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Our New Look

As you can see, we’ve just overhauled the look and some of the functionality of the site.  Some of you may recall that we’ve been looking for a way to make the site content more “scannable” than our old layout allowed, but we were having trouble finding the right WordPress theme.  Well thanks to a tasty new option called Delicious Magazine, I think that’s history.

Not only does this theme allow us to display lots of posts on the homepage in a relatively clean and attractive way, the “comments” function is attractive and intuitive as well, something that couldn’t be said for themes we’ve tried in the past.  All in all, Don and I are happy with it.

But were not the ones who matter.  Please take a minute to let us know what you think about our new look.  Can you live with it?  Better or worse than before?  Your input will help us disaster-check this puppy and make sure we’re not taking a step backwards when we think we’re leaping ahead.

Thanks!

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33 Comments on “Our New Look”

  1. June 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Looks Good!

    • June 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

      Cool – thanks, Matt!

  2. June 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    I think I like it. 🙂

    • June 27, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

      Thanks, Scott. It’s just what I was looking for, but I want to make sure it’s not too busy or fancy.

  3. June 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    very sleek!

    • June 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

      Thanks, Justin. I like that it’s clean but shows a lot of stuff at the same time. The scrolly thing at the top is kind of fun, too.

  4. June 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Only thing I would mention is its a little hard to tell what is the most recent post(s). I know there’s the thingy on the right, but it isn’t clear in that regard, but I’m a little slow anyway. Otherwise, 🙂

    • June 27, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

      Yeah, it automatically puts the new stuff up on the slidey thingy (sorry to get so technical!) which we have little control over. I could shut off the slider, but it adds a slickness to the site. I just wish the same posts were duplicated below in chronological order, but otherwise I like it – new stuff on top.

  5. BeerBanker
    June 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Nice job boyz..Clean and very readable…I would add a link on the infographics tab back to the main page. I only found one back to “About the Brothers”…

    • June 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

      Hmm…good point. Let me see if I can dig around and make a custom menu…

  6. June 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Nice. Much better than the other iteration you tried a month or so back. It’s a keeper!

    • June 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

      I think so, too. I was thrilled when this theme was released – it was just what I had in my head.

      • June 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

        Oh, and appears Don has lost a few pounds, done something with his hair and is a trans-gender fashion model. Right?

  7. June 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    I like this. A lot.

    • June 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

      You’re next, huh? 🙂

      • June 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

        Nah, I still feel a lot of guilt for ripping off the Beer Geek Evolution. I can’t rip you guys off twice. But the next time WP releases a theme with a lot of this same functionality, I’m all over it.

        • June 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

          No worries, John. It’s a big Internet – go for it!

  8. June 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    I think it looks good too. I remember the comments were very wonky on the last theme you tried out, but these seem a lot clearer. The slide show is also a nice touch.

    • June 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

      Yeah, I had my fingers crossed, hoping the comments would be as good as the old theme, but I actually like these better.

      They were a dealbreaker on the other ones we tried for sure!

  9. June 27, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    I agree with all the comments here, but I’m gonna be the Debbie Downer and just say that it’s nice and clean, but very generic…very lacking in personal identity. It looks like any other site we could find anywhere, which often happens when you use WP themes, I know, but just wanted to put in my two cents. Your personalities don’t come through…there’s no “corporate branding” so to speak 🙂

    • June 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      Good feedback. We have the option of doing a background image which might help with that. I’ll have to play around a bit…

    • June 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

      How about now, Katie? We’ve got wood!!

  10. June 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    If I were going to add a background, I’d still keep it clean- maybe a simple putty colored background… but I’d use your old circle logo (from the previous design) as a watermark, bottom left or bottom right.

    Or if you wanted to make it more “personalized”, I highly recommend Jim and Don stick figures in the background. (mostly kidding… or am I?)

    • June 27, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

      Just added some barrel to the background. Now it feels more like home!

      • June 27, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

        Looks great, although the blue link color doesn’t really match the rest of the color scheme. The wood paneling makes it feel more like your old site (a good thing, IMO).

        • June 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

          I agree about both. The paneling makes if feel like us, which is the whole point, right? And the link color stinks, but I can’t change it!!

      • June 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

        Hmm, I got no wood. On one hand to be expected, and on the other not so great if there’s supposed to be wood 🙂

        • June 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

          Figures the one girl to chime in doesn’t get wood. 🙂

          Are you using an iPad or something?!

  11. June 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    I like it, especially after you tweaked the background image and page color, it now has the B&WB vibe.

    As mentioned when you made your last aborted attempt to change things up, I’m looking to modify my site also, but I think I’ll opt for the new “Custom Design” feature. With that option I can change the colors to my hearts content, and some CSS styling too.

    You and Don may want to look into that to tweak your site, $30 a year isn’t too bad for that option.

    • June 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

      I’ll have to look into it. I’m okay with Dreamweaver and a pretty quick study on other nerdy-type things, but I don’t know nothin’ ’bout modifyin’ no CSS!

  12. Don
    June 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    This new layout absolutely does not work on my iPad!

    • June 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm #

      Oof, that’s awful! I guess that’s why there’s an iPad specific layout for the blog. Use it!

      • Don
        June 27, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

        How?

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