Site junk

So, I’ve just spent most of the day tinkering with the site. It may not look like it, but the CSS is completely redone from scratch, theme files re-uploaded and re-edited. Some old stuff tossed out, some tweaks here and there.

Reason? Dreamhost (my hosting company for this site) is upgrading their PHP version soon and this version of WordPress doesn’t work well with the new PHP version, so I either upgrade all my sites, or run a lower php versions, or give up the web and take up a hermit’s life somewhere on some mountain top.

Anyway, I am by no means a designer (green and purple go well together right?) so if anything is particularly difficult to look at or whatnot let me know and I will set about trying to make it better.

As always suggestions are welcome.

A couple of the more major changes:

  • I made the comments link look like a button to stand out more as several people have told me they couldn’t figure out how to comment.
  • I also set the site to a width of 1000 pixels. The majority of the people who visit have 1024 or better resolutions (I run at 1280 by 1024 myself) but there are still a few people at 800×600 and with the automatic resizing the main content would get caught off by the side bars for videos and whatnot. This way they may have some content off screen, but at least they have the option of scrolling to see it.
  • Somehow in redoing the CSS, which I hoped would fix problems in certain browsers, I have managed to make things worse. For some reason in IE the left sidebar starts off somewhere off screen until you move your mouse to anything with a hover element. Don’t know why, but I imagine it has something to do with clashing margins or padding somewhere. I’ll try to fix it as soon as I can figure out where the problem is. If anyone notices the cause, let me know.
  • Forums went bye-bye. I was just getting spammers in there signing up with fake accounts, and I don’t really care for the software. I will look into something that is built into, or can be rigged to work alongside wordpress in the near future.

I will get around to updating the actual software sometime tonight or maybe tomorrow, so if the site is all wacky for you at any point, just try back in a few hours.

I’m hoping to get at least one more theme set up, with just different CSS colors. I know there are a good number of people out there who don’t like the light text on dark background scheme, so I will try to get a black on white theme up and a way for users to select the theme they prefer and make it stick with a cookie. I prefer the light on dark style, because I do most of the stuff on this site at night and it’s easier on my eyes.

As always, if you notice any problems or have any comments let me know.

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