Step Two: Improving the Blog’s Design

So, now that I have decided on the basic theme and have a real domain name, I can make this website a little nicer to look at.

  • I’m using an image I took in Thailand as the header background, because it’s one of the better beach images I have (and since I own the copyright, I can use it freely and for free).
  • I switched the WordPress Theme to Twenty Eleven, because the original theme would not allow me to remove the text line from the header.
  • I made the background a light blue-green-gray sort of color. I hope – I am colorblind.
  • I’ve enabled social media sharing via the WordPress Jetpack plugin.
  • I’ve removed the “recent posts” and “search” widgets, and I temporarily removed the “recent comments” plugin – since nobody is reading this and there are no comments, it felt redundant.

The theme has one shortcoming that I can see: For a page or article that is displayed on its own, it does not provide any sidebar. This is a problem because it gives me less opportunity to offer links to other articles or even advertisements. For now, this is a minor problem but in the long run I will either want to modify the theme, or get another theme.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a screenshot before the changes, but this very close:

The Old Layout

The Old Layout

I think the current layout is quite an improvement.

The New Layout

The New Layout

Either way, if I start disliking any of this over time, I can just change it.

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