I did a major redesign of “Stargazer’s World” yesterday and although not everything is working as it should, I am very happy with the result so far. Of course there are some minor drawbacks, like the loss of the starscape background. I tried to put it back in, but it looked a bit weird.
Ok, let’s have a look at the new features after the break then…
- Featured Posts
- Social Widgets
Links to my site’s Facebook page, the RSS feed, my Delicious bookmarks and Twitter now appear directly in the new theme’s sidebar to the right.
- Subscribe by email
The new theme also has a nice Feedburner widget that allows you to subscribe to my blog’s posts by email instead of RSS. Just enter your email into the given text field and click subscribe. The counter left of the button shows how many people have currently subscribed to the feed (in either format).
- Google Ajax Search
The Search function in the sidebar is now powered by Google and uses AJAX to directly show the results in the sidebar instead of reloading the whole page.
- RP Media Network Banner
The new themes sidebar is luckily wide enough to allow me to add more social widgets in the future. I already added the Role Play Media Network’s banner to the sidebar. I am currently considering adding Google Friend Connect again.
Of course not everything is working as it should and there are a few things I want to add in the future. For example I had to remove the Flash-powered category cloud, because it obviously messed with the code of the theme and since I have reworked the main page from the original theme almost completely, there might still be a few kinks to work out.
I will also shorten the blogroll a bit, but I am thinking about adding a dedicated blogroll page. A lot of things are currently in planning, but I am not sure what will see fruition and what not. So please bear with me and let me know if you encounter anything that doesn’t work as it is supposed to.
Update: I actually added the blogroll page, I mused about while writing that post. You can check it out here.
It's very nice, you have to fit in something spacey somewhere though 🙂
Perhaps a little planet in the title bar. 🙂
.-= Misterecho´s last blog ..What’s wrong with a good ole Dungeon delve? =-.
I like the new theme.
What plug-in/widget are you using for the carousel? I've been wanting to add one to my blog but the ones I've tried so far have been pretty buggy.
.-= MJ Harnish´s last blog ..What happened to Shaintar? =-.
The carousel is part of the theme.
How can I move or disable the Twitter Entries feed in the sidebar? I can’t move it from 1st position in the sidebar and when I leave the Twitter info blank it still stays there. Cheers
.-= Sal Abdin´s last blog ..Did Google Steal My Soul? =-.
You can either remove your Twitter username from the Greymag Skin Options or you have to make some changes to the themes' source code. When you have some basic PHP and HTML skills, it should be either enough.