Out with the Old, In with the New

human3rror_new

We’re sporting the new look… and as you can see it’s drastically slimmed down.  Some things of note for this new 2009 rev:

  • Big content areas.  The main content area is 710 pixels wide.
  • A focus on simplicity.  I want this year to be more about content and less about the “cool” gadgets, widgets, and gizmos that lump up the page.
  • Typography.  Period.  Make it pretty. Check.
  • 1 sidebar. I now have a rigorous checklist for items that are going to make it on that puppy…
  • Advertising. I no longer swing the big Fortune 50 executive gig.  My servers cost a butt load.  My fault, I know.  I’m not going more than a 125×125 piece.  And the unobtrusive nature of the sidebar will make those 125′s stand out but not get in the way.
  • Plugins have decreased by 50%.  I had nearly 20 of them running.  I now have less than 10.
  • Page size has decreased, page load has quickened, and caching has been double checked.  I bet @lightvox could make it even faster.  Jerk.
  • Pagination.  If you have more than 50 posts, you should highly consider pagination of your posts.  The “next post” / “previous post” is ghetto and ineffective.  When was the last time you actually browsed that way?
  • A deep review of content focus and areas of blogging.  This has a lot to do with where I’m headed in the blogosphere and what I want to do with my life.

Deepest thanks and support for everyone who’s graced this blog… you guys are my rock and encourage me to to simply be “better”.

  • http://www.fredmckinnon.com Fred F. McKinnon

    John,
    Looking good, looking good! (except if Pacman tries to eat the Apple, he'll get his butt whipped)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      hehe. oh, he will….!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/dewde dewde

    I don't like it. You should strongly consider a rebrand.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      ok. you win. you like parade raining.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/justinthesouth Justin Brackett

    They new site is looking very nice! Well done!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      thanks!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/AdrianR AdrianRodriguez

    Awesome work! Macing it out dude!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      trying bro. trying.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jonese jonese

    dude. sweet look. best part.. THE LARGE CONTENT AREA! Love it man. A wise man might even say it's EPIC :-)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      i agree. what a wise man…

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/djbyron djbyron

    very very nice!
    Love the simplicity of the design/layout.

    Wide content area is always good. One thing to remember though is if you start posting images and videos to fit exactly within this wider content area you'll have a problem going backwards to a smaller area in the future (unless you're up for manual post edits or some serious sql find/replace action.) Only speaking from experience. :-)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      custom-fields baby… custom fields.

      magic.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/djbyron djbyron

        How do you use them in that scenario? You don't embed any images in the content but rather in custom fields (and reference the cust field in the post?)

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

          yes. custom fields. it's epic.

          • http://intensedebate.com/people/djbyron djbyron

            Maybe a blog post on how you personally make use of custom fields is in order? [nudge nudge] :-)

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      oh, and excerpts.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/tonysteward tonysteward

    Dude… Dude! — now I am thinking – i may need a redbull iv tonight…

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      … let's rock it. i'll help. seriously. you da man.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/tonysteward tonysteward

        Already working on it – Thesis makes some basic changes easy…but will do more as I go tonight, lol.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

          HAHAHAHA. i knew you would.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jaysten jaysten

    MASSIVE!!!! FTW!!!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      rinse, repeat. jaysten ftw.

  • Robert Yang

    Love the guts to make the bold change. I'm figuring that it will inspire others to follow your "simplification" ways. Also, things like sidebar blogrolls are best put onto its own page for SEO purposes rather than on every page in your sidebar. Great job.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      blogrolls… wazzat?

      :)

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/SCBubba SCBubba

    Sweet! I love the wide, comfy content area. It's like a luxury blog now. Human3rror.com. The ultimate blogging machine.

    Very nice, bro.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      thanks dude… we'll see how long it lasts…

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lightvox Christopher

    Heh. I wonder if an upcoming ChurchCrunch post will have tips about speeding up WordPress? BTW Did I ever tell you it was done?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      yeah. i got it. it's epic. it'll go live tomorrow.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Lightvox Christopher

    Oh yeah and also wanted to tell you. Dude, The new layout rocks.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      thanks bro. i'd give you more points, but you only can get one.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/leoschmidt08 Leo Wurschmidt

        There you go, I hooked you up and gave him another one. :)

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

          sweet. more for ou too. i want to break 100.

