Ethicurean redesign is a little half-baked

Whenever I attempt to have more than four people over for dinner at a time, I quickly get out of my depth. I don’t plan what has to go in the oven when very well, and inevitably I’m racing around in a sweaty freak-out until just minutes before the guests arrive — and sometimes even after. It’s not a pretty sight.

Well, this is a little bit like that.

It’s almost 5 a.m. here in California and I’ve been up all night trying to wrangle this mess of a redesign into shape. It’s functional, so I am leaving it up, but there are lots of things that need to be fixed. (For you nerds out there, I bought the Proximity magazine-style template (demo), and installed WordPress locally to test all my CSS and PHP modifications before they went live, but some wouldn’t work until they were live so I decided to just go for it.)

My goal with this layout was to segregate the Digest mini-posts over in their own column (below left, using the category Digest) and to give more space and a longer “front page” ride to the original posts. That part at least appears to be working. However, the template is supposed to be displaying three featured posts up top here, which it obediently did on the test site but refuses to do so now. The column on the left is not pulling from the correct “child” categories, but appears to be choosing posts randomly to include. I also think the home page looks way too text-y and needs more white space, but every time I change the CSS to add padding, the page blows up.

I could go on, but this is the equivalent of apologizing to your dinner guests for how you forgot the parsley and burned the roue slightly. Oh wait, I do that at dinner parties too.

Anyway, pardon the mess, and I hope y’all can live with the site like this for a bit: I am going out of town tomorrow (oops, today) for a week, to L.A. and then Monterey, but I stubbornly wanted to get this done before I left because yesterday, May 9, was the Ethicurean’s third birthday. A big, heartfelt thanks to all of you who’ve hung with us since the beginning, as well as to those folks who’ve just sat down at our table. We have a lot of ambitious plans for the site over the next few months: with luck we’ll execute them a little more gracefully than this redesign.

10 Responsesto “Ethicurean redesign is a little half-baked”

  1. Festoonic says:

    Looks very good to me, although I’m generally opposed to change, whether for better or worse, just on curmudgeonly principle.  I’m looking at this on a Mac using Firefox and everything appears to be where it’s supposed to be, if that’s helpful. Get some sleep.

  2. Diana Foss says:

    I understand the dinner party analogy, since, when I do exactly the same thing, guests will protest, “No! it’s great!” I think the new site looks good. Happy Birthday Ethicurean, and Happy Mothers Day, Mama-of-Ethicurean.

  3. Dan says:

    Looks great.

  4. Tana says:

    Happy birthday, Ethicurean, and congratulations on the fabulous site redesign. It looks dandy!

  5. emily says:

    I’m liking it a lot!  Thanks for making the banner a more reasonable size, and for getting rid of the left-hand column; these are both helpful for me, working on my Acer laptop with its tiny, tiny screen.  If only Gawker would do the same…

  6. Looks good so far. I’m not fond of moving elements, flashing, video and all that. It is distracting so I end up turning off plugins and java. Thank you for not auto-starting the featured video.

  7. Looks pretty good to me. Congrats on the editing.

  8. Bonnie P. says:

    Thanks, y’all. It’s not quite there yet, but I appreciate the nice feedback.

  9. looks good so far!

  10. anne says:

    the new site looks pretty.  but to come onto the site and quickly peruse it, I find the old design to be quicker to my eye.  not as pretty, but easier for me to use.  does that make sense?  from a design perspective, this version looks great.  but as I am slowly losing my eyesight, and try to minimize time looking at a computer screen, this new design sets my ability to come here get the info quickly wayyyy back.  everything looks the same.  I miss the pictures and the ability to see that all of the new stuff is on top, in one place, instead of scattered here and there.