11/04/2014

Redesign: Living Up to My Degree

I graduated from Clemson University, in August, with a degree in Computer Science and Business. In spite of the former, this site hasn't been updated, functionally or aesthetically, since near its inception, in late 2011.

A few months back, when I was hitchhiking to Pennsylvania, I saw a driver look my site up on his smartphone. The mobile experience was terrible! The interwebs has progressed a lot in the past three years, and the fact that my blog looked like utter rubbish on an iPhone was embarrassing. Google really didn't have any good options (I'm using their Blogger platform), so I decided to build my own.

List of Notable Changes:
  • Fully Responsive: The site looks, works, and feels the same, on desktop, tablet, and phone.
  • Navigation and Search Bar: Can be toggled in and out of view (upper right hand corner).
  • Comment System: Has reverted back to the original system, so some of the more recent comments, using Google+, are no longer visible.
There are some features of the old site that I will miss. Clicking on a post now brings you to another page, as opposed to opening a modal dialogue containing the story. Pop up windows, of any sort, just don't translate well to mobile, though. Also, I've done away with infinite scrolling; there are now seven posts per page. I needed a place to put the ads (that I use to support this site), and the best place, given the template I was working with, seemed to be the footer. 

Everything from the favicon to the logo got a redesign, but I tried to stick with the original spirit of the old site. Also, the color palette was kept nearly identical. Please, let me know if there are any problems with the new site, and feedback (whether positive or negative) is always welcome. Let me know in a comment below!

To another three wonderful years! 

If you're looking to learn how to hitchhike, check out my book- The Hitchhiker's Guide to: Earth.

Source: Anders NorĂ©n


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