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Remembering the 2014 Blog Design

, By Patcoola

It was a mess.

When I started my blog in 2009, things was much different. I used a simple and clean WordPress theme I found on the Internet, but it wasn’t very personal. In 2014, I took the time to design my own theme. I didn’t know much about WordPress back then and thus I made a lot of mistakes, but I like to think it worked out in the end. I had a design no one else had with some cool features. Then mobile compliance hit the Internet like a ton of bricks, and very few people knew what to do about it. A new responsive design was needed to fit all display sizes, and so I say goodbye to the old theme.

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In many ways the 2014 design was a mess. The front-page’s sliding showcase was a manually created XML file which made updating inconvenient. The layout had a fixed width design and was not very flexible. Styling was a bit unrefined and dirty. The comments section was very dirty as I didn’t know what to do with it. Latter on I updated the design to have a floating top navigation bar, a side sticky skyscraper advertisement, footer links, and tablet compatibility.

The best feature of the theme was the randomly displayed advertising placeholders. These placeholders were a fun and creative way to present advertisements by displaying a joke comic. There was no better way to show ads than to make fun of them. Other features included Old Browser detection, Print View, and Adblock detection.

The index below provides a collection of memorable items: layout snapshots, and collections. The Ad Presenters were the most enjoyable.

 


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