Little bits of blog business
I’ve been doing some housekeeping on Bonny Glen (because, you know, it’s easier than doing ACTUAL housekeeping) and decided to give it a bit of a makeover while I was at it. Just the blog, not the rest of the site. Mainly I wanted an excuse to keep on looking at these gorgeous autumn leaves (taken during my Portland trip the other week) for a while longer. I suppose this means I’ll have to overhaul yet again in a few weeks. But that’s probably about the extent of how long these colors will appeal to me, anyway. 😉
(For the link colors, I wanted to try to match one of the red-orange shades in the leaves. On a whim, I Googled “color picker from image” because surely someone has invented that magic, right? And sure enough! I found this. You hover your mouse over an image and it tells you what it thinks the hex color is for a particular pixel area. I tried a lot of shades before settling on this one, which isn’t quite as red as I was going for. But you know, house full of children yadda yadda yadda. Sooner or later you gotta say close enough.)
Anyway, I’ve checked it in various browsers and it’s looking good to me in all (except that iOS has the banner image shifted oddly to the left, and I don’t know how to fix that), but if anything looks off to you, do let me know. Thanks!
Melanie Bettinelli says:
Since Firefox wasn’t playing nice, I decided to try Safari. I like the leaves.
On November 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm
I’m using Chrome. I don’t see any leaves at all. Just your usual purple flowers banner, and the sidebar stuff is shown below the posts because the main body stuff is wider than it usually is, I think. Jealous. Leaves sounded fun…
On November 24, 2013 at 4:55 pm
And of course as soon as I submitted my comment it all straightened up and the leaves did show up after all. Very pretty!
On November 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm
Well, the funny thing about the banner being shifted to the left is that I always have to zoom in (widen the main body/ text field) in order to be able to read, so it all lines up once the sidebar disappears ….. Mind, i *like* your sidebar 🙂
On November 25, 2013 at 8:30 am
Melissa Wiley says:
At some point I need to figure out how to add a mobile version of the site. Blogger has that option built in and I’m sure it’s possible for WordPress, but I don’t know (yet) how to implement it. Is on my list of someday goals!
On November 25, 2013 at 9:18 am
Oh no. No, no. i don’t like mobile versions! Ugh. Ok, that’s just me being peculiar but here’s one problem with them: they’re stripped down, which is the point i suppose. But i **like** sidebars and the banner photos and whatnot! I find that i can’t use the mobile versions for anything: too much of the main website is removed and i cannot use it effectively (blog, bank, library etc).
The other thing for me is that will my poor vision, I **must** be able to adjust a page to fit exactly my eyes.
So something that some bloggers do (and some mobile versions also create) that makes it impossible for me to read: they widen their main text column in their settings so that if I then widen the page to make the text bigger (the pinch and zoom action on the ipad) in order to see it well enough to read then their text is wider than my screen. That means i have to scroll left and right as well as up and down to read line by line and that is a physical impossibility for me.
So basically what I am saying is that for me personally, mobile version? Eh, i’d never use it 🙂
On November 25, 2013 at 11:02 am
PS or else it **locks** the width so that I cannot then pinch and zoom to make the text bigger. That happened at Melanie’s Wine Dark Sea …. (They fixed it in the settings by doing, something, for which I was and am grateful!).
On November 25, 2013 at 11:04 am
Melissa Wiley says:
This is very good information! I’m glad to know your preferences. I’d been feeling guilty about slacking on the mobile thing, but I’m with you on preferring to see the whole sidebar action myself. I was thinking mobile versions might do better at resizing for varying column widths, but it sounds like your experience has been the opposite. I haaate having to scroll side-to-side to read something on my phone. Ugh.
Do me a favor—if I ever make some change that makes functionality worse on the iPad, give me a holler?
On November 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm