A new look

The first and easiest thing on my list of goals is a new and streamlined look for this blog — something not so heavy and difficult to load, but at the same time attractive and clean.

I’ve had the same boxed blue look (K2-lite, if you liked it) since August 2006, when I started. A couple of times I changed it for a few hours, but didn’t like anything but the blue, and so I kept it. It’s grown a bit old these days, and it’s a new year, so I changed it. The new one is also a bit less vertical.

Some other changes were due. I trimmed off a lot of the extraneous links as well as the flash side box, mostly because it was causing slow load times for me. It didn’t do well to have a blog intended for older computers … that wasn’t courteous to older computers. :)

I’ve kept the two snapshots from a desktop and a game, mostly because those are very small pictures and easy to load. I’ve thought about using “more” tags to make the page load a little faster, but I’ve never liked those. I suppose it might be a good idea for some of the longer posts.

That’s about it. Goal No. 1, check. :)

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17 Responses to “A new look”

  1. 1 srlinuxx 2008/01/01 at 9:21 AM

    Can’t you get rid of the extra scroll bar? It doesn’t work with mouse scroll wheels and is a pita.

    And the new theme isn’t user-friendly either. White on black is hard on the eyes and the title is too long for the header background.


  2. 2 Sid 2008/01/01 at 10:31 AM

    I do like the new layout in terms of where things are, but I think the colors should be a bit lighter. I agree with srlinuxx

    Still nice job :)

  3. 3 Wolf Vorkian 2008/01/01 at 1:38 PM

    Now for the good news, your page loads as fast as Open Box.

  4. 4 CoachDANNY 2008/01/01 at 2:16 PM

    I like the new look! Loads fast, distinctive, and almost University of Georgia colors, so thumbs up from me.

  5. 5 K.Mandla 2008/01/01 at 5:18 PM

    @srlinuxx: I don’t know how much I can change; WordPress.com charges for CSS editing, but I’ll look into it. They only allow preset themes on free accounts. …

    But the double scrollbar thing. … Which browser are you using? Does it happen on other WordPress.com sites? I don’t get one with Kazehakase or Firefox. I’ll do what I can to look into it, but again, I don’t know how much I can change.

  6. 6 srlinuxx 2008/01/01 at 10:28 PM

    You’re right, that extra scroll bar isn’t there in Firefox – hmmm, weird. I use konqueror about 99.9% of the time. I’ve run into it maybe once or twice before on other wordpress sites, but mostly not – no. I’ve never worked with wordpress, so I figured it was a setting or an option. Well, not that bigga deal if it’s not anything you’ve enabled or something. But I do like the old theme better. :)

  7. 7 bapoumba 2008/01/01 at 10:29 PM

    Hello, K.Mandla :)
    I like it.
    One problem though, as mentioned by srlinuxx, the blog title comes over “About” and “Howtos” page links, making them unclickable. My screen resolution is 1200×800, and I use Epiphany:

  8. 8 K.Mandla 2008/01/01 at 11:24 PM

    Wow! That’s really odd. I wonder why it does that. Is it some sort of font encoding issue? I’m using straight Dejavu Serif on this side — does it look better if you change the font?

  9. 9 Dr Small 2008/01/02 at 12:25 AM

    I like the new look. For a minute, I thought I was on the wrong blog :P

    Dr Small

  10. 10 bapoumba 2008/01/02 at 12:32 AM

    Tested with Dejavu Serif (used Bitstream Vera system font in the screen shot) and same thing..

  11. 11 K.Mandla 2008/01/02 at 1:00 AM

    Strange. My only clue is that the page source calls for a CSS style that’s located elsewhere on the WordPress.com system. Perhaps someone with a CSS capture plugin can tell us what font it’s calling for, and see why it gets mangled (I like to think that it wants a Microsoft font — but I like to blame things on them :P ). Maybe I can look into this tomorrow, although I really don’t think I can do much about it. :(

  12. 12 ShadowDragon 2008/01/02 at 6:31 AM

    Hi K.Mandla,

    I was quite surprised when I saw the new lay-out. At first I even thought that I got on the wrong site :) I must say that I like the new lay-out. A dark team is much better for the eyes than a white one. ;)
    Speaking of lay-out’s: I have a question for you: which theme did you use on the Audacious-app? (Like you show here)
    I have tried to find any references to it in your entire blog but I even failed to find the search-function around here :s
    Never the less, nice lay-out and I hope to hear from you soon.

    Sincere greetings.


  13. 13 K.Mandla 2008/01/02 at 9:32 AM

    @ShadowDragon: If I remember right, that theme is bundled with Audacious, and a GTK2 version is included. I used the Openbox Onyx theme which fit perfectly, and added tint (I had been playing with tint for a little bit, but I don’t like panels so it’s gone now). The wallpaper I scrounged from somewhere. Here it is, if you want it too. :)


  14. 14 pasquale 2008/01/03 at 3:19 AM

    not bad, but i know other blog with this theme :D then isn’t new to my eyes :< anyway it is cool

  15. 15 johnraff 2008/01/05 at 1:46 PM

    Yes it looks cool, and the layout seems nice, but I’m afraid I grew up on printed ink on paper and really find dark text on a light background easier on my eyes. I have to look right up close to the screen to figure out some of the links. Hey, how about supporting my old wetware!
    (There are a lot of people who claim tp prefer the terminal-style white on black but I suppose they must be from a different planet…)

  16. 16 johnraff 2008/01/06 at 10:31 AM

    Oh yes, one more little thing: could we maybe have the two little arrows back on left and right at the top that linked to the previous and next posts? Quite useful with a blog as prolific as yours! :)

  17. 17 K.Mandla 2008/01/07 at 8:58 AM

    Hmm. It may be time to start investing in the blog. I can’t seem to manage minor points like the previous/next links, but I might if I pay for custom CSS (and again, maybe not). I’ll look into it further.

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