Just in time for the summer semester, I have rolled out the new look for this site. It is my hope that the design refresh clarifies information, as well as making the site somewhat more visually appealing. I have also added several new features: some obvious, others more subtle.
- I have transitioned the navigation for Web Developer content into an “accordion”-style menu, with improved subject categorization (seen to the right).
- In response to student requests, I have added a search function for the site, with ranking for search results.
Pagination has been simplified: rather than dozens of little boxes, each containing a subset of blog entries, there is now simply an indication of where in the journal you are at the bottom of the page, along with controls for moving forwards and backwards, as well as to the oldest and most recent entries. Nine blog posts are shown per page, in comparison to the previous seven.
Tags are now more effective, showing all of the related entries on a single page.
Despite the added features, content should load faster due to optimisation and compression, particularly the CSS.
There is still a little work to do, especially in integrating the CSS of older entries, but what is presented today should be completely usable. I have a custom login, signup and commenting system designed, but may not have time to implement the programming before teaching begins, so those features may have to wait for the end of the semester and the new year. In the meantime, I look forward to your feedback.
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