I have switched to a minimalistic theme for this blog. This change has been planned for a while and the switch was finally completed last week.
This post was supposed to appear when the new look went live. However, there were a few issues with the new theme that kept me busy and I took a trip to Bangkok thereafter. There are still some cosmetic issues that I need to look into so please bear with them for the time being.
The old theme of this blog.
It was an important move because it was not just a switch to a different design, but also moving towards using the Genesis Framework. While I am no stranger to using a framework for WordPress, I am still relatively new to using the Genesis Framework. My experience so far with it has been excellent. I am in the process of moving my websites to Genesis and my future projects would most probably be built on it as well.
I will not go into the details about using a framework or explaining the advantages of using Genesis. You can find a lot of information on the internet and many of these writers are a lot more qualified than me to talk about these topics.
The choice of the minimalist design is to place emphasis on the content. An important feature of this theme is its responsive design. This means the site is optimised for viewing on all resolutions. It is an important step going forward because readers are increasingly accessing websites on their mobile devices.
I post about photography on this blog and images are vital to the content. Hence, I wanted a design that optimised the photos for the screen resolution. The downside of this was that I would have to go through my older posts and update the small photos with higher resolution versions. I had anticipated this issue and I have been posting my images in larger sizes since last year.
If you encounter any issues with the new look, please let me know. Your feedback is very important to me because there are so many browsers and operating systems that I have not tested this on.