Welcome to Launch Day! It would be an understatement to say that I’m excited, because I’m 100% over the moon to introduce you to the new Jessica in the Kitchen! Things look a little different, right? No, a whole lot different. The site has been completely redesigned, and even the logo got a brand new facelift. You’re going to find it 10x easier to navigate Jessica in the Kitchen now on desktop and on mobile. Let’s look at what has changed, and answer any questions you may have on what’s new and what’s to come! P.S., it is also the 3rd anniversary of Jessica in the Kitchen!!
What’s new on Jessica in the Kitchen?
Well, everything! Let me break it down for you, so you can go exploring next. The site has been 100% redone to be beautifully clean, sleek and simple while maintain a modern finish. While I loved my previous design, there’s no comparing to the way I feel about Jessica in the Kitchen now.
I’ve always heard “your writing and recipes are so different from all the others I’ve been on” “I just feel awakened and renewed” “I can’t put my finger on it, but your recipes are just so different!” in reference to my recipes, my blog posts and my photos, so I wanted a website that reflected the way I truly felt about Jessica in the Kitchen. This site embodies the soul of Jessica in the Kitchen 100%!
WHOA guys. The recipe index is basically a site on its own! Now you can search http://jessicainthekitchen.com/recipes/ for recipes either by Season, Special Diet, Meal Type, Ingredients or ALL four! This is the recipe index I’ve always dreamed that you’d be able to search by, and I’m so glad it’s here! Go ahead – peek around, search for some recipes based on your personal needs, and check out the blog posts!
Guides is also a new and improved separate page that you can search for by the way! Since I’ve been doing a lot of these lately, on top of old guides, you can now search by How-To’s, Meal Prep, Seasonal Produce, and Travel Guides.
Are you looking at the top? You’ve let me know for years how hard it was to search JITK, so now, your search bar is HUGE, and at the top of both the desktop AND mobile version of Jessica in the Kitchen!
Isn’t it incredible? The home page now serves as a partially blog post, partially static page. It’ll feature my favourite current kitchen items, new posts, featured videos, and current in season posts and most loved posts. This is so you can see what others are loving so you can try it too! Also, the new posts on the home page have a gorgeous feature giving you a preview of the important snippets from the post.
Blog post layouts
Notice something? No more sidebars! Gasp, I know right?! Surprisingly you won’t miss a thing – everything is still where you need to find it, and now the focus is on the blog post itself.
The shop pages are now in dropdown menu, and will all eventually feature a personal description of why I love that specific product, and why I think it’ll work great in your kitchen too!
Navigation has been significantly simplified to highlight the cream of the crop on Jessica in the Kitchen! Now you can easily access what’s important, including how to subscribe!
Definitely check out the new about me page! It features me (yes, yes) plus I completely rewrote it all to share from a deeper part of me, with you!
The subscribe page! So easy to do now, so you can sign up whenever you’re ready.
You’ll find more secrets on the pages you venture onto, so go exploring! I don’t want to share it all, but did you notice that the pineapple on the menu moves when you’re on a main page? This was huge for me and I’m so happy my designer and developer were able to pull this off!!
So I’ve been getting some questions today, and during the whole process so I wanted to give you my answers to these!
I have to give it to my designer Katelyn for this one (more on her brilliance a bit further down). I was adamant on keeping the logo the same/a tiny update (BUT COLOUR!!), but the second I saw the new layout she had designed, I knew it had to go. Jessica in the Kitchen has changed so much over the last few years yet has stayed the same. Simple, delicious and easy recipes. I wanted a logo that wasn’t as fussy and instead reflected this philosophy. Plus, it will be so much easier when we start launching actual products (you heard it first!) to brand them with this beautifully brilliant logo.
Design was done by Katelyn from http://katelyncalautti.com . I am waiting for Katelyn to open up a testimonial section of her website so I can just let the world know how AMAZING she is. She was so much more than a designer – but let’s talk about that first. Katelyn re-did every single design aspect of the website and created all the gorgeous aesthetics you see here. She truly listened to every word, and always shared her professional opinion of what was best for Jessica in the Kitchen, especially moving forward. The whole point was to create a timeless website and she definitely did this. I really loved working with her. She went above and beyond the work of a designer to even give me some branding advice that has made a lot of difference.
Development was done by Brandi’s team from Alchemy + Aim. Brandi and her team brought Katelyn’s design to life, and carefully crafted the website to be the powerhouse that you’re currently reading this on. They listened to my every desire (No really, everything) and got it all done. I love the fact that everything is SO customised to me, and that this website is truly mine. I can’t get over some of these insanely gorgeous custom features, friends! It was such a pleasure working with Alchemy + Aim too!! Actually, Robert who directly worked on my website is Jamaican, also living in Jamaica! We actually went to the same high school, just a few years apart. Crazy, right? So not only is this website beautifully designed and developed, it’s loaded with lots of country pride too!
The very same thing! The same recipes, advice, guides, and tips and tricks. A few of you expressed this concern but the same great content is still coming your way. Only this time it is distraction free and you can search and find it much easier!
Ebook – coming your way soon, read more about it here!
YouTube – If I say it, it’ll happen right?? No really haha, I am getting back onto Youtube! If you’re a *long* time follower then you know I used to do so many more Youtube videos years ago, and I really loved being in front of the camera too. You can look out for some JITK content over on Youtube! In the meantime, you can follow my page!
Even more content upgrades – I’ve been trying to provide some amazing content upgrades to you so far, so you can expect even more of these! Be it shopping lists, guides, printable, they’re all coming your way.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the new website!! Please leave me a comment in the new comments section below! Once again, THANK YOU for being an amazing reader!! YOU make this a reality. It’s the 3rd anniversary of Jessica in the Kitchen, and all the love and support that I’ve received has powered me to keep going. Thank you!!
P.S. – see anything that isn’t working? Let me know ASAP please at email@example.com!
In honour of the new website, here’s a list of my favourite pineapple recipes!