Sunday, December 4, 2005
Introducing a new front page.
Those of you who read Philocrites by RSS or entry-by-entry won't notice this change right away, but those of you who come to the front page will notice some significant changes. Several months ago I started redesigning the basic structure of this site as I learned about newer approaches to structural markup and cascading stylesheets. I think I've finished fiddling and want to see what you think.
The new three-column format brings new comments higher on the page, making it easier for you to keep up with other readers' responses. It also introduces a photograph of yours truly; thanks to Nancy Pierce for capturing this photo at the UUA's 2005 General Assembly and letting me use it here. The "Keeping Up" column also highlights articles I'm tracking in my Scrapbook, Miscellany, and Portfolio miniblogs. (Scrapbook quotes brief passages from articles I found interesting, but doesn't include commentary or comments. Miscellany is even simpler, and a tad less serious. Portfolio tracks my own published writing.) And, as you'll see, the new format introduces advertising to the front page and moves the Search bar all the way to the bottom. Close readers will notice that you can now sign up to advertise directly on this site through Google's AdSense program.
The new design should work better on non-browser readers, and should — if I've learned my lessons right — scale nicely in a range of browsers. If something doesn't look right, though, please leave a note telling me what operating system and browser you're using. I hope you like it!
Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 4 December 2005 at 6:18 PM