Daily Blog Tips Redesign

By Daniel Scocco

Daily Blog Tips is featuring a new design. This theme was created by Brian Gardner, a top notch web designer specialized in WordPress themes. Brian has a great collection of free themes and he also designs custom themes.

The look and feel was conserved, but the new theme is wider and cleaner. Many details were changed, including the sidebar, the footer and the fonts. The objective was to make the blog navigation easy while letting the readers focus on the content.

We have also added an “Archives” page where you will be able to see all the posts, month by month. Many people like to browse through archived posts on this way so it is a good addition.

Update: It is always tricky to make a website run smoothly across different browsers. Let me know if you see any bug on your browser, I will post a link thanking all the bug hunters.

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38 Responses to “Daily Blog Tips Redesign”

  • Raj

    wow Nice and Awesome Design.

    Raj

  • Leftblank

    Nice, very nice. Too bad it’s too wide to use with a 800 wide reso though, I enjoyed reading your website using only half my monitor 😉

  • Leftblank

    What I forgot to ask is; is that archives plugin available for download? It seems like a nice way to keep some of the archive functionality without asking the users to look through all the post excerps – it might get a little long though.

  • Brian Gardner

    Daniel, was a pleasure working with you, and I can’t wait to see all of the things you plan on adding with the additional space! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Roberto Alamos

    Nice re-design and good to see that you have added an archives page. Mmm I believe the email subscription link should open a pop-up window when clicked instead of redirecting to a whole new page, because the feedburner subscription page doesn’t have any kind of dailyblogtips.com customization, therefore the user may well get confussed.

  • Bes

    Thanks for the archives; it helps a lot! Before I had to keep pressing “Older posts” link. 🙂

    Good job Brian! 🙂

  • Daniel

    Roberto, yeah I still have to figure how to optimize the subscription process. I am thinking about creating a page just for the subscription, with a badge for all the RSS readers and an email box.

    I will try to do that soon, thanks for the feedback.

  • Daniel

    Leftblank, yeah you can find the plugin on on this link:

    http://www.sporadicnonsense.com/2007/01/27/clean-archives-21/

  • Leroy Brown

    You actually made me click through from Bloglines to check it out. The new look is very clean and simple – just the way I like it.

  • Lilly

    Very nice….

  • Shawn Blanc

    Site re-designs can be tricky. This looks good. Fresh and clean, but still familiar.

  • Daniel

    Thanks everyone for the feedback. Also feel free to mention stuff you do not like, or stuff that you would be willing to see on the site that is not present yet.

  • Eli

    it’s quite similar to the old one, but still a LOT better, mostly it’s light instead of dark 🙂

  • Lovedeep Wadhwa

    neat theme…and the site loads much faster than before.

  • spark

    great! it look’s more friendly, but there are some problems in opera:

    spark.mrtech.ru/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/commentform.gif

    spark.mrtech.ru/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/verticalmenu.gif

    there are the same problems in firefox.

    I really like themes that are made by Brian Garbner, and I use one of them, but I’ve made many changes! 🙂

  • Daniel

    spark, thanks for pointing this out, we will try to fix it as soon as possible

  • Nirmal

    Nice theme…

  • Rokets

    Nice, but on my side of the world left side of your blog is toooo much on the left

  • Daniel

    Rokets, what resolution are you using? I think you get that “too left” effect on 800 resolutions

  • Rokets

    Yes Im using 800x resolution, im to used to it now 🙁

  • Daniel

    I will see if I add a margin even for the lower resolution, thanks for letting me know.

  • Sam

    It needs a left margin or some padding on the articles. When the window is small it’s smashed against the edge, just too close.

  • Shankar Ganesh

    Daniel, the theme looks good, but I have a suggestion: Can the “Daily Blog Tips” Logo be made clickable, so that it will reach the homepage when clicked?

    I’m used to such a habit of clicking to reach the homepage of many websites. 😀

  • Daniel

    Alright the left margin should be fixed even for 800 resolutions.

    Shankar, thanks for the suggestion when I have time I will make the logo link to the homepage.

  • Shankar Ganesh

    You’re welcome 🙂

  • Rokets

    Its ok now 😉

  • spark

    2 Daniel
    It’s much better now!))

  • Enblogopedia

    Nice theme Daniel, I`m using one of Brian`s public themes but with some modifications. This guy is very talent and I like his themes.

    I can’t see any thing wrong with the design..but validating the XHTML and CSS would be nice 🙂

  • Nick Ellis

    Daniel, I think the new design is great, congratulations!

  • George

    Daniel,

    Man you have changed themes quite a bit this year. I like the new theme. I am not sure if I like it better or the same as your previous theme.

    It does look nice though.

  • Daniel

    George, yeah I have, although this one was just an improvement of the old one.

    By the way I will be released the my old theme as a free wordpress theme, hopefully later this week.

  • Maki :: DoshDosh

    I thought the new theme is much nicer than the old one..

    Customized blog designs are great for any blog.. I should really get one for Dosh Dosh too.

    Just wondering.. Why did you a footer link back to Brian?

    I know its his design but I thought if you paid for it, it should probably not be necessary.

    Or are you just being nice? 🙂

  • Daniel

    Maki, I guess the footer link is a normal feature for designers. Check Chris Pearson’s themes, all his custom designs carry a footer link also.

  • George

    Maki,

    Most designers do that, even with websites. It’s one of the ways they get traffic.

    Depending on the agreement you make with the designers, you can usually remove the link. However, keeping the link can help you build a better relationship with the designer, which is always good.

  • egon

    I like it, Daniel. I look forward to when you release the old theme.

  • Maki :: DoshDosh

    What I do when I purchase custom site designs is to credit the designer in the About page instead of leaving a footer link.

    I guess it depends on what kind of arrangement you have ..

  • Bes

    I just remembered something that I forgot to ask earlier. 🙂

    Have you thought of how the “Keep looking” text, at the bottom of the home page and navigation pages, will affect people [because of usability], as some people might not be used to seeing those words, or do you think because of the popularity of WP blogs, people who are coming to your site should already know how WP works and thus will find that text normal and not confusing?

  • Daniel

    Bes, I agree that alghouth “keep looking” is pretty intuitive maybe “older posts” or “previous posts” would be better.

    I will change it.

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