We are very proud to present the new design for our blog, which we have been working on for a while after going through two initial sketches and rearranging ideas.
Almost on the verge of publishing the design that we had previously shown, my naked muse dropped and I started working on a new version. The reason? Well, one thing is what is done in Inkscape, and the result in HTML + CSS … Etc.
In addition to the facelift, the main objective of the redesign is to optimize code and add internal functionalities so as not to depend on the large number of plugins that we are currently using. This means that the performance and speed of the site increases, so you should notice a significant change in the response of the blog when we access it.
In this new proposal some things change and they are the following:
Table of Contents
- 0.1 - Carousel is removed and old items are highlighted
- 0.2 - The distro logo changes position
- 0.3 - Information icons in articles
- 0.4 - Less images
- 0.5 - Responsive Design:
- 0.6 - More tabs, less widgets
- 0.7 - Latest Twitter message
- 0.8 - Direct login from the sidebar
- 0.9 - Floating bar
- 1 Other details
- 2 Acknowledgements
- Carousel is removed and old items are highlighted
Failing that, the items that we have been highlighting will be displayed randomly. In this way, new users will be able to see old entries that may still be relevant or of interest. Also, if you want to consult more highlights, you can find the entries in the SideBar. The old carousel not only doubled the content, it overloaded the site and there were more images to download.
- The distro logo changes position
To avoid the previous problem when the screen resolution was changed, now we have put the logo in the sidebar to continue showing that information and not lose the identity that so many users have liked to have (still under maintenance, as we need to add the new images and other details).
- Information icons in articles
Some information icons are added to the main page, such as the number of times the post has been read and how many comments it has. In addition, it includes icons of social networks, the user who wrote the post and the date it was put into style Twitter / Facebook to make the information more friendly.
- Less images
The excesses of duplicate images are eliminated, such as the avatars in the comments that are shown in the Sidebar, the images in the Post and others.
- Responsive Design:
Now the blog can be viewed correctly on any type of device, from PCs to Smartphones without using the WP-Touch plugin.
- More tabs, less widgets
Using tabs, we have organized the Widgets in the Sidebar according to their content. This helps us in saving space mainly.
- Latest Twitter message
Now you can also show the latest Twitter messages with the option to even close it if we don't want to see it. In later versions we will do the same with the forum messages.
Now site editors and contributors can easily access the control panel by putting their username and password in a Widget on the SideBar.
- Floating bar
Now the menu bar is floating over the rest of the elements, so that by going down to see the rest of the content, we can easily access other resources or search on the website.
There are still many things to include, and we hope to add them in the shortest possible time. We put the site online to help us detect possible errors that may be discovered. Widgets, Plugins and other details will be added gradually, so in the coming weeks we will be working hard on this aspect.
Specifically we will work on:
- Complete programming to detect the OS and distro on the sidebar.
- Schedule sharing through Twitter and other social networks, as well as Google +1.
- Some text adjustments.
- Substantial and complete change of the comment system.
- etc ...
We do not want to end this post without first thanking our friend Alain Turino (aka alaintm) for the programming of the new topic and for all the users who, through the forum and their comments, gave us ideas, suggestions or criticisms.