It took autumn only a week to sneak up on us. But it’s here now, in all its grey, rainy, misty splendor.
Seemed like the perfect timing to upgrade Gaby’s weblog to WP’s latest version. Did an Extreme MakeOverâ„¢ of the theme while at it. Gabriela got me kick-started with a very inspirational autumn inspired header image:
… upon which it was only a matter of picking colors, crunching html tags, css declarations and php commands:
I’m quite satisfied with the way it turned out… Yet I can’t wait for spring to arrive again. Guess I’m not an autumn person.
So how do you like my new diggs? I was terminally fed up with the old theme — you know the one with the scary close-up of my face. Rather than to start from scratch, I had a look at some WordPress themes and instantly fell in love with the Hemingway theme. Its minimalism is refreshing, and the black/grey colour combo really brings out my drawings a lot better. See for instance:
Now all that’s needed is for me to get into the habit of posting a bit more regularly. To my defense, and without going into much detail, January has proven to be a pretty shitty month for both Gaby and me. Things are looking up now though.
And with that said, I’m off to admire my shiny new theme for a couple more hours. :)
And there was much rejoicing as Mr Moonbug remembered he had a more or less recent copy of his weblog templates buried in his offline Sites folder. Minus the header graphic. Oh well, I was getting tired of having my own face stare at me from the header.
And there was much grief as Dr. Moonbug went and screwed up what was supposed to be a pedestrian WordPress upgrade. In other words: all my original scans (plus my template’s css and graphics) got hosed, although I managed to retrieve some via browser/google cache. Hang on, I’ll get things back in order — including the moonbug template! Goddamnit!
KUR 5.0 has launched. Some notes:
- Layout numbering/versioning is designer narcisism at its finest. I find it funny as hell!
- It took about a week to go from Photoshop comp to finished html/css.
- It took about half an hour to port all of WordPress‘s pages to the new layout.
- It took about 4 hours to port all of MovableType generated pages to the new layout.
- There’s about 2000 WP pages, and about 200 MT pages.
- If it wasn’t for MT’s multiple blog feature, i would’ve ported those pages to WP ages ago (articles & discog are still MT powered)
- While the new layout was not yet public, this plugin allowed me to view the new theme when the rest of the world was still looking at the old one (I would like to see MT pull that one off — hah!)
- Nested unordered lists (read: the entire sidebar) are a bitch to handcode, believe you me.
- There is in fact only one new significant graphic element in the layout, namely the FZ-pic. All other elements were recovered from previous themes.
- If not for some hidden div containing invalid counter code all pages would most probably validate as xhtml 1.0 transitional.
- If that makes no sense to you, consider yourself a lucky person (ignorance, bliss, and all that).
- I would not have adopted this new look if Gabriela had not told me she liked it (better).
- This is the last KUR-redesign for quite a while, trust me.