kristarella.blog is getting a new look! I imagine some of you will be sad to see the old one go, judging from the compliments it’s received in the past year and a half (which I genuinely appreciate), but there are good reasons!
Reasons for redesigning
It’s not just that I was tired of the old one (although I was a bit), but I want to make information more accessible. When I made the old layout I really wanted to cut it down and minimalise it as much as possible. I wanted to present visitors with as few options as possible in an effort to make the site as easy to use as possible. I think it worked at the time; the most recent content took precedence over some of the extraneous bits down the bottom (Twitter, affiliate links etc).
Now I am bringing some of those things — that I once considered unnecessary — back in (or up). Many of my old posts are still very popular, but some folks are not finding them as easily as I’d like. So, I’ve got some of my favourite posts and the most popular (most commented on) posts in the sidebar.
I’ve tried to include more in the main navigation so that visitors can readily see some of what’s available on this site. And naturally, photography has poll position in the multimedia box.
Other bits and pieces include a reformatted post archive page, reformatted portfolio and also a list of contents accompanied by quick links for posts that have sub-headings with IDs. By using IDs in the post sub-headings it allows you to link directly to that section using a URL like
https://kristarella.blog/post-name/#section-ID. So now you have quick access to sections and can quickly copy and share the URL to that section.
A few things are a bit experimental as well. The most notable is the use of
@font-face to include the font Raleway as the main site title font. It’s working on all the Macs I try, and also in Safari on Windows, but I’m not sure about any other browsers yet. Perhaps you can let me know if it works for you & how the fallback looks if it doesn’t.
Old & New Designs
I’ve had several requests to release the previous design as a skin and it’s extremely likely that I will do so soon. I need to update it to Thesis 1.7, make it suitable for general use, and possibly decide on a price.
Both designs are built on the Thesis theme for WordPress.
If there are features you wish were here, or things you think would make this site easier to use, please let me know. Also, if you find any pages that look dodgy (e.g., videos that are too wide for the new content width), please let me know via my contact form. Thanks!