When I released tehCpeng.net V1 back in March 2008, I wasn’t really contented with the space in which I was limited to express my blog posts in both typography and imagery. At times when I put emphasis on my writing, I felt the font was just too small to really deliver any impact. Then there are times when I felt the photos were either too small or too big for the content — they just didn’t fit in.
It was then when I realised I needed a single-columned theme. My blog posts needed space.
During the last exam season, the ‘design ideas’ part of my brain started kicking into high gear. Something that never fails to happen every time I’m in the midst of exam stress. All sorts of ideas started flowing in and thus, resulted in Version Two today, a mishmash of most, if not all of the ideas that reached me in my routine morning shower.
And I fear, though I’d rather not acknowledge, that once I release this theme, something is gonna seem wrong about it and I’ll be brainstorming for new ideas to replace it before I even know it. But oh well. =)
So despite being just two months shy of tehCpeng.net Version One’s first birthday, I decided to rush Version Two out. I started working on the mockup on 30th December, 2008 — the day before I got my dSLR. The 500 pixel wide photos on my old theme didn’t do any justice to the photos I wanted to potray. So I took 6 days to complete the mockup before I started gobbling up another week for the coding.
While two weeks might sound like an eternity to design and code a website, the time I spent on Version Two was easily half of that I spent on Version One a year ago. =P
Okay seriously, there a few changes you might want to know. I’ve:
- Increased the width for the photos to 600 pixels and also made use of WordPress’s new image caption stylings.
- Removed the sidebar and ditched most of its elements, retaining some at the footer.
- Hidden some content at the footer for the sake of simplicity. These are accessible via the ‘more?’ link at the bottom. Try it!
- Added gravatar support within the comments.
There also bits and pieces of shiny new stuff here and there that I’ll be leaving it to you to find out.
As you might have noticed, my portfolio isn’t quite ready yet. I’m gonna postpone work on that while I iron out a few more quirks and bugs in the theme, which, if you look closely are still present as of now.
I’ve also haven’t really iron out browser compatitbility issues with the theme. As of now, I am fairly certain that everything should appear fine in at least Firefox 3, IE 8, Safari 3, Chrome 1.0 and Opera 9.6.