⁠Today I worked on creating beautiful post comments. The comment section is typically one I leave well alone, but for Haze it’s been revamped into something stunning. I look forward to sharing it with you. This is a screenshot from the front page just like yesterday’s. If you want to know when this theme is released follow me on Instagram! You’ll get the latest and greatest updates that way.
 
July 12, 2019

 
Since the release of Brave, I’ve had a creative block. To help get through this block, I’ve been working on a personal blog/project. The excitement of putting something new together has been exhilarating, but I think new beginnings in a way always are. To have somewhere to talk about things in a more personal nature has me excited.  Visit Bellechime! Bellechime is a delightfully witchy place for the goddess and views into demonolatry.

⁠❤ Having a website for this project is important, because it means I get full control. I can’t “shadow ban” myself after all. If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that social media is tricky, and you absolutely need your own web space if you want to have a lasting presence. I’m not talking about free hosting either. Because even on free hosting you don’t get full control. I see so many delightful witchy women and alt babes on Blogger, and it breaks my heart. I hope to someday soon help get more people off Blogger and on to their own hosts. 🙂 (Yes that’s a hint of something fun in the works!)⁠

via Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzbb42fFZbP/
 

 

Brave is the first Dixon Sheppard theme to be built using the Elementor page builder, and I couldn’t be more excited. Here are the reasons I switched.

Faster

I was previously hand coding everything and providing widgets upon widgets of options that even I started to get confused by all of them. Elementor is faster for both creating themes, coding them, but also for you the user and for your visitors. With Elementor I am using less code, everywhere which speeds up your site. Additionally, fixes are faster and easier and new themes will be coming out much faster!

Versatile

Elementor makes updating your theme and making it truly yours much easier. I am also able to provide my themes more options. Brave for instance offers two different home page settings and two different blog post types. Future themes are currently planned to have more. Additionally, you can literally drag and drop boxes and change colors all on a whim inside the Elementor edit options. Want something to be purple? Make it purple.

Responsive

I have always worked to make Dixon Sheppard themes be mobile ready. This is because increasingly websites are being accessed on phones and tablets. To not code for a mobile world is to be behind on the times. Elementor gives me the option to design each page with a unique layout for phones, tablets, and computers. This means no matter what device your visitor is on, your website looks stunning.

Lastly…it’s free!

That’s right, Elementor is free! You don’t have to go buy some fancy framework that costs JUST as much as the theme you fell in love with in order to have the site of your dreams. Every feature I use in Brave is FREE. So much power in a free package.

Hopefully this shift to Elementor makes sense now. It’s simply too useful and powerful to not use especially with it being free. Yes, this means you’ll have to install the Elementor mod to use my Brave (and future themes), but I’ve included that in the download.

 
May 24, 2019

 

What I am planning for 2019 in a nutshell.

If you follow my Instagram, you already know some of these plans, but in an effort to help other blogs and businesses I want to clearly outline what I think what my next steps should be.

Instagram

I’m naturally really shy, so blogging and social media are difficult for me. I’m terrified of coming out of my shell or on the flip side oversharing.

personalization

I’ve recently started to open up more on Instagram, and I am seeing results. One of my most popular posts of 2018 was posted four days ago (12/28/18), and was personal in nature. I am finding that a mix of real life and business gets the best reaction.

branding

Almost ALL of my of my top posts are branded in some way. Earlier this month, I made a conscious effort to make a photo filter that goes on nearly all Dixon Sheppard Instagram pictures. If you look at my photos, there are consistent elements. Every post has a splash of yellow, is black and white, or is completely yellow. It took a week or so to establish what I wanted my feed to look like, but once I went with my brand colors, it came naturally. I’m able to look at the last couple weeks of my feed and see cohesion and my numbers have gone up in response!

Theme Collections

This is an idea that shows up on a few other sites that I absolutely love. The idea of a limited edition, limited release theme collection is perfect for where I want to take Dixon Sheppard. I want my customer to feel unique and confident with a luxurious theme that shines and doesn’t feel restrictive. I take business role models from places like Blanc & Eclare where there are limited release products that are either limited in number, location, or style. I feel like it adds to the high class feel of the brand that I want to replicate.

naked collection

It’s official! The first collection will be titled “naked”. It will be a set that thrives on minimalism that lets your blog and shop shine.

Witch Stuff

Witchcraft and the pagan community is what inspired me to even start this business. As a result, I want to include more of it here on the blog and on social media.

book of the month – podcast?

Something I want to start is sharing my monthly reading related to various pagan ideas. Next months book is The Bible of the Adversary so that I can learn more about my spouses beliefs and interests. I’m not sure if I’ll record our discussions, but I’m thinking about it.

Blogging

microblogging?

I am strongly considering posting shorter, more frequent posts instead of sporadic big ones like this. I’ve started adapting elements popular in microblogging like .gifs, but I’m still weighing the pros and cons.

see you in 2019!

This is my last 2018 post. See you next year.

 
December 31, 2018

 

Hi, I’m Dixon Sheppard,

Welcome to my site.  What is it I do here?  I provide fun, fearless women with fashion inspired, luxurious WordPress themes.  

I created Dixon Sheppard to give support for the witches, rocker chicks, and strong women thirsting for something different than boxed, pastel pink themes.  One size no longer fits all.  Dixon Sheppard themes exist to provide a fierce, strong feminine presence that honors the divine feminine and the goddess – within and without.  You take pride in being a woman and succeeding as women and so does Dixon Sheppard.

Move forward with Confidence

Dixon Sheppard provides high class WordPress themes, photo filters (get your brand on point), and starting February 2019 theme collections.  Dixon Sheppard theme collections are unique in that it’s everything your business needs to succeed in a box.  It comes with a limited release theme (which means you’ll be unique), its own photo filter for Instagram posts, social media graphics, and more.  Furthermore, how many times these themes can be purchased will be limited.  It’s like getting the full branding experience!

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December 21, 2018