Hey guys! After the long awaited theme update it finally been released November 15, 2011 at 4:02AM. Boy was it a struggle, and trust me it isn’t complete just yet! Why did I release it before the 100%, finished design? That’s simple. I wanted people to get used to the new layout and any minor tweaks and changes wont cause any strange ruckus among the readers. So let’s jump right onto the new look and features this blog has to offer.
As you can see the navigation has changed considerably, but don’t worry all your favorite links and important information is still right on the main page. The biggest change you may notice is the lack of a sidebar! My, what is this? No sidebar on an anime blog? This is madness! I decided that I wanted to really focus the attention on the posts, which is what I’m sure most of you come to see. The sidebar offered a lot of great tools and tricks to but ultimately was more of a storage space. Now all of the content that was on the side has been pulled into the center or completely scrapped. That isn’t to say that everything will be completely gone forever! I may decide to add a few things later.
Next shift you eyes back up the top of the page to the new navigation bar. Looks pretty plain and simple right? And probably resembles the original design with a bit of color changing. However, you look closely, or rather hover your mouse over a couple of the links you will see that it is now the long awaited dropdown menu. I’ve been playing with this idea for a long time but couldn’t quite get it working on the old site. With a completely revamped theme I was able to create the dropdown menu for more links and better organization. It provides all the main links that most people tend to look for such as Reviews, Season Preview, and Recruiting (ok admittedly the last one is a hope). Now you can jump from one page to another in a snap without having to backtrack.
Note: If you want to create some graphics for the new slider by all means do! Just send me an email and I’ll give you the specifics (such as dimensions and available features).
Jumping all the way to the bottom of the page you may notice a new feature. Recent comments! The recent comments will give you quick access to the hottest topics and discussion going on in Anime Anthology. And if you have a cute little gravatar matched with your comment people will get a quick look at that as well. It’s a pretty solution to better discussion.
Now if you look to your left you will notice a unique avatar, date, author name, and category. The avatar is a quick way to spot who the post is by. And if you really enjoy the writers style of writing you can click on their name to get an archive of all posts by them. I figured some of you may be digging for more of chidori3souske’s amazing writing skills .
Well guys that concludes the quick tour of the new layout and I hope you all enjoy it! If you have any questions concerns, or found any bugs please leave a comment on this post letting me know. And don’t forget, Anime Anthology is an ever growing blog looking for fresh writers so why not find how to become a writer.