Finally, after more than 2,5 years, I restyled this site. It took this long because I was quite happy with version 4. Not because of its great design, but because it just worked.
I did keep the WordPress installation up to date and because of that, some parts slowly started to fail. So it was time for an update.
Version 5 has a few requirements, this due to some code in the theme. First of all, it needs at least WordPress 2.3. This is because I’m starting to use tags for my posts.
Furthermore, the theme relies on the Gravatars2 plugin for displaying gravatars (Globally Recognized Avatars).
Another plugin that is used, is Dunstan’s Time Since, to display the time between now and the time an entry was posted.
Besides those required plugins (because they are entangled into the theme), I also use a few other plugins:
- FeedBurner FeedSmith for easy changing the feeds to FeedBurner’s.
- Filosofo Old-Style Upload, because the old way of uploading files was waaaay better.
- Google XML Sitemaps
One of the main differences in this update, are the semantic and UX changes.
I tried to make the HTML code as semantically correct as possible.
UX-wise, the archive has probably had the biggest makeover. It’s now a lot easier to browse by date, by category, by tag,… I’m still not completely happy with it, but it’s a big step in the good direction.
Work to be done
There is still some work to be done, especially for the Internet Explorer users. The new theme mainly uses .png files as images and IE 6 doesn’t and earlier doesn’t support the transparency. I’ll downgrade the PNGs to transparent .gifs where it’s possible.
Also I used to use a few of my own plugins, but those need an update, so, more on those later.
[Update: the transparent .gifs are in place for the IE-users.]
Hope you like the new looks…