Undoubtedly, any regular to the site who has stopped by in the last forty-five minutes or so has noticed that the site has changed. As with any theme change, this might not be final at all. It could last a couple of days, or a few months – I’m not sure yet. But this theme makes some nice changes to enhance the site’s usability:
- The first page will display the entirety of the most recent post. Previous posts can be found in a number of ways, including the links to the right on the main page, “previous” and “next post” links at the top of each individual post page, searching (more on this in a minute), or the “Archives” page. In addition, clicking “older” on the main page will show the last post and enable a slider that can be moved to scroll through all previous posts.
- Page links are readily-available at the top of every page.
- Searching is vastly improved. Searching will now be done instantly, as soon as you’re done typing, without the need for a page refresh.
- The top background picture can easily be set to automatically change, without the need for extra plugins. I’ve got some BF images in there to cycle if I decide to activate them.
- The width is fixed to alleviate strange viewing in IE and other browsers. Just for future reference, the site looks best at greater than 1024×768 resolution in Firefox.
- Google Ads are gone for now…they may or may not be back. I’m leaning toward “may.”
- The “Archives” page is dynamic, allowing you to go through category or date and find the exact posts you want.
If there are any problems or concerns, or if you just plain hate it, let me know. Any small, easily-implemented suggestions for improvement will be considered, but keep in mind that I didn’t make this theme and even small changes could be difficult and time-consuming.