Redesign Version #2

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The redesign of this site has been on my to-do list for some time. I finally decided to it during the 2023 Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Though I learned about WordPress block themes and wrote about how to create them, but I didn’t use them on this website because it was powered by one of my favorite Twenty Twenty themes. Some people may think I’m a hypocrite, but one of my excuses was that I could use all the blocks on the current site, which is well maintained with the latest WordPress versions.

Redesign Version #2

The new design is based on the Twenty Twenty-Four theme’s Ember style variation, with some customization through the use of a child theme.

Below is a side-by-side comparison of the front page view of the previous version (right) and the current version (left). 

Single posts and pages

Its single post or page layout is a distraction free, one-column layout meant for text and images. 

Below is a comparative screenshot of the previous single post design (right) and the current version (left).

Things to do

Because I wanted to maintain the simplicity of the Twenty Twenty theme, I have tweaked my customization on the current version accordingly, but it’s still a work in progress.

  • Add more patterns: Because creating block patterns has been simplified in recent WordPress releases, I plan to add more patterns and convert some page or post sections into patterns.
  • Top Navigation: Modifying its top navigation, akin to  “The Desk” and “The Wall”  in a new More… menu items is on my to-do list on this other site, an inspiration from Sara Soueidan’s website.

Acknowledgements

Inspiration to write this post came from Chris’s redesign and Tania Racia’s Redesign post series.

Resources

“One of my most recurring pieces of advice is telling people to just write — write down what you learned, no matter how big or small. [..] Don’t think about whether or not people will like or read your articles — just give them a home and put them out there.”

– Sara Soueidan

Web Designer, on Just Write