Tuesday, January 13, 2009

blog for testing layouts created

I have created a new blog dedicated just to accommodate testing of layouts. Previously, this would happen on the technology blog, but that would also mean interfering on the seriousness of it and, at times, fanciful colours, fonts and images would make it harder to read.

What you are seeing now is the result of using the same code as what I use on my main blog around April-August of last year.

Right now, I'm modifying it to use it there for the Spring season starting from around March/April. Why I'm doing this is that I normally change the layout every 3 months, according to the seasons since the latter part of summer (around September). During the recent few months however, I noticed that the number of viewers has increased. The current main blog layout is getting buggy with that quote icon appearing on an external link which would have a preview if hovered over. Also, there is also a persistent problem of having a pop-up (or under) when entering, which I can't seem to find it with all that lengthy code that makes up this blog (not counting posts and contents of visible widgets). I don't know how it happened, but it didn't appear on any of my other blogs.

I will be adding the current version of the navigation menu as part of the blog layout. I know that it's redundant to the widget version. Speaking of widgets, I won't be adding the contents except the ones that comes with the layout since they are very vulnerable to being deleted in the process. So, in order to visit my other blogs, you either have to enter the URL, click on links via my profile, or as part of the layout and hope that the link is not outdated.

I also plan to change the font to outside the "Arial, Terbuchet MS, Times New Roman, Tahoma, Verdana" font (typeface) range. I also plan to change the English Anime blog layout, smillar to the Japanese version. Previously, the latter was supposed to had the layout of the former, but due to numerous problems, I replaced it with a modified version of the main blog layout.