Site Revamp

I have already hinted that I read many articles that I feel are worth sharing, but never get around to writing anything about them. Explanations of this behavior include being busy, lazy, or not really having much to say, other than something is interesting. As described earlier, this leads to a build up in the various (lame) places that I store the links. To mitigate this, I have started using Twitter to make small posts about these interesting articles. That’s all fine and good, but that means my reader(s) has(ve) to check two places. I preferred the idea of having all of it in one place, hence the revamp of parts of the site. I am now using Lifestream to pull in my Twitter feed and displaying that in the new, right sidebar of the blog pages.

Since it has been a while since I messed with CSS, I had to tinker around with stuff for a while to get it right. I found some insight about float elements here and got a lot of help getting my second sidebar in place by looking at this example.

Consider this a technical preview for the moment because I have not modified all of the page templates to work with the new stylesheets. That’s why the tags page, for example, is missing its sidebars. I will fix it soon, but I need to move to another task for now.

3 Comments

  1. David Alber:

    I believe I have taken care of all of the page templates. If you encounter a page where the left sidebar is not visible, please let me know. You will know what I mean if you see it.

    I discovered and fixed a “bug”. The “all tags” link in the left sidebar was pointing to a bad address on any page except the main blog feed.

    I also made a couple improvements due to the new page design. Some of the page templates previously did not show the footer at the bottom because it went “under” the left sidebar on short pages (such as the 404 page). That no longer happens, so I added the footer where I noticed it was missing.

  2. Chen Wan:

    Nice revamp. Now I have one more reason to waste my time. Ya.

  3. David Alber:

    Glad you like it. There is also a new link (“feed streams“) in the “navigation” section in the left sidebar. That page has the complete listing of the blog, its comments, and the Twitter feed. It also has a syndication link, if you want to keep track of all three together.

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