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  • stephenwiggs

    #2135

    I just updated the look of my book blog. I know I probably missed a few things, but am interested to see what others think so far, especially if you have a large monitor, because that background gave me a headache.

    Thanks,

    Ken

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    Syahir Hakim

    #18873

    That background is awesome! Works great on my 1920×1080-res monitor. Though one thing I noticed about your sites is that scrolling isn’t smooth in Firefox. Most probably due to the usage of a lot of CSS3 elements, like box shadows, gradients, transparency, etc.

    Anonymous

    #18874

    Finally, the infamous “Book Blog”. I’ve been hearing you speak about it occasionally.

    I LOVE the widget title boxes and the post title backgrounds. Very rustic, page looking. And also the background; it’s like an old Captain’s map from the 1400’s. LOVE IT.

    Regarding Syahir’s comment, it’s scrolling fine for me in Firefox 7 and Opera 11.52

    I’m not even going to try it in IE!!

    I tried Syahir’s resolution of 1920×1080 and my eyes are now crossed for life!! It looked fine, but it’s much too narrow for my taste. I use 1280×1024 resolution, which gives me about 2 inches on either side of the “container”… which floats your paypal nicely on the left.

    6 widgets in the footer?? NICE!! The vertical alignment of the two on the far right is driving me nuts… looks like the one on the bottom right needs to be “pushed” to the left about 2 or 3 pixels. (I wonder if anyone else would ever notice though).

    On your category archive pages, http://bookblog.kjodle.net/category/books-for-guys/ , would the text for the description of the category look better centered?

    Here, http://bookblog.kjodle.net/other-pages/ , you have a double instance of your social sharing… and it’s also somewhat difficult to readily identify your link to the contact page on your other site.

    It’s obvious a lot of time went into this… not only with theme adjustments, but also with content.

    That’s it for me. Great job, Ken!!

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    Kenneth John Odle

    #18875

    Thanks for taking a look, guys.

    That background is awesome!

    also the background; it’s like an old Captain’s map from the 1400’s.

    That’s actually a snippet from the Piri Reis map, which is controversial in historical circles, but you know, it’s the only old map I could find in a large size that had pictures of ships on it. And I really wanted ships, to go along with the site description. I couldn’t get it to display properly at any size, so I used GIMP’s “Make Seamless” filter and it turned out better than I could have hoped.

    Most probably due to the usage of a lot of CSS3 elements, like box shadows, gradients, transparency, etc.

    Yes, I love that stuff. I used to do graphic design, so I enjoy pushing the envelope with these things. But I don’t use CSS transparency at all–just a couple of .png files filled with white color and then set to 50% and 75% transparency.

    I LOVE the widget title boxes and the post title backgrounds. Very rustic, page looking.

    That’s exactly the look I was going for. I wanted something to match the historical/fantasy/scifi/steampunk novels a lot of my male students are reading. And you know, IE doesn’t display the inset box shadow at all, but you can still tell that they are titles and they look good. Double bonus!

    6 widgets in the footer?? NICE!! The vertical alignment of the two on the far right is driving me nuts… looks like the one on the bottom right needs to be “pushed” to the left about 2 or 3 pixels. (I wonder if anyone else would ever notice though).

    Well, I didn’t until you mentioned something and then I checked…in Firefox, in Chrome, in Safari…and by gosh, you’re right. Weird.

    would the text for the description of the category look better centered?

    Yes, it would. Now fixed.

    you have a double instance of your social sharing

    All my posts have this, because I display social sharing icons at the top and bottom. But this post is so short, they are fairly close to one another. This is a good place to throw in some pictures, I think.

    and it’s also somewhat difficult to readily identify your link to the contact page on your other site.

    You’re right; I’ve fixed it and also added an underline to the hover mode, just to clarify. (I have a lot of very young people and a lot of old not-so-young people who read this, and they need a bit of help every now and then.)

    And Josh, I used your suggestion from this post to add a hover element to the “read more” buttons, but instead of using a gradient, I used an inset border. Thanks for this; it really does make a difference.

    Thanks again guys for taking a look. Next thing is to work on those footer widgets, but gotta work on content (book reviews and a handful of tutorials) first.

    Ken

    Anonymous

    #18876

    Yeah, I like the use of the inset border on the hover style of your “read more” buttons. I think I’ll go do the same 🙂

    I’m sure you are aware… but I noticed your main menu is a little “funny”. Some of the menu items show the black background when hovered over, but some do not. And when the text turns white on hover, it’s somewhat difficult to read.

    It seems that the ones which DO NOT show the black background are the ones that have child menus associated with them.

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    Kenneth John Odle

    #18877

    I admit, I don’t know nearly enough about the nav menus, or the footer widgets. Those are the next areas to figure out.

    Always a work in progress.

    Anonymous

    #18878

    Wow?? Honesty?? I’m not quite sure how to handle that…. I really need some new friends 🙂

    Well, you know how to reach me if you’d like some assistance.

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    Kenneth John Odle

    #18879

    Josh, I just need to take a long weekend and reread a lot of your posts. Then I might get a better handle on the nav menus. And no matter what I do, I just can’t get rounded corners on my footer widgets…but it’s just a matter of time.

    Anonymous

    #18880


    WARNING: SPOILER ALERT



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    Kenneth John Odle

    #18881

    Oh geez, I think I tried everything but that. Thanks! Now I have lots of time to dance.

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