If you are reading this then you will have noticed that the new site has been launched, unless this is your first visit, in which case welcome!
Although the site is complete I will be monitoring it and continuing to look at ways to improve it, so please let me have your views and thoughts, either now or anytime in the future. In this post I just want to express my appreciation for the help received from a few people, and give you a run through of the site:
Tom Hancocks – I have worked before with Tom (he developed CastCount for me) so I was delighted when he agreed to help me develop this site, especially as this was the first job of this kind he has done. He is a real joy to work with, and I will be doing more with him in the future, so watch this space as we will be making certain elements of this sites code available, along with some other things we are working on together.
Darren Rolfe – I was keen to retain the MyAppleStuff logo and colour scheme, and I think Darren has done a great job with the revised logo and his advice on the fonts, logo etc.
Glenn Wolsey – I need to thank Glenn for his ‘acceptance’ that my theme is in parts a ‘homage’ to his excellent site, although as he himself will agree, it isn’t a direct copy. If you look at the picture of my old site you will see how similar to my old structure this site is. Glenn was also very helpful in the decision making process of a) developing my own theme and b) making the transition to my own domain name.
Paul Stamatiou – I am appreciative of the information that Paul gave me regarding certain plugins that I was looking for, in particular the twitter plugin at the top of the page. Paul has just ‘tweaked’ his own logo and site and it looks very cool.
About the Site
First off, I will be maintaining the coverage of Mac and Mac related products and applications, but I will also be adding more content about the personal and professional aspects of my life.
I am particularly pleased with the way the Vaults section has turned up. Personally I think this is an overlooked aspect of many blogs and I really wanted to make it easier for newcomers to the site to browse through the archives, and for regular readers to find items that they wanted to revisit. On the subject of regular readers I wanted to recognise the frequent participants, and to make life easier for people to participate. First time shouters (my attempt to get away from the ubiquitous “comment”) will receive an acknowledgment email and regular commenters will benefit from the plugin that turns off nofollow for all commenters who have made at least 10 comments.
I am only going with sponsors rather than any adverts, links to other sites etc, so the WWW page has some recommended sites that I regularly spend time on. The RSS page has a list of all my RSS subscriptions for my various online activities. On the subject or RSS feeds, all the old ones should still work, but please take time to check them out and if you haven’t already added me please do.
The Forum has gone. It was a useful experiment, but it isn’t really my thing, and I would rather focus on responding to your shouts and emails.
The Hire page is self explanatory – take a look and if I can help you I would be delighted to talk to you.
So that is about it. All the old content is still on the site. Some of the pictures didn’t make it, and some don’t really work with the new layout, but that is something I will work on going forward. In due course I will post on some of the specifics relating to the process of sorting out the new site, but in the meantime you will no doubt have got the message, and I need to get going on a number of excellent reviews that have been stacking up over the last couple of weeks.
But ………… I couldn’t close without saying a very fond farewell to the old site:
The Old Site
As you can see the old site had evolved towards a very similar layout to this new site. After all there are only so many things you can do with a three column layout, and most blogs present the same or very similar information in their sidebars.