After much searching, I think I’ve finally settled on a new design for the site. My current theme is built off “The Morning After” theme by Arun Kale – and I can’t begin to describe how much I’m impressed with his work. This is the first WordPress theme I’ve used where the CSS and PHP is reasonably designed and – even more importantly – reasonably commented. A usage and customization sheet is provided for those looking to tailor the theme to their particular needs, and built-in support for several excellent plugins (including WP-Print, one of my new favorites) is just icing on the cake.
Some of the site is still a work in progress, but much is already functional. The links at the top-right all work (including an interactive archive and an all-new contact page). I’m in the process of reactivating subscriptions by email, but for those who are already subscribed, don’t worry – you’re still active. I just haven’t built a mechanism for adding new email subscribers. I also need to begin writing Asides (similar to “tweets”) so that section isn’t blank on the homepage. Also, as you may have noticed, the front page is currently suffering from some awkward placement of sidebar features. I’m working on reorganizing that as well.
On individual article pages, two great new features are now available: emailing articles to friends, and a print-friendly “print this article” link. For the record, images and videos won’t print (to save some trees), but links will be printed as footnotes to prevent the loss of any critical information. It’s also easier than ever to subscribe to specific category feeds. If, for example, you’re only interested in my Ubuntu Linux articles, simply click on the “Ubuntu (Linux)” category on the left, then select the RSS feed on the next screen. This will prevent you from having to listen to any more of my ramblings than is absolutely necessary. :)
Over the next couple weeks you may notice some minor tweaks, but all-in-all I couldn’t be happier with the new look.
Many, many thanks to Arun for his work on this great theme.