I’m happy to finally be on AdamMcFarland.com!
The design has been “refreshed” to be responsive and strip out all of the unnecessary distractions. I intentionally wanted the focus to be on the content. That’s what a blog is about. I was partially inspired by this website (NSFW). It’s hilarious but kind of true. I started from the ground up with my own design. I then copied over the minimalist theme I created for our Ask-a-Pro Detailer Blog and stripped out whatever else wasn’t needed. The stylesheet is only about 1/3 of the size as the old site. I really tried to think through each part of the UI/UX and ask myself “is this necessary to reading”?
I also don’t want to overlook the importance of the responsiveness. I personally do most of my reading on my phone or my tablet and it is always a bit of a let down when I’m served up a desktop site. I have to do that awkward pinch and zoom thing to try to capture the content. Sometimes it doesn’t wrap properly or I’m hit with a desktop popup ad that I can’t find the X for. In 2014 every article should be easily read on a mobile device.
Hopefully the result is a clean, fast, lightweight, easy-to-consume site…at least as fast and lightweight as WordPress + W3 Total Cache + our third string server can accomplish.
The only other “change” is that I have a new commenting policy. I’m requiring that the first comment left by a user needs to be approved to appear on the site. If you’ve ever left a comment before, this doesn’t apply to you. The primary reason is spam reduction. I don’t have to delete the comment as soon as I see it come through now. I can just filter all of my comment notifications to a folder and review them when it’s convenient. Just one more way to make my email more efficient. It also doesn’t hurt that it keeps out the trolls.
If you notice any bugs or issues please let me know. Now I can spend my blogging time actually writing!