Well, here it is and I hope you like it.
It’s taken a few months of irregular work and a fair bit of help.
This post describes the new features and in some cases the decisions behind them.
Essentially, the theme is very similar to the old one. This was a concious decision due to the format of the posts. After so many years of creating posts, editing the older ones to a completely new style would have been impossible. Therefore, I decided to stick with the basic blog-style layout – it’s functional and can look good.
In case you are wondering why I changed themes and not just add new features, it was because there have been a lot of improvements in the free software I use to run the site and my old theme just wasn’t able to take advantage of them. In addition, it has been edited and adapted over so many years that it has become bloated. Sometimes, it’s better to just start afresh.
A good example of this is the responsiveness. This means that when the site is viewed in different screen sizes the theme adapts what it displays based on that size. For example, the menu displayed to users on mobile devices is different to those on full size screens.
Well, I doubt you missed this. It’s become popular to have these big sliders and by having one I can highlight a number of different posts or features in the same space. I currently have the slider on all pages, but I may remove it from single post or other special archives.
I’ll try to keep to no more than 3 sliders to reduce the size of the page.
This is now the heart of the navigation on the site and is visible at all times unless you are viewing on a mobile, in which case it scrolls up when you scroll. The menu links to all the category archives and special pages. There is also a conditional mini-menu that only displays when you are on a single post that is in the PLAY category. This mini-menu links to all the sections within each post.
This menu has links to important parts of the site, but the menu scrolls when you do, so it disappears on the lower parts of the post.
Each archive has detailed notes at the bottom of the page but because this feature is so important, I have made a video explaining and demonstrating all the featurews:
Not exactly a huge difference, but the buttons now have animated icons.
When you click to view the screenshots they will display in a new gallery style. Not only is this nicer than the old one, but it is also consistent in all the browsers I tested it on. You can use the mouse OR keyboard to scroll through the images.
The 3 different screenshots are now displayed in what is called an tab style, making it easier to choose and see which one you have selected. They are coloured-coded to indicated which size you have selected.
I have managed to get the buttons back for users to add some styling to their comments. You can now add headings, bold, italic, blockquote and spoilers.
You can now chat with me directly when I am on the site. It’s a private conversation and when I am not around you can easily send me a message.
Due to the main menu and footer holding all the important links, the sidebar has been removed. This makes the post wider and the site looks cleaner.
There are now two footers, the first contains 3 columns, each displaying different information and the second, lower one, is more formal, containing legal information etc.
I apologize for the stop/start nature of these, but they took too much time to do properly and when I analysed the number of clicks/visits I got back from them it just wasn’t worth my time. It’s better for me to make videos or do other things.