The footer now turns into a sidebar on the homepage on larger screens. It stays a footer on other pages to keep focus on the main content.
I have shortlinks now! You’ll see one below this post, next to the permalink which is next to the tags. WordPress currently shows them like
colintedford.com/s/3142 but you can use my short domain cted.us like
cted.us/s/3142 (making WordPress use my short domain in the links requires rooting around that I don’t feel like doing now, and the plugin that makes it easy has a bug that wrongly reroutes some posts).
Why shortlinks? I want to put them on some comics so people can easily reach the web version, plus I might use them to link my silo posts back here.
Redid the site header:
– Shrank and bolded site title.
– Brought vertical spacing in line with rest of site.
– Adjusted horizontal spacing.
– Made header max-width same as main content area.
– Search box has new, single size. Would like to make it more elastic but it’s good enough for now.
– Put search above nav in the source file so I could fit it next to the title on small screens instead of squashing in the nav.
– Fiddled w/ search box corner radius.
– Fixed an annoying, seemingly intractable bug where the title and nav sat on different baselines in certain views; turned out the nav list items were set to
display: block &
float: left; changed ‘em to unfloating inline-block and *mwah!*
It could still use some tweaking but I’m really pleased with the header now. It occupies a single line even on 7″ screens; takes two on phones but looks better doing it than it did before. I eventually want to make the site title handwritten but I dread the image-sizing issues it may entail.
More site updates:
* On Comics: Fixed broken links, tidied markup, changed from double column to single w/ section links for better small-screen experience (eventually I want to have it be 2-column on larger screens again).
* Marked up my “About” footer as an h-card so machines can dig it too.
* Enlarged page titles after noticing they were same size as second-level headings.
Improved display of the sidebar, which is now officially the footer (I might want to make it the sidebar on the homepage & maybe indexes on larger screens, but it’s not a priority). Gave it a border, fixed the alignment, & filled it with info about me (replacing the “About” page), how to follow / contact me, colophon, & copyright. Guess I still had some momentum after fulfilling my little Indieweb commitment :)
Indieweb commitment for 2015-01-01: Fix this site’s single post views.
I made the comics navigation prettier and more usable, and made the “sidebar” visible on small screens (it currently lives just above the footer in all views). Onward! (Previously)
Comics are navigable again. I need to make the navigation links prettier and more usable, but it works and that’s the main thing.
I guess I shouldn’t have said what WordPress theme I was using so soon, since I switched again. Now I’m using Four Years as my base theme; I’ve made several changes and still have more to do (so many details!) but I’m pretty happy with how the homepage is shaping up. I still need to fix the comics navigation, though — that’s next.
Hoo-ha! I finally finished moving all my comics images and turned off Webcomic! Now I get to figure out which theme to use. No matter what I pick it’ll need some changes; for now I’m using Mercury, but I need to finish reviewing some others. I also need to get the comics navigation back up, but I think it can wait for a day.
I’m about 1/4 done copying my comic images from the obsolete version of the Webcomic plugin that I run to regular ol’ blog posts. Looking forward to finishing this dull task so I can install a new theme that works better on small screens.
Today I made basic navigation for the comics* in preparation for deactivating the Webcomic plugin, which is a step toward moving off of WordPress. They’re both lovely, but I want stop storing my stuff in a database and present as much of my site as possible as static HTML. I have a lot of backlogged and new plans for this site brewing; I also have some other obligations that take priority, but I’m giving myself permission to peck away at it a little.
*(which I should remove next time because it’s redundant right now)
Downpower was a secondary blog I maintained from late 2007 to mid 2008, a “journal chronicling the attempt” to “make my life better for the world”. The attempt and the blog were both underwhelming; the latter came to seven posts, which I’ve just realized are still online (I thought I’d taken the blog down). The WordPress installation is of course way out of date, which is a big no-no, so I’ve merged the posts and comments into my main blog, tagged them, and taken the standalone version off the Web. I hate linkrot, but I haven’t learned all the redirecting magic and I doubt it’ll affect anyone anyway, so as a stopgap here is a list of the posts and their old addresses:
- Introduction (formerly at
- STUFF (formerly at
- Cutting Your Car Use (formerly at
- In The Absence Of The Sacred (formerly at
- Doing the Laundry (formerly at
- Walden, and the dryer update (formerly at
- Off To A Bad Start (formerly at
- On Hiatus (formerly at
There were also two pages of links:
- Ashuelot River Free School
- Cheshire County Rail-Trails
- Central Connecticut River Valley Institute
- Everyone’s Books
- Hannah Grimes
- Monadnock Institute For Community Advancement & Sustainability
- Montpelier Matters
- The Mountain School
- Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum
- NHDOT Bicycle/Pedestrian Information Center
- Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
- Pathways For Keene
- Picadilly Farm
- ReNew Building Materials & Salvage
- Toadstool Bookshops
- Vermont Business Materials Exchange
- Center For Partnership Studies
- Earth Policy Institute
- Kill Your Television
- Stephanie McMillan
- Moonlight Chronicles
- Robert Schalkenbach Foundation
- Sightline Institute
- YES! Magazine
And to round it all out, here’s a screenshot of how it looked: