Refresh

I took the opportunity of a day off to try out a different blog theme. One of the comments when I was blogreview’ed a few weeks ago was that my style wasn’t the most interesting, and wasn’t great for showing off photos. So, I’ve updated the header, and gone for a theme that differentiates me from Aidy and various others on WP.com. I like it – hopefully it looks a little cleaner, and it should be wider for displaying photos, too.

I’m thinking of making a few other tweaks yet (I’m not sure I like the title being separate from the image, for instance), but they will require me to pay for custom CSS, and I don’t have time to play right now.

Update: OK, so I went for the custom CSS route. New design with help from the CSS of the James Betelle blog. I’ll make a few more tweaks as I go.

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8 responses to “Refresh

  1. Cool look. I’ve been toying with the idea of changing mine, but don’t worry I’ll stay away from this theme 😉 Am considering going the custom CSS route though. In some respects I wish I’d installed wordpress.org on some hosted space, but then I have little enough free time as it is without hacking XHTML and CSS and messing around with plugins.

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  2. Were you not standing in the water to take that banner photo?

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  3. Adrian, I kind of have the same views on the hosted option – but I like the convenience of this one. In fact, this week I exported all the entries from the wp installation I used to have on my home server, and imported them here (thus the posts pre-Dec 05). OK so I can’t include every customisation I want, but this just works and I don’t have to worry about it.

    Dave, yep, you could be right – although the water goes out a long way at Chapel Porth on the spring tides, so I was probably just paddling a little. Can’t remember. The hardest thing is getting the image cropped and resized to fit the header, to be honest.

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  4. Andy, your site looks great! So clean and easy to navigate. Very inspiring.

    I also had a heck of a time getting my header even close to how I wanted it to look. I thought it was because I’m so new to XHTML & CSS, but perhaps it is harder than I initially thought. Anyway, yours looks very nice.

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  5. Andy, the new look for the site is great. It’s one of those things I keep meaning to do and never get round to.
    I wondered where in Cornwall your header image was from and now I know! Looks like a visit to Chapel Porth is on the list next time I’m down there.

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  6. Glad to be of help 🙂

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  7. Sorry Steve, I couldn’t find your name on the James Betelle blog – thanks for your stylesheet… in the end I pretty much only used the bits around the header and fonts. I’ve been playing around with the image styles but so far I haven’t come up with anything that I’m happy with / works.

    carolj / plucky, thanks for the comments on the site.

    plucky, Chapel Porth is a lovely beach and a great area to explore on foot, there are some fantastic views along the cliffs there too. Recommended.

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  8. I like this design just fine, but the old one was fine also. Remember it’s YOUR site, so you have to be pleased with it.

    I had some folks complain aboug Right Truth, I tried out several other designs, some folks liked them some didn’t. So it was back to what I liked.

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