By now, many of you have noticed that Lazy Man and Money has a new look. It even has a logo for the first time in history. There are some things that need fine tuning, but for the most part, this is close to the final product. Some of you might have liked the old design and question what the new one has to offer. We'll get to those in a minute.
There's a bit of a story behind how this theme came to be. I was on Blogging Away Debt, and I noticed a button on the site that advertised the site was designed by 1955 Design. I asked Tricia, the owner of Blogging Away Debt, about the design and working with David Zemens. She was glowing about her redesign. So I ended up contracting him for the design - at a very reasonable price. Anything that might seem off about the site is most likely do with my tinkering after the fact. I highly recommend him. If you visit him, let him know you heard about him here.
There are a lot of enhancements behind the scenes that the average user might not notice. Some of these include:
- Better browser compatibility: The old theme had some problems in Internet Explorer 6. I'll take this opportunity to request that everyone get Firefox. You'll be 10 times more productive with it.
- Better monitor compatibility: The old theme had problems unless you had 1024 or 1280 pixels of monitor width. This one works significantly better in small sizes (800 pixels) and larger ones 1400+. If you have extra pixels it will use them and not give you white space.
- Better source code: The source code was delivered to me as XHTML strict compliant. Unfortunately all the enhancements, tweaks, and non-compliant advertisers have caused some problems with that. I'm still working on it, and at some point in the near future it should be good again.
- Optimizations for Search Engines: Mr. Zemens knows quite a lot about search engine optimization (SEO). Lazy Man and Money should benefit with expanded readership.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments - and feel free to be critical. I'll get back to the financial contact tomorrow.
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