Some changes

As you can see, I went through and did a whole bunch of stuff to the site today. More work is forthcoming, too.

The first piece of motivation was to change the header to get that outdated picture out. After doing that, I realized that I had tweaked the PSD that held the layout to alter the shadow angle. Whoops. So, the title was off the rest of the layout. I re-exported the rest of the layout and was like “well, you know, while I’m here, I can fix the horizontal scroll issue at 800×600,” which I did. Then, stuff started just rolling:

  • I got rid of Georgia as the primary post text font (it just looked off) and went to a Helvetica/Arial set for post text (Verdana is too wide for my tastes and Tahoma lacks an italic version of the font, making it look TERRRRRIBLE when italicized) and Segoe UI and Lucida Grande for headings for those who have the new round of Microsoft UI fonts (or Macs). Georgia still stays for blockquoted text, though.
  • I cleaned up the asides. No incredibly loud 20 pixel-wide left border anymore.
  • Note the “Tagulonimbus” tag cloud on the homepage and the bottom of the blog homepage, too. It’s fun.
  • My Twitter status is now available under the heading RIGHT NOW on the homepage and blog homepage.

Tweaks are in progress for standard blog posts and their archive pages. I’m still figuring a few things out with those. I think you’ll find, though, that the look is “matured.” I sure think so.

  • http://www.lifelessempathy.net/ NotMyBest2Day

    Nice subtle changes. Gives it a new look without actually changing the overall appearance. I like it. I use this in my stylesheet: ‘Book Antiqua’,Garamond,’Times New Roman’,serif. I don’t really remember how I settled on Book Antiqua or Garamond, but I like them.

    I want to be able to do more with my site than I do now, but I can’t really think of anything that I want to do. I’ve been thinking about doing like you did years ago and making a PHPBB forum from scratch. Shouldn’t be too incredibly difficult..it’s just a MySQL database with a friendly front-end. I have an Apress book for PHP and MySQL, so that should give me enough of a point in the right direction.

  • http://www.lifelessempathy.net/ NotMyBest2Day

    Nice subtle changes. Gives it a new look without actually changing the overall appearance. I like it. I use this in my stylesheet: ‘Book Antiqua’,Garamond,’Times New Roman’,serif. I don’t really remember how I settled on Book Antiqua or Garamond, but I like them.

    I want to be able to do more with my site than I do now, but I can’t really think of anything that I want to do. I’ve been thinking about doing like you did years ago and making a PHPBB forum from scratch. Shouldn’t be too incredibly difficult..it’s just a MySQL database with a friendly front-end. I have an Apress book for PHP and MySQL, so that should give me enough of a point in the right direction.

  • http://www.jaredwsmith.com Jared Smith

    phpBB 3 comes out today, so definitely be on the lookout for that…

  • http://www.jaredwsmith.com Jared Smith

    phpBB 3 comes out today, so definitely be on the lookout for that…