Working with WordPress is becoming a favorite of mine. I have gone from a simple user to an intermediate know-enough-to-be-dangerous user. Not quite a developer but I am getting there.
For those of you who don’t know, this blog is built on WordPress using the Genesis Framework (affiliate link). It has given me the capability of manipulating the blog the way I see fit. It’s all dynamic meaning I don’t have to update multiple static pages if I want to change my navigation (this is a CMS feature).
For a few days I had a new logo with my name. It was centered and responsive in design. Unfortunately, I thought it looked quite ugly and was not as responsive as I hoped.
I opted to go back to the text title. Using CSS I got rid of the site tag line and used Google Fonts to change the way my name appears. This provided the most responsiveness on any device, including mobile phones.
Taking Back White Space
Because I am using a textual title, there was unused white space to the top right of my header. I wasn’t sure what to do with this space but eventually decided to move my navigation there, instead of being under the site title. I filled the void and still maintained a responsive design. +1!
Full Width Ahead
Individual blog posts now get full width real estate. The right sidebar goes away and the content is in focus. I felt it was the right thing to do given most blog posts contain code in it. Plus, you probably got tired of seeing that sidebar.
Today I begin moving away from Feedburner. There hasn’t been much TLC for this product. The blog now has WordPress Jetpack incorporated which includes email notification of newly published posts, if you sign up. Another plus is getting email notifications if someone comments on a post you’re following.
Google Search, Inside
The built-in WordPress search is lacking a lot of things.. such as search! Because of this I have incorporated a Custom Google Search Engine. The search bar is on the top right and will use Google to search anything on this site. Try it out!
It’s Constantly Changing
There are more changes planned. More specifically, I’m planning on adding a project page. It will be created using WordPress custom post types. I’m in the process of learning how to do that which makes it a project on its own.
I’d like your feedback on the changes. Is the font easy on the eyes? Should I change it? What do you think of my new, simple logo? Do you view my site on a mobile device? Is it responsive for you? Any other thoughts are welcome.