Back to a Standard Theme

Recently, PigPog has been using a completely custom-written theme. It wasn’t too much work to write the basics, but I had lots of plans for updating it to include special handling of different post formats, and other things, so it would do a much better job of showing off photos, and could keep little updates (like this one) out of the way of ‘real’ blog posts and articles. None of the plans ever happened, because it was just more work than I ever wanted to spend the time on. So it just sat there, unused and barely loved.

Now, I’ve switched it all the way back to the default Twenty Eleven theme, with just a few relatively small tweaks to the CSS. And this time, I’ve made the small tweaks in the nice official way, by creating a child theme. That way, when the theme gets updated, I shouldn’t have to do any work.

So far, we’re both quite happy with it. It looks nice enough, and gives us support for some features that have been stopping us using this site. No idea if that means we’ll actually start posting here again, but it’s worth a try.

New Theme (again) for PigPog

I’ve been playing with a custom theme for PigPog, which moves our ‘Oinks’ (little posts with no real thought behind them) into a sidebar (here, all being well!). It seems to be working ok, so I’ve just activated it for the live site. It’s not as pretty as it could be yet, even allowing for […]

Redesigning our Redesigns

Well, anyone who visits reasonably often has probably already noticed that we redesigned again a couple of weeks ago. I’ve finally put aside my dislike of fixed-width designs, and used one. It’s based on the 960.gs implementation, turned into a simple Drupal theme.

The choice of fonts was aided a lot by a couple of articles:

Putting these two together, we’ve picked fonts that should display well on all major platforms, and fail over to something reasonable on anything else.

We’re still experimenting a little with the ads. Just a little while ago, we replaced the big ad block in the top left with a random photo. We like the money they bring, but we don’t want to make the site unpleasant to read, either.

Hope you like it – if not, I hope it’s at least readable and not too objectionable.