26 July 2014
Urgent Housekeeping thanks Blogger !!
So last evening I was happily sorting files and browsing the web as one does, and I decided to implement a small change to this very blog a very simple procedure and as always I backed up the template before making changes as one is instructed to do in these circumstances. I proceeded to make the necessary changes, but upon saving the effect was to unbalance the whole blog so one decided to leave well alone and restore the status quo using the freshly saved back up. Yes you know what's coming now don't you, it saved a corrupted back up and would not load!!!!
After the usual high amount of expletives and cursing the problem still remained and to make matters worse, I had published a post only a couple of hours prior to said incident. So whilst I was fiddling about trying to restore order I knew I would be causing readers some issues. However I could not leave it in disarray so began the task of sorting the blog out. I quickly put up a template and moved widgets around to get a basic look in place, but in doing so I realised just how much detritus the home page was carrying. So I saved the new look and started some Google Fu looking for inspiration. I wanted to really de clutter the blog and have pages to hold the important bits so the blog had a streamlined look.
Now not being particularly skilled in the ways of CSS coding and the like I used the Google Fu to find how too items, and this is where the real fun began. I used one way then another as all the instructions I where following failed to implement correctly or they failed to work how I thought they should. Then I had a bit of a brainwave and did a small experiment. Et Voila! I am obviously a little more knowledgeable than I gave myself credit for and my first trial worked a treat. I had managed to move the contact form onto its own page. So then I thought well I could move some other items to pages of their own and really clean up the blog. I wont bore you with the technicalities but basically the process is a case of hiding widgets and making them visible on a page of their own. So they are still there in the background but not visible unless you view the relevant page.
The cleaners worked late into the early hours of this morning in order to complete the task. I have now cleaned the blog out completely from top to bottom and relocated everything that I wanted to onto pages of their own. So now followers can join or subscribe to the blog by clicking the Join this blog tab and a full selection of subscription options are available for you. The contact widget now gets a page of its own too. I decided to keep the labels visible but moved the post archive to a page as it really does not warrant a location on the home page as the recent post gadget serves that purpose and is more visually pleasing to me.
Finally I cleared the footer and relocated the blogs I follow to a page of their own, where it should help me to see the updates a lot easier and clearer.
Many thanks to the cleaners who performed admirably throughout the whole evening as the Great Hall was finally dragged screaming into this decade at least for now. I would encourage you all to have a good poke around at the new look and visit the pages and express your opinions on the new design in the comments section below as the blog is only any good if the readers find the visit entertaining and easy to use.