The internet giants like Amazon, ebay & Google only make small tweaks to their sites, rather than design overhauls. The reason for this, is that it gives visitors a sense of familiarity. Over the years my blog has had many designs (see Geeky Post: Website Development). I love the current site design of my blog, but like any design their are flaws and things that could be improved.
So here’s a list of minor tweaks I’ve recently made to the design and functioning of the blog:
- WordPress Menu functionality added.
- Booklist pages now have book image covers, along with a link to Buy The Book on Amazon. Pages include: Book List 2014 & Book Lists.
- Older Book Review blog posts now all have had image book covers.
- Rearranged layout of comment form, including: changing title to ‘Your Comment’ and adding ‘Name:,’ ‘Email:’ & ‘Website:’ labels before respective textfields rather than after.
- Removed spam-stopper Plugin, which required an extra question on the comment form to confirm that you’re human. This was removed as already have Conditional CAPTCHA for WordPress which is sufficiently effective. This overall makes commenting/interacting on my blog easier.
- On comments, Authors websites (appear as link on their name) open in new window/tab.
- On sidebar, added an Amazon banner that isn’t java based. This increases compatibility with Apple devices, such as the iPad and the iPhone.
- On sidebar, shorted About Me section to less than 50 words (46 words to be precise).
- On sidebar, added Book Chic Club and Urbangay under Blogs of Interest.
- On sidebar, removed several blogs that haven’t been updated in sometime under Blogs of Interest.
I’ve got more small tweaks planned over the coming months, along with the usual reviews and other great content.