Design Refresh 2014

I thought I would start 2014 with a bit of a design refresh on this site and over on Blessings too.

This site has had the same design for some years now and I fancied a change.

The main reason for the change was a desire to go Responsive. Nearly 40% of visits to this site in January 2014 are from mobile devices (up from 10% in January 2013) and I wanted to make sure that I gave those visitors the best possible experience. The old theme was a bit clunky for different screen resolutions.

I’ve also taken the opportunity to change the way that I write posts. Within WordPress (which I use) the Featured Image is becoming increasingly important. As an example, it’s the Featured Image that gets defined within the Open Graph Metadata and hence it’s the one used by Facebook and others when the post is publicised there. I’ve deliberately chosen a theme that makes use of the Featured Image in the heading of a post too. Previously I have written posts with an image inside them to give a bit of graphical interest. Now that the featured image is in the header I don’t feel the need to do that and hopefully that will make the reading a bit clearer while maintaining the graphical interest, and there is consistency of imagery across the various access points.

Some of the Featured Images will appear quite grainy in the post header, on older posts, because they are up-scaling small images. I might go back and change the ones on popular posts but don’t have plans to update them all in the short-term.

The great thing about using WordPress is that I can, for the most part, simply switch on the new theme and everything changes.

There are still a few glitches, the main one being that I’m having to reformat each of the quote posts because the way that this theme and the last one handled them is different. This will take me a little time to fix, but I’m getting there. Also, these posts haven’t previously had a featured image so I’m using this as an opportunity to give them one. If you see anything else please leave me a comment to let me know.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

George Bernard Shaw

“If you never change your mind, why have one?”

Edward de Bono

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