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New Mobile Friendly Design for MillionDollarJourney.com

It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally launched a new design and layout for MillionDollarJourney.com!

The last time this site received a new design was April 2008, which is about a century ago in internet years. The new design will attempt to keep up with the times with a cleaner layout, and most importantly, the ability for mobile devices to easily read posts.

I’m also attempting to make this site more “beginner” friendly – those that are just starting out on their financial journey. On that end, I’ve written a monster 2100 word post called Financial Freedom 101 that has been pinned to the navigation bar. The post covers actionable strategies that beginners can implement to start making positive changes to their finances. Check out financial freedom 101.

Let me know what you think of the new design and if you find any bugs.

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FrugalTrader About the author: FrugalTrader is the founder and editor of Million Dollar Journey (est. 2006). Through various financial strategies outlined on this site, he grew his net worth from $200,000 in 2006 to $1,000,000 by 2014. You can read more about him here.

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  • Mike April 19, 2015, 5:38 pm

    I love that I can now view this website on my phone nicely, but man that green tab for the sharing options sticks out like a sore thumb and always aligns itself in the middle of the page (where you’re most likely reading). Please consider changing this.

  • FrugalTrader FrugalTrader April 19, 2015, 6:43 pm

    I believe the green share button in mobile mode has been fixed. Can anyone verify?

    • Mike April 19, 2015, 7:02 pm

      It’s gone now. Makes viewing and reading much easier! Thanks!

  • A Frugal Family's Journey April 19, 2015, 8:47 pm

    MDJ – I like the design and layout. Considering that more and more users nowadays are using their tablet or smartphone to go online to read blogs, various internet articles, and e-mails, your move to a more mobile friendly design should only help your continued success.

    Keep up the momentum. Best Wishes! AFFJ

  • Robb Engen April 19, 2015, 9:05 pm

    Nice work, FT. Looks great on the iPhone!

  • Stephen Weyman April 19, 2015, 9:26 pm

    I was wondering when you were going to do a design overhaul because the site was definitely starting to show its age. I’m glad you stuck with a very familiar look even though you’ve done a complete redesign. The site is still very recognizable as MDJ. I find most blogs that do a redesign completely destroy or alter their brand so you barely recognize the place. Not so with this redesign, bravo!

  • FrugalTrader FrugalTrader April 19, 2015, 10:06 pm

    Thanks for the kind feedback guys!
    @Stephen, yes, I agree, a new look was long overdue. I’m using a new framework, but wanted the site to look similar, but simplified.

  • Kostiantyn April 20, 2015, 5:36 am

    thanks for the design overhaul! Finally it’s perfect to read from my iPhone

  • Allen April 20, 2015, 1:32 pm

    Hey FT. Looks good but the 728×90 Adsense ad above the post doesn’t fit well on mobile. I’ve struggled with this issue myself. Google still seems to consider mobile compliant but I’ve been changing all my ad formats to be no more than 300 pixels wide because it fits and works better on mobile screens.

    … Allen

    • FrugalTrader FrugalTrader April 20, 2015, 1:34 pm

      Thanks for the tip Allen. I just switched to the Google responsive ad as an experiment. Hope it works out!

  • SST April 20, 2015, 6:44 pm

    Is the old school/desktop version accessible at all on mobile devices?

    • FrugalTrader FrugalTrader April 20, 2015, 6:47 pm

      Hi SST, the site now uses a responsive framework. So it always remains the same site, it simply adjusts to your screen size so that the content is clear (drops the sidebar etc).

  • Tom Drake April 22, 2015, 6:23 pm

    The new layout looks great FT! Interesting timing… trying to beat the google responsiveness update? ;)

    • FrugalTrader FrugalTrader April 23, 2015, 9:56 am

      Thanks for stopping by Tom. Google provided a bit of a motivator for a redesign that was long overdue. Honestly though, I’m not sure how “non mobile” sites will be affected by the new update, only time will tell!

  • Jamie April 22, 2015, 11:04 pm

    Great update. Site retains its original “feel” but feels fresh and updated. It would be nice to see more of the recent comments than just 5. When a big discussion goes on there can be great comments on other threads that can get pushed down that list. Can the “top commentators” be added as well?

    Overall a refreshing change!

    • FrugalTrader FrugalTrader April 23, 2015, 9:54 am

      Thanks for the feedback. I have increased the recent comments to 8 and will look into a new “top commenters” widget.

  • Finance Journey April 24, 2015, 10:23 am

    Nice new look and easy to find old information, great job FT.

  • BeSmartRich April 25, 2015, 8:02 am

    Looks really great FrugalTrader although I am a bit sad to see the old looks gone as I have always been a big fan of reading your articles and learn from them with the old looks. :) Keep up the great job and I am looking forward to many more articles from you in the future.

    BeSmartRich

  • Scott May 1, 2015, 9:47 pm

    I would like an option to view the desktop version. I am browsing from the iPad and I don’t like the mobile format for the iPad. It kind of makes me skip checking your site for new posts!

    • FrugalTrader FrugalTrader May 1, 2015, 9:56 pm

      Thanks for the feedback Scott. It appears that the iPad automatically reverts to the mobile phone view rather than full site view, like what an android tablet does. I will look into this some more.

  • Tony @ Inequality Today May 20, 2015, 4:18 pm

    Love the redesign. It’s clean, simple, and most importantly the font is big. I’m trying to make the font larger on my own blog so that it’s easier on the readers’ eyes.

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