Moving house, redecorating…
Yes, a very different look to this website: I’ve moved. (Well, in virtual-terms, anyway).
I’d had long-running problems with my previous hosting-provider, and was running out of space there anyway, so it was time to move to something with a bit more space and (I hope!) rather more reliability.
It’s been – let’s say? – a somewhat non-trivial challenge, so it’s taken far longer than I’d hoped or expected. I’ve held back on doing any posts in the meantime, to avoid yet more complications in an already tangled move-process, so I’ve built up a bit of a backlog. There are still a fair few loose-ends to tidy up, and two more main websites to move, but it looks like it’s working well enough so far.
And yes, I do know that this isn’t the most visually wonderful of website themes, but it’s the only one I’ve found so far that actually works. My main criteria were that it has be a good fit for a plain ordinary weblog; to be responsive – in other words, work smoothly on everything from a large desktop-box all the way down to a small-screen smartphone; and that it also will work with older browsers, right the way back to IE7 and preferably to IE6. (That’s because almost 25% of visitors to this site still use those older browsers – and yes, that statistic surprised me too.)
Of the literally hundreds of themes that I scanned as possibilities, I think I must have tested at least at least three dozen that claimed to fully fit the criteria. So far I’ve found precisely three that actually do so; and of those, this was the only one that could (with only minor battles) be configured to work well with a blog. And I still haven’t yet managed to get the related-posts plug-in to work properly on this site. Humph. But even if it ain’t wonderful, I also didn’t dare delay only longer, and it’ll do for now, I hope?
One change you probably will like is that the front-page now only shows blog-post summaries – so you won’t have to wait for the entirety of every post to load on your smartphone. 🙂 Click on the title-link to get to the full post-content, of course.
Let me know what you think of it, anyway – and any suggestions for a better theme/layout would be most welcome.
Over to you?