Minor HTNet Facelift: What Do You Think?

If you’re a regular reader of HTNet, you might notice that I have adjusted the look of the site a bit. Some of the changes I’ve made include:

  1. Converting the theme to use fixed width instead of the original fluid width style
  2. Minor cosmetic changes to the header and footer
  3. Making better use of the footer by widgetizing it (it now holds two menu columns and the standard footer text on a third column)
  4. Since the footer can now hold widgets, moved some that used to be in the sidebars there
  5. Modified the index and category sections to hold a maximum of five posts per page
  6. Speaking of pages, I also installed a post pagination plugin; so browsing pages is no longer restricted to next or previous pages
  7. Changed all sidebar widget headers to use <h5> instead of the WP standard <h2>; yeah, admittedly mostly for SEO and semantics
  8. Also made the sidebar widget headers use a smaller font size

Why am I doing all this? For one thing, I like the idea behind the old theme, but I want to see how I can make it look cosmetically nicer and also improve readability. I think it’s heading towards the right direction.

What do you think of HTNet’s new look? I’m open for any ideas that will improve it further. Just give me a shoutout in the comments.

7 responses to “Minor HTNet Facelift: What Do You Think?”.

  1. ethel Says:

    I love the pattern on the header. Very pretty! 😀

  2. ethel Says:

    I love the pattern on the header. Very pretty! 😀 And I also like the fact that your blog is now in fixed width! Yippee!! No more “expanded” look! (I’m using a wide-screened LCD)

  3. ethel Says:

    Oops, sorry. TERspam your comment box. :mrgreen:

  4. Wahlau.NET Says:

    filled with information….it is great that even the footer is used

  5. Site Admin Azmeen Says:

    ethel/cindy,

    The header is just a corner-ized #333333 coloured image which I overlayed with a seamless wallpaper pattern. Apparently Joneh wanted to use the same tile but I beat him to it!

    Personally, I prefer fluid width layout because then the user would have the ability to resize the viewport as he/she deems fit. In fact this is my first fixed width WP theme.

    If you have any advise, please let me know. You are a gifted themer and I’d appreciate all the advice I can get!

    Wahlau.NET,

    Awww… you’re too kind 🙂

  6. Kay Kastum Says:

    Wow. It really looks very sleek now. Good for the eyes too. It’s like somebody just bought some new furniture from IKEA and start rearranging furnitures. Fresh.

    I like the footer thingy.

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