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New Year, New Look

In the dog days of 2011, when all there is to do is eat cold turkey and chocolate (but not necessarily at the same time), I thought it time to give the old blog a make over.  I was a bit jaded with the old blue and grey colour scheme and wanted something minimalist that would fit in with the other two blogs I write – Troubleahead and UK BlawgRoundUp.  I like the cleanness of the white background, contrasting with black writing.  I’d also got fed up with seeing my mugshot in the sidebar.  I might get a new photo done in due course, but for the time being I’m going with the stripped down bare basics look. The old theme – Persephone – didn’t provide much design flexibility and altering the borders round photographs proved beyond my coding skills. The problem was the text font was very hard to distinguish from the background colour: not so anymore.

I decided to opt for Headway (on the advice of Tessa Shepperson, who helped set up the other two blogs) because it offers maximum flexibility over design.

It’s a premium theme – costing about £45 at current exchange rates and that is the basic purchase option.  I justify the purchase on the basis that it puts me in charge of the design, once I’ve got to grips with the design editor, and means I should be able to update it again when I want. It is also said to offer SEO advantages over other themes but I take this with a pinch of salt.

The design editor is the key selling point of Headway. You don’t need to understand CSS or html etc to be able to use it, although I suspect that probably would come in very handy. You also aren’t limited to choosing two or three column pre-set templates.  Headway uses a “drag and drop” system of grids and blocks so that you can put what you want where you want. I won’t pretend that I’ve got on top if it yet, but it promises flexibility for the future.

I’ve still got some tinkering to do with some of the widgets and various other bits and pieces, but please bear with me on this.  I’d welcome your comments on the new look as well.

I’m hoping to get another couple of posts up before the New Year. In the meantime I’m off to eat some more chocolate.

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Michael Scutt, Employment Solicitor 

Employment solicitor with Crane and Staples, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Blogger & writer. I like cycling, cricket, football and history.

4 Responses to New Year, New Look

  1. Mike farrell says:

    You’ve been very busy on the blog these last few days, hope you had a good holiday. My own opinion on the new blog look is that perhaps it is a little too minimalistic in comparison to the old look. I quite liked the previous layout, and found it easy and pleasant to read and navigate, not quite as convinced by this one, and it is missing a picture or somethin just to break up the text a little.

  2. Hi Mike,

    Thanks for your thoughts. It’s been a good holiday thanks, keeping busy with family stuff and a few bits and bobs online. I hope you’ve had a good break too.

    Re the new look – thanks. I see what you mean re lack of pictures and that might be just because there weren’t any in that particular post. I usually like to put a picture at the beginning of each post so that might help make it look a little less stark.

    All the best for New Year


  3. Michael says:

    I’m not totally bowled over by the grey minimalist look either.

    I think your old design was very clean looking a sharp; the grey looks a tad lived-in and tired (IMO).

    (Not that I can talk – I hate the current theme of Law Actually).

    Anyway, that’s my tuppenceworth… have a great New Year and I hope you enjoyed the chocolate! ;-)

  4. Thanks Michael. I want to add a bit more colour to the blog but am struggling a bit with the design editor. I suppose what I should do is sit down and read the guidance rather than just change things and hope for the best. Are you going to take the plunge and change the theme on your blog – or migrate to wordpress? I’m happy to talk it through if you want any input on it.

    The chocolate is gone and I managed to avoid any alcohol related incidents on New Year’s Eve! I hope you had a good time too.

    Happy New Year!


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