WordPress 3.0

WordPress 3.0 has been released, and included is one feature in particular that I’m very excited for, custom post types! This means I won’t need to use categories to present my posts in a different manner, say, for photos or asides. Time to go tinker offline and port some changes over to random process.

Introducing Bold.

I gave a small sneak peak at the overall redesign I had planned for random process early in the year, and a couple weeks ago I mentioned I had started on the implementation in earnest. Now, you get to see the fruits of my labour, Bold. For those of you reading this in a feed reader, now would be a good time to drop by.

I’ll write a much more complete post on my design philosophy and the key features, but for now, I’m hoping to get some feedback, mostly to ensure things aren’t broken all over the place. I’m perusing the site, looking for bugs, but if everyone helps out, it’ll be a much quicker task. Key things to focus on would be the threaded replies of WordPress 2.7, which are now supported, along with the archives.

I’m no where near done implementing all the features I want to, but the core is there and I think it’s a big step up on what I had before. I’ll roll out incremental updates to the design over the next little while.

I hope you enjoy the new design!

Working On a New Design

I mentioned in a recent comment that I was hoping to get some updates to the rc2 theme going during my break, but alas, I’m being a bit selfish. Instead, I’ve devoted some time to implementing the new design for random process I wrote about a little while ago.

I didn’t get started until two days ago, so predictably, there’s still quite some work left to do. As well, since things aren’t quite ready yet on the main page front, it’ll only by the blog portion of the site that gets refreshed. There’s not enough time during this break to do any meaningful work on my plans for a gadget section (boy, do I ever need one).

That’s all for now! The break has been great. For now, it’s time to watch Canada’s last chance at the Stanley Cup in the Vancouver Canucks play. Wish them luck!

A (Re)Design Project in Progress

It’s more than half way through my reading week and I’m finding some (okay, let’s be honest, lots of) time between studying to relax and work on some things I’m a bit more interested in… like another redesign of random process. I started the process last semester, but the punishing overtime left me with little energy to do much more than pick a color palette.

I finally sat down and whipped up some mocks this past week and they’re coming along quite nicely. I won’t give away the farm yet, but here are a few select portions of the design.

Random Process Redesign

There are many things I like with the existing design, such as the ‘topbar’ before the content. However, I wanted to streamline those components and really focus on what they’re intended to do: drive readership. That means I’m taking out recent comments in favor of more prominent placement for the feed. You can already subscribe to individual post comments, so displaying the recent ones doesn’t seem as valuable as increasing subscribers.

Random Process Redesign

A first for random process, I’m going have a ‘static’ home page, designed to act as a portfolio of my interests. It’s time I better organized the things I’m passionate about, as opposed to simply writing them here, interspersed with everything else. I want to immediately impress upon a first-time viewer what I’m interested in and what he/she can expect to find.

Random Process Redesign

Space is at a premium on the home page, so I’ll be putting some of the JavaScript skills I picked up over the last work term to use to shuffle between post excerpts and spruce things up.

I’m not sure when the design will actually be implemented. Hopefully I can put in a couple hours each week to complete it before the end of the semester.

WordPress One-click Upgrade

Wow. I was notified that WordPress 2.7.1 was available in the dashboard and one click later, it was seamlessly upgraded for me. Along with the new admin panel, it’s definitely one of the most useful additions to 2.7. Now there’s no excuse not to keep up to date!