Theme Hybrid is finally getting the redesign it deserves. I’ve been tinkering with different ideas for the last few months but hadn’t found the time to give the site’s design the attention needed for a complete makeover.
So, I finally just carved out a good bit of my schedule and finished it.
Well, it’s not completely finished just yet. The forums and showcase blog both need to be transitioned over, but that’ll take a few more days.
Before I get into the details, I want to give a major thank you to Ian Stewart for some great ideas he so generously offered a few months back.
Completely different front page
If you’ve taken a look at the front page of the site today, you’ve probably noticed a major change from before. I’m thinking this new look should be much more inviting to new users and help our community grow.
Revamped themes page
The highest priority on my redesign list was giving the themes page a visual overhaul. No longer is it just a list of links; you can actually see the themes before getting more information on them.
I’ve also implemented a sliding panel at the top of the page. The information given is slightly different for logged-in users and logged-out users. The idea was to add useful information and links without cluttering the rest of the design.
What else has changed?
Pretty much everything is a bit different around here. Users of the Hybrid theme will likely enjoy the new Hybrid theme page, which separates the 30+ tutorials into categories, making it easier to find just the right documentation needed.
I’ve also implemented a new blog page that’ll give you easier access to older posts on this site. Along with that, I’ve added an archives, tags, and topics page. This site has never really been used as a blog, but I want to start taking more advantage of WordPress’ blogging features here.
The main goals of the design were to make everything easier to read and easier to navigate. If I’ve accomplished those two things, then I’m satisfied.
Built on top of solid code
In case you were wondering, the new design is a child theme based completely off the Hybrid theme framework.
Everything was done through my child theme’s
style.css file, and a few custom page templates. No, I didn’t cheat or change anything in my parent theme (Hybrid). In fact, my
functions.php weighs in at just
I just wanted to point out how versatile this theme framework is.
Final thoughts on the redesign
I absolutely refuse to view this site in Internet Explorer 6. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, I don’t care. Fewer than 1% of visitors to this site use it, so I won’t be bothered with its oddities or people that check a site’s design in IE6 just for the sake of checking it.
Of course, everyone will have their own opinions. Feedback is something no one is short on here, so let me hear it.
Mostly, I hope you enjoy the new design and find it easier to get around this site. I’m still working out a few kinks, so be patient if something’s a little wonky.