New site design under way..

I’ve been working on redesigning the site a bit so it doesn’t feel so cluttered. I’m not finished yet and still have a bit of cleaning up to do. However, I wanted to get some comments, feedback and constructive criticism. Please let me know the goods and the bads. If you can..please give a suggestion or 20. 😀

I don’t want to officially launch the design yet, so I’m waiting for reviews. I’m curious if it’s better or worse and what is better or worse about it. I haven’t gone as far as setting up cookies or passing the css tag, so the style sheet will only apply on pages with css=2 appended to them. If you view another page and would like to see how it looks with the style sheet then just add ?css=2 at the end and press enter. Here are some links to get started..

https://www.kyleabaker.com/?css=2
https://www.kyleabaker.com/archive.php?css=2
https://www.kyleabaker.com/news.php?news=71&css=2

Check them while their hot! I’ll be removing this feature/option soon and these links will be disabled. 😉

UPDATE:
New design is up. I’m still tweaking it and working in the comments and suggestions. Thanks for the feedback!

5 thoughts on “New site design under way..”

  1. using Opera 9 Opera 9 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.50 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; en)

    I really like the tab-style links! I would probably leave the outlines around the columns, or at least around that right column…they don’t really seem distinct enough without them. I like the look without the outer outline also. Nice job!

  2. using Opera 9 Opera 9 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.50 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; en)

    Ditto Jess! About the tabs and the outlines. It looks just a little unfinished without the outlines I think. Now that your redesigning I’ll finally get around to finishing mine up…

    Haha…one more comment, you might want to put the “Please correct the verification code.” message underneath the verification box. I just typed the wrong one in and didn’t see it at the top. 🙂

  3. using Opera 9 Opera 9 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.50 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; en)

    Thanks for the feedback! I’ve added some mild outlines to the columns, but I’ll most likely go back and make them darker just so they are more distinguished. The verification tip is a good one! I’m sure that is the most commonly seen error message also. 🙂 I’ll see what I can do..

  4. using Opera 9 Opera 9 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.50 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; en)

    Thanks Hannah! I’m trying to get a softer appearance with the new design and make it feel more open and easier on the eyes for reading. I’d like to minimalize it a bit more. I’m still working on slimming it down and getting everything optimized. Oh yea..I’m still working on adding a message for invalid captcha codes (fantastic suggestion). 😀 I want it to fit in nice and web 2.0’ish. Better site navigation is also on the list as well as a future photo gallery for my 1000’s of random photos. 😀

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