Those of you who read Bright Meadow the old fashioned way (i.e., not in an RSS reader!) might just have noticed a few changes around the place.
Yes, I’m switching themes – I was just getting heartily sick of the old K2 (quiet Rich 😛 )
Yes, I’m doing it live – I know I should sandbox it an’ all, but I really don’t have the energy. Plus this is most likely just a stop-gap on the road to a full custom design (shh, I didn’t just say that 😉 )
Yes, it’s discombobulating me too. I’d got so very used to the old design, each time I look at the new theme I go “Arg! Is that really Bright Meadow?”
The problem with having lived with K2 for the last year or so is that I’ve got so very, very used to it. I know which files to go to, to change certain aspects of the behaviour. I understand the slightly twisted logic in the Loop. And more importantly, I’d tweaked it so that it did things the way I (more or less) wanted them to be done. Little tweaks that you probably didn’t even notice, but I’d made them like that for a reason.
Now I’ve got to 1) remember what those tweaks were and then 2) work out where those changes have to be made in the new files…
So please bear with me whilst I play around some and try and make a nice new home for the penguins 🙂
Ok, so the basic bones are in place and now I actually DO want your feedback!
A few things I’m aware of and will have to get working before I am totally happy:
the header image – needs work I know, but I’m woefully uninspired at the moment. It’s all very well saying “do a new header”, but it takes imagination (and skill!), neither of which I have– thanks to the divine Josh, this I now have! Look and admire the wonderfulness! the text is all scrunched up– got this one sorted. 1.75 spacing is MUCH better than 1.1 which was the default! lost favicon – I know it’s missing. I’ve just got to put it back!– well, it should be back now, but favicons are notoriously tricky beasties borders around images in FF and IE – I hate them, got to get rid of them!– problem solved once I realised it was because they were links, and Rich supplied me the CSS 😀
- there’s no ‘site admin’ link in the menu at the top – this is for my use only, but I do like it there…
- pagination of the archive & category pages – this is a big one, to the point of being a deal-breaker. At the moment, the archives and categories spew out the last x number of posts in full with no option to get more. I KNOW it can be made to show title+summary and ‘next page’ links. Just got to work out how to beat it into submission
- the Flickr badge is currently styled oddly. I need to tweak the padding
- the styling of gravatars. Currently they’re butt-ugly, hence not being activated
the spacing between the content and the sidebar needs to be a little bigger something’s still not right with the post titles. Perhaps they need to be a bit bigger? visited links need to be styled
Anything else that’s caught your eye? I already know Moose isn’t enamored with it, so how about the rest of you?