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.Tags: Anime Anthology, Layout, Updates, Website
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Thank you! I’m glad you like it. Any suggestions or bug finds would be much appreciated as well
I know this other site you frequent that removed their sidebar first for a cleaner look first!
:O What ever could you mean Pearz?
Coool! I definitely like the scrolling image slider. I like those on websites because it gives me a quick and visual take on what’s important.
Also I see you finally have a favicon
Oh and is the log in stuff gone now?
Ah you must be talking about the above bar that I had before! I actually was debating whether or not I should implement it. I figured that people didn’t generally login to comment since they aren’t required to. However, if you find that it was easier than I’ll definitely get it back up and working
Oh it’s not a big deal. But how do you add those avatars?
We are using something called Gravatar (http://en.gravatar.com/) which ties in the email you use for commenting in WordPress with an avatar. You just go to that link, sign up, and add the same email you use here. Then upload a picture and tie it with the email! It’s really fast and easy . I’ll be adding a top bar with Login and search (hopefully later today).
ooo ok cool :>
Whoa! Awesome new layout! Btw where’s the log in link? I was almost lost there for a moment *smacks head*. Hmmmmhmm the image slider is lovely…I’d love to put some illustrations there.
I loled at the amazing writing skills part…I’m not sure if that’s true XD
It is very true! Also I’ll be adding the login link at the top of the page as it was before. I just have to figure out a good layout/design for it. But fret not I will work on it!
Nice. Looks great, Jester.
Thank you kindly! I’m really glad you like it.