New, improved and now with the active ingredient found in Porn Guard, the secret government mandate imposed on all internet authors by one of Donald Trump’s many Executive Orders.
Uh, well, that may be fake news, but here is the revised site for better or worse. It’s real and I hope you like it. But don’t be shy about letting me know if you don’t.
By the way, I found that cartoon above on a site called Dissident Voice in a May 28, 2011, posting entitled the new and improved Jesus. My own first posting at this site came just a week later so I feel a certain connection to that cartoon.
I’m glad to see Dissident Voice still going strong. We need a lot more dissidents in this country to win it back.
Turning to the matter at hand, there have been times when I wondered why I was doing a site redesign when I am supposedly on leave until we get rid of the narcissistic clown currently occupying the White House. That’s thanks to the electoral college, of course, not the popular vote. Most Americans who voted didn’t want a jerk as their President.
I know that annoys you, Trump, but you didn’t lose the popular vote because of fraud. You lost because most people didn’t want you.
As Trump proves all too well, not all change is good. But in this case change comes with the possibility of adding new stories to the menu above without spilling over on to a second line. And no, I haven’t given up on the hope there may be more stories to come. You shouldn’t either.
The first thing you’ll see whenever you visit this site’s homepage is my most recent post. What you’ll see after that depends on the size of the screen you’re viewing the site on. If you’re viewing it on a large desktop monitor you should see and be able to quickly access the previous four posts from the home page.
Scrolling down a bit further you’ll get access to the rest of the posts (although, in order to sped things up, not all of them will feature a thumbnail image). At that point you’ll also have access to the sidebar on your right on larger screens. I’ve added some stuff there, including an ability for new readers to quickly access my welcome post since that will eventually disappear from the front page as new postings are added.
All of this will work differently on smaller screens. The sidebar will be at the bottom, not to your right, for example, but one thing that will remain the same is that you’ll only get access to an excerpt from posts whatever the size of the screen. You’ll have to click or tap to read the entire post and perhaps to get access to a full-sized image rather than a thumbnail.
This should improve loading time for the site and also make scrolling through it easier.
You can also use the sidebar to search the site by month using the drop down menu under Archives. Or you can search the site more generally by keyword to try to locate a specific post.
If you search using the keyword witch hunt, for example, you’ll be able to quickly access one of my favorite posts from March 7th of last year. Otherwise you would be doing a lot of unnecessary scrolling to find that particular post and might even scroll past it without noticing.
If you type in happy holidays, you should get access to my different holiday greetings over the years. Like most things in life, searching can involve some trial and error. It’s not perfect by any means and was available (if unexplained) with the old theme as well.
Probably the biggest downside to the new design is that text is smaller on larger screens. Older eyes may have a problem with that. But most web browsers come with a zoom function and the site looks excellent on large screens at 110%.
I may also experiment with different fonts after this post goes up to see whether that makes a difference.
In any event, let me know what you think of this redesign. There is a Leave a Reply box at the end of every full post, including this one, where you can do that. You’ll be asked for your name and e-mail address before you can submit a comment.
I encourage people to only use a first name. Your e-mail address will not be published as part of your comment and will always remain confidential. I will never provide it to anyone under any circumstance.
Comments are moderated by the way. That means they will not appear immediately, only once I see and approve them. That’s a way of weeding out spam and comments by right-wing wacko birds 🙂
Since I plan to continue using the old Twenty Twelve theme for now at The Café Palermo, you can go back and forth easily from the Home button on the menu above to get a sense of which theme you prefer.
As I mentioned, I suspect many of you don’t have strong feelings one way or the other, but I can always switch back or to something else if enough of you hate this. There is no perfect WordPress theme in my experience. All of them involve trade-offs.
But I do want people to feel comfortable visiting this site. If this theme doesn’t work, I can try another.