Blog revamp

As I promised, I’ve given this blog a bit of an overhaul in anticipation of posting more often again. For those who are interested, here’s a run-down of the updates:

  1. New responsive design
    Responsive design is all the rage these days; in summary, it’s all about making your site adapt fluidly to the reading environment so it looks good on a variety of devices, even resizing images so they always fit. Try resizing your browser window, and you’ll see that the layout adapts, dropping the sidebar when it gets too thin and so on. I’d love to take credit for it, but monkeying about with CSS is one of my least favourite things in the world so I just used/tweaked an existing theme which took my fancy. Clearly, I’m in a minimalist phase right now.
  2. Commenting via Disqus
    Previously I’d used the standard WordPress commenting system plus a reCAPTCHA plugin to cut down on spam. That worked well enough, but Disqus has some advantages, chief of which is that you can comment using existing accounts such as Twitter, Google, OpenID and Facebook, which is much faster and frictionless. Also if you have a Disqus account, it collates all your comments across all websites so you can reference them more easily – I’ve found this useful myself in the past if I’ve commented on a post I found on Twitter and then forgot where it was. Importing all the blog’s existing comments to Disqus was easy, and allegedly all comments in future will be stored in both places (edit: confirmed, this is working), so you don’t have to worry about being exposed to external data loss, you always have all the comments in your own database too.
  3. Replaced many scattered plugins with Jetpack
    I used to use a bunch of different plugins for twitter feeds, subscriptions and social sharing buttons, but then I found Jetpack, which packages a bunch of them in one plugin.  Seems to work well, and it beats having to upgrade a bunch of separate plugins.

So, I hope you like the new design. Apologies for any lingering issues, I’m sure there will be some tweaks to do in the coming days but generally I think it’s a big improvement.

  • spacegaier

    Hi Steve,

    I find it rather hard to spot links in that new theme, next to impossible since they only have a very, very slight gray rectangle behind them. Once you click on them the font becomes a light blue which would be nice to have as the link indicator in the first place ;) .

    Cheers,
    spacegaier

  • Joël Lamotte

    Nice theme, i was looking for something similar but lost faith. Maybe I’ll use a modified version of this theme…

  • http://www.kieransenior.co.uk/ Kieran Senior

    The comment font is tiny, probably worth upping it a few pixels :)

  • stevestreeting

    Yeah, I didn’t spot this because I’d already viewed all the links :) Definitely a few style tweaks to be done still.

  • stevestreeting

    Easy fix :)

  • kinjal kishor

    As good as revamp is, the decision to continue blogging is even better. I for one surely missed your gems of wisdom in your blog. keep up the good work :)

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