Blog Redesign: Cleaner, Simpler, More Facebook

I started messing around with a couple of things on my blog this morning, and one thing led to another. I’ve ended up with a new theme, new design, and some features I’ve been wanting to play with for a while. I wanted something cleaner and more elegant, and I have to say, I’m pretty happy with the result. The page also weighs a *lot* less, and loads much faster than before.

New features includes Disqus unified comments, Facebook “Like” buttons and the Activity Feed (over there in the sidebar – it shows what your Facebook friends have been doing on the site), and a few more tweaks. Under the covers, I updated to WordPress 3.1 this morning, and I’m really liking the Admin bar (though viewers won’t see it).

Everything is based on the new Twenty Ten WordPress theme and plugins – I wanted to get away from doing custom code/modification of theme files. I ran into several occasions during the past few years where I had to modify my theme (K2) to get exactly what I wanted.

If you’re reading this via a feed or elsewhere, consider dropping by, and letting me know what you think. This concludes the navel gazing for the day. 🙂


6 thoughts on “ Redesign: Cleaner, Simpler, More Facebook

  1. Very clean, easy to read and understand. I like it a lot. The only negative I’ve run across is the choices in your navigation bar at the top are almost invisible – you have to hunt to see them.

    • Do you mean the “About” and “Wishlist” links in the black bar at the top? I agree they’re kind of hard to read. That’s the default configuration. I’ll see if I can improve it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Looks nice, Josh! Mind sharing the list of plugins you decided to go with? Been updating some of my blogs and poking about for which sharing, reading, etc., plugins to us.


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