I’ve made some big changes to the old blog, and deliberately so. And like anything I attempt I’m in way over my head and can use some help.
Why the change?
A usability survey on the old design revealed that colour was getting in the way — not only that, but the theme I’d been using was optimized for ads, which you will never, ever see here. There were also a few minor technical annoyances, like trackbacks not displaying properly and tag searches only showing the first page of results.
Initially I was looking for a theme with two sidebars but decided instead to go minimalist with a single column display. With K2 I ended up with the best of both worlds, as this particular theme can put my two sidebars below my posts. Neat!
What else is new?
Aside from its GPL K2 has two big features that I think you’ll like:
- A subtle but very slick navigational thingy just below the tabs in the header. If you’re on the front page of the blog it stays with you as you scroll down. Go ahead, try it… See? Also, clicking on “older” (again, from the front page) should reveal a horizontal slider that will let you scrub through previous posts. Wonder if I can get this to work on every page…?
- The search field is also live — meaning that posts containing your keywords will pop up as you type them, albeit one at a time. Granted, having the search field positioned below entries isn’t optimal, which brings us to…
Stuff I need help with.
Obviously, this single column layout could stand to be a fair bit wider than its current 560 pixels. I’m not actually sure what’s going on here, but it could be that the rest of the content is taking its cues from my 560 pixel-wide header. A couple of other issues with the header: (1) When I get the blog to render as three columns the graphic is right-justified for some reason, and (2) I’m not sure how to make the graphic a clickable link back to the front page of the blog.
The other thing I can’t figure out is why a lot my posts are suddenly showing duplicate comments — though this might have nothing to do with K2 and instead be the result of me dumping Disqus, again.
Anyway if you’ve any tips and/or tricks for K2 kindly pass them on in the comments below. From my limited understanding K2 is not just a WordPress theme. Clearly I’ve a lot to learn here…