Meet the slightly tightened up design for WPCandy


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.ย 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.

Design touchups

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. ย 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.

Old on the top, new on the bottom.

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?

11 thoughts on “Meet the slightly tightened up design for WPCandy

  1. Doesn’t change much in my feed reader ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seriously though, I did like the design before and think those few touchups look great. I guess most people wouldn’t even have noticed.
    – Nicolas

  2. Site looks great, but it could look terrible and I would still love it. The content rocks so much so that I have it as one of the most visited sites thumbnails when chrome opens. click click ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Nice tweaks Ryan!

    No doubt you’ll have a few more tweaks up your sleaves too. I know it’s hard to ever be happy with a design. I bet tweaking the comment font colours and background colours is next on the horizon see lots of those tweaks were towards the top.

    Love your blog! Keep it up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. nice realignment Ryan – things do feel a little tighter – must play with WP Framework – although I’m knee deep in Genesis at the moment and loving it.

    • Thanks Ed ๐Ÿ™‚

      Everyone has their favorite framework I suppose, but honestly as long as it helps you build websites, it’s solid, right? I’m the last one to argue the benefits of one framework over another. They all have their benefits.

      • absolutely! I think 2011 will be very interesting to see what frameworks begin to dominate and consolidate. There’s too much choice at the moment!

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