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Site RedesignAuthor: Simon Sellars • Dec 22nd, 2007 •
I’ve redesigned the site using Darren Hoyt’s excellent Mimbo theme for WordPress as a basis. There were a few reasons for this, chiefly that the sheer amount of content was becoming unwieldy, forcing readers to drill deep down to find what they wanted. Also, I’ve always envisaged the site as more of a magazine than a blog, given that I regularly feature other writers and that the site has a number of clearly defined sections: “features”, “interviews”, “reviews”, etc.
Elsewhere, in recent times the power of WordPress has been harnessed to create dynamic magazine-style sites, with automatically generated excerpts on the home page and much smarter use of screen real estate; Mimbo is part of this new breed of magazine-style themes for WordPress. I wanted in on that, as previously, when I featured a major essay, I wanted to give it wide exposure so I’d leave it as the top post for 4, 5 days. But this meant I couldn’t post anything else in that time as it would dislodge the feature from the pole position. Now, with Mimbo, I can still feature an article but also continually post in subcategories that are nested on the home page around the lead story, all featuring equally. For example, on the home page, I’ve retooled the Ballardosphere category as the blog component of the site.
Please let me know if there are any weird formatting errors. The new design should look fine in Mac-based Safari and Firefox browsers, but PCs are an unknown quantity as I don’t have one and haven’t tested it on one. I know that on Internet Explorer for Mac, the site looks like complete shite, and although I’m almost beyond caring for or trying to accommodate this most unfriendly of browsers, I’d still like to know from PC users what it looks like — on all browsers — at least until I can get on a PC myself to find out.
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