Sunday, March 18, 2012

A new look for GPS Tracklog

Today I’m rolling out a new design for GPS Tracklog. At nearly five years of age(!), its about time. I had planned this for last year following the move to WordPress, but I had a few distractions in my life, so I’m just now getting around to it.

Let me give you a brief guided tour; after all, this site is about navigation! It’s pretty intuitive, but there are a few items I want to call your attention to:

  • There are two navigation bars under the header; most items are self-explanatory. Please note though, the “Recent” item on the top nav bar. You can always go there for the latest posts.
  • I’m rearranging and trying to shrink categories somewhat. Most posts can now be found under one of three main categories on the left end of the second nav bar – Auto, Handheld/Sport and Mobile. Mouse over them for subcategories. The “More” at the end of the lower nav bar will give you access to old categories that don’t fit the new structure.
  • Which brings us to content. On the home page, you’ll see an excerpt from the latest post right under the nav bars, regardless of category. Underneath that are the three most recent posts in the Auto and Handheld/Sport categories. Further down, you’ll find Mobile.

There’s still some cleanup to do, so if you spot anything that isn’t working right, please drop a note below. (I can already see that post thumbnails aren’t working in the excerpts.)  I’m heading out of town Sunday, but will get back to the finishing touches within a few days.

Now that this is mostly out of the way, there are some new features I want to introduce, but I’m reluctant to speculate as to how soon.

Last, but far from least, I want to extend my thanks to StudioPress, whose product this theme is built upon. They have awesome support forums and I am very happy I chose them. Huge thanks are also due to Kevin at RocketGenius, who has been an absolutely phenomenal designer to work with.

Explore a bit and let me know what you think!

About Rich Owings

Rich is the owner, editor and chief bottle-washer for GPS Tracklog. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook or Google Plus.

Comments

  1. Looking good! Congratulations 🙂

  2. Max Bramel says:

    Looks very nice, Rich. Sometimes a redesign leaves one feeling wistful for a feature or even a quirk of the old version. After poking around only a little bit, I’m already having a hard time remembering the old one–this feels like the way it’s always been (maybe that’s more a comment on my memory than the fit and feel of the site). Anyway, I like it a lot.

  3. Rich Owings says:

    Thanks Shane and Max. Its always good to hear from both of you. Max, I’ll take that as a compliment on the feel of the site, rather than a… Hmm, I forget, now what was I saying? 😉

  4. Nicely done, Rich. Looks very nice.

  5. Brent Besse says:

    I like the new look RIch. They say a change is as good as a rest, since this is a big change, you must feel very rested.
    I find it easy to navigate around, nice look as well.
    Cheers
    …Brent…

  6. Thanks Brent. I don’t know about rested though! 😉

  7. Ed Robison says:

    I love the new look. Very easy to navigate and lots o’ good info

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