I’ve been intending to do a re-design and upgrade for a while, but finally just got around to it the past few weeks after Detailed Image launched. If you’re reading in a feed reader, this might be the one post where you’ll get something from clicking through and actually reading it on the site. In no particular order, here’s what’s been changed:
- A more modern design. Special thanks to Phil Thompson, who developed the Dylan theme that I started with and then customized to my liking. It saved me a ton of time.
- Excerpts on the homepage, full posts only on the permanent link post page. I did this because I wanted a wider space for writing and sharing photos. You’ll notice that the sidebar is gone on the post pages, leaving a whole lot of space.
- Updated Time Line, which dates back to 2005. A great way to catch up on the blog and our journey as a company.
- Threaded comments to make replying more natural.
- Gravatar (globally recognized avatar) support to show avatars in the comments.
- Google Custom Search on the sidebar. I never used the WordPress search box because the results were horrible. I always just did a Google site search when I needed to find an old post to link to. Figured others had the same problem. Search is key when trying to sort through 500+ posts.
- Less posts, more quality. This is probably the biggest change. I’m going to aim for one really good post per week. By that I mean I want to bring up an important topic related to young entrepreneurship or web business and go a bit more in depth than I generally do right now. I’ll do my best to tie it back into our business experience and hopefully ask questions that spur conversation in the comments. Otherwise, I’ll still post quick business updates and do posts like book reviews sporadically that won’t count towards the one article per week. I’m thinking of something like 6-8 posts per month as opposed to the 10 – 15 pace I’ve been on in the past.
- Greater emphasis on Twitter, which I plan on using more for sharing links and thoughts that don’t quite warrant a blog post. You’ll notice my latest tweet is prominently displayed on the top of the sidebar.
As always, feedback and suggestions are welcomed.