A bit of an overhaul
I think the look of a site is important.
First and foremost, it should be pleasing to the eye. It should also reflect the general content of the site, so that a simple glance at the screen should give an idea of the type of site it is.
Customising a theme can be simple or difficult, depending on how far you want to go. My philosophy is to take a theme that is as close as possible to my final desire, and then to make the minimum of changes. Head Rambles, for example has been through a couple of modifications. It is now heavily customised to the point where the original theme is almost unrecognisable.
As I said before, I wasn’t too happy with the theme here. I felt it was time for a radical overhaul of the entire site, both in look and name.
Why chose “A Pipe and a Keyboard”? Mainly because it sums up my necessities for writing. It is a personal site, with quite a bit of technical stuff, so the pipe represents the personal, and the keyboard represents the technical.
I chose the design for its simplicity. I like the simple layout, which doesn’t detract from the content, and apart from a few minor tweaks to the font, the only big change I have made (so far) is to substitute the banner image. There are a few changes to be made yet, of a minor nature, such as additional navigation and tweaks like that. I’m not too sure about the image, as yet. I know the pipe looks a little unusual, but it is the pipe I generally smoke, so it deserves its place on the Internet.
Grandad said to come over here and tell you it looks like shit or something. But no, it doesn’t so much. He’s going to be mad at me but won’t be the first time.
much much easier on the eye.
@Rhodester. Don’t mind that old fart. He’s just annoyed that he’s not the centre of attention all the time.
@Johnie. Welcome to The Bright Side!
Very nice simple layout – thumbs up! Couple of thoughts…
No border around the comment box (unless you’re changing it right now?)
and wondering if the META links need to be present?
Overall a nice refreshing feel.
Good point on the comment box, Mick. That has been rectified.
The Meta links can be useful sometimes, and it’s a matter of courtesy to leave a link to the theme designer, so I have trimmed the links back a fair bit.
Grandad said to come over and say you’r wasting your time…
Looks good to me but then what so I know??
Come to think of it, what does Grandad know? He’s only a narkey old bollix.