Gareth Lennox

New design!

Finally, I’ve updated the design of this site, to brand-new spanking HTML5, including a fluent layout, that adjusts for larger and smaller screens (it looks great on a phone too!). I created the previous design in 2005, so it was time for a refresh.

The site should work in any modern browser, as well as reasonably modern phone browsers. It even looks kinda ok in IE6!

I am still running WordPress, with a large bunch of plugins. The new design is based off the Starkers theme – an extremely minimalistic theme (to see how minimialistic, see the demo). It is awesome in that it gives you the HTML framework without any CSS. The end-result? Much less CSS than if you’d started with an existing theme.

The design is intended to be minimal as well, with a focus on the content. I’ve stripped out all the twitter and delicious feeds. If you want those, links to them are at the bottom of the page.

Notable plugins that make this site run:

  • WP Super Cache: The standard WordPress caching plugin. I’ve been using this for years, and it works really well.
  • WP Minify: Combines and minifies all the CSS and javascript files into single requests. This one is new, so we’ll see how it goes. Seems to work nicely.
  • Akismet: For comment spam. Also brilliant.
It always seems that re-designing this site is way more fun than actually posting on it, which is rather worrying.¬†As usual, I’m going to try to find time to post here more often…

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