Showing posts from August, 2014

New website branding - 1st attempt

I think I've got the website header sorted sufficiently well to give it a public airing. The idea is to keep the original colour sheme and to show the site name in roughly the same style as used on the current site. But now the font's changed and it's rendering text and CSS instead of using an image. It's coded using Bootstrap . Here's the new header as it will display on larger tablets and desktops: There's a change in the site navigation: the old site places it down the left hand side of the page while the new site uses a horizontal bar under the branding. I'm using the Bootstrap navbar but I've tried to change the appearance by moving the branding out of the navbar. I've also changed the navbar colour scheme to match the branding. The biggest change is the inclusion of a search box in the navbar. Here is how the header appears on phones and small tablets: The navigation moves into the drop down menu on the mobile version and the "strap-line&

Long overdue re-design of

The current version of has been around for years. It looked quite modern when it was released, but not now. Far from it. So, the time I'm been putting off for so long has arrived: a re-design is in the works. Not a simple refresh, but a root and branch re-design and re-build. I've got four design goals: The new site must be responsive - the current one looks aweful on phones and small tablets. A want a fresh, clean and uncluttered look and feel - it's currently dated and cluttered. The content needs to be leaner - there's just too much stuff on the current site so a lot of it's got to go. Also, this is the only way to make the job manageable. The underlying code needs an overhaul too - the site's JavaScript is pre-historic and the PHP just grew over 12 years from procedural via PHP 4 style classes with a smattering of much nicer PHP 5 style OOP. Big job for one man then. Especially one who has not kept up to date with modern web programmin