It’s this time already and I am about to start chopping the new design. I have taken a local copy of all the server files and have setup everything so as soon as I press save the file is automatically uploaded back to the server.
I can’t wait to see the new design up and running so I’m going to get started, underneath here should be the live blog section where I will post small updates to what I am doing. I will keep my eyes on the comments if you have any questions.
Thank you for coming to check my progress and please remember to share this with as many people as you can.
Im just working on the post titles right now
The LIVE redesign of ValidateThis is coming along nicely. Just been adding some more behind the scene bits
The header is coming along nicely, still not sure on this menu. Will it do for now?
Just messing around with the header and my mountain like effect. z-indexing used to be hard but I find it really easy now
Ok it’s setup but I will re-active it only when it is needed
This cookie control is stupid. The web should be open and about Conventions not Requirements
Just adding in some Cookie control to ValidateThis to make sure I comply with the new EU Law 🙁
Woah that looks funky… A massive header!
What’s everyone upto today? I’m just about to start working on http://www.validatethis.co.uk again, getting closer to finishing it
Had to resort to an extra div but the end effect is there… I bet this looks horrible on a mobile upto yet haha
The share box looks great here http://www.validatethis.co.uk/news/join-along-with-our-live-redesign/ but Im having to rethink, try liking on FB, ideas?
Now to get rid of the AddThis wordpress plugin as it seems to be added to every Liveblog entry aswell
Ok I think that’s good, what you think? looks better in firefox http://www.validatethis.co.uk/news/join-along-with-our-live-redesign/
Check out the new share box in Firefox and then Chrome… Firefox seems to do a better job at clipping 😉
Points to anyone who knows the best way to vertical align text inside a single element. Not wanting line-height as it could be 2 lines
Want to follow along with what I’m working on? Go to a single blog entry (not the homepage). Just before the comments 😉
And were back, LIVE redesign of http://www.validatethis.co.uk Day 3 is gonna be a short one but its a labor of love so why not get a few hours in?
I have just identified a problem with the site that is affecting speed, but I will do all the speed optimizations in one go
Just about to setup #Chrome remote debugging on my #Android tablet. Gotta love these features thanks @paul_irish @ChromiumDev @googlechrome
A nice and simple footer for http://www.validatethis.co.uk
Its looking good up to yet, now onto the footer text and logo
I’m just working on the footer now, check out the CSS3 circles complete with clipping
Pc…. sooo…. slow…
Ooohhh it looks pretty being all dark! O_o
The white theme is growing on me, so I will create a theme option to easily switch back if I want to. TwentyEleven has these built in
Just about to start working on www.validatethis.co.uk again in my live redesign. Just getting a plan together for the next step and mobile
Well work on www.validatethis.co.uk is done for the day. I will pick up where I left off after work tomorrow. What do you think upto yet?
Now to add a background vignette effect. Anyone see any examples of this in the wild?
Ok so the sidebar is complete now, minus a few tweaks, but the look of it is there, check it out http://www.validatethis.co.uk/
That’s both of the Twitter box’s complete, along with custom JS.. What do you think?
That took longer than I though, but I now have a list of recent followers, quick share to all your friends so they can be on it
It need some tweaking but it works now, AuthorBox complete http://goo.gl/kUgZo @andrewbeniston
Now the author box is dynamic lets test it for a different user! @andrewbeniston
Just getting the user data in wordpress with a set variable and falling back to a default profile if its not set $curauth = ($currentAuthor) ? get_user_by(‘id’, $currentAuthor) : get_user_by(‘id’, 2);
That’s the static version done, now to make it dynamic. Still want one extra effect but it can wait until later today
I can already see where I can optimize thing, but I will leave them for now and write them in to articles explaining why
Check out my pure #css3 hello my name is sticker http://goo.gl/2mycp, nearly finished with the author box now
Chopping sprites is fun! Just got all the images ready for the author box
Base widget styling is done, onto my new author box, static at first then make dynamic with wordpress author info
The widget area is coming along nicely, just added some CSS3 transitions but only working in #ff at the minute
The widget sidebar is coming along nicely, still some tweaking needed
Working through someone else’s theme is weird at first, until you start getting your head around it
First, copy the TwentyEleven theme as a starting point and customize the settings
Testing, testing, 1,2,3! Does the liveblog work?