Things have been pretty slow here recently, which has meant I have had time to look into a possible new design for my blog, and potentially my other sites too. I’ve been looking at several good web sites just recently, and something that caught my eye is that most seem to have a good sense of continuity in terms of style – if a site has several sections or areas they all retain either a corporate style or a common header to link everything together and make it all feel like it’s part of something bigger. So I started thinking about doing the same for my web sites, which incidentally are mostly completely separate but for their owner, and in so doing ended up rethinking the way I’ve been presenting all those sites.
The first target was the header, as I wanted something common for each sub-site to draw it all together under one banner. With that done, the inevitable knock-on effects meant a redesign of the other sites so that they fit in with the new look and feel I was introducing. My blog will probably be the first to take on this new identity, as it is usually my guinea-pig for design ideas. I have uploaded a static page demonstrating the design, so do take a look and leave your comments back here to let me know what you think.
I have other page layouts to sort out for the blog, and then I’ll have to apply the same treatment to the two PhotoLounges, MiniGallery, and Gubbins. My business web site will stay visually cut off in the other direction, as although I’m happy for visitors to my blog to discover my web design business, I’m not quite so keen to encourage my potential customers to be distracted by cartoons and my holiday snaps!
One last thing to point out is that with the new design I shall be relinquishing the use of WordPress’s <more> tag, which I’ve been using so far to display only the first part of a post on the home page. I’ve been informed by Phill that this isn’t quite so helpful for those using RSS readers as the whole article doesn’t get put into the feed, meaning you still have to go to the web site to read to the end. Phill, your comments have been taken on board and will be reflected in the design. Don’t say I never do anything for you.