Design Update

You may (or may not) have noticed that things look a bit different around here. I think I had tweaked my old blog design too much: it was taking a lot longer to load than I liked and I was getting lots of database errors when I published the posts… basically I needed a change.

Now I need some feedback. I have made extensive modification to this theme but still don’t know if everything works, if it looks ok, or if others will find it easy to use/navigate. So tell me, is it just as easy, easier, or harder to use. Do you like it? How do you feel about the lack for sidebar? Is the drop down menu at the top intuitive? I will be adding links in the top menu that will go to my blog roll and other important links.

Thoughts? Constructive criticism would be helpful! Thanks!

Categories: Blogging
  1. March 8th, 2007 at 02:53 | #1

    something that me of your interest..

  2. March 8th, 2007 at 12:57 | #2

    The font in the posts is a bit small. The menu thing is just plain cool. Don’t know if I would have noticed it, but it’s really cool.

  3. March 8th, 2007 at 13:25 | #3

    Heh, thanks for prodding me a bit there Ikram, I should have linked you, that is my fault and you are now linked.

    I noticed that a bit too Kristin, I have upped the font to 12px and it seems to be better… should I up it to 13px?

    Do I need to make the drop down thing more obvious? Or does that really matter?

  4. March 8th, 2007 at 18:53 | #4

    I think I saw your page first 2 days ago - I suppose before the change. It looks similar - I came back as you kindly posted on my blog re how dumb the tomb DNA was. Now I saw your RSS feed and I am reading the Global warming one - my son is concerned with Peak Oil finally happening - most others with the oil environment impact.

    I agree with Kristin the menu is cool BUT I would not have noticed without you saying it was up top. I suppose I am used to blog sidebar. Not that I am happy with sidebar on my blog.

    The way the web is now - I really need a LCD bigger screen but an increase perhaps 13px might be good.
    Is it possible to move the OPEN tag to right say top of the tower?

  5. March 8th, 2007 at 23:21 | #5

    Yeah, I tried to keep the look similar but faster loading and a little cleaner.

    I moved the menu open/close to the bottom right and fixed so it is always there. Does that make it more intuitive? Does it work well for the overall functionality of the blog?

    I am also trying out the 13px font size as my old CRT wasn’t doing the 12px too well. Hopefully I will be able to use 11px or 12px some day, but as long as CRTs are still around, I had better not!

    Heh, I am definitely concerned with Peak Oil as well, I am not a fan of paying $3.00 a gallon! ;)

  6. salmypal
    March 9th, 2007 at 17:44 | #6

    I was going to comment the other day when you put it up but I couldn’t find the comment button. I thought I was going to have to email you that, although I really liked the cleaner lines and easier to read posts, I thought it was mean to ask for comments with no way to do so. Now I find out the comment button is back…or was it just hiding? Was I looking in the wrong place? :)

  7. March 10th, 2007 at 11:25 | #7

    Ummmm… yeah… In one of my last modifications before I went to bed I somehow managed to delete the code for the comment link… it was still possible to comment from the actual post itself, but just no link from the main page. Not really sure how I pulled that off. Maybe I was just trying to be antagonistic by asking for comments and then not allowing them… you know, it’s funny. Or something. But the links are back now! Comment away! Well, I guess you did.

    Glad you are liking the redesign! :)

  8. March 11th, 2007 at 20:07 | #8

    Yes I think Bottom right makes Open/Close much more noticeable.
    I thought I’d check your layout update and could only think to go through the Open/CLOSE and click the archive link. Took a while to open that blog. It is also the way I was thinking of going as I don’t think much of the sidebar options with all the dates and keep clicking them until you get to subjects/titles. So I think I’ll do similar but perhaps one year or main subject at a time.

    I am enjoying your The Shema and was amazed at Obama’s church

    Petrol in Sydney is around $US 3.60 and I noticed Japan is on $4.

  9. March 11th, 2007 at 23:32 | #9

    Why could you only go through the open/close menu to get to this post?

    My full archives are quite large but that is why there are monthly archives and a search box as well as the 10 most recent posts. Do you think that should change or do they work as well?

    Heh, yeah, we like to complain about gas prices here, but they are significantly higher around the world. I lived in Canada for 2 years and know all too well about that! Although, they are still too high everywhere!

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