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New Web site Design

By The ITS Crew

First off, welcome to 2010! We all took a little time off to be with our families over the holidays, and we hope you had the chance to do the same.

We’ve got great things in store, and the first is our new Web site design.  It’s far from complete, but  it’s finally to the point where we’d like to show it off.

Over the next week we’ll be finalizing the styling and getting rid of all the inconsistencies across the multiple browsers that are available out there.

Usually this would be done before rolling out a redesign, but we wanted to show you guys (and girls) what we’d been up to.

What’s left

Here’s  a run down on what we still have left to do on the design. Warning: the following is pretty geeky, and you may need some experience in Web design to know what the hell we’re talking about.

Right now the site looks the best in Firefox, as it’s the most modern browser available right now. It supports the CSS3 border-radius which creates the rounded corners we’ve placed throughout the site.

Safari for Mac and Google Chrome support them too, but not on specific corners, just as a whole.  Internet Explorer 8 surprisingly doesn’t support this either, but at least IE 7 and 8 both support the transparent .png background images. See, geeky right?

We’ve decided to not waste our time supporting Internet Explorer 6. If you’re still using it, it’s time to update your browser! Here, give Firefox a try. It’s “the faster, safer, smarter way to browse the web.”

Our comments are terrible looking and we’re going to tackle getting those looking better, along with our huge list of topics (previously called categories).

Navigating

We’re experimenting with a new way to present our posts. Right now we have our newest post as a “Featured” post displayed in its entirety, followed by teasers of our next four older posts. After these you’ll need to click the “Previous Entries” link to view even older posts.

This may change, as we’re not sure if we like the small teasers that are being generated. What do you think?

One thing we’ve implemented (at the suggestion of one of our readers) is a previous/next at the end of the post. This will make reading our articles easier, as now you won’t have to go back to the list of our articles to to read the previous or next ones.

Footer

We’ve created a separate footer now to allow our readers to keep up with us on our various Social Media platforms. We have our last few tweets from Twitter displayed, latest bookmarks on Delicious and a few of our Flickr photos.

There’s also links to all our our Social Media so you can stay connected to all the awesomeness!

We’ll get everything nice and tidy soon, but if you have any suggestions or comments, post away!!

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Discussion

29 comments
Isegrim
Isegrim

Looks good the new design...but where is the useful tag cloud?

Also..if i use the archives and search (for example knots) the spacing between the enries could be a bit tighter to show more hits.

Isegrim
Isegrim

Looks good the new design...but where is the useful tag cloud? Also..if i use the archives and search (for example knots) the spacing between the enries could be a bit tighter to show more hits.

adriano ciciotti
adriano ciciotti

1366x768 on my Sony Vaio, running Windows 7 with Google Chrome

None the less, the website looks awesome guys!

Keith
Keith

Yeah its an older ver of IE ( 6 ) I believe. Which would explain the issue. Go-Figure, Leave it up to the work IT guys to have us use an outdated program.

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Keith,

What browser and version of the browser are you using?

ke4sky
ke4sky

Gray text on black background is unreadable here

adriano c
adriano c

The new site's lookin' good guys! I like everything about it except I wish I could see the background graphics a little better, especially the skulls that are down there at the bottom left, maybe if it was just moved up a little bit from the original crop job? any way it looks awesome and i check this site every day for updates! keep up the awesome work!

Doc R
Doc R

Great new look. One observation...the dark font on dark screen is a problem in my case. I'm color blind and need contrast. But I'm only one guy. d/r

Keith
Keith

Hey Guys...

Not sure if it's my comp at work, but the grey text on the grey skull background ? ? ?

I cant read anything ?. Just thought yall might wanna add some text blocks or atleast be-aware of this issue if others are / might have it.

Keith
Keith

Hey Guys... Not sure if it's my comp at work, but the grey text on the grey skull background ? ? ? I cant read anything ?. Just thought yall might wanna add some text blocks or atleast be-aware of this issue if others are / might have it.

Rob
Rob

Love the new look and glad to have you back. Looks great on firefox and on my iPhone.

wayne knowles
wayne knowles

So far, it all looks good to me. Congrats and keep it up.

Josh
Josh

I for one like the teasers. And the website as a whole. The only difference I can see between Safari and Firefox, is the main window..err...area(for lack of a better term - I'm not that much of a geek)..Firefox has the rounded corners where Safari doesn't. However, on the side areas, topics, archives, recent etc., etc...they both feature rounded corners.

My favorite part is the footer. Excellent job with that.

Look forward to what is coming!

Josh
Josh

I for one like the teasers. And the website as a whole. The only difference I can see between Safari and Firefox, is the main window..err...area(for lack of a better term - I'm not that much of a geek)..Firefox has the rounded corners where Safari doesn't. However, on the side areas, topics, archives, recent etc., etc...they both feature rounded corners. My favorite part is the footer. Excellent job with that. Look forward to what is coming!

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Adriano,

Thanks for the kind words and feedback. What is your screen resolution and what size monitor are you using?

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Adriano, Thanks for the kind words and feedback. What is your screen resolution and what size monitor are you using?

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Doc R,

Send me your email address through the contact form, I'd love to talk to you about how we can make the site work for you and others who share your color blindness.

~ Bryan

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Doc R, Send me your email address through the contact form, I'd love to talk to you about how we can make the site work for you and others who share your color blindness. ~ Bryan

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Keith, What browser and version of the browser are you using?

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

We appreciate the feedback John!

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Thanks Juan, you gonna make it to SHOT?

~ Bryan

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Thanks Juan, you gonna make it to SHOT? ~ Bryan

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

Appreciate the support Rob, and thanks for the beta test :)

adriano ciciotti
adriano ciciotti

1366x768 on my Sony Vaio, running Windows 7 with Google Chrome None the less, the website looks awesome guys!

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