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Total overhaul / redesign of my Blog

  • I’ve had my blog up for several years, and it’s gone through many changes. Now, with a new name – Cold Coffee …and reruns (CC&R) and companion domain http://www.coldcoffeeandreruns.com – comes a new look, too.

    When redeveloping my blog, I spent a lot of time researching how different sites are using WP, and discovered it’s much more than just a blogging program and has become a viable competitor with other CMS applications. However, I’ve refrained from using it sitewide at this time, but have made the blog the “flagship” of my site, blending both style and interaction/functionality through design and 20+ plugins. On the user side, Lightbox, Extended Live Archives, Random Images (which draw from my Pixelpost-based photoblog), WordTube, and Audio Player. Many other plugins running on the backside pull it all together.

    I went through several design ideas before settling on one fairly simple, throwback theme using patterns and colors reminiscent of the great 50s and 60s, yet (hopefully) not overbearing to the multimedia content of the site – all which degrade load times.

    What’s my favorite part of the theme? Gotta say the CSS rollover menu in the upper right-hand. It wasn’t fun struggling through design and placement coding, but I’m very pleased with the outcome. I toyed with using mouseover sound effects, but determined I’d rather validate XHTML instead.

    So now, I come to my fellow developers/users for feedback – the good, the bad, the ugly. Obviously, I want to improve that which can be. Your thoughts?


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  • Hi dKaye,

    I was wondering if what you did with the ELA Plugin. There hasn’t been a good support for this plugin for a long time and it stopped working with an earlier version of WordPress (think 2.3). And the hack that I found to make it “work” help but it’s just not showing all the content and categories.

    Did you change any of the code to make it work properly? Also, how did you integrate the Tags Section?

    I also checked out your site a bit. It’s a very nice site. On a personal level, I do not like bright colors but that’s just me 😉

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