Got tired of the Wordpress theme I was using on the WPD website and decided to rewrite it from the ground up.
It’s until I deleted my whole stylesheet and template files that I realized how daunting it actually was. This is an hour in.
The theme won’t be a copy or clone of the Tumblr theme I keep abusing. But it’ll definitely be in the vain of it. I’ve already sketched out a bunch of wireframes for the portal page, archives, and the scaled down versions(aka mobile/smaller resolutions), so it’s just a matter of taking the framework in my mind and executing it in HTML5/CSS3.
I plan on oversimplifying everything in this revision. I got a littleway too complicated last time. This time the focus is simplification for stoners. I could tell from anecdotal evidence from the ask box and analytical evidence from the site’s content flow chart, that users weren’t truly navigating the site. The site map was robust, which shouldn’t be a problem, if there’s a proper interface on top of it. The menus were complex, from the main menu with it’s myriad of dropdown options, to the side menus that were jQuery accordion play things. It’s time to take what I’ve experimented with and lay down some cement.
The redesign should also slim down the site considerably, as it the code was convoluted from the various variables I was playing around with. Now that I understand my content completely, I can create a better container for it to be displayed in.
So far in an hour, I’ve cut out at least 40 lines of PHP code from the post ‘loop’ - the primary program for querying and displaying the posts. I plan on putting the whole back-end on a Slimfast regimen.
The portal will be the next beast, as it calls on too many queries to count. I’ll cut that down by at least 100 lines, and it should load at lightning fast speeds in comparison to it’s predecessor.
It took a while, but I’ve got a system down for posting - a more cohesive content structure. And with that, it’s making the web development portion of my life a lot easier. This whole redesign should be done within the week. I should move like water through the whole process.