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Metapost: I guess I should address the whole site update thing….

Yesterday was a particularly hazy one for me. I had taken a sick day off of work (for actual sick related purposes). I took a lot of bed rest. And next thing I know, I’d hammered out some sort of review and done some sort of site update!

Anyway, I’d been thinking of refreshing the site for a while now. I was OK with the previous theme, but I wasn’t too big on the light blue background and the cramped quarters of the menu buttons. The new WordPress “Duster” theme isn’t too different from the old one I was using (which, I think, was actually was one of the oldest themes). It’s more customizable at least, which means I can play around with the backgrounds should I wish. (I sorta like the light grey, though.) I’ve kept the banner mostly the same with a few touches to eliminate some negative space due to the larger real estate. I’m still mulling over whether to overhaul the banner, but I sorta like it and I haven’t some up with a design concept that I like well enough to replace it just yet.

Plenty of toys for me to play with, though, and supposedly it’s easier to read on smaller screens. So hooray for iPad users.

Some readers have already voiced their opinion on the change with some recommendations. Feel free to post your opinions here!

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Posted on February 16, 2011, in metapost, The Webcomic Overlook. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. All I can say is that the white background in the content area doesn’t seem to work. When you first visit the site and see the darker banner and navigation bar and then scroll down into the brilliant white it doesn’t seem to work. A solid black instead of that very dark grey might work but I don’t think you’re wanting that sort of look. Assuming you don’t change the banner you could work with the colors inside it for the whole layout. Idk, just my opinion. I can see how the other changes work better on phones and any other issues may differ between browsers so I don’t have anything else to say.

    Now I feel like I’m being overly critical. I’m just a freshman design major so I feel compelled.

    • I’m still working with this new template, so all input is very much appreciated! I’m a little overwhelmed myself: the old design was more or less fixed, but the new one gives several more fields to play around with. There are pluses and minuses, but so far I’m liking the new options. It’s at least current for 2011 (whereas the old one was designed in 2005).

  2. I like the new look. Are you allowed to manually adjust the css style sheet? If you are, that’s probably a very simple adjustment. I forget if you have any web experience or not but let me know if you need a hand.

    And keep up the good work!

    • They let you play around with the CSS if you pay some extra. I was hesitant to do it, since I don’t know CSS that well, but what the heck, maybe I’ll give it a shot.

  3. I’m not too keen on the recent posts being at the bottom of the page, they feel too far out of the way. I guess it works better for iPads though, so it’s not a big thing.

  4. Yeah to be honest I liked the recent posts on the right better as well. This looks pretty shiny though! 🙂

    • Noted.

      I put them on the bottom because it seems like the sidebar is only for the main page, and it disappears once you pull up an article. The lower fields, though, remain. If there’s a way to put them on the side, though (and there might be… there are a ton of stuff I’m still figuring out with this new interface), I’ll see about restoring it to its rightful position!

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