Time for a Refresh

Album Cover: Graduation

"Y'all pop the trunk, I pop the hood (Ferrari)."
Kanye West / Good Life

Posted on August 19, 2005 10:00 PM in Web Design
Warning: This blog entry was written two or more years ago. Therefore, it may contain broken links, out-dated or misleading content, or information that is just plain wrong. Please read on with caution.

If you haven't noticed already (e.g. if you're reading this in a news reader like Bloglines), the design of my blog has been tweaked just a bit. The casual viewer might not notice all that much, but those who come back on a regular basis probably will.

First off, just to make sure all the dust gets brushed off, be sure to hit your browser's refresh button to take care of any annoying caching issues.

Now that you've done that, you'll notice that the header image looks just a bit different. This is because I've expanded the content frame out 100 pixels, to provide more real estate for content (and other things which I will bring up in a later blog posting).

Also, you'll notice that all of the fonts have been increased in size. This is because I feel it makes the content easier to read (although some of the aesthetics may have been sacrificed in the process). The sidebar has received an increase in width to go along with the font size increase so that the B-Sides have some room to breathe.

The other major change actually happened under the hood, and is the only change that required me wandering outside of the stylesheet realm. I updated the pages of my site to use more appropriate heading tags so that Google will understand them better. For instance, main page titles used to be contained within h5 tags (simply because I didn't know any better when I first came up with the new design) but now are more appropriately contained within h1 tags.

I've finished my tweaks for now, and I've tested the changes in a number of browsers. I've noticed that the site looks the best in Firefox on Linux, second best in Firefox on Windows, third best in Opera on Windows, and just plain bad in Internet Explorer on Windows. My site has always looked pretty bad in Internet Explorer, but the best part is I don't really care.

I do care about your thoughts on the changes I've made, though. If you have any feedback, positive or negative, please share here in the comments, or if you're shy, shoot me an email.

Look for more site changes in the coming weeks.

Comments

Ryan on August 25, 2005 at 1:36 AM:

I've mulled it over for a little while, and I don't think think I like the bigger text size. For readability, I prefer more white space over size enhancement. It doesn't look bad, neccesarily, just not as... crisp, perhaps.

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Bernie Zimmermann on August 25, 2005 at 4:18 PM:

Ryan, I appreciate your feedback. The good news is, you can hit CTRL/- when you visit and see my site almost exactly as it looked before I made the change (textually speaking, at least).

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