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Blog Design Complete

After 2 weeks of tweaking, I think I’ve finally completed designing danl.im. The design this time was much more challenging and time consuming than before because of the the Twitter Bootstrap framework that Standard Theme 3.0 was built upon.

These key principles guided me throughout the design of danl.im:

  1. Clutter-free
  2. Content focused
  3. Readability
  4. Responsive

I’m really happy with what the site looks like now, and want to extend a big thank you to Jason Bradley from 8bit. Jason was an immense resource and help and I definitely wouldn’t have been able to make the many changes to the theme without his kindness and patience. Thank you Jason!

With Jason’s help, I also managed to style the different post formats that Standard 3.0 has to offer. The theme has a strong suite of different post formats such as Image, Video, Status and Normal post formats that I previously didn’t manage to utilize because I didn’t know how to style them to fit the overall look of the site. That isn’t a problem any more.

One more key implementation for danl.im is that of embedded Disqus comments. I’ve always been against the use of embedded third-party non-wordpress native comments, but I must say that the Disqus comment installation process was quick, easy and painless. They’ve really outdone themselves with regards to making the whole transition as seamless as possible for people who wanted Disqus comments installed.

Now that everything seems to be in place, I really can’t wait to get blogging.

Update: I’ve decided to switch to a single column view and just spent the last few hours styling the blog. It’s really optimized for viewing on PCs, notebooks and tablets right now, but I’ve yet to figure out how to style responsive font sizes. Shall add that to my to research list. Let me know what you think of the current design.

  • Jason Bradley

    Looks great Daniel! Glad to help!

    • Hey Jason, this definitely wouldn’t have been possible without your help. Now I can only rest in peace when I’ve found out how to get the full width blog to 700px. 😉

  • Chris Ames

    Love this! Great job.

    • Thank you so much Chris! I love Standard and swear by it. Now I need to try exploring getting the full width of my blog to 700-750px.

  • Looks really good on the iPad! Congrats…

    • Thanks a lot Jorge! Glad you like it! 🙂

  • Michael John Beil

    I really like the design Daniel.

  • Simple and clean design. The theme is looking good on both my iPad and Macbook Pro 15″ Retina

    • Thanks a lot Bruce! That’s exactly what I was trying to achieve, so it means a lot. Really happy that it’s looking good on various screen sizes.

  • GagePO

    Hi. I also run the Independent Publisher theme. I saw yours when searching around. Just wanted to say its lookin good!

    • Thanks a lot! Really happy with how it turned out. How did you manage to find me?

      • GagePO

        Hi Daniel. I just setup my own personal blog also… http://www.gagepo.com. I’m also using the Independent Publisher theme. I saw you linked as a blog utilizing the theme. I was researching around to see how different people have the commenting systems setup. Do you like disqus? Was it easy to get working on this theme?

        Thanks!

        • I used to use the native WordPress comment system. But I switched over to Disqus because it looked & functioned better. Styling is also simple. It’s a one click installation if you don’t need to tweak styling.