We launched a slightly updated version of the WPCandy design over the weekend. Version 4.1 is pretty much the same, but brings a few touchups that improves the site overall. Most notably, the new design:
- is built on a grid,
- touts proper typography, and
- has a few spiffy design improvements.
You might want to peak out from behind the RSS window to see the slight updates. Flushing your cache will help you see all the new stuff.
Aside from the grid and typography improvements, there are a few things here and there you might like. The search box, in the upper right, is new and shiny. The post area is realigned and simpler than before, using the standard Tweet and Like buttons instead of the ones we used before. The comments area saw some attention too.
Oh, and probably my favorite part of the updated design: the logo is smaller in this iteration. Yeah, I’m proud of that one.
The development of the theme
The new theme is built on top of WP Framework, by Ptah Dunbar. I chose to work with Ptah’s framework because so much of it was like my own, a framework I was maintaining for myself after years of development projects. I also like that his framework encourages working from the original theme itself, rather than a child theme. Of course, that’s just a personal preference of mine.
I developed the new theme on my local WordPress install and a copy of recent content. When it was ready, I moved it live and used the Theme Test Drive plugin to try it out myself for a couple of days and make sure I hadn’t missed anything. As far as I know, nothing big was overlooked.
And now we have an improved theme!
What do you think?
You likely spend as much time on WPCandy as I do. What do you think of these minor updates? Is there something additional you’d like to see?