After an unhealthy amount of hours, I’ve finally managed to put together a new design. I was originally looking to buy a precooked, clean, responsive WordPress theme with a writing focus that had a footer and a right sidebar. But after I’d searched the internet for that perfect theme for months, I realized that it was impossible to please me. Since I didn’t want to spend money on a basic theme that I’d to work on for hours to customize for my site anyway, I decided to find a basic theme I liked and use it as a basis.
The theme I settled on was Editor by Array. It is clean and writing focused, with some really nice typography. It also uses featured images well, but a post lacking a featured image won’t break the flow. There are some caveats, though: The menu is left-aligned, static, uses a messy toggling system. And there is no right sidebar. Still, it is a great platform to build on.
What you’re looking at now is the end result. The fonts are large, it’s a bloody treat to read this and I managed to get the menu to behave just the way I wanted. The biggest change is that there is no right sidebar, even if that was something I really wanted. It turns out a sidebar clutters everything a lot more than I expected. This means that content like the author excerpt and the most recent A Picture A Day are now gone. But you can find all that on their respective pages, reachable from the main menu as before. I am considering expanding the current footer with some of the content previously found in the side bar, but for now I’ll let the new design settle in for a while. There are bound to be some minor tweaks and changes in the not-so-distant future anyway.
The design, now renamed Editör because of the amount of changes, is tested in the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Project Spartan. It looks fairly much the same on all of them, including Firefox on mobile. But if you see anything odd, please let me know by dropping a comment below. Not wanting to spend any more time than necessary on the redesign, much of the customization is done fairly quick and dirty. If you’re a real CSS/HTML/JS nerd and spot something in the code that’s making you cringe, feel free to let me know. Just don’t expect me to get around to fix it anytime soon.
Now you’ll have to excuse me, I’m off to pour myself a glass of ice cold of whisky.
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