the website looks great, except there is one thing I do miss. I really liked being able to browse your recipes just by looking at a list. Now each recipe is shown as a picture and some categories are several pages long so it takes longer to browse, especially on my cell phone when I want to find some quick inspiration for dinner. It was nice to have all the recipes as one giant list on one page that I could just scroll up and down.

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thanks, Yvonne. It shouldn’t be too hard to reinstate that list, I’ll look into it!

      • Yvonne C.

        Great, thanks so much!!

  • http://www.cocoandme.com/ Tamami (cocoandme.com)

    Hello Clotilde! Many congratulations on your new website design!! What a delightful surprise when I clicked to visit your site! It is a lot more modern/ contemporary! Also feels interactive. The tick-box on the recipe is what I’m most jealous about!! :) And I like the new logo too!!! – It makes me wonder maybe it’s time I should look into mine too…! – Anyway, hope all is well!!!! Love, T xx

    • http://chocolateandzucchini.com/ Clotilde Dusoulier

      Thank you very much, Tamami, I’m so pleased you like it! And I heart the check boxes also. :) The idea was borrowed from the Martha Stewart website. And yes, the logo will always take you back to the homepage.

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