Shiny New Site Design!

Wow, that was a lot of work. This place was, however, sorely in need of an overhaul. I needed something cleaner, and easier to update, and less cluttered. I think I succeeded on all fronts and I hope I didn’t break anything in the process. If you do find anything that doesn’t quite work, let me know, would you?

I did have to remove some things that I’m sure will, actually, be missed. The first was the encyclopedia. While it was a cool idea in the beginning, over time I just found it impossible for me to keep up to date, and so I finally got tired of it hanging over my head. I feel a story should be able to stand on its own merits anyway, so none of that information was necessary, per se. Still, if anyone else feels they want to pick up that project and continue it – I know there are sites out there designed for wikis and the like – I do still have all of the content from it saved offline, and I’d hook you up with it and give you my blessing.

I also streamlined the wallpapers section. There were a few things in there that just weren’t up to my current standards of quality, and I wanted to keep fanart out of it. I hope to produce more for that section as time permits.

For the rest it’s as you see. And… I’m exhausted. XP

There’s more to come in the next few weeks and months now that the new site is up and running. Look forward to a few more surprises. 🙂

15 comments

  1. StyxD says:

    The new design is looking nice! I especially like that links and stuff are now only on one side. Can’t comment much on the background, unfortunately, since it’s almost totally obscured on my laptop’s screen.
    It’s sad to see the encyclopedia go, but I’ll be looking out for this new wiki thing. It’s probably for the best.

    • Meghan says:

      Ha ha, I had a feeling you’d pounce on the opportunity. That didn’t take long. ;P I’ll get the old files compiled into something I can email to you, just so you have all the stuff.

      • J.N. Squire says:

        The new site design is awesome. It looks very neat. And I noticed you did a lot of work from the original Sugar and Spice, the “chic, feminine theme created with wedding blogs and wedding industry in mind”. 😛

        Now, please keep it mind this design is great (colors, fonts, background, comic navigation links, almost everything), no matter how nipicking the foolowing words could looks like.

        The new background is a nice touch, too. (Is it normal it looks almost white on my screen? I have some trouble to see it well).

        I noticed a few problems on the mobile version of the site. It’s immpossible to turn it off by activating the dektop mode of the web browsers installed on my Android (4.4). Also, the last Google Ad at the bottom of the site makes the mobile version too large to fit in the screen, evne horizontally. :/

        I’m very glad to see you have managed to use only two collumn. It makes everything . It’s maybe a little bit too empty between them comparing to the small right and left margins.

        I noticed you removed some ads, especially the Project Wonderful ones. I usually find them more relevant than AdChoices, but I probably don’t have all the keys to dare to judge. For now, I’m just feeling weird to read alvays out of topic ads (I usually let Adbock activated, but always whitelist here). What motivated your choise?

        I’m feeling too tired to thing more about it, so I hope that will be enough. Sorry! >>”

  2. Tim says:

    Ooh, very nice. That background, though. So many awesome faces! Must have taken a while for you to choose the ones you wanted to insert.

    I think you were right to take away the encyclopaedia. I’m glad I read the entirety of it before, though!

    • Meghan says:

      It did take me a while. That background was a headache and a half to get to line up and look good. The most fun part of it was probably picking which art bits to put in there. 🙂

      And it looks like the encyclopedia will make a comeback elsewhere on the net (and probably be bigger and better than I could make it, too) thanks to J.N. Squire, so hooray!

      • Tim says:

        Oh, great. ^_^ That guy really loves to work on this kind of stuff, the good chap. I would that I was fluent in French so I could read the entire comic over again. XD

        • Divergence says:

          I actually was planning to read the comic in french, simultaneously with the English version so that I would understand the french I’m reading. That way I might learn a little bit of french, and also have another read of the comic 😀

  3. Divergence says:

    The new design is great! Though I’ll probablly miss the old design. But just a little bit.
    And it’s a good thing I have read the encyclopedia before it was down 😛

    • Meghan says:

      Awwww. I know what you mean. I had that old layout forever and ever. It was cluttered and outdated and kind of a mess, but it was mine and I loved it. ;P But I love this one too.

      Looks like the encyclopedia is probably coming back under J.N. Squire’s care, so yay to that. 🙂

  4. Caleb says:

    Looks nice! I really like the background and the images for the French translation and donations.

    I’m a little surprised that you’re scaling the images to fit, because the main column is so close to being able to fit them without scaling. Also, it looks like some WordPress artifact has crept in at the bottom of the page, and is inserting some blank space.

    • Meghan says:

      Heh, didn’t choose to scale the comics, per se. Just didn’t notice. XD; I’m not particularly brilliant at the actual coding part of websites, so I was just plugging files and customizations into a pre-built theme and the Comic Easel plugin until they looked good to me. Scaling was apparently Comic Easel’s default mode, and I didn’t realize that with the padding and all, the main content section of this layout was just a bit too small for my usual 1000px. I think I have that part fixed, but it took some more hammering (so much hammering).

      The smiley face was apparently part of the Jetpack plugin, and I didn’t even know it was there because apparently it only shows up in Firefox and Safari, but I use Chrome. D’oh. =P Thanks for the hints.

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