So here it is, a detailed look at what’s changed in the new version and where were heading. It’s hard to believe that its coming up to five years since we first launched Version 1 back in August 2001. The site’s grown and grown a lot since then and continues to eat up more space and bandwidth. I hope you like the new changes and appreciate that redesigning a site as huge as this is a big and time consuming effort for one small man, please be gentle with your comments.
There’s is still a lot more tweaking and work to be done so please consider this version of walking barefoot as a working beta until I say otherwise, and tread carefully while I correct and test things further. In the meantime things may get a bit ugly in certain browsers, until more testing on different platforms and browsers can be done I just ran out of time. The design itself also isn’t finalised and will keep changing and tweaking as the weeks go by, and loads more content and pictures still need to be added. Here’s a detailed look at the changes we’ve made and why.
I wanted a clean, simplified, easy to read/navigate layout. So I decided to strip it back a bit. We’ve gone back to the grungy 1977 era colours, as it felt appropriate now that Ash have returned to a three piece once again. The idea is to give the new walking-barefoot more of a community feel and vibe to it and make it a more friendly place to visit, so we’ve added numerous features that allow you to add your input and feel a part of things.
Walking Barefoot invites you to contribute your Ash related photographs to our flickr pool. Anybody can add photographs to Flickr quickly and easily, marking them with descriptions and tags so they can be archived correctly and retrieved at a later date by other visitors. Please feel free to add your Ash photos to our pool.
A lot of you will already be aware of last.fm, well we’ve set up a walking-barefoot group page on there so you can see what other fellow Ash fans are listening too. I always find this a great way to find out about different bands by studying what others with similar tastes in music to you are digging at the moment. Head over now, sign up for an account and then join our group.
This is a selection of Ash related links and snippets from around the web and has it own RSS feed so be sure to subscribe to it, its powered by the powerful bookmarking network del.icio.us
Walking Barefoot news is now powered by WordPress rather than Movable Type and I’m still in the process of learning all the nuts and bolts to it, a few pages, such as archives and 404 pages still need to be sorted.
Following on from the above, we now support Gravatar via a WordPress plug-in. As I said I wanted to create more of a community so comments have been spruced up and now support gravatars, this enables posters to be instantly recognisable my displaying an image just like on a forum. If the commenter doesn’t have a gravatar account a default image is displayed instead. Be sure to sign up for an account.
RSS feeds have also been spruced up, note the various feed icons around the site. Please note all RSS feeds URL’s have changed so you will need to update your news feed reader accordingly. We also offer several more feeds, including a del.icio.us and comments feed.
Customisation – Your The Designer
New Print Style Sheets
Thanks to the wonder of CSS we now have new print style sheets that will help you save a lot of ink when printing pages from this site and will also make them more readable and easier to read. This is automatically on so you don’t need to click a print this page button as in previous versions.
I will give a detailed list of the work still to be in the coming weeks.
Stay tunned, I hope you like the changes.