Archive for the ‘design’ Category
Six Apart has announced that they will be releasing their Movable Type blogging platform as open source later on this year. This is a major move by the company which made a poor decision in the past when they heavily enforced their MT 3.0 license and which gave rise to WordPress to become a major player in the blogging platform arena, and arguably, the CMS world.
Scott Karp over at Publishing 2.0 has posted his thoughts on how he thinks the battle between WordPress and Movable Type will play out, now that both will soon be open sourced. WordPress has really taken a strong foothold and has now become the blogging platform of choice among millions of users worldwide.
Yesterday, Ask.com made a major relaunch of its search engine. The primary theme among its changes seems to be that its aiming for a more simpler, sleeker look overall so that there’s not as many things fighting for your attention.
Let’s face it. Here we have a company which rode atop a gimmick that was birthed during the dot-com bubble heyday; I’m talking about Ask Jeeves. Other search engines that also had a mascot include sites such as Mamma (one of the few that I can recall), and most of those have died off enough so that they hold a negligible share of web search. Ask is still around because they’ve managed to reinvent themselves as a search engine with a pretty good domain name, and I would say that that’s what’s kept them in the game thus far. If they were named something more web 2.0-ish, like Mahalo, then they wouldn’t have lasted as long as they did.
There’s some chatter going on with regards to Guy Kawasaki‘s latest web venture, Truemors, a “rumor reporting site. Users text, email or call in a rumor and other users vote on it. Popular rumors make it to the home page.” (from from TechCrunch) and how Guy mentions that it (only) costs him $12,000 for the entire website to go from an idea to reality.
There’s already been quite a bit of criticism about this, most recently from Mathew Ingram, who’s post is entitled “Kawasaki: How I wasted $12,107 on Truemors“. In my opinion, he’s pretty much gotten it spot on; I agree that Truemors is a pretty pointless endeavor, once you look past the fact that it’s founded by Guy. (The multiple TechCrunch posts increased the site’s exposure to me, more than anything else. Those gave it way more hype than it deserved.)
I checked the blog’s FeedBurner stats, and it only has 681 subscribers. This alerted my sensors immediately, and so I look around for a minute and found out that the blog released its theme for public consumption a few weeks ago. Since they included a link leading back to their own site, they garnered thousands of links in only a few weeks. You can see those links here.
After much deliberation, mostly with myself, and with other people who have absolutely no design experience (which is why I simply tossed their advice – sorry guys! ), I have finally broken down and decided that my website really needs a major overhaul. Thus, the new look is what you now see before you.
I personally think that this is the best change I’ve made to this site since I started blogging here, and I hope that you’ll agree, too. I’m pretty sure that the old theme didn’t have many fans, so I couldn’t wait to release this new theme for public viewing.
For posterity’s sake, I have saved the old theme. It can still be viewed here if you choose to do so, but I doubt many will take that option. For everyone else, bathe in the warm glow of a new design, and rejoice in the fact that my new design looks much nicer now! If you’ve got any questions, comments, or concerns, then as always, feel free to post a comment to let me know what’s on your mind
Over at b5media, we’ve been working away diligently to kick out a new blog theme to the blogs on the whole network. Please let us know what you think – good or bad – so that we can improve on it before releasing it to other blogs . Also, one of the sections that I worked on the most was the footer, at the very bottom of the theme, which uses a little bit of Ajax to be able to switch between channels. We debated on using either CSS or Ajax to do this, but we finally decided on the latter because each channel pulls from FeedBurner, which is pretty slow overall (although we also do cache the data as well, so in the end, it takes about half-to-one second to load).
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