Remodeling

I’m trying out a new look.  I’ve updated the theme as long-time viewers can tell.  The new theme has a few advantages over the old one.  First, it’s a “responsive” theme.  That means that it should automagically adjust to the width of whatever browser you’re using.  If you view it on a smart phone, it should push the side-bar stuff down to the bottom so the main text is more readable. And, as long as I can resist the urge to create a menu of tabs across the top, it should retain the fluid-width aspect of the old one.

Another reason for changing is that WordPress.com (the host for the blog) is really pushing it.  The old theme isn’t being updated.  We’ll just have to see if I get the spacing on the graphs right.

The new them also makes it easy for me to add short “Aside” posts.  I’m going to try to adding some of these usually as links to articles I find interesting but don’t have time to write a full commentary.

Anyway, I’m interested in any comments on either the theme or other ideas to make the blog more readable or useful (short of recommendations that I replace the author!).

jim

One thought on “Remodeling

  1. If interested in the opinion of a computer systems designer… here it is…

    Off the top I like the new design a lot. The font and overal display is more eye appealing than the old one.

    Simple, combined with strategic use of white space, always makes better.

    Here are some possible ways that could make it even better still:
    1-Combine the “Welcome to Econprof” message on the right side with the intro on top and get rid of the “welcome” one.

    That also puts “Recent Posts”, which most readers are more interested in anyway, at the top of the right side.

    2-Display either just one post per page or only a short intro to multiple posts.

    Your posts are very informative, which makes them on the long side compared to other bloggers. That argues for having only one article per screen.

    If you opt for one article per screen then maximize the number of post titles under “Recent Posts”. I think you might be allowed 20.

    3-Narrow the right side compared to the left side where the articles displayed.

    The articles are the meat and potatoes of the blog so should be given more screen real estate. Readers wont have to scroll as often when reading the articles.

    4-Consider adding a menu.

    If you want to keep the “Welcome to Econprof” text as is then you could put it in an “About” menu selection instead of using precious web page space.

    Once a reader has seen it once it becomes a distraction on future visits. Those who want to know more will click the “About”.

    You can also put other things in menus that maximizes web screen space for the important stuff.

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