          • http://intensedebate.com/people/leoschmidt08 Leo Wurschmidt

            Well then, I am sure I can help. Here are a couple more votes. Here is to breaking 100 for ya.

            • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

              let's be jerks and rise the count for each other. +1 for you.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Ancoti Ancoti

    Nice! No clutter. Makes me want to rethink my old blog.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      :) i challenge you!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/Ancoti Ancoti

        Hey, I would if I actually knew what I was doing. Every time I add or take something off my blog, I hold my breath that I do not gum it up beyond repair. As I have mentioned in my blog, I am the Social Mediot and really do not know what I am doing from the technically end of things.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

          hehe. everyone starts there… but you're gaining ground fast..!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Adrienne_ Adrienne_

    Nice look! Did the pages and pages of feedback on Carlos' updated site ragamuffinsoul.com affect your style choices? Or just scare you to death?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      hehe. nope. this redesign has been planned for a long time… but… it was fun reading themm.!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/sullied sullied

    Loving the simplicity of the new design…and it’s hard to go wrong with a light rays for the background–epic

    Here’s some help for the Typography area—sorry this is going to be yelled—SINGLE SPACES AFTER SENTENCES, DO NOT DOUBLE SPACE. Here’s more help with Typography sins.

    I am interested in learning more about pagination. Helpful hints maybe.

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/sullied sullied

    Loving the simplicity of the new design…and it’s hard to go wrong with light rays for the background–epic

    Here’s some help for the Typography area—sorry this is going to be yelled—SINGLE SPACES AFTER SENTENCES, DO NOT DOUBLE SPACE. Here’s more help with Typography sins.

    I am interested in learning more about pagination. Helpful hints maybe.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      that's not typography. that's grammatical.

      :)

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/sullied sullied

        tell that to my typography teacher…his head might explode

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

          i like exploding heads.

  • http://realrelevance.wordpress.com Andy Darnell

    I like the simple. Nice. I was working on my first wordpress install today on a server. I'll keep you posted on my thoughts.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      sweet!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/haemin haemin

    yup i definitely like it. especially the wide main content area! overall it's simpler, cleaner, and easier to navigate – all great things! *fist bump*

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      hahahahaha

      *FIST BUMP* back at yah. now let's create some controversy!!!!!!!!!!!

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/haemin haemin

        oh man don't give away our super-stealth-korean-american-gang-terrorist-sign-code-gesture! or, maybe we are just silly and light-hearted. or just extremely cool and in-the-know. oh it's all too confusing! controversy~!

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

          the peace sign is the universal gang sign of the korean. it means g's up ____________________ down….

          puaha.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/DreadedRafifi DreadedRafifi

    Late to post but I'm digging the new look. Great work dude.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      thanks dude!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/outdoorliving Aaron

    Rocking the Slim Fast ™ –> I like!

    I'm currently contemplating the purchase of a new domain, possibly switching software (WordPress?!) and re-doing the whole thing. We'll see how motivated I feel the rest of the week…

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      move toward WP. best thing you'll ever do.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/thirty3 thirty3

    Love the focus on the content. So many sites now have so much going on it simply overshadows the content…which is what drew people to the site in the first place.

    Kudos.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      that's where i'm headed… thanks for noticing!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/leoschmidt08 Leo Wurschmidt

    Sweet redesign. I like the reduced sidebar and focus on the content and typography.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      yeah. trying.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Dave_Nadeau Dave_Nadeau

    Nice Job John! But how come my browser crashes when I go to this site????

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      b/c it can't handle the "pure awesomeness"…

      otherwise, i dunno…?

  • LaurenceTom

    Nice work! Good points and thoughts…
    Do you ever sleep?
    BTW I don't think you follow me on twitter…can't send replies…
    twitter.com/laurencetom

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      no, i do not sleep. @tonysteward's fault.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Adam_S Adam_S

    Really looks good.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

      thanks adam… got any suggestions ?

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/Adam_S Adam_S

        Not really. I am a lousy designer. I tend to only templates and all the stuff you probably would complain about. What I like about this is what most other people have said. It is cleaner looking than your last one. I have a 13 in monitor on my m1330, a 22 in attached monitor and the mini9 and it looks good on all three. Virtually no sides on the mini9. But that is not a standard window size. I also like Chrome and I haven't seen any problems viewing it in Chrome.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

          very good. i have a mini 9… so i'm always thinking about that too…